In The Magazine

Beach Babes: AVENUE Presents the East End’s Sexiest Singles

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


On the prowl for a hot summer love? Here are eighteen available East End men and women of all ages and sexual orientations who might just punch your ticket—and could be more than a fling. Some are summer people, some year-rounders, but a discerning panel says they’ve got just the right mix of body, mind and spirit to see you through September—and maybe beyond.


Dashing Designer Max Eicke

Single since December, the 27-year-old Sag Harbor furniture designer is the son of German antique dealers. Max spends his time between Sag Harbor and Düsseldorf. He learned his craft at the Ross School. But he’s seldom without a blonde on his arm, so move quickly, girls.


Hyphenate Honey Missy Hargraves

The long, tall, drop-dead-gorgeous actress, model and animal rescue advocate is untainted by a run of bad luck in love. While estranged from her ex, TV producer Jeff Ross, she dated Jacques Azoulay, former beau of Bravo Housewife Countess Luann de Lesseps. Fortunately—at least for East End men—that fling has been flung.


Branded Beauty Valesca Guerrand-Hermès

Her last name came from the late Mathias Guerrand-Hermès, whose father, Patrick, was a former vice president of Hermès International and president of the Federation of International Polo. The 450 guests at their 1999 wedding were flown from Paris to Marrakech on private jets. Seven years after her husband’s death during a protracted divorce, the blond beauty is a regular on the philanthropy circuit. A Southampton renter and a mother of two, she serves on the board of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.


Hot Heiress Amanda Hearst

The cofounder of Maison de Mode, a luxury retailer of ethical fashion both online and in stores, Hearst is a media heiress, a former model and fashion magazine editor, and a founder of Friends of Finn, an organization dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. The Water Mill beauty’s romantic résumé includes Winston Lapham, Alejandro Santo Domingo and Luis Medina, the count of Feria.


Hot Heir Matthew Mellon

The banking scion, former New York Republican Party finance chair, global ambassador for Ripple Labs and largest shareholder in the bitcoin competitor XRP is in the throes of his second divorce and says he is “a thousand percent” single. Scout Southampton’s First Neck Lane for sightings of the ex of Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon (who’s not done badly herself—she’s now seeing Mike Ovitz).


Exotic Enchantress Anh Duong

The artist/model lives in Manhattan and East Hampton. Born in France to a Spanish mother and a Vietnamese father, Duong’s talent and exotic looks have attracted art world titans from Julian Schnabel to Simon de Pury.


Persian Prince Darius Yektai

The son of the well-known Bridgehampton abstract expressionist Manoucher Yektai, Darius, 44, has a brooding allure. He wielded his brush from California to Paris before returning to Long Island, where his Tehran-born father started showing at the Elaine Benson Gallery in 1966.


Culinary Cutie Greg Grossman

With accolades from none other than Kurt Wenzel of the Times, the 21-year-old chef at Oreya is a gastronomic force to be reckoned with. His restaurant in Southampton’s Capri Hotel specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. A professional chef for nearly a decade, he first gained fame when he took over the kitchen at

Wainscott’s now-shuttered Georgica at the ripe old age of 19.


Rockin’ Doc Scarlett Magda

Beautiful outside and in, Dr. Magda is a veterinarian and the founder and president of Veterinarians International. A figure of renown in animal welfare circles, she works for human, animal and environmental health while traveling the globe to save wild animals, including elephants and gorillas.


Green Goddess Edwina von Gal

The celebrated, East Hampton-based eco-friendly landscaper is teaching East Enders how to get lush lawns naturally. She was recently honored by Guild Hall.


Smooth Operator Tommy Hill

The tall, long-haired owner of Southampton’s East End Limousine is the rock star of luxury rental cars, running a fleet of Rolls-Royces, Cadillacs, BMWs and Benzes, so it’s no surprise he catches the eyes of Russian models.


Heroic Hunk Shane Dyckman

The restaurateur and volunteer fireman helped put out the flames that destroyed SagTown, his popular Sag Harbor café last fall. Shortly thereafter he was served with divorce papers by his wife, Tisha Collette, owner of the Collette Luxury Consignment shops in Southampton and Bridgehampton. He currently runs the Service Station Food & Drink, an American-casual, comfort food cafe in East Hampton, with partner Michael Gluckman.


Blonde Bombshell Margo Manhattan

The glamorous daughter of prima ballerina Karin von Aroldingen and goddaughter to ballet legend George Balanchine, Margo summers in Southampton. She designs jewelry for the likes of Beyoncé and Amber Heard and was anointed with her surname by Arthur Elgort, when she performed in one of the legendary photographer’s music videos.


Cordon Bleu Boy Allan Wyse

A Bridgehampton-based chef with piercing eyes, Wyse fell for an older woman, dating “Sex and the City” vixen Kim Cattrall for five years until a 2009 breakup. In 2014, after stints as a chef at Daniel and the Modern and in many a private kitchen, he and global organic food entrepreneur Erik Bruun Bindslev cofounded Wyse Organics, selling and delivering precooked sous vide–style meals made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. 


Provocative Producer Meryl Poster

The divorced film and television executive, who keeps a country home in Bridgehampton, has long been known as one of the few people who can say no to Harvey Weinstein, her former boss at Miramax. Meryl has also avoided remarriage. The founder and president of Superb Entertainment is also the executive producer of Bravo’s The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. But don’t let that put you off.


Bodacious Builder Paul Kelloff

The Quogue construction company owner was dating Countess Luann de Lesseps last summer until she announced she was marrying someone else. The Real Housewife’s real man is now back on the market.


Comely Classicist Laura Grenning

A former Goldman Sachs stock analyst, Laura, 53, oversees an eponymous gallery with locations in Wellington, Florida, and Sag Harbor and a stable of classically-trained artists. Her longtime relationship with a local landscaper designer recently went kaput.


Sexy Sommelier Michael Cohen

The restaurant manager and wine director of 1770 House in East Hampton got his start in restaurants at his hometown outside Philadelphia at age 15. He first visited the East End 15 years ago, trained to become a sommelier there, and now oversees a 300-bottle list, calling himself a “wine nerd.”


Who Runs ABT? Girls!

ABT kicks off fall season

On The Avenue

Our Night at the Opera

Celebrating Marc Chagall, who is not a Marx Brother


All’s Fair at TEFAF Opening

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering raised funds as a glamorous art fair returned to New York.

by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/