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Shop Local for Spirits: From Long Island Vodka to Brooklyn Gin!

Summer is the perfect time to head out East and tour the beautiful Long Island Wine Country, but wine isn’t the only great thing that Long Island has to offer! As much as we love wine, we understand that it’s not for everyone. Fortunately for you guys, there’s a fabulous alternative: Long Island Vodka!

But vodka is only the beginning—we have friends throughout Long Island and Brooklyn who produce all sorts of spirits. Shopping local is critical in maintaining our community, and supporting these producers who focus on sustainability is not only good for our immediate environment, but the global environment! Check out some of these great companies who are producing top-quality, local spirits, from Long Island Vodka to Brooklyn Gin!

photo by Dan's Papers

Sag Harbor Rum

Starting our tour on the East End, Sag Harbor Rum’s production is inspired by the days when rum was stored in recycled barrels that had once held coffee, exotic spices, and fruit on whaling ships. The culmination of that wide variety of tastes created a smooth rum, which the folks in Sag Harbor like to call ‘sipping rum.’ Its taste is perfect, no matter how you choose to take it—neat, on the rocks, or mixed into any kind of cocktail.

Not only is Sag Harbor Rum crafted exclusively on Long Island, but it’s only available in New York State, as well. A hand-picked selection of restaurants, bars, and liquor stores carry this extraordinary rum, which makes it all the more exciting when you get your hands on a glass of it! Moving a bit westward brings us to…


Long Island Spirits

Long Island Vodka, aka LiV, is one of the most popular spirits that we sell at Bistro 72 in Hotel Indigo East End. Last winter, our pals over at Fat Guy Media went on a tour through the LiV distillery and did a full write-up on their experience. Rich Stabile, founder of LI Spirits, is extremely passionate about making micro-batches of high-quality spirits, using locally-sourced products, which is why he created the first craft distillery on LI since the 1800s in 2007.

Vodka isn’t the only treat that comes out of LI Spirits—they also produce a line of the first potato-based liqueurs available in the US, called Sorbetta. They come in five flavors, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, and raspberry, and are made from locally-grown berries and hand-peeled citrus fruits! Pine Barrens Whisky and Rough Rider Bourbon are two more beverages that hail from LI Spirits, which are both popular choices at our bar at Bistro 72. Now let’s head to Hipsterville…

photo by Gastronomista

Owney’s Original New York City Rum

From Slum to Rum, they say at The Noble Experiment NYC—a micro-distillery in Brooklyn that named its rum after the legendary Hell’s Kitchen gangster Owen “Owney” Madden. In his early 20s, Owney led the West Side’s Gopher Gang, and later acted as a rum-runner and speakeasy proprietor during Prohibition. Many say that it was because of Owney bringing rum into the States through Rockaway Beach that rum became a liquor of choice for many Americans since the Colonial Era!

The folks at The Noble Experiment NYC are purists, and only use three ingredients when producing Owney’s: NYC water, yeast, and molasses. As a company, they’re super transparent, even going so far as to illustrate their five-step production process. The part of the process that we find most impressive is that each and every bottle is corked, labeled, boxed, and pallet packed by hand!

photo by Brooklyn Bounty

Brooklyn Gin

Last, but certainly not least, is Brooklyn Gin! The three guys in charge of Brooklyn Gin spend three days making 3,000 bottles of gin. Everything is done by hand, from peeling the fruits and cracking the juniper berries to bottling and packaging the finished product.

Brooklyn Gin has a distinct flavor, which is likely thanks to the fact that all of their produce is fresh and purchased right at home in Red Hook. Their gin goes down smooth, and is well-suited to be served in any way you choose. Every last kernel of corn that goes into their product is grown nearby in upstate New York—Brooklyn Gin is as Made in NY as they come.

We’re cooking up some exciting news here at Hotel Indigo East End for all you Long Island Vodka, Brooklyn Gin, and other local spirits lovers, so stay tuned over the next week or so for our big announcement!


ArtHamptons is Now! The Official Fine Art Fair of the Hamptons

photo via NY Arts Magazine

We’ve been on a bit of an art kick on the East End as of late, and it’s all culminating at one of the biggest art events of the year—ArtHamptons! The fine art fair began yesterday, and the buzz about it on social media is in full swing! From Twitter to Facebook, people are chatting about ArtHamptons and sharing pictures they’ve taken while at the event. #ArtHamptons has had 1,559 posts so far on Instagram! (Unfortunately, we can’t link to a webpage that’ll bring you straight there, so type “#arthamptons” into the search from your smartphone on Instagram and you’ll be able to see all the posts!)

Since we are always aiming to bring all the important details about local events straight to you for easy access, we wanted to take this time to give you a rundown of what to expect—and what not to miss—at this weekend’s ArtHamptons fair! It’s running now through Sunday at 6pm, so be sure to make a trip out there for the greatest cultural experience of the summer!


