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6DWÇ§DPSP 2FHDQYLHZ5GÇ§ 3-level custom built home on private ďŹ‚ag lot with deeded â€œSunrise Terraceâ€? access for swimming/boating on Shinnecock Bay. Bay and ocean views! Soaring stone facade in 25ft. entry foyer. Co-Excl. F#64930 | Web#H49469 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DW Ç§ DPSP +LJEHH 5G Ç§ Charming turn-key ranch located in a very private, serene and beautifully landscaped park-like setting. This home has it all, move-in condition, great location including waterfront access, member of the Hampton Hill Association, mooring available. Excl. F#66895 | Web#H22795. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP )DLU+LOOV/DQHÇ§ Great example of quality construction. New 5 bedroom, 6+baths hilltop Traditional. Features include den and great room. 3 ďŹ replaces, gunite pool. Family room, chefâ€™s kitchen, dumb waiter. Formal dining, living, screened porch & more. F#52475 | Web# H0152475. Dir: Rt. 27E in BH, left on Butter Ln, right on Scuttle Hole, left on Brick Kiln, right on Fair Hills. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
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6DW 6XQÇ§SP 0HFR[5RDGÇ§ New construction on reserve. 6 BRS, 6 BAs, 2 half baths, 4 fpls. Prof. kit. w/fplc, screened porch & stone patio. Fin. bsmnt. Gunite pool. 2-car gar. Bordered by reserve. F#57953. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP 0LOO)DUPÇ§ Stylish New Construction. 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home. Designed for gracious living with vaulted ceilings, doubleheight windows, great room, prof.-grade kitchen, family room, 3 ďŹ replaces, patios & heated, gunite pool. F#60420 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
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6DW 6XQ Ç§ SP 'XQH5GÇ§ Newly constructed condominium complex. Design, quality and amenitiessurpassedonlybythemagniďŹ centviews.10oversized bayfront townhouse units, each a fresh interpretation of the Hamptons shingled beach home. F#61222 | Web#H55783 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
EASTHAMPTON 6XQÇ§SP 3DUULVK3RQG5RDGÇ§ South of Highway. Brand-new 5BR, 4+BA Trad.. Spacious great room, secluded den, lib., family rm, formal DR. 3 fpls, htd gunite pool, 3-car gar. 6,000 sq.ft. on 1.4 acres. F#62298. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP :KLWH3LQH5RDGÇ§ New construction - East Hampton north. Traditional, 2-story home, 5,000 sq.ft., 6 BRs & 6 marble BAs. 2 landscaped acres, chefâ€™s kitchen, FDR, home theater room, wine storage, ďŹ nished basement, gym, and 2 FPLCs. CAC & Vac. Mahogany decks, stone patios, gunite pool, 2-car gar. F#60902 | Web# H51786 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQ Ç§ SP 6KLQQHFRFN+LOOV5GÇ§ 3BRs, 2BAs, fpl, granite kit., ďŹ n. bsmnt and gar. Pool and hot tub surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Excl. Dir: CR39, south on GreenďŹ eld, right on Shinnecock Hills Rd. Web#H14649. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 'XQH5G8QLWÇ§ 2BR, 2BA oceanfront condo. The airy open living area with updated kitchen, dining area, LR area, and pvt terrace overlook the dunes and ocean beyond. Excl. F#14091 | Web#H0114091 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
NORTHFORK 6XQÇ§SP %HDFK5G/DXUHOÇ§ Gorgeous Bayfront Cottage With Exceptional Views To The South, Over 180 Degree Waterviews, Sugar Sand Beach, Huge Deck For Entertaining, A Must See! Web#2049178 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ SP 0DOOR\'ULYHÇ§ Southampton Pines mansion boasting grand foyer w/double ďŹ‚oating staircase, ďŹ replace, wall to ceiling doors and windows. Gourmet kitchen. 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths 4 half baths. Excl. F#62890 | Web#H15791. Dir. Emmet to Malloy. 4XRJXH2IČŠFH
6XQ Ç§ SP 0RQWDXN+Z\Ç§ 2-story traditional boasts 4BR, 3.5B on magniďŹ cently landscapedproperty.Grandentryhallwithatrium,3ďŹ replaces, master suite, 3 guest bedrooms, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, 2-car gar. Excl. F#60321 | Web#H060321 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ SP .QROO5RDGÇ§ Close to beaches, this trad. features 3BRs, 2.5BAs, fpl in great room,hardwoodďŹ‚oors,fullbsmnt,2-cargar.,poolanddeck.Excl. Dir: West on Montauk Hwy, south on Knoll Rd. Web#H30690. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP 6KLQQHFRFN 5G Ç§ Waterfront private community, 4BR, 2 bath, custom gourmet kitchen, central air, ďŹ replace, heated free-form gunite pool, outdoor shower, poolside cabana bar, steps to private beach, over-sized deck and, 75ft. bulkhead. F#67024 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ SP %OXHEHUU\/QÇ§ Custom built in 2001, newly renovated this August, beautiful post modern home features 4BR, 2.5BA, CAC, ďŹ replace, partially ďŹ nished basement with an entrance to the backyard and a 2-car garage. Excl. F#50273 | Web#H0150273 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 1RUWK0DLQ6WUHHWÇ§ Classic 19th century home. Restored, c. 1845, legal, 2-family home. Enhanced with gardens, landscaping. Each ďŹ‚oor has 2 BRs, bath, LR and kit. Room for small pool. Zoned for light commercial. F#45923 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP :KLWH%LUFK&W-DPHVSRUWÇ§ Custom built home on 1.1 acres with master suite and jacuzzi tub with an additional 2 BR and bath. Large private deck with hot tub completes this perfect home. Web # 2110478 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH
6XQ Ç§ SP :DVKLQJWRQ'UÇ§ Dock your boat at this newly renovated bayfront home, on a deep water lagoon in a private bayfront community. Custom quality throughout. Take a dip in your beautiful heated gunite pool, or relax in the heated spa. F#47776 | Web#H0147776 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ SP &OLII'ULYHÇ§ Move happily to this 3BR, 3B, bay-area cottage-style home. An ideal lifestyle, with ďŹ replace, ďŹ nished basement and exercise room. Den, family room, full-appliance package. 2-car garage. Excl. F#243109 | Web#H16081 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP 'HHUČŠHOG5RDGÇ§ 6 BR, 3/4 BA Traditional. 2.7 acres of lush landscaping surrounding the 20x50 gunite pool. Interior amenities include library, media room, 4 FPs & master suite w/Jacuzzi. Tennis permit in place. Borders 2 reserves. F#62675 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP &DUGLQDO'ULYH0DWWLWXFNÇ§ 10 room expanded ranch set on .7 acres. Wonderful home for gracious entertaining, granite kitchen, ďŹ replace, formal dining room, family room, 1st ďŹ‚oor laundry and more. Web#1988393 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 6HEDVWLDQ'ULYH5LYHUKHDGÇ§ Move into this pristine ranch on shy of an acre with 4 BRs, 2BAs, 2-car gar., and full basement with OSE. Enjoy a variety of amenities in this beautiful home. Web# 2100032 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH
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Announcing the Upcoming Show Tours Lineup… 2nd Bus Added! – Boothbay Harbor Maine 4-Day Tour – Sun.-Wed., Sept. 14th-17th $565 pp./do. – Don’t miss your chance to experience the beautiful panorama of Maine as Hampton Jitney returns for another enchanting visit. You will come to understand why Boothbay Harbor, Maine is among our favorite tours for refreshing your souls. You will tour Ocean Point, take a harbor cruise, enjoy a genuine New England Clambake (one lobster and all the fixings), have a guided tour of Camden, Maine and make a stop at the Wyeth Center. Atlantic City Overnight – Tropicana Resort & Casino – Sun.-Mon., Sept. 14th-15th $150 pp/do. – Feeling lucky? Bring along your good fortune as you head out for a fun excursion with Hampton Jitney Tours. You may wish to indulge in the Casino, enjoy a revue show, relax on the beach or stroll along the boardwalk. Whatever your decision, you’re in for a great time! “Boeing-Boeing” Show Tour – Sat., Oct. 4th – $165 pp. This non-stop comedy by Marc Camoletti was a big hit on the West End in London. Boeing-Boeing is about an architect living in Paris, who has been successfully juggling three flight attendant fiancées with his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air traffic controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when an old school pal visits, things get rather turbulent. Schedules change, flights are delayed and chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking. Lake George – Stay at ‘Surfside on the Lake’ in the Adirondacks – 3-Day Fall Foliage Tour – Sun.