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6DWÇ§SP :KDOHUÇ V/DQHÇ§ You cannot go wrong with this appealing 6 BR, 5+B post modern nicely sited on 0.98 acres. Among its features are a pool, poolhouse, 4 ďŹ replaces, eat-in kitchen and itâ€™s SOH in Amagansett. It deserves a prize for true livability. F#56676 (DVW +DPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§DPSP (QFRUH%OYGÇ§ Few condos offer the privacy on the preserves in this exclusive 24-hour gated community. In addition to its many upgrades, this condo has the largest screened patio in the community. F#67348 | Web#H46815. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP +DPSWRQ/DQHÇ§ This Scheffer cottage was originally part of architect Alfred Scheffer â€˜s compound. Set far back from the road, it is down a long driveway on over a 1/2 acre of park like setting with mature trees and perennial gardens surrounding the property. This offers a unique amount of privacy in the Amagansett Dunes. F#62676. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH
EASTHAMPTON 6DW 6XQÇ§SP $OHZLYH%URRN5RDGÇ§ 2-story contemporary w/ 3BR, 2B, hardwood ďŹ‚ooring, ďŹ replace, bsmt, home ofďŹ ce and pool. Co-Excl. F#67313 | Web#H43003 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH 6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP 6FDOORS$YHQXHÇ§ Just listed in the Hands Creek Association. Two blocks from Three Mile Harbor beach & boat launch sits this modernistic home of renowned photographer/artist w/3BR, 2B and ďŹ n. bsmt. On 2/3 of an acre of private wooded property. F#66654 | Web#H14967. Dir: 27E. to Stephens Hands Path. SHP to Hands Creek. Left on Hands Creek, right on Clamshell, left on Scallop. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§DPSP &HGDU'ULYHÇ§ Newly built. Post modern 4BRs, 3BAs close to bay and marina. Open kit. 1st ďŹ‚oor bed and bath. Master bedroom. Excl. F#65923 | Web#H40000. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§DPSP 7KUHH0LOH+DUERUÇ§ 4BRs, 3BAs with LR and dining area all are overlooking the harbor. Master bedroom w/water views. Dir: off Three Mile Harbor, just past marina. Exclusive. F#55695 | Web#H0155695. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§DPSP )RXUWK6WUHHWÇ§ 3BR, 2BA, hardwood ďŹ‚oors, vaulted ceilings. Open ďŹ‚oor plan with light ďŹ lled dining area, LR w/ WB stove and kit. Excl. F#60154 | Web#H55856 (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP 7KUHH0LOH+DUERU5GÇ§ Hill-top Traditional, 5,200 sq ft, 5 bed, 6.5 bath, completed in 2006. Open ďŹ‚oor-plan, cathedral ceilings, great light, 3 ďŹ replaces, marble baths, cookâ€™s kitchen; screening room, steam shower; gunite pool, full acre, detached garage. Stunning harbor views. A truly unique home.Open house Sunday, October 19th from 1-3. Follow signs directly across from Three Mile Harbor boat yard. Exclusive. F#57205 | Web#H0157205. 6RSKLH &KDKLQLDQ 6DWÇ§DPSP 6DJ+DUERU7SNHÇ§ Convenient location. Charming home features 3BR, 2B, ďŹ replace, open kitchen, and ďŹ n. basement. Beautiful master suite has sitting loft. Dir: Sag Harbor Tpke. [Rte 114]. Excl. F#65527 | Web#H19949 (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DW Ç§ DPSP 5XQQ\PHDGH'ULYHÇ§ Borders a 30 acre reserve & a short distance to the bay. Ranch home w/ 3BR, 2B, fpl, full bsmt w/ high ceilings and 1-car attached garage. Shy half acre with pool. Located in the Lionâ€™s Head area of the Village. F#54854 | Web#H0154854. Dir: Mtk Hwy E., left on 3 Mile Harbor to end, left onto Isle of Wight, left on Runnymeade %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP &RQFHUWR&RXUWÇ§ Beautiful 2BR, 2.5B condo in 55 or better community. Heated pool and clubhouse. F#67391 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
HAMPTONBAYS 6XQÇ§SP :DVKLQJWRQ'ULYHÇ§ Dock your boat at this newly renovated bay front home, situated on a deepwater lagoon in a private bay front community. Custom quality throughout. Heated gunite pool. Spacious mahogany deck with endless water views. F#47776 | Web#H0147776. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP /\QQ$YHQXHÇ§ 2-story cedar home w/ 4BR, 3B, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in kitchen, formal dining room with ďŹ replace and outdoor patio complete with waterfall Koi pond. F#61113 | Web#H52651. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP 2FHDQYLHZ5RDGÇ§ 3-level custom built home on private ďŹ‚ag lot with deeded â€œSunrise Terraceâ€? access for swimming/boating on Shinnecock Bay. Bay to ocean views! Open living area with gourmet chefâ€™s kitchen, fpl, cathedral ceilings all on top ďŹ‚oor. F#55340 | Web#H0155340 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP )HUU\5RDGÇ§ MagniďŹ cent new home priced to sell! 5 BR, 5.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, 5 ďŹ replaces, dining, living, media, and family rooms, on 1.5 acres, 4 car garage, gunite pool with spa. Web #10791 | F#64000. On Ferry Rd, 1/2 mile from Sag Harbor village bridge Exclusive. F#64000 | Web#H10791. 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP 0DLQ6WUHHWÇ§ Maximize matters with this cordial 3 BR, 3+B Vintage-style! Very welcoming, with formal dining room, ďŹ replace and hardwood ďŹ‚ooring. Relaxing pool. Stop by this friendly and inviting home. Excl. F#65418 | Web#H32553 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP &OLII'ULYHÇ§ Move happily to this 3BR, 3B, bay-area cottage-style home. An ideal lifestyle, with fpl, ďŹ n. bsmt and exercise room. Den, family room, full-appliance package. 2-car garage. Excl. F#243109 | Web#H16081 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 0RQWDXN+LJKZD\Ç§ Come get a â€œfreeâ€? education on todayâ€™s changing market trends. Q&A Panel Discussion On â€œWhere Is The Market Heading & Opportunitiesâ€?-Hosted by: Top RE attorney, senior mortgage broker, seasoned home appraiser and RE professional. F#46740 | Web#H0146740. Dir: 27E past the monument, house on left. &\QWKLD%DUUHWW%ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
SHINNECOCK HILLS NORTH SEA 6DWÇ§DPSP :RROH\V 'ULYHÇ§ Country cottage w/ 2BR, 2B, sleeping loft, fpl, htd gunite pool, beautifully landscaped grounds and community tennis and marina. Excl. Dir: Noyac Rd., left on Scotts Landing Rd., ďŹ rst right on Wooleys Dr. F#56980 | Web#H0156980. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