This evening there will be a performance by Tiffany Trenda from 7-7:30 that reflects on personal space in regard to mobile technology. There’s also an invitation-only party being held by Hampton’s Magazine to celebrate with cover stars Stephanie March, Ali Wentworth, and Katie Lee from 7-9pm.

photo via Dan's Papers


Starting at noon, the day will be jam-packed with exciting art exhibits. First up, Tom Dash will have his contemporary art on display from 12-12:30 at the Mark Borghi Fine Art Booth #300. His works mostly comment on societal issues, music, and pop culture themes.

A Meet the Artist session with Jane Freilicher follows next, from 1-3pm at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery Booth. Freilicher is one of the most admired and respected painters currently at work, and is best known for works that capture the beautiful Long Island landscape.

From 2-3pm, Black Card and VIP Pass holders are invited to sit in on a panel discussion called Managing Your Art Collection as an Asset, where professional panelists will give advice about how to consider your art collection as a financial asset. Strategies for purchasing art, protecting your collection, and other best practices for managing your assets will all be discussed.

From 4:30-5:30, Black Card and VIP Pass holders are invited to the reception of the 2014 Arts Patron of the Year Award, which is being presented to Robert Wilson. An interview by Brook Mason ofThe Art Newspaper is to follow, which Black Card and VIP Pass holders are welcome to watch.

photo via Sag Harbor Express


Starting at 10am on Sunday, running until 11:30, ArtHamptons partners with Free Arts NYC to bring ArtKids to the ArtHamptons fair. Artist Almond Zigmund will be providing professional instruction to children and families while they take part in arts and crafts and enjoy a complimentary breakfast spread provided by Free Arts NYC. Afterward, families are invited to attend ArtPolo @ ArtHamptons demo match on the polo field nearby.

ArtPolo @ ArtHamptons will begin at 11:30, ending at 1pm, bringing two great luxury activities together—fine art and polo! ArtHamptons visitors are invited to relax in the outdoor seating area of the Pavillion while they watch the demo match by Southampton Hunt & Polo Club in the center of the field.

photo via Park Ryu Sook Gallery

All Day, Every Day

There are a few exhibits that’ll be running throughout the duration of the fair.

Korea Contemporary @ ArtHamptons

Korean contemporary art has been popping up more and more rapidly in NYC and all over the country in the last few years. The Korean Art Show was started in the city to satisfy the public interest in this up-and-coming art market. This year, The Korean Art Show is taking a trip out East to escape the busy city, bringing their colorful culture to the Hamptons.

Jane Freilicher – Near the Sea: A Sixty Year Retrospective

In addition to her meet and greet on Saturday, there’ll be an exhibit by Freilicher running through the entirety of the fair. Come by to see some of her pieces that have been on display in several major museums, including The Parrish Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and many others.

John Chamberlain for Auction

Beginning at 5pm on Thursday 7/10, and concluding at 5pm on Sunday 7/13, John Chamberlain’s Welding, 1979 is being auctioned off to benefit the Southampton Arts Center. The piece is a color lithograph that measures 31.5 x 24 inches, and measures 43.5 x 35.25 inches framed. Its estimated value is $6-8,000. Bidding started at $3,000 with increments of $250.

We hope you have a great time out at the ArtHamptons art fair this weekend! Let us know how it went and share your pictures with us on Facebook! Taking a trip out to the East End just for ArtHamptons? We’re here for your ease and convenience—stop in with us for the weekend for a luxurious place to stay only a stone’s throw from all the action! Call us at (631) 369-2200 to reserve your room now!


Long Island Art Galleries on the South Fork

This summer is a busy time for artists and art-lovers alike on Long Island’s beautiful South Fork! We already brought you a list of performances happening in the Hamptons this summer, but that’s just the beginning! We’ve collected a series of art exhibits going on throughout the South Fork over the summer, which we’re excited to share with you this week! These exhibits are especially relevant around this time, because it’s only one week until ArtHamptons, the official fine art fair of the Hamptons, begins on July 10! Following closely thereafter will be Art Southampton, the international contemporary and modern art fair, which is being held from July 24-28. We’ll have more for you on those shows are they grow nearer, but for now, check out these great Long Island art galleries!

Parrish Art Museum

279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill | (631) 283-2118

April 27 – July 13

Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe - Works 1970-2011.

Bartlett uses serialized geometric forms to create familiar objects that bring to mind the ideals of the American way of life. She uses different mediums and switches frequently from abstraction to figuration, creating the uncanny feeling that the idealized American Dream may always been on the verge of crashing in her artwork.

Permanent Collection Exhibition: November 8, 2013 – October 26, 2014

Changing Views: Painting as Metaphor.