–Tues., Oct. 5th-7th – $365 pp./do. – Come with Hampton Jitney to discover the Adirondacks. Beautiful Lake George is the setting, and your hotel is right on the Lake. Dine overlooking the lake at Club Hamilton, take a 1-hour narrated cruise on the “Queen of American Lakes”, see the 100 mile view from atop Prospect Mountain, tour Lake Placid and much more. The Outer Banks of North Carolina – 4-Day Tour – Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 13th-16th $599 pp./do. – The Outer Banks is a string of sandy barrier islands that bow out into the Atlantic Ocean and cup the shoreline. Prepare yourselves for a wonderful trip filled with a lot of sightseeing – see the many lighthouses, go to a wildlife refuge, take a ferry ride, visit quaint villages, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, an Elizabethan Garden and more. Mohonk Mountain House Resort (A Historic Landmark) – Tues., Oct. 14th (Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch included) – $115 pp. – Enjoy the top of the Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding Lake Mohonk. You’ll see thousands of acres of unspoiled scenery, including beautiful rock formations and 128 gazebos overlooking the mountains. The only structure on the virtually untouched land is the sprawling landmarked Victorian Mohonk Mountain House. You’ll also have a carriage ride around the grounds. The Hamptons! – A Fully Guided 1-Day Tour – Thurs., Oct. 16th - $145 pp. from NYC and $99 pp. from Southampton – See the beautiful seascapes and diverse group of towns, each with its own flavor. Delight in the stunning landscape and some of the best beaches in the world while you get an insight into some of the rich history of this magnificent area of New York State. Attraction admissions/tours and dinner are included in this tour. Fall Spectacular – West Point and Purple Heart Hall of Honor Tours and Champagne Brunch at the Hotel Thayer – Sun., Oct. 19th – $119 pp. This is a beautiful time to visit the Hudson River Valley. First, enjoy an all you can eat Champagne Brunch at Hotel Thayer, set on a hilltop overlooking the majestic Hudson River. Next you will have some free time at The West Point Military
Academy Visitor’s Center before your tour of the Academy. Then travel a short distance for a special tour of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorating the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. Vermont 3-Day Tour including Simon Pearce Glass Blowers – Sun.-Tues., Oct. 19th-21st – $539 pp./do. – Vermont’s beauty and the Middlebury Inn’s warm hospitality make the right combination for this trip. You will visit museums, have many shopping opportunities, discover new things, sample some delicious ice cream, view magnificent scenery and be amazed by the Simon Pearce glass blowers and potters at work. You will also have the opportunity to eat at Simon Pearce Restaurant at the Mill. The Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, MA – 3-Day Tour – Sun.-Tues., Nov. 9th-11th - $389 pp./do. – Discover some of the wonders of the Berkshires and/or take the opportunity to visit and have a tour of Hancock Shaker Village, stroll through the village of Stockbridge, unwind at the Inn, and stop at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The Red Lion Inn is one of the few remaining American inns in continuous use since the 18th century and is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America. This tour is intended for your relaxation, so come unwind with us on this pleasurable excursion. “Wicked” – Wed., Nov. 19th – $199 pp. – If you think you know the two iconic witches from Oz — the Wicked Witch (Elphaba) and the Good Witch (Glinda) — think again. Wicked takes a revisionist look at an American icon of evil and discovers how the young Elphaba, a passionate, committed young woman from Oz, becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. Her character is contrasted with that of her school roommate Glinda, who grows up to be the Good Witch. Orchestra show tickets. The Culinary Institute of America – Italian Cuisine Lunch at the Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici and Brotherhood Winery Tasting and Tour – Thurs., Nov. 20th – $99 pp. - The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) provides the highest-quality culinary education and operates 5 awardwinning public restaurants at its campus in Hyde Park, New York. Their Italian restaurant is in a magnificent Tuscan Villa setting. You will have plenty of time on your own to browse the gift shops and/or grounds of the CIA, then you will travel to the Brotherhood Winery for a tour and tasting. This winery has been in continuous operation in the picturesque village of Washingtonville, NY. It is the oldest winery in the United States. You will have an opportunity to enjoy their gift shop, as well.
Also Available: Fall Foliage in New Hampshire 4-Day Tour – Sun.-Wed., 10/19-10/22 Bally’s Atlantic City Overnight – Sun.-Mon, 11/2-11/3 A Sports Fan’s 1-Day Tour – Sat., 11/15 Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" The Musical - Wed., 11/19 & Wed., 12/17 Holiday Shopping Tour – Fri., 11/21 Greenbrier Resort – West Virginia – Sun.-Wed., 12/7-10 Radio City Music Hall – Christmas Spectacular – 12/9,11,16 & 18 – 12/11 & 14 HOLIDAY BRASS: New York Philharmonic – Principal Brass Quintet & the Canadian Brass – A New York tradition at Avery Fisher Hall – Sun., 12/14
SHOW TOURS INCLUDE –
Lunch or dinner (unless otherwise indicated), a Hampton Jitney professional driver, tour escort and deluxe round-trip transportation. Call for complete package details.
To Book A Show Tour Call: 631-283-4600 or 212-362-8400 Extension 343 to reach our Southampton office; Or dial 631-477-2862 to reach our Greenport office. We also offer trips to Foxwoods Resort Casino, customized tours and charters for any group and more.
Visit us online at
for the most complete list and details of all Hampton Jitney tours and shows. North Fork pick-up and drop-off locations are as follows: Greenport, Southold, Cutchogue, Mattituck, Jamesport, Aquebogue, Riverhead, Farmingville, Melville Marriott.
Get the Best Price on Tickets with a Value Pack Ticket Book! Call, Stop in or Go Online to Purchase. • They never expire • Simple to purchase • Save time and money • Any rider can use - anytime
South Fork pick-up and drop-off locations are as follows: East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Farmingville, Huntington.
Show tour reservations are accepted only with payment at the time of booking: credit card by phone, cash or check at HJ reservation desk in the Omni lobby. Credit card sales are processed at the time of the reservation. Cancellations will be accepted on a conditional basis – we will attempt to resell the seats, but do not guarantee to do so; if not resold, the customer is still obligated to pay for the non-sold/non-cancelable parts of the package. Any change, refund or cancellation will incur a $15 per person service charge.
Through our online website reservation and Value Pack order system, Hampton Jitney is open 24 hours a day for information & reservations. Make your travel reservations quickly and accurately, then place a secure order for your Value Pack Ticket Book.
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Ambassador Class Service
Enjoy the ultimate in comfort – a full size coach with only half the seats! Spacious captain’s chairs and plush carpeting, Up to 17” leg room, FREE wireless internet service, Outlets for your electronics, Enhanced complimentary beverages and snacks, Personalized host service.
The “Bonacker” Non-stop service to and from NYC and East Hampton, available Eastbound Fri. & Westbound Sun. & Mon.
Mid/Uptown drop offs are 3rd & 39th, 42nd, 51st, 61st, 67th, 72nd, 79th & 85th.
These trips do not include Sag Harbor on Thurs. & Fri. (Eastbound) and Sun. & Mon. (Westbound).
These trips arrive approximately 20 minutes earlier on Sat. and Sun.
These trips drop off on the Westside. Mid/Uptown Westside drop offs are: 86th St. & Central Park West, 86th St. & Broadway, 79th St. & Broadway, 72nd St. & Broadway, and 64th St. & Broadway. This Lower Manhattan trip drops off on the Westside. Drop offs are on 6th Avenue at the following cross streets: Bleeker St., 14th, 23rd & 32nd at the MTA stops.
Montauk Line- These trips guarantee Sag Harbor passengers will never be required to transfer prior to their arrival. Westhampton Line- These trips guarantee WH Line passengers will not transfer on the days noted above.
This trip will not go to Napeague and Montauk on Tues. and Wed.
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Airport Connections. Hampton Jitney airport connection stops are convenient to JFK, LaGuardia and Islip/MacArthur airports. Detailed information is located in the Westbound and Eastbound notes section on the other side. This trip will not go to Manorville on Fridays.
ARRIVAL TIMES ARE ESTIMATES AND CAN VARY DUE TO WEATHER, TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND DAY OF WEEK. HAMPTON JITNEY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAYS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
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Battery Park City South End Avenue & Albany Across from Gristedes Financial District - Water St. & Broad St. - Southeast corner of Water St. and Broad St., in front of Chase Bank South Street Seaport Pearl St. & Fulton St. - East Side of Pearl Street, in front of Wendy’s
CELL PHONE POLICY: All phones must be turned off. Urgent calls only; limited to a total of 3 minutes. ALL LUGGAGE: Must have ID tag. HJ liability maximum $250. All checked luggage and packages are subject to search.
Peter Cooper Village 1st Ave. & 23rd St. - East Side of 1st Ave. (between 23rd & 24th), in front of Board of Education Building 4:55
RESERVATIONS Reservations are required to guarantee a seat. Please call if you must change or cancel a reservation; please do not double book. “No shows” may be charged full fare.