QUIOGUE 6DWÇ§SP 'HERUDK'ULHÇ§ Updated trad. offers 3BR, 2.5B, EIK, w/granite countertops, huge FDR w/ fpl and hardwood ďŹ‚ooring, spacious LR, family room and an ofďŹ ce. The sliding glass doors open to a brick patio w/steps leading to a country club setting backyard. F#67440 | Web#H55319. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP 4XRJXH6WUHHWÇ§ Wonderful full 3 story tradtional, circa 1900, is currently undergoing renovation to get this old school charmer in line with todays modern comforts and conveniences. 7BR, 7B, 4 separate living areas, 3 with ďŹ replaces. F#65499 | Web#H33693 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 5LGJH/DQHÇ§ Newly renovated ranch with ďŹ nished walk-out lower level, has 4BR, 2B, bright living room w/ stone ďŹ replace, large outside deck and dining room. F#63187 | Web#H54578. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
SOUTHAMPTON 6DW Ç§ DPSP 2OG)RUW/DQHÇ§ Waterfront w/ 180 degree bay view. 6BR, 4.5B trad. on .44 acres. 300ft. bulkhead, slip for 36ft. boat & pool. Excl. Dir: West on Old Mtk Hwy, left on Old Fort Ln. F#67206 | Web#H35924. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DW Ç§ SP +HUULFN5RDGÇ§ Cape Cod renovation, 2 blocks to Main Street, 5 blocks to ocean. Substantial mature landscaping, 4BR, 3.5B, gunite pool. Excl. Dir: South on South Main St., left on Herrick Rd. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP $TXD'ULYHÇ§ 4BR, 2B, waterfront cape with 2 seaside decks and staircase to water. Southern exposure, 1800 bay and ocean views and room for pool. Excl. Dir: West on Hill St., left on Lenage. F#67399 | Web#H49727. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 6RXWK&RXQWU\5RDGÇ§ 3,500sf. ranch features an expansive master suite, as well as 3 Jr. suites, open ďŹ‚oor plan with cathedral ceilings and fpl, grmt kit. Lush landscaping and gunite pool. F#53693 | Web#H0153693 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ DPSP /D\WRQ$YHQXHÇ§ Beautiful village renovation. Superb traditional home & separate cottage sited on .5 acres 3 blocks from Main St. Mature landscaping, gunite pool, 5BR, 4B. Excl. F#60880 | Web#H55583. Dir: Hampton Rd., left on Elm St., left on Layton. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQ Ç§ DPSP +DOVH\/DQHÇ§ 3BR, 2B cape on private .68 acre featuring a living/dining room combination with woodburning ďŹ replace, renovated EIK w/ washer/dryer. Master BR w/ balcony facing the backyard and 2 additional bedrooms. F#43222 | Web#H0143222 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 2OG7RZQ5RDGÇ§ The grace and charm of the old meet the style and comfort of the new in these luxurious condos at the edge of Old Town and the ocean. Co-Excl. Dir: East on Hampton Rd., south on Old Town Rd towards ocean. F#60952 | Web#H52999 & F#60953. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW Ç§ DPSP 7RZG3RLQW5RDGÇ§ Waterfront beach cottage w/dock, spectacular views and room for expansion. Overlooking North Sea Harbor and preserve. Excl. F#67103 | Web#H31154. Dir: East on Noyac Rd., left on Towd Point Rd. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP 6HERQDF5RDGÇ§ In the Sebonac section of Southampton, this handsome stucco home lies within a mile of Shinnecock, Southampton, National, and Sebonack golf clubs. F#61300 | Web#H23660 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DW 6XQÇ§SP 6KLQQHFRFN+LOOV5RDGÇ§ 3BR, 2B, fpl, granite kit., ďŹ n. bsmt & garage. Pool & hot tub surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Excl. Dir: CR-39, south on GreenďŹ eld, right on Shinnecock Hills Rd. F#66649 | Web#H14649. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP +XEEDUG/DQH8QLWÇ§ Townhouse community, 3BR, 2.5B, LR w/fpl, dining area, EIK, new CAC and patio. Complex includes 2 htd pools, Jacuzzi, 7 tennis courts & gym. Excl. F#66929 | Web#H46195Dir: CR-39W, left on Hubbard, right into Hamptons Club II. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 6WHSKHQ+DOVH\3DWKÇ§ Open living spaces in this 2-story contemporary on 1.2 acres, SOH, 1.5 miles to Flying Pt Beach and close to Mecox Bay. Tennis court, heated gunite pool, 5BR, 4.5B, modern EIK and full bsmt. Abuts reserve for insured privacy. Call for directions. F#33809 | Web#H0133809 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DW 6XQÇ§ySP &RYH3RLQW&RXUWÇ§ Spacious, 3BR, 2.5B contemp. condo with master suite/fpl and balcony with cove waterviews leading to Mecox Bay. Large deck opening to a manicured lawn, pool & tennis. Full bsmt. Excl. Dir: East on Mtk Hwy,, right on Bay Ave. to Cove Point Court. F#67150 | Web#H33495. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 0HHWLQJ+RXVH5RDGÇ§ This red cedar shingled home features gorgeous landscaping, pavers surrounding a beautiful htd pool, bluestone patio, radiant ďŹ‚oor heat, 3-room master suite, marble baths, custom wainscotting and built-in cabinetry. F#56316 | Web#H0156316 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP -DJJHU/DQHÇ§ 6,000sf. manor house with 6BR, 6.5B, formal living room with fpl, FDR, country kit., sunroom, library, separate guest apartment with two bedrooms, one bath and a third ďŹ‚oor playroom/media room. F#45763 | Web#H0145763. :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP 6HEDVWLDQ'ULYH5LYHUKHDGÇ§ Move-into this pristine ranch on shy of an acre with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, and full basement with OSE. Enjoy a variety of amenities in this beautiful home. Web# 2100032 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP )UHHPDQ5RDG0DWWLWXFNÇ§ Custom built 3 bedroom wtih every bell and whistle. Oak ďŹ‚ooring, central air, custom cabinetry, granite countertops. Adjacent to nature preserve for beautiful vistas. Web# 2119121. 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP 7ZRPH\$YHQXH%DLWLQJ+ROORZÇ§ Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Victorian home on shy 1 ac. Formal dining room, ďŹ replace, and hardwood ďŹ‚oors throughout. Master suite can be converted into 4th bedroom. Web#2116024. 0DWWLWXFN2IČŠFH
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October is New York Wine Month October is New York Wine Month – the perfect time for you to discover the new world of world-class wineries. Throughout the State, more than 300 ﬁne restaurants and wine shops are featuring New York wines from |over 90 wineries, including many of the 400 Gold Medal winners from national and international wine competitions in 2007. It’s the perfect time to taste the newly-released wines from the 2007 vintage, which was the best in over 15 years. New York now has over 230 wineries in the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie regions as well as other parts of the State.
