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Christmas Lights

A letter to the people at Elie Tahari who are ruining the Christmas feeling in the village of East Hampton.

Someone has to tell the folks at Elie Tahari on corner of Main and Newtown that the lights inside the store have to go. Seriously. Whoever designed them and whoever gave the go ahead to install them need to be told the the 1980's were 30 years ago. It's Christmas not some weird disco party.Tasteless awful absurd .....This is East Hampton. This is home. Please remove those ''things'' before we get too close to Christmas.

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CUL8R December 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't mind the look of the lights but worry that they are a distraction to drivers as thy are too intensly bright. They do also take away from the lit Christmas Trees along the street.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Via East Hampton Patch Facebook page, Alicia Collins-Connelly said, "This has the potential to rival the great " blue lights vs. mixed colored lights on Main Street" debate. I have no idea if EH was "home" to Peter at that time. I suspect not, in which case, he missed some very heated conversations about the color of Christmas lights and the delicate, aesthetic sensibilities that mixed colored lights were a sheer affront to. If it is not a zoning violation, and not a traffic hazard they have every right to decorate in whatever way they choose. If it offends your aesthetics, close your eyes as you pass." Heather R. Dunn-Kostura said, "Funny when I saw the lights I thought that they are way cool. But then I am an artist."
S.B. Bonacker December 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The lights are AWFUL. Too bright, and an annoyance to drivers at night coming down the road making a right turn onto main street, they actually blind you. This is an accident waiting to happen. I'm amazed the town let them get away with it. And, they are UGLY.
Barbara Borsack December 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
They are in violation of village code and they have been issued a summons.
tm December 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
how ridiculous. did anyone contact them to see if a summons was even necessary? im assuming no.
Barbara Borsack December 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Of course people are always put on notice before being issued a summons
peter dayton December 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I dont know I've been here since 1988. How long ago was the debate? I guess i'll just close my eyes then and run someone over as I go through the main intersection. Well thought out.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Via Twitter, Meg Floss (‏@MegFloss) said: Elie Tahari does a great deal for Guild Hall, East Hampton, and keeping that store year round. I'm thrilled about that!
John December 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
They are "Out of This World" - send them back to The Planet they Came From!!!
Jan Lehre December 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The village Christmas trees are more disco-colored than the Elie Tahari ones. I think the lights are bold and interesting. I think that store adds a lot of tastefulness to the corner. I don't think most people on here shop there anyway...so they're not the target market and they won't get the point...they're not meant to...no offense intended. More noticeable to me are the holiday trees up and down Newtown and Main. They're a great idea, but the LED lights they're stringing up these days are completely lame. The charm that we had a couple of years ago it seems only Bridgehampton has maintained. At least it's not as bad as Watermill...I just hope they don't start messing with our windmill lights....
Barbara Borsack December 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
http://ecode360.com/8383725?highlight=commercial lighting,lighting lighting,lighting light,commercial,lighting,lighted,lights,light#8383725 In regard to Tahari: It's not a matter of taste but of village code. Anyone interested can read the code at the link above. The new LED lights are a change and change is not easy but they are more energy efficient and eventually all lights will go that way - just a matter of time. The Hook Mill lights are already LEDs. Just as the "blue lighte vs multicolored lights" debate still exists after all these years, its impossible to please everyone all the time! Impossible. LOL
Iloveeasthampton December 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
They are hideous!
peter dayton December 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
That's kind of funny. I think you are inferring that there is a point to get. Can you tell me that you have actually purchased something there yourself?
peter dayton December 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I drove by last night and the lights were out. I felt kinda sad. they looked like depressed balloon animals. Made me feel a tad grinch- like.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
They were on when we went by. Here's a story and pictures: http://patch.com/A-0pP7 Thanks, Peter!
Mauro Filicori December 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Good Grief! The "lights" patrols, the "religeous" zeleots.... the "strict code"enforcers..... the "why have fun" brigade.....the "store windows" revisionists.... the "cannot talk to you now" blinded drivers.....the "Dan Flavin" neonistas.....the "Bonacs Xmas" lights decorators.....the are all out in full force! Merry "something" Charlie Brown!

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