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Aug 25, 2015 11:45 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

No Lemonade For You; Seinfeld Lemonade Stand Shut Down in East Hampton Village

Jerry Seinfeld, son Julian and other boys jokingly surrender to the authorities in East Hampton Village. Jessica Seinfeld
Aug 25, 2015 2:44 PM

For eight seasons, Jerry Seinfeld’s television persona dealt with the fictional “Newman,” his neighbor and arch-nemesis. Mr. Seinfeld, a part-time East Hampton resident, dealt with a real-life meddling neighbor last Tuesday afternoon, August 18, when his family’s lemonade stand on Egypt Lane in the village was shut down following complaints.

Mr. Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, posted a photo on Instagram of Mr. Seinfeld, their son, Julian, and two friends with their hands on top of their heads in surrender. An East Hampton Village Police car could clearly be seen in the back right corner of the photo.

“Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled,” wrote Ms. Seinfeld in the caption. “Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! Thanks, Xander and Jaden, for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry.”

East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said police received a complaint about illegally parked vehicles at the location of the lemonade stand. At the scene, an officer advised the Seinfeld family that village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property. The village prohibits all forms of peddling on its property.

While the money was ultimately raised for Ms. Seinfeld’s charity, Baby Buggy, many of Ms. Seinfeld’s Instagram followers expressed their disdain over the neighbor’s complaint and strict policies about lemonade stands in the area.

“People always talk about how kids today need to get back to the basics, and when they do, they change their mind,” PamB2001 commented in an Instagram post.

Tom Keaney, Mr. Seinfeld’s publicist, said he could not add anything beyond what was posted on Instagram.

Ms. Seinfeld founded Baby Buggy in 2001. The organization focuses on providing families under financial strain with clothing, gear and services, and has donated 16 million items since its formation. Its motto is “Love Recycled,” hence its Instagram handle.

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Yea, that's correct. Make fun of the police where you live, that will help...
By LI native (127), east moriches on Aug 27, 15 8:21 AM
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I think they are surrendering to the idiot complainer... The idea that kids can't have a lemonade stand is ridiculous...
By localgirl (17), southampton on Aug 27, 15 8:58 AM
why don't they do it at their home like everyone else does
By LI native (127), east moriches on Aug 27, 15 9:09 AM
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That's what I was thinking but my wife pointed out that there house is on Further Lane right near a bend in the road. Its narrow and people drive too fast so having cars stop / park for lemonade would create a potentially hazardous situation.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Aug 28, 15 10:04 AM
Another case of government run amuck.
By the way Jerry, Luv the VW camper.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Aug 27, 15 9:12 AM
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It wuouldn't matter if they did it in front of their house... the proparty along the road is considered village property even though the homeowners maintain it. my guess is that they chose this location because it has better access to more people than where their house is but have no idea where their house is..

When we were kids, we used to have lemonade stands on "village property" and no one made us close down... it's just sad that it has come to this...
By localgirl (17), southampton on Aug 27, 15 9:20 AM
It would be very difficult to sell anything in front of Jerry's house hard place to stop a car and get out.
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Aug 27, 15 1:53 PM
Ridiculous. The cops should have told the neighbor to quit whining and let the kids stay.
By HB90 (164), southampton on Aug 27, 15 10:14 AM
Was the Lemonade any good or was it that packaged crap?
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Aug 27, 15 10:21 AM
The lemondade was real; and it was spectacular...
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Aug 27, 15 11:20 AM
They were set up on public property and that was more than a 'lemonade stand' seeing as they had tables, chairs and props. But hey, rich NYC liberal wants to do what he wants to do, why should the law apply to hjim.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 27, 15 11:30 AM
How is it "more than a lemonade stand"? Every lemonade stand ever has had a table and something to sit on. The only thing I see that's slightly unique is the sign that's made on something other than the more traditional poster paper. And... he obviously can't do what he wants to do if they got shut down.
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Aug 28, 15 7:27 AM
I have never seen a child's lemonade stand that has a seating for customers. Or a van. Or a Porsche for a prop. Or six foot tall wooden signs. All on public property with out a permit. But no, go ahead and keep making excuses for self-entitled rich white guys...oh wait, he's a celebrity.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 28, 15 2:45 PM
Property along the road is all public property and who cares if they had tables/props... they are trying to sell lemonade for charity... the only reason why they applied the law was because of the person complaining. I doubt any member of the police department wanted to shut down the lemonade stand. and this isn't politics...
By localgirl (17), southampton on Sep 1, 15 10:20 AM
tell me why we need a police officer with a six figure salary to do this kind of work again?

i wish there was a exchange program between the nypd and southampton town police

these cops out here have a joke of a job
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Aug 27, 15 12:33 PM
For once you have children doing something good instead of being in the paper for a real crime and they are told to close down. I think Mr. S should have a big party at his place with lots of people and lots of music. And don't forget the lemonade.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Aug 27, 15 8:18 PM
First off Lime, maybe we should be thankful that police out here have "a joke of a job". That, in itself, indicates we have relative peace and safety in our area. And it probably wouldn't have killed the seinfelds to have given a bit of a heads-up about their project.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 27, 15 8:44 PM
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the part that gets me is the salary