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Announcing the Upcoming Tours Lineup… Christmas Tree Shop, Cracker Barrel, Yankee Candle and Julia’s Bakery - Sat,. Nov. 8th – $54 pp. – Have an early lunch (on your own) and do some shopping at Cracker Barrel, then visit the Christmas Tree Shop for bargains galore! Also at Christmas Tree Plaza is Yankee Candle, Julia’s Bakery and more. Holiday shopping couldn’t be easier. AS SEEN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA: 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. Sports Museum of America and More – Sat., Nov. 15th – $112 pp./Adult $96 pp./Children under 14 yrs. – In addition to this wonderful new museum exhibiting numerous sports in an exciting venue, you will enjoy lunch and game time at Dave and Buster’s and top it off with a trip to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum! Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” The Musical - Wed., Nov. 19th and Wed., Dec. 17th $199 pp. and Wed., Dec. 17th – $208 pp. – The classic holiday film comes to the Broadway stage. Described as “a new musical stage reinvention of the beloved classic film,” the musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Many Irving Berlin classics are showcased in the new musical, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano,” “Sisters,” “How Deep is the Ocean” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.” Holiday Shopping Tour with Sarah Gardner in NYC – Fri., Nov. 21st – $120 pp. – Sarah has been the Editor-In-Chief of Fashion Update Magazine for the past 15 years, and a former columnist for the New York Post’s guide to New York’s “Savvy Shopper – Deals to Die For”. She also appears regularly on TV and was acclaimed “New York’s Queen of Bargains”. She and her team of stylists will take you on a three hour shopping tour to beat all with lunch included! Christmas In Victorian Cape May – 3-Day Tour – Mon.-Wed., Dec. 1st-3rd – $545.00 pp./do. Cape May attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s no wonder. The entire New Jersey seashore town is a National Historic Landmark. Christmas here is a magical time. The Victorian houses are all decked out in beautiful lights and the whole downtown historic area transforms almost magically. The warmth and joy of an old-fashioned holiday prevails. You will have tours (one on the Holly Trolley), adventures, a tea luncheon and a wine tasting, too! Christmas at The Greenbrier® - 4-Day Tour – Sun.–Wed., Dec. 7th-10th - $979 pp./do. – West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort, a National Historic Landmark in the Allegheny Mountains, is consistently ranked as one of the best resorts in the world. Experience its luxury, charm, elegance, history and tradition. The fireplaces are crackling and there are miles of garland and an abundance of poinsettias in their lobbies. Rejuvenate, rekindle and relax your winter blues away as you enjoy impeccable service. Call for the full itinerary, as this experience will last a lifetime.
Radio City Music Hall – Christmas Spectacular – Dec. 16th $156 pp., Dec., 18th $166 pp. and Dec. 14th $159 pp. - Let the Rockettes take you on a thrilling ‘tour of Manhattan’ at the height of the holiday season. You will be thrilled whether or not you have ever seen this extravagant event. Hampton Jitney is pleased to escort you on this Christmas time adventure. Always exciting – always great! New York Philharmonic Presents - HOLIDAY BRASS at Avery Fisher Hall (3 p.m. performance) – Sun., Dec. 14th - $140 pp. – A New York tradition! The Philharmonic’s Principal Brass and the Canadian Brass present their annual Holiday classic, filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the season. Comprising the principal brass players of the New York Philharmonic and the virtuosos of the Canadian Brass, you will surely be delighted. Lunch is included at Seppi’s restaurant. Vermont Christmas – 3-Day Tour – Tues.–Thurs., Dec. 16th-18th-$425 pp./do. – Relish the time before the start of your holidays in a relaxing atmosphere. Vermont is the perfect place to prepare for the holidays. Save your money for some very unique gifts as you will have ample shopping opportunities among the many wonderful activities. “South Pacific” – Wed., Jan. 7th $220 pp. & Sat., Feb. 14th (Valentine’s Day) $226 pp. – Lincoln Center Theater presents this Rodgers & Hammerstein revival. Set during World War II, it tells the story of an American lieutenant and an American nurse and their relationships with some of the residents of the exotic islands where they find themselves stationed. The musical score is absolutely beautiful. Don’t miss this exciting musical. Our 3rd Annual excursion to “1964: The Tribute” at Carnegie Hall – Sat., Jan. 10th – $180 pp. – The finest Beatles tribute concert you’ll ever experience – The exceptional talent of these remarkable men will ensure a sensational concert experience. They are world renowned and dubbed “the best Beatles Tribute Show on earth” by Rolling Stone Magazine. You will have Prime Orchestra seats for this performance. Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Overnight – Sun.–Mon., Jan. 18th - $165 pp./do. – Join Hampton Jitney as we venture to this award-winning resort and casino in New York’s scenic Mohawk Valley. Enjoy luxurious hotel accommodations, a world-class casino and so much more. You will receive a $10 Meal Voucher, $30 Free Play Coupon or Bingo Dollars and have a wonderful Breakfast Buffet included.
Also Available: Bally’s Atlantic City Overnight – Sun.-Mon., 11/2-11/3 “Shrek” The Musical – Sat., 12/6 “The Nutcracker” Ballet – Sat. 12/20 “Billy Elliot” The Musical – Wed., 1/21 “Jersey Boys” – Wed., 2/11 “13, A New Musical” – Sat., 2/21
SHOW TOURS INCLUDE –
Lunch or dinner (unless otherwise indicated), a Hampton Jitney professional driver, tour escort and deluxe round-trip ransportation. Call for complete package details.
To Make A Tour Reservation Call: 631-283-4600 or 212-362-8400 Extension 343 to reach our Southampton Or dial extensions 328 and 329 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.
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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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Hampton Jitney Fall 2008 Schedule
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Manhattan / 86th St. Manhattan / 69th St.
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Manhattan / 59th St.
Manhattan / 40th St.
Airport Connection 8:20
Fri & Sat 5:00 5:05
Fri & Sat 5:00 5:05
7 Days 11:30 11:35
Sun thru Fri Sept./Oct. Sun, Mon & Fri 7 Days Nov./Dec. 7 Days 12:30 1:00 1:30 12:35 1:05 1:35
Mon thru Sat 9:30 9:35
Mon thru Sat 10:00 10:05
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Fri Only ‡ Sept. thru Nov. 7 Days 3:00 3:30 3:05 3:35
Sun thru Thurs 4:30 4:35
Mon thru Fri 6:00 6:05
Fri Only Sept./Oct. 7 Days 7:30 8:00 7:35 8:05
Mon thru Sat 9:00 9:05
Manhattan / 69th St. Manhattan / 59th St.