“Painting is a metaphor. You cannot represent a three-dimensional world in two dimensions without metaphor…I’m trying to recreate in terms of painting—in painterly terms.” – Rackstraw Downes

William Merritt Chase: Bath Beach: A Sketch shows Chase’s wife, Alice, walking along the promenade by the water with their eldest child, Alice Dieudonnée. His style is reflective of the works of many French Impressionists that had made an impact on him while he was in Europe.

Theodore Robinson: A painter who was heavily influenced by his mentor, Claude Monet, and often painted the mill in Giverny, France, as a result.

William Lamb Picknell: Shows the intense effects of light on the surface of natural forms in his painting A French Garden, created in southern France.

John Sloan: Spent six summers on the coast of Cape Ann in Gloucester, MA, painting outdoors. “Instead of imitating the colors in nature, I decided on some quality of color that interested me and set a limited palette,” he wrote.

John Marin: Created nearly 100 small paintings as a series to illustrate the barren late-fall views of the Jersey-side of the Hudson River looking toward Manhattan.

Fairfield Porter: Painted narrow streetscapes and backyard views that had made an impression on him during his time in both Manhattan and Southampton.

Hughie Lee-Smith: Created works that infuse barren landscapes with mystery and meaning.

Howard Kanovitz: Used the “painterly terms” to which Downes referred in his transfer of images from photographs to canvases.

This exhibit is a collection of works that embody Downes’ message that without metaphor, you can’t represent three dimensions in a two dimensional space.

William Merritt Chase: Portraits in Context.

Although Chase painted hundreds of pieces throughout his life, his works that capture his family and students are the ones that display his true artistic vision.

Esteban Vicente: In the Company of Friends.

Widely known as a “lyrical colorist,” Vicente was a member of a group of artists who met at the Waldorf Cafeteria weekly at a 10th Street loft called “The Club.” The group, which included James Brooks, Perle Fine, Mercedes Matter, Robert Motherwell, and Michael Goldberg, migrated to the East End, where Vicente ultimately settled in 1964. One of his students once said, “…art must be a complete commitment at all times. He made us understand that art is not separated from life.”

Dennis Oppenheim: Splash Buildings.

“The behavior of a splash, increased in scale, presents a formidable structure; when considered, the rhythmic actions of both a falling and rising column of energy shows itself as a potential universe structure of enormous presence.” – Dennis Oppenheim was a trailblazer in the earthwork, body art, performance, and conceptual art movements of the 1960s and 70s. He was passionate about creating large-scale sculptures that he considered “a parallel to the mental processing of a raw idea.”

Additional Permanent Collection Exhibits Include:

Porter and Dash: Between House and Studio

Poets and Painters

Tokyo Brushstroke I & II

Making Connections

Kramoris Gallery

41 Main Street, Sag Harbor | (631) 725-2499

June 26 – July 17

Stephen Palmer

Palmer is a sculptor from Michigan, who has won awards for his multi-media found object fish sculptures. Using a variety of vintage items he’s come across along his travels, his art serves as a commentary on how our actions impact the creatures living in the ocean, illustrating all the things that humans thoughtlessly discard that often end up being ingested by animals.

Jorge Silveira

Another artist who likes to make things out of eclectic objects, Silveira gravitates toward old wood and rusty metal to create monsters and faces. “I really like expressing my creativity by finding discarded objects from the forest and the ocean, and turning them into raw and abstract characters or scenes,” he says. He especially likes to repurpose things that other people have just thrown away. His art proves the saying to be true: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

William Skrips

“Re-using discards and found objects has always had an appeal for me,” explains New Mexican artist Skrips. “Not only do I have a penchant for collecting things, but the gratification that comes from giving reclaimed material new life is unique: I equate it with matchmaking—finding the perfect mate for this or that particular object.”

Pollock-Krasner House

830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton | (631) 324-4929

May 1 – July 26

Color and Time: Paintings by Roy Newell, 1956-2000

This exhibit embodies what it means for an artist to be constantly reflective. Roy Newell created a small body of abstract paintings over his lifetime, and obsessively reworked them throughout the years. Most of his pieces have multiple layers and dates, due to the many revisions made to them over time.

Sara Nightingale Gallery

June 27 – July 22

Yuliya Lanina, Play Me & Dalton Portella, Shark Room

Play Me is a multimedia presentation by Russian-born American artist, Yuliya Lanina. It features paintings, animations, and animatronic sculptures of music boxes, each with original characters and accompanying music. Her characters are half animal/half human, and are mostly female, clearly influenced by Greek mythology and Russian fairy tales, with quirky narratives that are deeply rooted in paganism, mysticism, and symbolism.

Dalton Portella is an avid surfer who is based in Montauk, and will be presenting his installation of found objects, surfboard paintings, water colors, and oil paintings depicting sharks as formal architectural objects. His artwork is inspired by a project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which repurposed old surfboards to keep them from being discarded into landfills, turning them into works of art instead.


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