it doesn't make sense they make double the money as my friends and family in the nypd
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Aug 28, 15 9:00 AM
Obvioulsy the neighbor has an issue with the Seinfelds. Maybe it was his baseball field or doing whatever he wanted without a permit until he got caught. Maybe that neighbor is the one who turned him in. Rich people behaving badly. This reminds me of the lawsuit between neighbors because one couldnt stand the sound of the tennis balls when the neighbor played tennis. So they sued. Perhpas that complaining neighbor can buy an island somewhere and have it all to themselves. Can you imagine how horrible ...more
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Aug 28, 15 6:58 AM
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Oh no a softball field, and a lemonade stand. This Jerry guy has to go with his criminal behavior. Lol you people are pathetic.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 28, 15 8:04 AM
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@uncle fester ....that was THE best comment ever !!!!!!
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Aug 28, 15 9:19 AM
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If a Village, etc. has laws not allowing solicitations on public property, people must adhere to the laws. But, sometimes, in the interest of a charity
fund raiser, the neighbor(s) should close their eyes and the Village should be able to allow a temporary permit. For goodness sake, I don't think the Seinfeld family were planning on selling lemonade as a permanent business. There are more important things in life to bitch about.
By DianeHolsborg (2), on Aug 28, 15 12:15 PM
You'd think the people of East Hampton would be gracious enough to help poor kids & families. I guess not. Police wonder why they are held in such a low esteem these days. Well, here's an example why.
By RonO'Neal (1), on Aug 28, 15 12:52 PM
Yes, LEOs are held in such low esteem because they do their jobs. So if Jerry and his brats are breaking the law LEOs are just to ignore it? How about when some one breaks into your house and assaults you, you want them to ignore that too. Or how about we apply the law equally to all people regardless of creed, color or celebrity status.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 28, 15 2:49 PM
A bit off track here don't you think?

Brats? Really? Do you know them well? Or just applying the word equally to all.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Aug 28, 15 4:54 PM
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Police were called to access the situation due to a complaint. It is East Hampton who should have let it go, and, of course, the peeved neighbor.
By DianeHolsborg (2), on Aug 28, 15 7:18 PM
No they shouldn't have "let it go". The law is the law, you don't just get to pick and choose when to enforce it. Oh what, rich white guy gets a pass I suppose.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 31, 15 6:47 AM
Vast amounts of money are contributed every year to poor kids by residents of East Hampton town. They just don't go publicizing themselves for doing it and they don't ask others to contribute -- they do it all themselves.
By btdt (449), water mill on Sep 3, 15 2:31 PM
Your correct, The law is the law and Hilary should have listened to that advise. But the Clinton's think they are above the law and now she is paying the price!

Looks like its gonna be Trump vs. Biden
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Sep 3, 15 4:07 PM
Perhaps those opposed to the stand were antilemites......

By New Guy in Town (10), Westhampton on Aug 28, 15 1:29 PM
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Here's the real deal... once the word got out that Seinfeld kids were running a lemonade stand every tourist in town would be there in a second with their selfie sticks in tow. Further Lane is a narrow road and with bikers, joggers and others it's a logjam waiting to happen. Cops did the right thing... Newman.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Aug 28, 15 2:20 PM
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For the past several years, I have seen lemonade stands set up in the most expensive and elite areas of the Southampton Village Estate section. Children with moms and/ or nannies. Wider roads. Never heard of any complaints.
Children experiencing a slice of Americana that they cannot in NYC.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Aug 28, 15 5:58 PM
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what's the harm in kids doing something to raise $ for a charity? at least they are not out doing drugs, graffiti, stealing, mugging people. Seinfeld should be commended for helping these kids to do the right thing instead of running with the wrong crowds. hope the complainer sleeps well at night.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 28, 15 6:30 PM
They can do it like everyone else, in front of their house.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Aug 31, 15 6:48 AM
Predator- your real name is Crazy Joe Davolla isn't it? Or is it Banya-still mad about the suit?? And yes- soup IS a meal so get over it
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 2, 15 1:48 PM
New guy in town wins !!!!!!
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Aug 28, 15 10:22 PM
When career has sunsetted, create controversy to keep in public's eye. Helps with the Q rating...
By tired and broken (6), remsenburg on Aug 30, 15 6:37 AM
When career has sunsetted, create controversy to keep in public's eye. Helps with the Q rating...
By tired and broken (6), remsenburg on Aug 30, 15 6:38 AM
We've lost our minds when a lemonade stand in summer gets the boot. Time for everyone to relax-isn't that what we are all in the Hamptons for?
By peacemaker (23), Sag Harbor on Aug 30, 15 8:24 AM
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Tired and Broken, If you're referring to Jerry Seinfeld's career I think you should check yourself. As for the police comments, they handle ALL calls whether it's a dog barking, a car accident, a bar fight, an aided case, a drowning and everything in between. It's the cranky neighbor that we should look at here. Llimretaw-- who you gonna call when you need help? Seinfeld's neighbor?? Good luck with that. The police salaries pale in comparison to local plumbers, electricians and a host of other hard ...more
By eastendgemini (7), southampton on Aug 30, 15 9:33 AM
It's not the fault of the police, it's the jealous and selfish neighbors who are at fault here. Imagine, if you will, the police having to shut down every lemonade stand set up by kids throughout the Hamptons???? This neighbor is the jackass of all jackasses; self-righteous, annoying...a REAL Newman!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Sep 1, 15 12:01 PM
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By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Sep 2, 15 10:31 AM
Seinfeld had set up a stand last year at a different location - near the Maidstone Club golf course. He was probably not shut down at that time because no one called in to complain about the cars / parking since the golf course is all around where he set up.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Sep 3, 15 2:24 PM
1.) Jerry Seinfeld is worth $820M. If he and his wife want to fund a charity, they can open their wallets. No need to ask other people to fund it for them with this kind of publicity stunt.

2.) With today's social media and the hordes of people out here in summer who want to see celebrities, every phone in the area would be texted/texting that a celebrity is selling lemonade.... let's go! Instant traffic jam.

3) Put a lemonade stand in front of your own house. You own the property, ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Sep 3, 15 2:27 PM