Manorville Southampton Watermill Bridgehampton
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TICKETS AND PAYMENT Payment on board may be by cash, ticket, credit card; or by check if you are an Express Club member and have your membership card with you. American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards may be used for payment only if the credit card is on board with the passenger. Open (unreserved) tickets, including Value Pack ticket books, can be purchased at the Omni desk in Southampton, through our accounting office or online. Trip availability is subject to change — always call or refer to our website to confirm schedule. DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN SERVICE: Introducing Hampton Jitney Service to and from Lower Manhattan on Friday, Sunday & Monday.
To Lower Manhattan MONTAUK LINE
HAMPTON JITNEY RIDER ALERT
BLOCK ISLAND FERRY CONNECTION - Ask about our convenient DIRECT service to and from midtown Manhattan/ Queens & Viking Ferry in Montauk. Departs Fri. Sat., Sun. & Mon. See trips with the above for departure times. Call or view our website for further details. To contact Viking Ferry: www.vikingfleet.com 631.668.5700.
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To Manhattan Westbound
Labor Day Week Schedule
Lower Manhattan Westbound MTA Bus Stop Drop-off Locations: • • • • •
2nd Ave. & 34th St. • State St. & Battery 2nd Ave. & 22nd St. Place (Bowling Green 2nd Ave. & 14th St. Subway Station) 2nd Ave. & 9th St. • Church St. & Cortlandt West Side of Allen St. St. (Connection to & E. Houston St. Path Trains to N.J.) • West Side of Pearl St. • South End Avenue & Fulton St. • North Side of Water St. & Broad St. 1146342
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It’s a Wrap Summer of ‘08 in the Hamptons: The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful By Dan Rattiner The summer of 2008 is almost at an end, and so, one might ask, how was this summer different from all other summers? Well, in lots of ways. For one thing, bigger crowds of people than ever before came out here every weekend, all summer. But they seemed to have less money with them. Whether they were the wealthy Wall Street people or just summer daytrippers I do not know, but the truth is that they came into town with high hopes and less money in their pockets to spend in the stores. They’d walk into Tiffany’s in East Hampton, for example, and they’d say, “What have you got for a dime and three pennies?” And the answer would be, “Not much.” The lack of wild spending resulted in several high-end stores, particularly in East Hampton, putting together certain promotions to get people into their stores and into a spending mood. These included free ice cream cones, a little band, and some wine and cheese, and that resulted in the
local police conducting a raid throughout the town in early July. One day, they went into every store looking for champagne or wine being served, and, finding four or five, had them put away their liquor or suffer getting a ticket for not having a $35 one-day liquor license required by the village in order to serve alcohol. Also, quite famously, there was the case of one East Hampton art gallery owner, Ruth Vered, not getting the message about the liquor license
less support than in prior years, there were several weekends where there were only one or two. The Big Recession settling in over most of America has not reached the upper echelons of those who come to the Hamptons yet. But real estate sales were off about a third this summer because of the recession and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Yet everybody still wanted to come out to the Hamptons. And so rentals were way, way up, and so everybody got here anyway. It was the year of the Europeans. With the dollar in the dumps, the Europeans were over, stocking up on all manner of goodies, filling their suitcases with whatever jewelry and furs they could fit, since to them, spending $30,000 on a fur was like spending 55 cents. The Europeans included mostly French and Germans, with a smattering of Russians (from the European part of Russia), and one elderly Sicilian organ-grinder I met from Palermo who was here to buy a Lamborghini with what he made last weekend with his pet monkey at a circus in Naples. The Artists beat the Writers, 4 to 2, at their annual softball game in East Hampton. Chevy Chase, Alec Baldwin, Lori Singer and a host of
Europeans came, Vered was arrested, the Artists Beat the Writers & Hampton Subway use soared...
Dan Rattiner is the founder of Dan's Papers. His memoir, In the Hamptons: Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities is currently available wherever books are sold.
requirement — because it hadn’t been enforced in 30 years. After asking the police to go away because she was having her art opening party and could be free to discuss it later, Vered herself was hauled off in handcuffs. There were huge numbers of fundraisers in the early part of the summer — one Saturday night I counted seven of them — but by the end of the summer, with the fundraisers getting far
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South O’ the Highway
(and the North too)
Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ and Corlett won the $200,000 FTI Grand Prix on Sunday’s closing event of the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Dobbs, 20, became the youngest rider in the 33-year history of the show to win the class, finishing in 41.13 seconds aboard Corlett with a clear round. Brianne Goutal, 19, of New York City, placed second with Onira, and Kirsten Coe, 27, of Katonah, NY, placed third with Starlight. * * * Word on the street is that Hamptonite Tommy Hilfiger is about to list his new Plaza duplex apartment for $50 million, a property he originally bought for $29 million. The two-unit residence totals 6,000 square feet. Deborah Grubman of the Corcoran Group is rumored to be the listing broker. * * * Russell Simmons had to take a breather after a recent class at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor. After telling Colleen Saidman Yee that her classes were too easy, the yoga instructor kicked things up a notch. The hour ended with 11 consecutive backbends — and a very exhausted Simmons. * * * The summer might be officially over, but you can still hang in the Hamptons (without having to deal with the traffic!), thanks to “Virtual Worlds Hamptons,” coming soon to a computer near you. The program is part of Next Island, a new 3-D virtual world created by David Post. Catch a preview a nextisland.com. * * * Rising fuel prices are even affecting big names with deep pockets. Case in point: Diddy’s flying commercial airlines (first class, of course). Previously, the hip-hop mogul frequently traveled by private jet, which would cost $200,000 and up for a New York-Los Angeles roundtrip. * * * Hugh Grant attended the Evian Polo event in Water Mill last weekend with clothing designer Catherine Fulmer. The pair apparently met earlier that day on the beach in Southampton, but things seem to be going well — Grant plans to attend her first New York fashion show next week. * * * Mercedes Ruehl, a longtime supporter of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, attended the benefit for the Adler Outreach Division and Roy Scheider Scholarship Endowment Fund at John “Bucky” Hearst, Jr.’s Water Mill home. Ruehl will soon be appearing on the new season of HBO’s “Entourage” to reprise her role as the mother of Vincent and Johnny Chase. * * * 1194208
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URGENT NOTICE If you own a pool:
The Southampton Town Board has passed a new law effective 10/1/08.This law mandates solar heating as the only lawful method of heating a pool, whether the heater is being used as a replacement or for a new installation. The L.I. pool industry supports the intent of the law, which is to decrease energy use, and promote energy efďŹ ciency. However, the law as it is written unfairly affects all pool owners in the Town of Southampton who wish to heat their pool. s -ANY POOL OWNERS ALREADY PRACTICE GOOD ENERGY CONSERVATION through use of energy efďŹ cient heaters and solar products. s 4HIS LAW UNNECESSARILY MANDATES A VERY LIMITED AND OFTEN INEFFECTIVE WAY TO HEAT A POOL )N FACT
many homes are simply not good candidates for solar system installation.The only relief allowed in the law is for small lots which have pre-existing heaters and/or homes of â€œhistorical signiďŹ canceâ€?. s )NDEED THERE ARE MANY ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND WAYS TO PROMOTE OVERALL ENERGY EFlCIENCY FOR swimming pools that are not addressed in this law. Supervisor Kabot and the Town Board did not even consider these alternatives.
This law was passed in great haste, without researching alternatives or considering community concerns.
There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday, 9/9/08 at 1:00 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall. You should attend this Public Hearing and tell Supervisor Kabot and each member of the Town Board to delay the 10/1 enactment of this unfair law, and to consider better ways to promote energy efďŹ ciency for swimming pools. If you cannot attend, you may write letters to the address below.
Contact your elected ofďŹ cials: Hon. Linda Kabot, Supervisor 631-283-6055 Council OfďŹ ce: 631-287-5745 Hon. Nancy Graboski Hon. Chris Nuzzi Hon. Dan Russo Hon. Anna Throne-Holst Southampton Town Hall 116 Hampton Road Southampton NY 11968
LIPSA provides education and direction to pool and spa industry professionals while working to promote consumer conďŹ dence.LIPSA members are dedicated to a Code of Ethics which includes unselďŹ sh service to the public,making the largest contribution possible to the health,safety and welfare of the public in the installation, maintenance and operation of swimming pools,spas and hot tubs,and to encouraging research and the development of new materials, techniques and methods..
For more information on this important issue, or for energy-saving ideas for your pool: email email@example.com or contact us at L.I.P.S.A., PO Box 122 Westhampton NY 11977 Tel. 877-454-6774 Find local members online at www.longislandchapter.org 1147694
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others attended. It raised a record sum for charity. I got married on August 2 to my best friend and love, Chris Wasserstein. I also wrote a bestselling memoir, called In the Hamptons: My 50 Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities, which got rave reviews, including one in The New York Times. It is available wherever books are sold. The Children’s Museum of the East End on the Sag Harbor Turnpike went through a hard time financially, but appears to have recovered. The kids say, “yay!” The Sag Harbor Cinema was put up for sale this summer. Bay Street Theatre is coming to the end of its lease without any resolution of what might happen there, and it seemed the village board got religion. Now the board is all hot to make the village the most beautiful in America, looking to put John Steinbeck’s house and the Cinema onto the historic register. They also finally made the move to save the abandoned Bulova building from another 10 years of eyesore heaven. They approved a project for developers to make condominiums out of it after negotiations that had gone on for years and years, and as a result of the developers saying they’d been jerked around long enough and were outta there. Snowflake, the only fast-food joint in East Hampton, is no more now. In its place is Cherrystone’s, which features lobster roll, fish and chips, etc. And it’s pretty good. Meanwhile, the Old Stove Pub reopened. And big crowds attended.
