The Rothman’s Department Store building in Southold received a complete update and restoration, including the green space around it, which was unveiled Friday, August 2. Now known as Einstein Square, the timing of the dedication is historically significant because 2019 not only represents the 100-year anniversary of Rothman’s Department Store but the centennial of the confirmation of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. It also marks the 80th anniversary of the summer Einstein spent in Southold, when he and David Rothman, the store’s founder, formed a legendary friendship. Einstein would later refer to this time as his “happiest summer ever.” Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell spoke at the ceremony. The property is being handled through Douglas Elliman’s real estate offices.
On Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, on the front lawn of the Hampton Bays Historical Society, the Town of Southampton is sponsoring the “Summertime Art and Antiques Fair.” Peruse the vendors and then stop in at the Lyzon Hat Shop Museum to view this season’s exhibits: “New York World’s Fairs Memorabilia from 1939 and 1963”, and “Feathered Hats” created by milliner, Walter King. The HB Historical Society is located at 116 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.