Manhattan / 40th St. Airport Connection
11:45 11:50 12:00
Southampton Water Mill
Sag Harbor Wainscott
East Hampton Amagansett Napeague
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See Dan’s North Fork Section for our North Fork Line Run!
7 Days 2:30 2:35
To Brooklyn BROOKLYN SERVICE To East End BROOKLYN SERVICE To East End (Eastbound) To Brooklyn (Westbound)
8:30 — 8:35 8:45 8:50 8:55
B. Heights B. Heights B. Heights Park Slope Park Slope Park Slope
8:30 — 8:35 8:45 8:50 8:55
NORTH Fri FORK LINE PM Park Slope Park Slope Boerum Hill B. Heights
Only 5:30 5:35 5:45 6:00
Manorville Southampton Water Mill Bridgehampton Wainscott East Hampton Amagansett Napeague Montauk
Tanger Outlet Riverhead Aquebogue Jamesport Laurel Mattituck Cutchogue Peconic Southold Greenport
8:00 8:05 8:10 8:15 8:20 8:25 8:35 8:40 8:45 8:55
Select trips have letters or symbols above them. The following defines the codes.
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 Friday & Westbound Sunday.
Mid/Uptown drop offs are 3rd & 39th, 42nd, 51st, 61st, 67th, 72nd, 79th & 85th. These trips do not include Sag Harbor on Fri. (Eastbound) and Sun. (Westbound).
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. These trips guarantee Sag Harbor passengers will never be required to transfer prior to their arrival. This trip will not go to Napeague and Montauk on Tues. and Wed.
These trips arrive approximately 20 minutes earlier on Sat. and Sun. BLOCK ISLAND FERRY CONNECTION - For the convenience of our passengers living near Montauk Harbor or traveling from Block Island, HJ picks up at the Viking Ferry dock on Sunday & Monday at 6:20 p.m. Viking dock is located at 462 Westlake Drive. For more information regarding the Block Island Connection contact www.vikingfleet.com or 631-668-5700. 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 our website, by calling Hampton Jitney or by referring to our printed schedule.
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.
7:50 8:15 8:20 8:30 8:35 8:45 8:55 9:10 9:15
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LW Sun PM 6:20 6:30 6:35 6:45 6:50 7:00 7:25
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Amagansett East Hampton Wainscott Bridgehampton Watermill Southampton Manorville Lower Manhattan
To The Hamptons MONTAUK LINE (from Lower Manhattan)
Eastbound READ DOWN
HAMPTON JITNEY RIDER ALERT
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. BROOKLYN & LOWER MANHATTAN SERVICE: Weekend Service to and from Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan continues this fall. MEADOWLANDS SERVICE: Once again HJ offers direct roundtrip service to Jets/Giants home games.
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
Peter Cooper Village 1st Ave. & 23rd St. - East Side of 1st Ave. (between 23rd & 24th), in front of Board of Education Building Manorville Southampton Watermill Bridgehampton Wainscott
4:55 6:45 7:10 7:15 7:25 7:30
East Hampton Amagansett
ALL LUGGAGE: Must have ID tag. HJ liability maximum $250. All checked luggage and packages are subject to search. 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.
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Battery Park City South End Avenue & Albany Across from Gristedes
CELL PHONE POLICY: All phones must be turned off. Urgent calls only; limited to a total of 3 minutes.
Fri Only 7:00 7:05
D E PA R T I N G
4:10 — 4:15 4:25 4:30 4:35
Fri READ DOWN PM AM LIGHT PM BOLD Only Park Slope - 4th Avenue & 9th Street 5:30 Park Slope - 4th Avenue & Union Street 5:35 Boerum Hill - Atlantic Avenue & 3rd Avenue 5:45 B. Heights -Tillary St. between 6:00 Cadman Plaza East & West
I 7 Days 6:30 6:35
To Lower Manhattan MONTAUK LINE
B. Heights - Cadman Pl. & Clark St. B. Heights - Tillary St. B. Heights - Court St. & Joralemon St. Park Slope - Union St. & 4th Ave. Park Slope - Prospect Park W. & 2nd St. Park Slope - 9th St. & 4th Ave.
MONTAUK LINE DEPARTING
5:00 5:05 5:20 5:30 5:40 5:50 6:05 6:15 6:40
Greenport Southold Peconic Cutchogue Mattituck Laurel Jamesport Aquebogue Riverhead Tanger Outlet
Sun PM Only 5:40 5:50 5:55 6:00 6:05 6:10 6:15 6:20 6:25 6:30
Montauk Napeague Amagansett East Hampton Wainscott Bridgehampton Water Mill Southampton Manorville
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D E PA R T I N G
READ DOWN AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Sun PM Only
Fri PM Only
N 7 Days 5:30 5:35
W Sun Only 3:15 3:20
D E PA R T I N G
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W Sat Sun & B.I. Ferry Connection Mon W P.U. at Ferry 6:20 PM Sept./Oct. Sun Sun & Sat & Sun Only 7 Days Mon Only Nov./Dec. Sept./Oct. 5:30 6:30 7:45 — 5:35 6:35 7:50 —
7 Days 6:30
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W 7 Days
Sun & Mon Sept./Oct. I Sun Only 7 Days Nov./Dec. 3:45 — 3:50 —
D E PA R T I N G
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7 Days 12:30 12:35
To The Hamptons
D E PA RT I N G ARRIV.
7 Days 3:30
East Hampton Wainscott
7 Days 1:30
Sun thru Fri Sept./Oct. Fri Sun, Mon Only & Fri Sept. thru Nov./Dec. 7 Days 7 Days Nov. 7 Days — 9:30 — 11:30 — 9:35 — 11:35
Manhattan / 86th St.