The weekend-long ArtHamptons art fair in July was held on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. Lots of galleries came from around the world to show their wares, and it reportedly grossed $20 million. In Westhampton Beach, the Orthodox Jewish community proposed putting up an eruv — a little string on the telephone poles — around the town, resulting in all sorts of anti-Semitic behavior and the determination of a former mayor of that town to start packing up to leave. Nice town, that one. George Motz, the mayor of Quogue Village and a millionaire New York City money manager, was indicted during the last week of August out here. The accusation was that on any given day, he’d arrange for the bad trades he made to be posted to his clients and the good trades he made posted to himself. He did this by allegedly holding off posting the trades until the end of the day, allowing him to see the good from the bad. Anyway, he’s the mayor of Quogue. His wife’s the judge. And the police chief has a policy of strict enforcement of every ordinance. Much of the village is terrified of its own government. In the village of West Hampton Dunes, the founder of the village, Gary Vegliante, who has been mayor since the first election, had a challenger for his re-election bid, but he won anyway. Most people like him. This summer it was learned that the town supervisor in East Hampton had been dipping into the Community Preservation Fund bigtime for the last few years, “borrowing” $8 mil-
lion, which he did without letting his fellow councilmen know. Apparently, he was doing it because it was an election year and he wanted to get reelected without it appearing that he was spending the town toward bankruptcy. (He did get reelected.) He’s had to give all the money back. It’s resulted in his town having a huge deficit and being demoted by Wall Street four notches, which will mean higher interest rates for whatever the town borrows. The final outcome? Higher taxes, of course. We had lightning storms galore during the last half of the summer. Some houses and cars and trees were struck. There was damage. We may or may not have had a tornado in Hampton Bays. But we never had a hurricane. I don’t even recall the last time we had a hurricane. The early part of the summer was hot as hell. We had a record number of 90-degree days. Then, very strangely, at the beginning of August, summer ended and fall came in. It was much cooler than expected during the last part of the summer. New celebrity arrivals in town this summer included Michael J. Fox, Madonna and the cast of “Gossip Girl.” Montauk seemed to have shifted into a new gear this summer, getting discovered by many well-to-do residents of the Hamptons to the west. Toward the end of summer, the chic new nightspot in Montauk, called The Surf Lodge, which attracted all the young, big-money spenders, had $19,000 worth of liquor stolen during one night. In normal terms, at $10 a bot(continued on page 28)
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Andy Sabin, Environmentalist, World Traveler, Adventurer
Andy’s Back AWorld Traveler is Stunned after Living with Aborigines in the Amazon By Dan Rattiner About half the time I hear from Andy Sabin, he’s off on a mountaintop somewhere. “Hi,” he’ll say when he calls me. I might be on a street corner in Water Mill. He’s on top of a mountain in the Himalayas. And he’ll tell me so. “I’m at 11,000 feet on Mount Ermishan,” he’ll say. “I can see Chengdu from here.” “Where’s that?” “Sezchuan Province in China. But I wanted to ask you something. Do you know who owns that new shopping center they’re putting up in Hampton Bays?” And if I do know, of course, I’ll tell him. Andy lives in Amagansett, and he is the multi-
millionaire owner of a giant factory in upstate New York that recycles metal. Trash goes in one end. Platinum and silver and other special metals ready to be resold come out the other. And the money rolls in. Say what you want about this, but the truth is that he is a deep-down adventurer, activist and environmentalist. He spends one-half the time working for the environment, mostly here on Long Island. (He has used his own money to file suits to stop developments.) He bikes 30 miles every day. He looks out for endangered species. He leads groups into the woods between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor looking for turtles. Sometimes he goes out at night with groups
to look for salamanders and other nocturnal creatures. He created and largely funded the South Fork Natural History Museum and Science Center in Bridgehampton. And that’s what he does with his time here in the Hamptons. The rest of the time he’s traveling around the world both exploring and looking for new sources of junk metal he can recycle. Sometimes the calls to me come in from Madagascar. Other times they come in from an island in the Bering Straits. He’s an amazing man, as far as I am concerned. But then, last week, he called to tell me words (continued on the next page)
SARAH PALIN: WHY THE DEMS GOT TROUBLE By Dan Rattiner If you wonder why the nomination of Sarah Palin as candidate for vice president is going to be big trouble for the Democrats, just pay attention to this joke. It’s about justice in a small-town courtroom. “Who’s next?” the judge asks. The bailiff calls a name and a good-looking woman gets out of her seat and heads up to face the judge. She smiles at him. “The charge?” the judge asks. “Failing to stop at a stop sign,” the bailiff says. “Do you have anything to say for yourself?”
the judge asks. “Yes, your honor,” she says. “The thing is it was show-and-tell at school for my son. He’s in the second grade. And so I put my son in the back of the car, carried the fishbowl with the goldfish in it out to the car and strapped it into the front. Then I headed off to school. So, in a little while, I was coming down this big hill, and to tell you the truth, your honor, I just didn’t see the stop sign until the last minute. I could have stopped if I hit the brakes hard. But you know, if I had, the water and the fish would have gone all over the floor.” “Case dismissed,” the judge says. “Next?”
The bailiff calls a man to come up. He is a bald-headed man in a badly fitting suit. He is sweating a lot. And he is very nervous. “What’s the charge?” “Failing to come to a stop at a stop sign.” The judge leans forward. “Do you have anything to say for yourself?” he asks. The man speaks in a very heavy German accent, and, stuttering nervously, presents charts and photographs that show the location of the stop sign, the parked cars and the cross street. Occasionally, when he refers to the judge, he calls him, “Your Highness.” “150 dollars,” the judge said.
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I never expected to hear him say. He was in Amagansett. “I have just come back from the most amazing trip I have ever taken. It’s a trip of a lifetime.” This is quite a statement, coming from the likes of an Andy Sabin. Andy and his friend, Mike Cinque, who owns the Amagansett Liquor Store, and their three teenage boys, visited a tribe this past month that, until just a few years ago, had never seen the outside world. The two men and three boys lived among them. And it was utterly fantastic. “You should come over to my house,” Andy said. “We’re still all painted up.” Andy’s house is on Bluff Road. There is a gravel driveway leading up to a roundabout alongside which Andy keeps pigeons, geese, turtles and several other creatures in a pond. There is also a wonderful garden.
