Sag Harbor Today
Sag Harbor and the surrounding areas have changed dramatically from the old whaling and industrial days, although the village continues to honors its history with strict preservation and zoning laws that help keep the area’s old world charm intact. What was once simply a “Main Street” business district has expanded throughout the village, with merchants setting up shop up-and-down Bay Street, on Madison, Water, Rose and Spring Streets and, of course, along Division Street, which divides Sag Harbor between East Hampton and Southampton Towns.
Noyac, Sag Harbor’s nearest neighbor to the northwest, has also developed a thriving business district, with restaurants, office and retail outlets supporting the area’s vibrant year-round community.
And even greater change is on the way as the former Bulova Watchcase Factory transforms from what was once a crumbling sign of the village’s industrial past into high-end condos and town homes with million dollar plus price tags. Other projects continue to reshape the village waterfront as well, moving Sag Harbor even further along in its progression as one of the world’s great tourist destinations.
Even with all the change, many of the village’s most recognizable landmarks—including its historic Main Street, the Old Whalers Church, the newly-renovated John Jermain Memorial Library, the Whaling Museum and Custom House, the Old Burying Ground, Oakland Cemetery, The Sag Harbor Cinema, Long Wharf, Mashashimuet Park and Otter Pond remain. Organizations such as Save Sag Harbor launched in an effort to keep the village from becoming overrun by big chain stores, and their efforts have been largely successful.
While business districts in East Hampton and Southampton are dominated by high-end chain outlets, some of which close their doors during the offseason, Sag Harbor has kept its unique, year-round charm while, at the same time, welcoming a wide array of new, high-end design, clothing and home good stores to the downtown.
More than 20 restaurants and bars call Sag Harbor home as well, providing a vibrant nightlife for both residents and visitors to enjoy.