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thru Fri W SH,MA• Mon Sat Only Only 7 Days Sept./Oct. 7 Days 7 Days — 6:30 — 7:30 — — 6:35 — 7:35 —
Fri thru Mon 8:30
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Mon thru Sat 9:30
Sun thru Fri. SH,MA• Mon Fri & Only thru Sat Sat Sat 4:30 — 4:35 —
To The Hamptons Eastbound
MONTAUK LINE A AT Mon
D E PA RT I N G
Sat, Sun & Mon
Mon Fri thru thru Sun & Fri 7 Days 7 Days 7Days 7 Days Mon 7 Days Mon 7 Days 5:00 6:10 8:15 10:15 12:15 2:15 3:15 4:45 6:15
D E PA R T I N G
To Manhattan Westbound
Effective Thurs., Sept. 18 through Wed., Jan. 7, 2009
Lower Manhattan Westbound MTA Bus Stop Drop-off Locations: • • • • •
2nd Ave. & 34th St. • North Side of Water St. 2nd Ave. & 22nd St. & Broad St. 2nd Ave. & 14th St. • State St. & Battery Place 2nd Ave. & 9th St. (Bowling Green Subway West Side of Allen St. & Station) E. Houston St. • Church St. & Cortlandt • West Side of Pearl St. & St. (Connection to Path Fulton St. Trains to N.J.) • South End Avenue
PARKING PERMITS - HJ PASSENGERS WHO ARE PARKING VEHICLES IN SOUTHAMPTON OR MANORVILLE MUST DISPLAY PARKING PERMITS ISSUED BY A HJ REPRESENTATIVE. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING IS PERMITTED IN MANORVILLE. PARKING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE HAMPTON BAYS PLAZA PARKING LOT. 1146314
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Monster Man Encounters with Frank Mundus: Shark Killer. Inspiration for Jaws By Dan Rattiner The following is a chapter from the memoir, In the Hamptons: Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities by Dan Rattiner, published here with permission from Random House.
The East Hampton Cinema on Main Street is where the world-class ﬁlmmakers who live here hold movie premieres. I can think of at least a dozen ﬁlms that have been introduced here, where they have rolled out the red carpet, put up the felt ropes, and positioned the paparazzi alongside to shoot the stars as they come in. But whenever I pass this theater, what I remember most is the very ﬁrst premiere ever held here. As it happens, it was not only the ﬁrst one but also the biggest and most successful one. The ﬁlm is still among the ten highestgrossing movies of all time and the top ﬁfty best ﬁlms ever made, and if you haven’t seen it by now, you should. The ﬁlm is Jaws, and it made the ﬁlm reputations of three men connected with it: Steven Spielberg, the director; Richard Dreyfuss, the hero; and Roy Scheider, the police chief of the town of “Amity.” As for the killer shark, in the end, it lost, but it scared the wits out of just about everybody who went to see this ﬁlm when it came out in 1975. The idea for this ﬁlm, of course, had been in the making long before 1975. Around 1968, a writer
named Peter Benchley had come out to Montauk and had become fascinated by a wild and unpredictable character he met there named Frank Mundus. Mundus would head out to sea in his forty-foot ﬁshing boat searching for giant killer sharks that in many cases were bigger than his boat. He would harpoon them, run with them until they tired, then bring them alongside and shoot them until they were dead. Then he would lash them to the side of his boat and bring them in. Peter Benchley modeled the fearless and iras-
golf, or eating in the Shagwong or Trail’s End restaurant. Unlike the center of town, the docks are quiet at seven at night. The hundred ﬁshing boats there, rocking gently in their slips, are tied up. The ﬁshermen have gone home. The captains have gone home. They will not meet up with one another again until four o’clock the following morning. I parked at the most southerly end of the docks, nearest to Uihlein’s Boat Rental, and taking a bunch of newspapers out of the backseat, I got out of the car and climbed over the railing to the deck of the Viking II. Going to the entrance of the locked wheelhouse door, I slipped a few newspapers under it. Then I steadied myself and, tucking the remaining newspapers back under my arm, made the short leap to the boat just adjacent, where I did the same thing. It occurred to me at this moment — because this was the ﬁrst time I had done this — that what I was doing was illegal. I was trespassing. Well, so what? Everybody loves the paper. Or should. A few days earlier, I had been encouraged to leave newspapers on the boats by a Montauk Open Boat captain named George Glas of the Helen II. I had been down at the docks trying to sell my advertising, and he had been just one of the three ﬁshing boat captains who had bought anything. The others turned me down. “You ought to just put a few on the decks of each boat,” Glas had said. “People do read ‘em. It
Peter Benchley modeled the fearless and irascible character of “Quint” in his book after Mundus.
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.
cible character of “Quint” in his book after Frank Mundus. Universal Studios bought the movie rights. And so it was Quint, or Mundus, who was the maniac in the movie who went out with Scheider and Dreyfuss in his ﬁshing boat on this ﬁnal desperate quest to kill the man-eating shark. At seven o’clock on a Friday evening in July 1963, I drove down to the docks with a single stack of my Montauk Pioneer newspaper to deliver to the ﬁshing boats. I had come from the center of town, four miles away, where Main Street was alive with tourists walking around, buying souvenirs, window-shopping, playing miniature
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South O’ the Highway
(and the North too)
Hamptonite and Today show host Matt Lauer will be roasted at the Friars Club in New York City on October 24. Al Roker will serve as Roastmaster, and fellow roasters will include Katie Couric, Martha Stewart, Joy Behar, Catherine ZetaJones, Bob Saget, Clay Aiken, Vanessa Williams and more. * * * The Southampton Inn is offering a Murder Mystery Package for Saturday, November 1. The full package includes a Murder Mystery Dinner and Show at OSO, the Inn’s new steakhouse, complete with a complimentary glass of wine. Following a restful overnight stay in one of the Inn’s well-appointed rooms, guests can enjoy a spirit-soothing breakfast at OSO. The whole package — terror and pampering included — is $349 per couple (based on double occupancy); those wishing to add a second night will receive the Inn’s best available rate. For those preferring to call it a night after the haute-cuisine homicide, the Murder Mystery Dinner and Show sans stay is only $75 per person. For reservations, call the Inn at 1800-832-6500 or (631) 283-6500. * * * Hamptonites John and Katherine McEnroe, James and Ellen Marcus, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Roberts will be dressing in their formal clothes and heading into Manhattan next Monday, October 20, for Lenox Hill Hospital’s Autumn Ball Gala, co-chaired by Ellen and Daniel Crown and Karen and William Lauder. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC Good Morning America will be awarded The Medal of Distinction, joining the prestigious list of recipients that includes Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Neil Simon, Alan Alda, Joe Namath, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw, Julie Andrews and Bette Midler. In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then she has become an advocate and voice for early detection and screening. For ticket information please contact Michele Goldsmith at (212) 434-2544. * * * Many Hamptons regulars were seen rocking out in New York City last weekend. Howard Stern attended the Prince show on the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop, and Betsey Johnson and Kelly Ripa grooved to Madonna at Madison Square Garden. Ripa reportedly sat in the front row, and sang along to “Give It to Me” when the Material Girl handed her the microphone. * * * Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose birthday is coming up, is celebrating another year in