When I got there, three native boys with spears came out of the house. They wore shorts and headdresses, were barefoot, and had brightly colored stripes, handprints and squiggly swirls of colorful paints all over their bodies. They were Nicholas and Chris Cinque, ages 18 and 16. Also, Sam Sabin, age 13. They didn’t speak. I think they didn’t quite know who they were. But one of them threw a spear at a tree. It missed. Andy and Michael came out. They were all painted up, too — not only their faces, but their necks and torsos. Andy was wearing an open shirt for the occasion. And they were so excited about their time in the Amazon forest they were just beside themselves. “How long are you going to leave this on?” I asked Andy. “I can’t get it off,” Andy said. “It has to wear
off.” “That’s going to be cute, going to a business meeting.” “It was worth it.” “When did you get back?” “This morning.” Michael told me it took two days and many planes to get down to the village of Kendjam where a pilot had landed them in a small plane on a dirt runway. “We went New York to Miami to Manacous to Belem to Maruba to Kendjam,” he said. “Each plane was smaller than the last.” They had brought a small tent, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, DEET, suntan lotion, bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts and linen long-sleeved shirts and slacks. They also brought about $400 in cash, though none of it would get used in Kendjam because the natives there do not use money. They also brought flashlights, Swiss Army knives, bath towels, yo-yos, Frisbees and little airplanes on sticks that you launch by pulling a string. “That, we expected, would show them our peaceful intentions,” Andy told me. “All together, we were there four days. We had three guides, two of whom spoke Portuguese and English, and one of whom spoke the native language and English. Other than us, these three guides were the only people who spoke English the whole time we were there.” The trip was organized for them by Barbara Zimmerman, an adventure planner. The accommodations were, as Andy put it, “minus-50-star hotels.” Andy had first learned of these people when, last year, he had heard that a tribe of indigenous people in Brazil who had never seen the outside world before came out of the woods alongside the Brasilia Airport to have a look at the goings-on there. “I wanted to meet them,” Andy said. “That, it turned out, was not going to happen. But then there were the Kayapo, who had only been in contact with Westerners for only a short time. There are 7,000 of them. They live in 17 separate villages in a 27-million-acre jungle — that’s about as big as the state of New York.” Flying for hours and hours over the canopy of the Amazon jungle, they finally were able to see this one clearing, with what appeared to be a dozen or so huts in a circle around an open area. In every direction, for a hundred miles or more, there was nothing but jungle. Airplane was the only way in or out. This was Kendjam. Other villages were equally isolated. They were met by the chief of this village and some other tribal members. They had heard the plane come in. They wore loincloths and traditional neck beads and headdresses. There was a lot of smiling and bowing. “Everyone was very friendly,” Andy said. “They took us to their village, on foot, through some paths.” The village, as they expected, consisted of about 15 grass-and-bamboo huts in the circle they had seen from the air. The chief indicated that the Americans were welcome to pitch their tent there, though, as he said, they might prefer to pitch their tent down by the river. “There was no such thing as hygiene here,” Andy said. “There were chickens, geese, dogs, (continued on page 40)
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Ice Melts, Water Rises My Global Barometer: APeninsula of Beach Grass in Three Mile Harbor By Dan Rattiner Sometimes, at the end of a difficult workday, I will drive home to my house in East Hampton, put some ice in a glass, pour in some orange juice and vodka, sit in an easy chair in my living room, and look out over Three Mile Harbor. It’s a splendid view. The sun sets over the far shore. The boats rock in the slips. Overhead, the birds circle hungrily. And occasionally, something spectacular happens. Last week, the fish began leaping out of the water in great splashes for a while. The birds enjoyed that very much. I can judge whether the tide is high or not by
either looking at a tide clock I have on the wall above the sliders, or by observing the amount of beach that is exposed on a peninsula of land that juts out into the harbor from the north at low tide. As the level of the water in the harbor gets higher, more of the inland beach grass on the peninsula dies from the salt water. Thus, when the tide goes out, there is more beach. Last year, I read about a giant slab of Antarctica the size of Connecticut that has cracked off from the mainland there, and is just about ready to drift off into the Indian Ocean. It is being held on by a thread, the account says, which certainly is just a turn of phrase. There are no threads holding ice
together. I twirled the ice cubes in my glass for a moment contemplating this, and pondered the situation. Surely, the water is higher in the harbor. Right? I have been carefully monitoring this situation for all of the 33 years I have lived here, which is just about the number of years we’ve been warned about global warming. Four years ago, something called the Larsen Shelf, an ice sheet the size of Rhode Island, broke off from Antarctica and floated off into the Indian Ocean where, in a warmer climate, it melted away. (continued on the next page)
On the Edge: RALPH & WHALE HELP MULFORD FARM By Victoria L. Cooper Sometimes you do well by doing good. And that’s especially true if you’re Ralph Lauren. The fashion designer has been shaking hands with East Hampton consumers for over 20 years, and is now finally giving the town a legup by underwriting the East Hampton Historical Society’s restoration of the Mulford Farm on James Lane. With four stores in East Hampton — the Polo Country Store, Ralph Lauren Kids, Double RL and RL Rugby, three of which are visible if you stand in front of the movie theater on Main Street — there’s no denying
Lauren’s retail aura. But it’s also not his first time coming face-to-face with East Hampton’s historical past — the Double RL at 57 Main Street is located in a historic barn (formerly Espo’s Surf Shop), and during the renovation of Ralph Lauren Kids at 45 Main Street, a 300year-old timber frame of one of the earliest houses in East Hampton was discovered. At the time, the Historical Society and the village urged Ralph Lauren contractors to retain the historical significance, and you can see the relic today, preserved in the store, and adorned with lobster and Scotty-Dog prints, of course. East Hampton was officially settled in 1648,
when Puritan families migrated east from Southampton and purchased land from the governors of the New Haven and Connecticut colonies, who had originally purchased 31,000 acres of land from the Montaukett tribe. And it wasn’t long after this settlement, in 1680, that the Mulford Farm was founded. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered one of America’s most significant, intact English Colonial farmsteads. Many have said that the historic “row” of Mulford Farm, Home Sweet Home, the Clinton Academy, the Osborne-Jackson House, (continued on the next page)
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Last week, however, it dawned on me that I have been looking for the wrong thing. At high tide, there is no difference in the maximum width of the beach at all. Both low- and hightide levels remain at the same interval, but just more inland. Barring some new catastrophe involving a confluence of moon, wind and earth tilt, what I should be looking for is the shrinking of the peninsula. I’ve been looking at the wrong benchmark for years, apparently. On the wall in my study are several framed photographs of this scene taken years apart. I walk in there and have a look. But the pictures don’t look much different, one from the other. I go back out to the chair in the living room. There was a time, some years ago, when a high-tide warning was in effect, which meant
that at high tide, the harbor climbed over the bulkhead in front of my house. It was a bizarre sight. The water flooded the sidewalk that runs along the seawall. It stayed flooded for about six hours, with the boats rising in the slips so high it was almost impossible for anyone to climb up into them. It never got high enough for them to climb up onto the sidewalk, however. Come to think of it, that happened about five times in the last 33 years. It has not happened in the last 10. What do they say? The sea level around the world has risen two inches in 50 years? That’s it? So why did my insurance company, terrified, cancel my flood coverage two years ago, requiring that I find a lesser-known company to provide that coverage at greater cost?
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In the off-season the a/c and heating business slows down to the point where our installers are sitting around without much work. Many companies lay people off in these slow times and hope to replace their skilled workers when business picks up. This is not a good business practice and is unfair to the employees and their families. Other Dealers have refused to compromise and let the public know this, but at Flanders’s we value our skilled workers greatly and would rather keep them busy, even if it means making little or no money. To do this, I’m going to slash the price of our first rate A/C and Heating Systems. Here’s my offer: Purchase a Premier Central Heating & Air-Conditioning System (furnace and a/c) and I’ll Give you a high efficient furnace at 1/2 the normal price. Plus take one year to pay for the system W.A.C (with approved credit) If you need only an A/C or Furnace, I’ll still give you a discount off the cost of the equipment plus guarantee at least 25% energy savings or I’ll pay you double the difference of any unrealized savings during the firs year. You see, September through November is a slower time of the year for my company. With Back to school expenses and last minute summer vacations coupled with the fact that summer is over & winter isn’t started yet, folks are putting off buying A/C till next year. It’s also not cold enough for the heating season to start or do furnace replacements. So by helping us now we’ll pass big savings on to help you, a true win, win.
With your new Air-Conditioner and/or Furnace, we will go the extra mile to give you up to 10 years Parts and Labor warranty against any future repair bills. That’s a full decade!!! Free for 1 Year; As I stated earlier you’ll not have to pay for this system for up to a year with our 360 day No Payment and No Interest. You see while most folks are waiting till next year to purchase a/c you’ll get to enjoy a/c though the remaining of the hot times in comfort and lock in 2008 pricing, all while not having to pay anything till 2009. Not to mention getting a more efficient furnace before winter gets here, you’ll start saving real energy dollars right away. Here’s my offer: Summary: • Purchase a Premier A/C system and get a hi-efficient furnace at 1/2 price. • Guarantee 25% energy savings • Don’t pay till Summer 2009 • Repair free Warranty for up to 10 Years • The best in quality and efficiency. • 1 Yr. No Interest No Payment. Plus all our systems are covered by our Exclusive 365 day 100% Unconditional Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. So call Flanders Heating & A/C. Today for your free no obligation survey at 631-727-2760 (Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm) This offer expires September 30th, 2008 or after we fill 37 installation slots, whichever comes first. At that time our schedule will be full and the savings will go away. Early Bird Special: If you’re one of the first 10 people to call, we’ll include a Free Accessory with the purchase of a Heating & A/C system, a $650 value.
Most anyone in business has their busy and slow times. The heating and air-conditioning industry is no different, and fluctuates dramatically with season and weather. Like now the fall weather is too mild for either A/C or heating. This is literally how it works. When we get to peak hot or cold seasons two things happen 1) our sales and service staff have more work than we can handle. 2) The demand is so high; there is no reason to discount the price.
