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04/19/2007


Is Fire Island Pines Properties and Pavilion for Sale Again?

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An unconfirmed report sprang up online late last week that Fire Islands Properties, which was destroyed by fire last November, is for sale for $22 million. Writes the blogger with the report, MarkatLarge, who wrote:

PavilionThe sale of the Pines’ largest commercial property is fueled by the lack of progress being made on rebuilding the Pavilion; as of today it remains a plot of sand. An inside source tells me there have been discussions of holding High Tea, the popular early evening party, around the hotel pool area. The pool area with its one small bar will be a tight fit for close to 1,000 thirsty boys who gather for pre-dinner cocktails and dancing.

Photos above and right, of what the property looks like today.

Asked for a comment from the Village Voice's Michael Musto, co-owner Andrew Kirtzman said he had no comment: "I don't have anything for you, unfortunately, but wanted to get back to you. I hope to speak with you soon."

Kirtzman released a passionate letter about the owners' dedication to the properties following the fire.

In related news, the design for the building next door which also burned and which housed the Sip n Twirl bar, was shared over the weekend by Fire Island Pines realtor Bob Howard, on Facebook. According to Howard the foundation and girders are complete.

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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Aaron and Corvette

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A September wedding on Fire Island turns into drag soup.

Our reader Sam writes: "They were married this fall in the Pines and it was really the best wedding I've ever seen.  And I'm not just saying that because I was the best man."

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Architectural Firm Behind 'High Line' and Lincoln Center Renovation to Redesign Fire Island Pines Pavilion

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An architectural firm has been chosen to redesign the Fire Island Pines Pavilion, which was gutted by fire in November, the NYT reports:

The selection of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose recent high-profile commissions include the the High Line and the redesign of Lincoln Center, was announced on Thursday by FIP Ventures — a partnership of Blesso Properties, Seth Weissman and Andrew Kirtzman — which owns 80 percent of the Fire Island Pines commercial district.

“The fire handed us an unexpected opportunity to create something far better than what was destroyed,” Mr. Weissman said in a news release. “We’re intent upon building something that will reflect the Pines’ reputation as a mecca of style.”...

...Charles Renfro, a partner in Diller Scofidio + Renfro who has spent several summers on Fire Island, said the designers are thinking in “broad strokes” about “heightening” the entire commercial district into something more theatrical.

“We’re rethinking it as the Theater of the Pines, a proper name,” he said. “It’s about the comings and goings, the glances, the meetings: all of those things that are particular to the Pines.”

In other words, drama.

Previously...
Blaze Destroys Pavilion, Other Structures at Fire Island Pines [tr]


The Fire Island Pines Fire, from the Air: PHOTO

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There's a more extensive gallery over at the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society, on Facebook.

The New York Times:

Joseph Geiman, the spokesman, commissioner and former chief of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department, said the blaze was initially fought in pitch blackness because the Long Island Power Authority “killed the grid, the same as they did for Hurricane Irene.”

“So when I arrived,” Mr. Geiman said, “there were five or six local responders working in the dark. Until we got our lights set up, the fire was the only source of illumination. And you could hear propane cylinders exploding one by one, almost like missiles flying out of nowhere. We call that bleve: boiling liquid expanding vapor explosives.”

Mr. Geiman, 57, a Pines summer resident for a decade, said the fire, not thought to be suspicious, had wiped out a business and night-life destination “that was the bread and butter of this community.”


Fire Island Pines Owner Andrew Kirtzman Releases Statement on Fire, Damage

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Last night I posted about the devastating fire that gutted several buildings in the Fire Island Pines Harbor. Andrew Kirtzman, who with Seth Weissman and Matthew Blesso, own the properties, released a statement several hours ago.

KirtzmanKirtzman's statement, via Facebook:

This is is obviously a very difficult night for all of us, and I wanted to give everyone a status report from the scene of the fire.

I am outside the Pavilion building, surrounded by over 100 firefighters from across Long Island. The fire is under control but is not completely out.

Both the Pavilion and LaFountaine buildings are still standing, but they have been completely gutted by fire and water. Sip n' Twirl, the Bistro and the stores below them are in ruin. Then roof over the Pavilion is gone, and the high tea deck has been destroyed.

Small fires are still burning inside the Pavilion - the dance floor - and it's too dangerous for firefighters to enter inside. The department has called for bulldozers to be brought here from across the bay, as it may be safer to destroy the Pavilion altogether rather than fight the remaining blazes. It is an unfathomable moment.

The air in the harbor is still thick with smoke, but the fire has not spread anywhere else, thanks to the incredible work of the Pines Fire Department and the departments that raced to its aid. Firefighters will be here through the night to ensure that no flames re-ignite and create a new threat to the other properties. Canteen, Blue Whale, the hotel and Pantry are all fine.

The Suffolk Country Fire Department believes the fire began outside the LaFountaine office, engulfed that building and then spread to the Pavilion. Officials tell me they don't believe the fire to be suspicious.

Seth, Matt and I want to thank you all for your notes and phone calls. Everyone has a stake in these properties, and the love and passion we all feel for them are ringing loud and clearly this painful evening. Tomorrow morning, Seth, Matt and I will begin the process of renewing this beautiful property and making it even more spectacular than it was before. Our hearts go out to Nicole LaFountaine, Patrick, PJ, Bob Howard and others in the LaFountaine building, and we will help one another get the commercial district ready for summer 2012. There is a lot of hard work ahead for all of us.

We feel blessed that no one was injured, and proud to be part of this beautiful community.

Previously...
Blaze Destroys Pavilion, Other Structures at Fire Island Pines [tr]

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