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might help you out.” Captain Glas, like many of the others, ﬁshed for porgies, ﬂuke, and blackﬁsh out at some place called Cox’s Lodge. As many as ﬁfty people could show up at his boat at four in the morning, pay $15, and come aboard for the trip out there. They’d be out all day and get back to the docks at three in the afternoon, exhausted, sunburned, and lugging bags of ﬁsh. Glas would tie up, spray the decks with fresh water from a hose, and count the money. Then I could talk to him, as I could talk to anyone else. Except for Mundus. He wouldn’t talk to me. “What’s wrong with Mundus?” I had asked. “He’s pretty rough,” Glas said. “Goes his own way. Started doing this ‘Monster Fishing’ for sharks a few years ago. It’s not a sport. He goes out and shoots them. Nobody likes him.” So there I was. Not too many papers would ﬁt under the door of the wheelhouses, which was a good thing. Leave too many, they’d use them as ﬁsh wrappers. Probably use them as ﬁsh wrappers anyway. Can’t help that. As I went from boat to boat like this, each time doing the same thing, my mind tended to wander. But then I’d slip or lose my balance for a moment and I’d get refocused. What a hell of a job it was, running a newspaper. I imagined a headline: editor falls off boat, bangs head, hospitalized. And there was Frank Mundus. What was he doing down at the docks at seven o’clock at night? I stopped. He was a big, sweaty, burly man with a cowboy hat and boots. He stood there with a huge carving knife, and at his feet there was a cut-up shark, maybe six feet long. Above him was one of the biggest signs in the harbor. MONSTER FISHING. CRICKET II. CALL FRANK MUNDUS. And a phone number. “Don’t put none of that here,” he said, waving at the ﬁshing boat behind him. “Okay.” I just stood there, staring at him. “You ought to write about me shark ﬁshing,” he
said. “You’ll sell more of your papers.” “The paper is free.” Mundus didn’t say anything. “You ought to advertise in the paper,” I said. “Explain what you do. People say what you do isn’t ﬁshing.” “Well, they ought to come out and try it before they say that. You want to go shark ﬁshing?” “I get seasick,” I said. “I can’t even go out in a boat.” “Well. We just come in today. Late. Caught six ﬁsh like this. This is the last one.” “I put thousands of copies of the paper in the motels. All those people come out here. They read all the ads.” Mundus seemed a little weary. “How much?” “A small ad? You could get one about two by three inches for ten bucks. Want to try it?” Mundus took a wad of money out of his pocket and peeled off two ﬁves. “Write something nice,” he said. He pointed to his sign. “Now beat it.” My heart leaped. But this was the ﬁrst and last time Frank Mundus would ever take an ad in my newspaper. Two weeks later, when I came back to talk to him there on the dock, he was brandishing a gun. Cleaning it, it seemed to me. He looked up. “Not interested,” he said. And I walked on. About a week after that, my dad came home to dinner from the drugstore to tell the family there was quite a bit of news in town. At the time, my uncle and aunt were visiting with their kids. The closest in age to me was Johnny, who was sixteen, seven years my junior. “Mundus has a monster shark he is bringing in,” Dad said. “It’s bigger than his boat. So he’s going slow. They expect him in around midnight. Everybody is going to be there.” We all went down to the docks at midnight and the whole town was there. But Mundus was nowhere to be seen. The word was going around
that a wind had sprung up and things were going even slower than he thought and he’d be in around 3:00 a.m. Some people were going to wait. But my dad said we should go home. We could see this big ﬁsh, which reportedly was about the size of our car, in the morning. But I could not sleep. I stayed up in bed staring at the ceiling until about 5:00 a.m., then tiptoed over to the guest room and woke up Johnny. It was still dark. “Psst. Get up. Let’s go see that ﬁsh.” He blinked and grinned. In the darkness we got dressed quietly and tiptoed out the front door. Ten minutes later, we parked the car out at the docks, where, under the strings of used-car-lot lights, the ﬁshermen from the city had already arrived for the new day. They stood around drinking coffee or talking animatedly as they boarded one boat or another, getting ready to go off on another day of sportﬁshing. I asked somebody about the shark. “On the beach in back of Gosman’s,” a man with a baseball cap said. “But all the excitement’s over. Everybody’s gone home.” Gosman’s was a small clam bar up near the jetties, about a hundred and ﬁfty yards away. It wasn’t open and was dark, inside and out. But I knew the way around it. Did I want to go around? A shark the size of a car? I looked at Johnny. Hey, no problem. Struggling hand over hand, we walked slowly and awkwardly down a dark alleyway around to the back of the restaurant looking for a ﬁsh. There was no ﬁsh. “Somebody must have moved it,” I said. But then Johnny, who was behind me, screamed. He had taken a step off to one side and, in the dark, had tripped and fallen over something. It was the carcass of the shark. I went down as well. And now I was screaming. The shark was lying on its side, motionless, every bit as big as advertised. It was dark gray, its skin cold and tough as sandpaper, and at one end, a single eye stared out above what appeared to be a tongue lolling out. And there were all those razor-sharp teeth. We got to our feet, retreated backward, then ran back to the car and drove home. No one even knew we had been gone. Later in the morning, we returned to ﬁnd the newspapermen there, the TV people holding interviews, Mundus yelling at everybody, telling them to keep back and running back and forth with his gun. The shark, which now was beginning to smell, had been winched ashore at 3:00 a.m. by a big truck owned by another ﬁsherman who had agreed to lend it for the effort. The pull had stripped its gears. The shark weighed, people guessed, more than four thousand pounds, though no one would ever know because there was not a scale in Montauk big enough to lift it. Nothing like it had ever been seen before in these parts. Before the day was out, it would have to be cut up and disposed of. Mundus was going to have the head stuffed and mounted. Maybe get it hung up over a bar down there, maybe Salivar’s. * * * Some thirty years later, in 1992, the Coast Guard issued an order that every ﬁshing boat captain, including the old-timers, would have to (continued on page 20)
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By Dan Rattiner, Ph. Dan Financial Expert The whole thing with this world economy frozen up with nobody willing to start loaning the first nickel is ridiculous. I don’t get it. A month ago, we had the Freddie and Fannie business and the guys who watch the money said okay, here’s a $100 billion. And so they turned on the presses and printed the $100 billion and it saved them. Then AIG came in and they said we can’t let that go under and so they said okay, here’s $200 billion. After that there was all this whooping and hollering that I never did understand. The guys who watch the money thought they were printing so much of it that maybe it was kind of scary, considering they hadn’t been voted into office or anything, and so somebody talked them into having to get permission from Congress to give away more than they had already given away. That took two precious and very stupid weeks. The Senate was for it, the House was against it. Then the Democrats were for it and the Republicans were against it. Then everybody was for it, but everybody else was against it. People were running around crazy, like START THE PRESSES, START THE PRESSES. And finally, they said okay, you can print some more. What was the big deal? All it is, is printing
By Dan Rattiner, Ph. Dan Marketing Guru This whole economic downturn has been very, very badly marketed. They called it the “Wall Street Bailout.” And it conjures up images of people with billions and billions of dollars in their pockets now walking around with tin cups needing a bailout from all the Hockey Moms and Joe Six Packs in America. Then the government passes the bailout, but then doesn’t actually follow through with it. Just a little bit is going to be available during the first 30 days, then there’s gonna be another little bit of it after that. Then three months down the road the Congress has to vote to release the remainder of the bailout, and if they don’t the President has the right to overrule it if he thinks it’s okay. So where’s the bailout? We’re getting it. It’s around here somewhere. Hold on. We need to put a marketing man on the payroll in Washington, immediately. And here is what he will do. It’s called “Rescue USA.” And the plan is that on a certain date, all at once, every bank and every loan company in America agrees voluntarily to offer loans to all qualified borrowers at fair interest rates.