How long before the house goes, anyway? The level of the first floor of my house is 17 feet above sea level. I suppose that gives me, um, one foot higher in 300 years times 17 feet… No worries, for me, anyway, in the immediate future, unless things suddenly melt much faster. And maybe they could. Four years ago it was Rhode Island. Last year it was Connecticut. Three years from now it could be Pennsylvania. And three years after that it could be Texas. I continue to swirl the contents of my glass around. Almost all the ice is gone. They say that if all the ice in the world melts, sea levels will rise 210 feet. I think I’ll get another drink. Freshen things up a bit. •
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Town House and others is more “English than England,” and perhaps that’s because East Hampton has paid great attention to the restoration and preservation of these landmarks. The house represents the “family home,” and gives visitors an indication of what life was like back when farming was a way of life. The survival of the house and other 16th, 17th and 18th-century structures is extraordinary, considering the elements (saltwater air, sun, hurricanes and other storms). It’s no bolt from the blue that Lauren would add to his efforts by launching a line of East Hampton Historical Society tshirts, hats and other merchandise for men, women and kids, with all proceeds going to the Historical Society. The products feature a whale, which was selected as the collection’s trademark logo to represent the whaling industry, a vital component of East Hampton’s economy during colonial times. The shirts retail for $30 for kids and $49.50 for adults, and the caps cost $35. And since the announcement of this collection in June by the Ralph Lauren Corporation, the line of hats and t-shirts has been selling very well, and attendance at East Hampton Historical Society sites has increased. No one is really sure if this is a result of the slowing economy (“free entry” venues and events may be becoming a magnetic pull to foot traffic), Lauren’s comprehensive advertising campaign (which was great PR, drawing attention to the sites), or both. Richard Barons, director of the Historical Society, explained that a major drive to fund restoration to one of the barns and one of the roofs had been in the works for some time. But where else but in the Hamptons would a large, international retailer help preserve some old house and barn? When it comes down to preserving the character and history of the town, we’re holding on together — polo ponies and all.
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Girding the Groins County, Army Corps Absolved of Georgica Jetty Issue, for Now By April Gonzales The South Shore of Long Island has been in the spotlight for reasons other then celebrity sightings. For the last 40 years, The Army Corps of Engineers has been reformulating a coastal management study that will provide an overview of our shoreline — from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point. Recently, a draft proposal of observations and preliminary recommendations was unofficially released to state, federal and local lawmakers in Babylon. When the full recommendations are complete (in 2009), the public will be able to respond and comment. For the last 10 years, the Corps has been in
the spotlight for another reason. A lawsuit brought against Suffolk County by Sagaponack homeowner Cynthia Ireland and her attorney, Gary Ireland, who is also her son, contends that the building of the Georgica jetties (also known as groins) by the Corps (supported by the Southampton Town Board) has accelerated erosion along ocean beaches west of the groins — namely, in front of the Ireland’s home. Last Tuesday, federal court judge Brian Cogan ruled in favor of the county. Not surprisingly, Ireland intends to file an appeal. “This could have been one of the most important environmental cases in Suffolk County
history,” said Ireland. He compared the lack of proper long-term maintenance along the groin field area on the South Fork to the levy deterioration that went unaddressed in New Orleans. “It could well affect the lives of many people without the natural protection of our beaches — which are in effect our levies.” With hurricane season in full bloom this is an important point. But Cogan declared that the county cannot be held responsible for events that occur as a part of the natural process of the seas, weather and tides. A bit of background for those who aren’t familiar with the drama. Groins were con(continued on next page)
THE TALE OF THE VANISHING COUNTRY DOCTOR By T.J. Clemente The East End has some jagged little pills to swallow. The sad truths are that the area has been having difficulty attracting new doctors as well as keeping the doctors that are already here. In a recent study by the Suffolk Community Council, a private, nonprofit organization that acts as the “voice of human services” for the county, it was concluded that this situation is due to the large difference between summer and winter populations, which causes periods of financial feast and famine for area doctors. Compounded by the long, narrow geography of the South Fork area, which isolates
small communities (such as Montauk), it becomes difficult for doctors to establish a central office location. Finally, the absence of large employers in the area makes for a relatively low number of private medical insurance policies among residents, which is also a detriment. In addition, the report mentioned the issue of the rising cost of malpractice insurance. With a “Freeze Bill” for malpractice insurance just signed by Governor Paterson, perhaps some temporary relief is in sight. This will be most helpful for high-risk specialists. A recent medical journal article about Long Island doctors listed, for example, that neurosurgeons on Long
Island pay, on average, $310,000 a year for coverage, while obstetricians pay $170,000. Making that worse is the fact that the infant mortality rate in the Hamptons is 21 deaths for every 1,000 births. Shockingly, that is twice the national average. The very fact that there is a gap in the care for the poor uninsured out here may be due to the fact that half of Southampton’s doctors have refused to take Medicaid patients, according to a recent survey by the Suffolk Community Council. The organization also claims that housekeepers, fishermen, landscapers and wait(continued on page 35)
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structed west of Georgica Pond in 1965, and erosion became an issue merely 18 months later. (Many blame Pan Am President Juan Trippe for their placement, but he isn’t at fault entirely. A proposal to remove the groins in 1981 was never acted upon.) As is always the case, the downdrift (or western side) of any groin, bulkhead or structure gets eroded. Sand builds up on the eastern side of the groin as it hits the blockade but wave action scours out the other side of the structure. Ireland’s mother owns a summer cottage on Potato Road in Sagaponack that was built in 1838. The area no longer has the dunes in front that young Gary camped in as a kid. In fact, the house has already been moved back twice. The Army Corps’ original plan was to pro-
vide beach renourishment in order to avoid that situation. (Ft. Lauderdale underwent an enormous beachside renourishment last winter. That beach, like ours, is one of the area’s largest attractions. Ireland added, “There would be no Miami Beach without beach nourishment.”) But renourishment here was never done. Even though it was the responsibility of Suffolk County to monitor and maintain this area, decades passed and property was lost due to a lack of action. Why did County officials drag their heels to the point of being sued? For now, the county will not have to answer, in monetary terms that is, for a lack of action in the past. Stuart Vorpahl, a long time resident and fisherman who knows the beach as well and
even better than local surfers, testified during the trial about the facts of the western flow of the littoral drift along East End beaches. But evidently, Cogan also gave credence to a government expert for the county who testified to the exact opposite, stating that the sand drift to the east of the groins is actually moving eastward, and that Montauk Point is growing. A trip to Ditch Plains or the Lighthouse, our eyes tell us differently. “We need some responsibility from our government entities,” Ireland noted. Ireland wants the government agencies to take responsibility for their actions and deliver on their promises. His choice now is to file the expected appeal, or wait until the Army Corps of Engineers report is open for public comment in 2009. Which brings us to the second South Shore saga — the coastal management study, 40 years in the making. It dovetails with Ireland’s lawsuit in several ways, including the determination of what causes erosion, how and if it should be stemmed, and who pays for what. According to the Corps’ mission statement, the plan is to: “prepare … long-term regional strategy for the 83 mile portion of the south shore.” The Corps has chosen to treat the area as one coastal system rather than a string of diverse communities with widely varying issues on topics like erosion, flooding, loss or removal of homes and structures, nor’ easters and hurricane damage, and sea breaches. The report states, “Priority will be given to non-structural measures [e.g., groins] that reduce risks and provide protection to human life and property, restore and enhance coastal processes and ecosystem integrity, and are environmentally sustainable.” The evaluation involves state-of-the-art engineering studies and experiments that will be used to anticipate and/or remedy future shoreline change. And change it will. When the hurricane of ’38 covered over 50 square miles of land with water, the damage was not as extensive as it would be today. After World War II, a building boom happened on Long Island — before there was a coastal flood plain study, and before the National Flood Insurance program put restrictions on flood plain development. As a result, large areas of inland development, not only houses with waterfront/waterview, are in potential flood plains (the Corps extends the flood plain up to Montauk Highway and in some areas Sunrise Highway). Since the sea level is expected to continue to rise in the next 50 years and storm damage is expected to intensify, more structures are bound to be threatened over time. The final report will assign financial responsibility — in other words, what exactly local, county and state governments will have to pony up for. It will also present alternatives like beach replenishment, property acquisition, dune building, structure elevations and relocations, and additional groins that will help to address the effects of coastal dynamics over time. Whatever the recommendations, the towns will surely have their own ideas about how they want the shoreline treated.
