No pretense, no fuss. Just a small general store with a screen door, good food and an appreciation for it’s own history. The store stands sweetly just being itself itself and watching the passage of time. It’s Springs General Store and it was built in 1844.
My Sunday ride out to the east end of Long Island brought me to Springs. The temperature hovered around the 50 degree mark when I sat on the porch in a fading Adirondack chair. I just sat quietly, watching the sparse traffic go by. I sipped my coffee and felt the warmth radiating over my legs in the sunshine.
Since the history of the store and the man are so intertwined, I sat there thinking about what it might have been like when Jackson Pollock would come in. He was then an artist, yes, but not a household name. Did they see him as special? Did they know the real man as opposed to the romanticized version? Did they have any idea that he would leave an indelible mark on the art world?
A few weeks ago our family met Soth at the MoMa and spent the day looking at the Abstract Expressionist New York exhibit. I thought about that too, while I sat on the porch. I was sunning where Pollock and de Kooning, men whose works hang in the most prestigious museums the world over, would have come shuffling up the steps and in to the store.
Those men are gone from this world. The only thing that remains is their memory, the spark of their imagination, their work… and the store.
Willem de Kooning
|Springs General Store|
I Love This Place
The store feels special. It feels real. There is something honest in that it hasn’t been sanitized of it’s character over time.
Have you been to Springs General Store?
Springs General Store
29 Old Stone Highway
East Hampton, NY 11937-1611
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