money. You press the button, and the guys at the printing plant start feeding the presses green paper and out comes $300 billion for the Iraqi War. They’ve been doing that for years. Nobody blinks an eye. Then you press the button and out comes a $100 billion crisp green ones and we give that to Fannie and Freddie. Then they give $300 billion to this AIG place, whatever it is. Pressing the button is good. Even with high speed presses it takes the foremen and his crew days and days to print out more of it. It means jobs. It means income for people with blank green paper. It means truckers to take the money here and there. It means stevedores and bank vaults. It means people with pencils and paper to keep track of it. Now I just read that Europe is having trouble. Some big Dutch bank needed billions and so the Dutch asked the Germans and the Germans — (continued on page 32)
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take a new written test. Mundus, who was surely the most prominent ﬁshing boat captain in Montauk by that time, demurred. He would take the test, but maybe at the end of the ﬁshing season. The Coast Guard insisted. And then Frank Mundus announced that he would retire rather than take it. Suddenly, a rumor swept through town. Frank Mundus, it was said, had never properly learned to read. (And now I knew why he did not particularly appreciate my newspaper!) The following year, Frank Mundus, now 68, took up with a young Englishwoman he had met in a mail correspondence. He had been widowed 12 years earlier. Now he married her and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. There they live on a 20-acre farm near Naalehu, where they raise sheep, hogs, and occasionally wild boar that weigh more than ﬁve hundred pounds.* While writing this book, I came across a photograph of Mundus, taken in the 1960s, standing on the dock and peering at the camera through the skeletal jaws of one of the great white sharks he had caught. It was a terriﬁc shot of him and I thought it ought to accompany this chapter. When I tried to contact him in Hawaii to get his permission to do so, however, I learned that he was back in Montauk. At the age of 82, he had just arrived here to spend a month, seeing old friends and going out ﬁshing every morning in the Cricket II, which, amazingly, had been brought back out of drydock and restored by some ﬁlmmakers interested in making a documentary about him. “He’s staying at the Star Island Yacht Club,” his wife told me over the phone. “But I’m staying here. Somebody’s got to feed the animals. We’ve got a whole farm of them, including a nine-hundred-pound hog named Fritzi that Frank just bought. I’m sure he’d see you, though. It’s best in the afternoon, when he gets back in.” I found Frank, weathered and suntanned, sitting at one of the outdoor picnic tables they have set up there between the yacht club and the docks. There were his ﬁlmmakers and a small crowd of well-wishers talking to him. Spread out in front of him on the picnic table was some of the paraphernalia he had for sale and also some of the books written about him. Behind him, in its slip, bobbed the Cricket II. I listened to Frank reminisce for a while, asked him if he remembered the young man who once sold him an ad in the Pioneer, which he said he did. And I bought one of his books, which was called Monster Man. Then I asked him if he would be willing to let me use the photo of him looking through the shark jaws for this book. I had a copy with me. He took out a ballpoint pen, asked me to hand him the photo, and, when I did, swiftly wrote the following on the back of it: Dan Rattiner is welcome to use any pictures of me in any way he wants. Frank Mundus. June 13, 2007. Well, I thought, so much for the rumor that he wouldn’t take his ﬁshing boat captain’s test because he couldn’t read or write. And so much for the theory that that’s why he didn’t appreciate my newspaper. *Frank Mundus passed away in September at the age of 82. After a nonstop flight between Montauk and Hawaii, he suffered a heart attack in the airport and died in Honolulu’s Queens Medical Center.
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Inspiration How the Film Festival Got Thought Up 15 Years Ago By Dan Rattiner The woman who founded the Hamptons International Film Festival is in town this week. Her name is Joyce Robinson, and I had lunch with her at Danny’s Poxabogue Café on Tuesday. You might be forgiven for having thought this enormous event next week has been here forever. But you’d be wrong about that. It was founded from an idea thought up 17 years ago by one person, a woman, who lived here and who had many contacts in the film business. Two years later, the festival began. It’s grown larger and larger each year since. This weekend, over five days, thousands of people will watch over 120 films here in the Hamptons. Joyce Robinson was born and raised in Forest Hills, went to UCLA and, after graduation, went to live in Paris for a year. Coming home on
Islandic Air, which had incredibly cheap fares at the time, the plane lost an engine and had to make an emergency landing. It was a very dicey situation. Robinson had been sitting on the plane next to a reporter from Time Magazine. Afterwards, when they realized how close they had come to meeting their end, they each vowed to do something glamorous with the rest of their lives. Her friend became an editor. She went back to Los Angeles and founded her own casting company, and for the next 20 years made quite a name for herself traveling the world casting for both film and TV. Her casting credits include the TV show “MASH,” the films The Champ, Coma, Twilight Zone and hundreds of others. For three years she worked for Michael Fuchs as Head of Casting at HBO. During this time, Robinson got married and
divorced, and in 1988, on her own, she adopted a child whom she named Carly, and so she decided to take a few years off from work, living off the money she had saved. Prior to this time, she had visited friends who had houses in the Hamptons and had fallen in love with this place. And so, in 1989, she bought a 200-year-old barn on Egypt Lane in East Hampton and fixed it up. Some people will remember the drama school for children she founded and ran out of her basement. She built a theatre and a stage. Shows were performed there. In the fall of 1990, a friend of hers invited her to accompany him to the Sundance Film Festival, and her reaction was: Why not in the Hamptons? And so, beginning in 1991, assisted by her (continued on page 34)
TIM BISHOP WEIGHS IN ON BAILOUT, DRILLING By Tiffany Razzano Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) recently weighed in on two important issues that our country has been facing: the economic crisis and the question of off-shore drilling for oil. In an historic move, Congress recently voted in favor of a bailout of the ailing banking industry, in hopes of easing the country’s credit crisis. Though the House of Representative’s initial version of the $700 billion emergency package failed, days later the Senate easily
passed its version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (74-25). The House then scrambled to get enough votes to pass the bill 263-171. The bill provides financial institutions with $350 billion, with another $350 available pending review by Congress. The Senate’s version of the bill increased the deposit amount insured by the FDIC from $100,000 to $250,000 and also extended tax credits that will be made available, says Bishop, who has
