Billy Joel Tries Again
The Old Bayview Bait and Tackle Shop never garnered much media attention, until Billy the Kid rode into town. The Piano Man himself has been doing the soft shoe with Sag Harbor Village officials for a couple of years now, trying to renovate the two structures on the property, which sits across from Marine Park and the Sag Harbor Yacht Club.
He doesn’t want clever conversation, but renovations that are as timeless as they are meaningful. Back in 2016, Joel’s people advanced an ambitious plan to rotate the two buildings so both would align with Bay Street — both now sit at peculiar angles to the street and to each other. That plan didn’t fly.
Joel took the good times with the bad times, and came to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review last week with a request to raise one of the buildings to FEMA flood standards as well as to add a wing and a screened-in porch. Board chairman Anthony Brandt said a public hearing would allow needed feedback. Honesty is such a lonely word.
The original building dates to the 18th Century. Much of the interior detail has been compromised — it once held a seafood store in addition to the tackle shop and an office. It has four en suite bedrooms and is one of the more distinctive buildings in the village, with a wall of buoys adorning the Rysam Street side of the structure.
Joel can make the scene at Dopo la Spiaggia, an Italian restaurant, which is right down the block. Brandt assured Joel would be treated like any other applicant come the public hearing on August 23 and not a Big Shot. It is scheduled to commence at 5 PM.
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