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Up-Routed 40 Trucks a Day Slated to Exit Sag, Loaded with HazMat Soil By T.J. Clemente On September 22, and until at least May if not Memorial Day 2009, the world as you know it in Sag Harbor will change. The new world order in the Village will feature road closures and as many as 40 trucks a day loaded with class 2 hazardous waste moving through the streets. In an airtight tent, hazardous waste will be put into plastic bags, loaded onto enormous dump trucks, and trucked out of Sag Harbor to off-Island dump sites, where the contaminated soil will be destroyed by high levels of heat (e.g., burned). In a lightly attended public presentation of plans held on August 27 at Pierson Middle-High School, National Grid employees Ted Leissing
and Sara Aldridge (as well as two consultants at tables set up with information) tried to explain the stages of a plan that will affect most of downtown Sag Harbor. The consultants moved around the room to insure all questions were carefully answered. Amazingly, National Grid, which provides electricity and gas to the Northeast, is by their own definition “a London based” company — a euphemism for the fact that it is foreignowned. The plan is to first build a 15-foot wide soil wall around the 2.2 acre site. Then the moveable, prefabricated white tent-like structure (in which contaminated soil will be loaded into the trucks) will be erected and relocated as needed around
the site. Inside that space, a 6-15 foot layer of contaminated soil will be removed and loaded into bags, then trucks. At the same time, wells to “recover” liquid contaminates will be constructed to collect, then treat, up to 750,000 to one million gallons per day. That liquid will be discharged via an above ground pipeline into Sag Harbor’s outer cove. The consultant, no name given, went out of his way to explain the water would not be drinkable pure, but would be within legal limits of treated water before being discharged. A “dewatering system” will be used to lower the ground water level at the site. Bridge Street at Long Island Avenue will be (continued on the next page)
COMMUTER RAIL ENDS, TRANSIT STUDY BEGINS By Tiffany Razzano The construction on County Road 39, which was completed at the beginning of the summer, reconfigured the road by changing it from one to two lanes each way, and slightly eased the commuting woes of the South Fork. But it’s just a temporary fix, says Assemblyman Fred Thiele, who estimates population growth on the East End will increase significantly over the next 10 years, creating new traffic problems for the area. Though the South Fork Commuter Connection, the shuttle service provided by the Long Island Rail Road for local commuters dur-
ing the last school year, won’t be offered again this year — ridership dropped from between 7,000 and 8,000 during the height of construction on CR-39 to 3,200 after the work was completed. A feasibility study is currently being completed to determine whether public transportation can be brought to the East End. And a mass transit system serving the five East End towns is a definite possibility, said Thiele. “The East End has been underserved by mass transit since forever,” Thiele said. “With traffic congestion only getting worse, the need for increased rail and bus service is critical. This past year, we proved that residents will
use trains and buses to get to work…Now we need to take the steps to make this service permanent. We need to know what schedules will work best, what new infrastructure will be needed and how much it will cost.” Currently, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is studying an Existing Conditions Report, a proposal by a local nonprofit group, Five Towns Rural Transit (5TRT), to bring a mix of rail and bus service to both Forks and connecting the five local towns, thus making it easier for residents to commute. “The shuttle proved that mass transit could work on (continued on page 35)
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closed during the entire project (September â€˜08 to May â€˜09). Portions of Long Island Avenue will be closed intermittently during the project and portions of the Village parking lot will be used for the duration. Residents can also count on daily detours and changes in traffic patterns in that very busy part of town near the post office. Julienne Moses, a local condominium owner near the site, attended and expressed her concern about almost every aspect of the project, perhaps truly understanding the scope of whatâ€™s going on and the inconvenience it will cause. Taking the other side was Roger Hathaway of ENSR â€” the company hired by National Grid to do the project.
Hathaway and ENSR have managed around 150 sites to date, including the most recent in Nyack, New York. He described the project as, â€œnot terribly risky ... digging a big hole basically.â€?
However, the more he explained the loading of the trucks with the contaminated soil the more risky the whole project seemed. He assured those in attendance that no truck would leave the enclosed tents with any contaminated soil exposed on it in any way â€” that is, not on the tires, hood or any part of the exterior of the truck. He said there is a process, involving a variety of foam and other sprays, that would make sure there is no residue on the trucks. I hope now, knowing that 40 of them daily will be traveling through the heart of Sag Harbor, that he is correct. According to the National Grid official Sara Aldridge, after the soil is removed, the hole will be â€œbackfilled using certified clean soil from a local source.â€? Also at the meeting was Renata E. Ockerby, a Public Health Specialist, of the New York State Department of Healthâ€™s Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation. She was basically rubber stamping the claims National Grid was making, saying New York State Department of Health is okay with this plan. The contamination itself is the result of a manufactured gas site constructed on the location back in 1859, that ran until 1931. In that year, â€œgas production ended.â€? However, the huge blue ball, called a Hortonsphere gas storage tank, remained on the site owned by LILCO as part of the Long Island gas delivery system, until it was dismantled in 2006. Keyspan, a successor to LILCO on ownership of the site, signed an agreement around 1999. National Grid now owns Keyspan â€” or as they phrase it â€” Keyspan has become National Grid. The above mentioned plan was part of an agreement with the New York State Department of Conservation signed on March 31, 2006. The Record on Decision Remedial Action Work Plan and other documents pertaining to the Sag Harbor site are available at the John Jermain Public Library in Sag Harbor. The bottom line is this: Starting September 22, anyone driving near the post office will be inconvenienced. And in the very heart of Sag Harbor will be a site actively handling the removal of Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste, which by definition â€œrepresents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment and requires action.â€? Not surprisingly, some people are concerned that digging up this soil will be stirring up some major problems.
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Who’s Here By Debbie Tuma With a successful Broadway show, an upcoming movie starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, the book, memoraBEALEia, by Walter Newkirk, and recent summer events held at the famous Grey Gardens mansion in East Hampton, there has been a heightened and renewed interest in the eccentric lives of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale. Now, Eva Marie Beale, the wife of Bouvier Beale, Jr. (Big Edie’s grandson), has put together a different kind of beautiful and sentimental coffee table book about Little Edie, Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures, which is due out this fall. In 2002, when Little Edie died in Florida at the age of 84, she left behind boxes of her poetry, letters, photographs and journals, which she’d faithfully kept. “Her funeral service reception was at my house in Amagansett, and after everyone left, I started looking through these collected items, which were left to the estate of my husband and his family,” said Eva. “These boxes were filled with negatives, old newspaper clippings from her debutante days, and even the wedding invitation to Jackie Bouvier’s wedding to JFK. Everything important in her life she saved in these boxes.” Bouvier Beale, Jr.’s father was Jackie’s first cousin, and he often left his home in Glen Cove to spend summers with his grandmother, Big Edie Beale. Beale, Jr. is now the executor of his grandmother’s estate. Eva said as she kept reading through the journals and letters, along with the photos, she started organizing Little Edie’s life into a timeline. Although this is her first book, Eva has an extensive background in communications, including an executive position with Air France. She studied communications at Boston College, and later moved to New York City, where she met her husband on a blind date. They married a year later in 1980, at a church in Bridgehampton, and had their reception at Gurney’s Inn Resort in Montauk. They have two children, Tatiana and Maria, and divide their time between homes in Amagansett and outside San Francisco, where Bouvier, Jr. is a real estate investor. In the stacks of memorabilia, Eva found every detail of correspondence, including letters from Bouvier Beale’s father to the Edies about paying the taxes. “There were letters between Big Edie and her
Eva Marie Beale Author husband about the money running out during the Depression years,” recalled Eva. “It’s a story that started out in 1928 when Big Edie and her husband bought Grey Gardens, when he was financially secure, and they lived in a lavish style, eating at all the best restaurants and join-
about Little Edie’s life to show the kind of person she really was. “As I was going through this personal memorabilia, I thought that Little Edie deserved to have people know about her life, because the first Grey Gardens movie, made in 1976 by the Maysles brothers, portrayed the mother and daughter as eccentric characters with lots of cats and wild outfits — but there was more to them than that,” she said. “Little Edie was talented in writing, fashion and dance. She took ballet as a child, and loved toe dancing. She felt dancing was her dream.” Her mother, Big Edie, was a singer, and in her diaries, Little Edie wrote about her singing abilities. Little Edie was also taken to New York City, as a child, to see theatrical performances with her mother and grandmother. “As a young girl, Little Edie was sophisticated, brilliant and creative, and she learned how to dress with a unique style,” said Eva. “She was proud of her family — but there was also a sadness in her dreams that never came true, like her dreams of falling in love. She said she didn’t know if she could ever love anyone like she loved her mother.” Eva came across a yearbook from Miss Porter’s, a private school in Farmington, Connecticut, which Little Edie and Jackie Kennedy attended. “In this yearbook, her friends wrote things calling Little Edie ‘fun.’ She was also voted ‘Best Eyes.’” In the book, there are photos that span the period from Little Edie’s birth to when Grey Gardens began to deteriorate. There is also an aerial photo of Grey Gardens taken in 1928, when it was purchased. “I found a photo of Little Edie in front of a Ford in the early 1950s, and she wrote in the book, ‘The year mother sold the garage,’ after she sold it for $11,000 to get cash to pay the bills.” This 192-page hardcover book has a foreward written by Peter Beard, of Montauk, who knew the Edies well. Eva found a letter Beard wrote to Little Edie when her mother died, expressing his sympathies. In his foreward, Beard wrote that of all the cocktail parties he’d ever been to, he’d never met anyone more interesting than the two Edies. There is also a personal introduction by Eva’s husband, Bouvier Beale, about Little Edie, his aunt, whom he was close to. “I wrote the post-foreward, about why I wrote the book, and about how I felt there was someone pushing me to write it, like Edie was looking down from above,” he said.
