â€œA Small Patch of Long Island Houses the Rich and Great of New Yorkâ€ Life announced in 1946 in a cover story on the North Shore photographed by Nina Leen, focusing on the sporting set. â€œIt requires little more than an hour to drive from the sweltering summer heat of Manhattan to the cool comfort of the Piping Rock Clubâ€ in Locust Valley, the magazine noted. â€œBut it can take a lifetime, if not several generations, of financial and social success to become one of its 700 members.â€ Nonetheless in the land of Gatsby they discovered there â€œa pattern of life that is ordered, gracious, and, amid great luxury, basically simple,â€ not to mention damned stylish.
How so? â€œAt home a few friends will be asked over for tennis, followed by a swim, cocktails and lunch at the pool. Night life generally consists of small, unspectacular dinnersâ€¦. Clubs like the Piping Rock and the Meadow Brook are fairly unpretentious and exist for specific athletic purposes.â€ Among other posh entertainments Life looked in on an alfresco luncheon with butlers in attendance; a match on the indoor tennis court at the J. Watson Webb estate; top-ranked polo players like Stewart Inglehart (above) and Laddie Sanford resting between chukkers; cocktails at the Aviation Country Club; and a regatta at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club. Looks like the perfect summer to me.
-Jared Paul Stern is the editor of DRIVEN.