“The first Grey Gardens movie, made in 1976...portrayed the mother and daughter as eccentric characters...but there was more to them than that.” ing the best clubs.” She said then, with the stock market crash of 1929, Big Edie’s husband wrote letters to his wife asking her to stop spending money, and to cut back on her lifestyle. Eva said she wanted to put this book together
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tle, that would be 1,900 bottles, or 150 cases. That’s a lot of cases of booze. But maybe this was just 19 bottles of $1,000 wine. In any case, that much hasn’t been made off with in these parts since the rum-running days of the 1930s. A new semi-pro baseball team called the Hampton Whalers had its first season this summer in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and enjoyed a solid run. The team was organized by Montauk cowboy, Rusty Leaver. And Jerry Seinfeld, who lives on Further Lane in East Hampton and has an actual ball field on his property, threw out the first pitch to start the season. For the first time in 40 years, the Amagansett Farmers Market didn’t open, having gotten
caught up in the financial problems that engulfed the town of East Hampton. When the owners retired last fall, the town bought the place, intending to open it this summer, although they figured it would lose money since they don’t know how to run a market. So when it appeared that with their financial problems this could be something they could cut, they did. In the end, however, the town sold the property to the Peconic Land Trust, and the Peconic Land Trust leased it to Eli Zabar, the famed upscale bread-and-food market owner in New York City who, by August 1, had it back open for business, presumably at a profit. The Hampton Subway had its best year this summer as more and more people began to use
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it for local travel around the Hamptons in these high gas-price times. The Hampton Jitney, of course, is still by far the best way to get to New York. There are those who hope to hook the Jitney up with the Subway for some combined promotions. We shall see. Dennis Lynch, the New York City filmmaker, has wrapped up his six-month-long shoot of the full-length documentary he’s calling King of the Hamptons after interviewing lots of locals, bonackers, celebrities and surfers out here. It’s gonna be a big hit next year. Toward the end of summer, the two presidental candidates were finally chosen. The primaries went on and on for nearly seven years, it seemed to me, and finally we had Barack Obama for the Democrats, with his vice presidential partner, Joe Biden, and for the Republicans, John McCain and his vice presidential partner, Sarah Palin, of Alaska. The platforms are “More of the Same” and “More of the Very Different.” The Yankees are looking as if they aren’t going to make the playoffs, while Joe Torre is working to get the LA Dodgers back on track. Howard Stern of Southampton got married. Billy Joel of Sag Harbor held two gigantic concerts that closed Shea Stadium. The Shinnecocks had their big Pow Wow in Southampton, with 50,000 people in attendance, while in Bridgehampton, the season ended with the Hampton Classic Horse Show, with 30,000 people watching. •
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The book cover features photos of Little Edie posing for her mother on the porch of Grey Gardens, wearing an orange robe, with Spot, her dog. “This book is a collection that Edie herself left behind, and we edited it,” said Eva. Verlhac Editions, which published this book, also published books on Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Jackie Kennedy, John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. “Those books are a chronology of lives in pictures, but my book also includes poetry and journals and other collections,” Eva said. The first printing will consist of 2,000 numbered copies, each of which will sell for $75. For more information about the book visit edithbouvierbealeofgreygardens.com. Eva has also launched an online store featuring a collection of vintage jewelry, art, home décor and, coming soon, china and fabrics, based on the Grey Gardens lifestyle of Edie Beale. For more information, visit greygardenscollection.com.
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Twentysomething…By David Lion Rattiner
Forever Car Last week I read in the paper that an auto mechanic in East Hampton is now offering a way to convert your car engine from a regular gas-powered car to a hybrid that runs on both gasoline and water. Yes, that’s right. Water. Apparently, we have been able to run cars on water since the invention of engines but nobody, until recently, thought this was a good idea. I checked it out, and the catch to converting your car from running just on gasoline to a car that runs on both gasoline and water is that it costs about $1,500. That will pay for itself after just a year of driving, however, because you will get about 50% or more miles per gallon. If your car gets 20 miles per gallon now, it will get 30 with this hydrogen fitting. As a Smart Car driver, I really feel kind of guilty when I go to the gas station. Pulling into the Hess in Wainscott is a showstopper for a lot of people when they see that it costs me only $26 to fill my gas tank. It seems magical to those who watch the pump stop — for me, too. I’m not the kind of guy who feels guilty about much of anything, but watching a guy fill up his pickup truck these days is painful, even though gas prices have come down in the last month or so. Every once in a while I share a moment with another green-friendly driver, usually someone in a Prius, but occasionally somone in a Smart Car. You will be gassing up next to a Prius and give sort of a head nod that says, “I have a car that’s green, too,” and you make a mental note that the person you just nodded at is an extremely, almost annoyingly good person, even without getting to know him. It’s instant camaraderie.
On other occasions, and this is getting more rare because gas is just so terribly expensive, you’ll be filling up next to a completely deckedout Hummer with flat-screen televisions on the back of the seats, a roaring engine and a beautiful custom paint job and rims. The driver will get out, begin to fill up and he’ll look over at you sort of enviously. He’ll give you a look that says, “I wish I didn’t have to fill this car up for so much money.” I get nervous in these moments because I don’t want the machine gun turret on the top of the Hummer to turn me into Swiss cheese, so I
generally try to avoid eye contact, but the Hummer driver just can’t resist saying, as his pump starts passing $70, “Do you feel safe in that thing?” I’ve been asked this question a million times now, but when it’s posed by a Hummer or other large SUV driver, I don’t really know how to respond. I feel very safe in my car, and it gets all kinds of rave reviews about its safety, but do I really want to let a guy that is paying $80 every three days to fill his car know that? He’ll hate me. I keep wondering if the price of gas is going to decrease enough that it will get more tolerable for people. My guess is that it will come down to a low right around November and then scoot back up to outrageous highs again. It’s probably a good time to buy some oil stocks. Of course, when it comes to the Smart Car, it is all about the gas mileage that it gets, and all I keep thinking about is what would happen if I got this hydrogen adapter for my roaring threecylinder engine that gets 44 miles per gallon. If I were to get the hydrogen adapter and it did what it says it does, I’d be getting around 70 miles for one gallon of gasoline. But then, of course, if everybody got the water adapter, the price of a gallon of water would skyrocket through the roof.
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The ‘08 Rental Season: A Bright Spot for RE Community By T.J. Clemente With Labor Day behind us, the 2008 Hamptons rental season has come to a close. With cars and SUVs loaded up like Jed Clampett’s Beverly Hillbillies truck, the renters were moving west on Route 27, with bikes, surf boards, kayaks and canoes in tow. The evacuation of the summer renters is all but complete. Even with gas prices at all time highs, and the real estate sales market crippled by the recent events both in the sub prime market
for mortgages and confidence in the economy, the rental market was relatively constant if not strong. Real estate agents, whose commissions on rentals is miniscule compared to home sales, were none the less busy booking homes for weeks, months and days. My unofficial survey saw hot early activity back in February, with a 10% increase over last year. Then as the economy waxed gloomy, rentals slowed down until Memorial Day, when they picked up and the market was in chaos.
With people looking for steal deals and some renters desperate or impatient, rentals were either 20% lower or the same as the previous year (which was a longer season by one week). However, as June became July, then August, rentals became strong as availability verses need became an issue. Once again homes with pools were at a premium, as was location. A lot of the choice homes had their usual renters from previous years or first timers. The trend seems to be, however, that not many renters spent weekdays in the homes until late August. A semi-retired friend of mine had to spotrent her home to make up for higher expenses and lower dividends from Wall Street. This woman who had never rented her home in the summer, did so this year every other week for a few days in the hot market. She was amazed at the thousands of dollars she took in. Another friend of mine had the opposite effect — failing to find a renter for the entire summer due to late construction work. She found herself renting weekly, and recleaning the house every Sunday. (By the end of the summer she had a crew in place.) Next year she vows to have the home ready by February for the whole season. A former musician friend actually rented his house off Stony Hill Road for $65,000 up from the $52,000 he pulled in last year via Craig’s List. But, as he said, he went through hundreds of bogus offers. The super rentals were consistent, for those who have regular renters, however it was slow for those who didn’t. A realtor explained if someone is used to the house and used to the price it’s an easy deal. To tell someone new to the market it’s $100,000- $200,000 for the summer it’s a tougher sell. At Prudential Douglas Elliman, Regional Manager Paul Brennan said that for Prudential, rentals were “extraordinary — the best in five years for the company, up 25 percent from last year. In fact, we had one agent who had over 70 rentals. That’s amazing.” The same seemed to be true at Town & Country. Partner Janet Hummel said, “It was our best rental season. Our Bridgehampton and East Hampton offices did over 200 rentals. It was a total success.” Joe Kazickas of Rosehip Partners, a new real estate company Kazickas formed after leaving Brown, Harris, Stevens, said, “It was a good rental season with more foreign activity than ever before.” So as the home owners reclaim their homes for what many consider the best season of the Hamptons, meaning September and October, it’s a whole new ballgame. With the restaurants manageable for reservations, the weather still warm and the over zealous crowds just plain absent, home owners now get to enjoy their summer homes themselves.
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