supported the bill in all of its forms. Naysayers of the bill are wary that it’s designed more to bailout those on Wall Street rather than the average American, and chide the government for sticking its nose in private markets. But the pros far outweigh the cons, Bishop says, and the version of the bill that passed provides more protection for taxpayers. “It is not perfect. No reasonable person would say it’s perfect,” he said. “But it’s more about pro(continued on page 34)
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She’s Everywhere Everyone Looks Like Sarah Palin. How Can That Be? By Susan M. Galardi Two weekends ago at the giant clam contest in Amagansett, one of the shuckers, a woman in rubber waders, caught my eye. She looked very familiar. Squinting through the crowd, I was able to get a better look. Could it be? Yes! It was Sarah Palin! Recently, there was a photo in a local paper last week of a woman with a group of schoolchildren. Sarah Palin! Apparently, unannounced, she had made a visit to John Marshall Elementary School in East
Hampton. Over the weekend, driving through Westhampton Beach on route to a show at the Performing Arts Center, a woman in a Ford Escape cut me off — yep, it was Sarah Palin. And just yesterday, at the Bridgehampton Market next door to Dan’s Papers editorial office, Sarah Palin was working a cash register. Something odd is happening. Not only is Sarah Palin everywhere you look in the media, she seems to be everywhere you look,
period. Never mind that she’s a dead ringer for Tina Fey; bears an eerie resemblance to Greek folk singer Nana Mouskouri and more than a few “Star Trek” women; could be mistaken for Lisa Loeb, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Linda Carter as Wonder Woman; and is suspected by some to be moonlighting as the spokesperson for Overstock.com. Sarah Palin seems to be lurking around every corner. Even here on the East End. Out of corner of your eye you’ll see her — the upswept, (continued on page 38)
A PRESIDENT TO REMEMBER, MORE THAN EVER By T.J. Clemente With the phenomenon of Barack Obama’s candidacy and his comparison to President John F. Kennedy, the documentary film, A President to Remember: In the Company of John Kennedy, produced and directed by Robert Drew, is a must see for all political junkies. It will be presented at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival. For those too young to remember the trendy, charismatic, and dynamic John Kennedy, this film may be the first introduction to why so many people remember him so fondly. With Alec Baldwin acting as narrator, the footage – some never before released to the public – takes the viewer from the Wisconsin primary during the presidential campaign of 1960 right up to Kennedy’s death. The black and white footage, shot by Robert Drew and his associates (which
included cameramen Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles), takes the viewer back into the Kennedy years. You see John Kennedy less than a year from giving his famous inaugural address, before hundreds of thousands, standing almost alone in front of a Wisconsin factory. He is virtually ignored by the early morning shift. Yes, the film shows that John Kennedy wasn’t anointed President, and in fact, he campaigned and barely got the nomination. But more importantly, what A President to Remember shows is why people who knew and remember Kennedy considered him special and in fact, truly, a president to remember. Those experiencing the man for the first time will get a glimpse of the Kennedy wit and charming, youthful smile. It becomes apparent that he could very well have started fashion trends with
his inimitable sense of style. Not many men running for president had a father who owned movie studios and knew so much about the importance of wearing specific wardrobe (including high end, tailored suits and sunglasses) and sporting a tan. In fact, the most amazing thing about the film is that Joseph P. Kennedy, the President’s father, who probably financed the whole campaign and gave the okay for the shooting of this footage, being a movie guy, is not seen in the film at all. There can be no doubt it was his request or intentions to show Jack Kennedy as his own man and not his father’s tool — as many believed at the time. In the book, The Making of the President 1960, By Ted White, that author leaves no doubt who engineered the unknown Massachusetts Senator to the White House — yet the docu(continued on page 38)
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Main Street How Wall St. and Global Economy Affect the East End By T.J. Clemente The events of the past few weeks on Wall Street, and internationally, have proven only what the folks on Main Street in small town America have known perhaps for quite some time: The economy is in trouble. Even in towns on the East End, which Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO of the Bridgehampton National Bank, called, “very resilient,” things are not good. East Hampton shop owner and former New York Times journalist Kelly Ann Smith said, “The locals don’t shop in town anymore. Most of the shops are out of their reach financially. That is not to say the national financial crisis hasn’t hurt us, too. Since Labor
Day it’s been more like February than fall.” At Buzz Chew, one of the area’s prominent car dealerships, Leslie Corwin, a top assistant to Chew, said, “No one’s coming in.” When asked about the $700 billion bailout package passed by Congress to loosen up credit and help with things like car loans, he added, “There is no effect yet, no one’s coming in.” One large local real estate agency recently reported revenue down 70%. On the national level and in the Hamptons, everything has ground almost to a halt. Bank President O’Connor said, “Local businesses must adjust their business plans to the new realities … it is integral to view this situation with their eyes
open.” Claiming that his bank is a local bank that has not been affected by national trends, O’Connor added, “We did not make sub-prime loans, the bank is very sound and comfortable.” On the issue of tightening credit, he said, “Nothing has changed in our policy of giving loans, just that we are taking a closer look when loans are requested by certain businesses, like local restaurants.” The one part of the bailout legislation O’Connor has welcomed is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) raising the guarantee on bank deposits from $100,000 to $250,000. “Many of our business owners and (continued on page 36)
SHOULD DEEP HOLLOW RANCH BE SAVED, AGAIN? By T.J. Clemente This is story about the realities of the changes happening on the East End of Long Island. Ten years ago the Community Preservation Fund was set up to protect and preserve the integrity of the area by purchasing either the development rights or the entire stock in large tracts of open lands, thus preventing them from being developed. Over a half a billion dollars has been used to achieve these goals. But with the slump in the housing sales, and the revenues brought in by the 2% tax on new
home purchases have fallen off significantly, thus causing the Town of East Hampton, for example, to borrow $15 million against future revenues to purchase choice properties such as Boy’s Harbor and the 77 acres of the Dick Cavett property in Montauk. The truth is, an entire apparatus that was set up for spending around $90 million per year must be scaled down to eventually be in line with the revenues coming in. Supervisor McGintee said the Town of East Hampton would not turn its back on attractive situations. However, fiscal realities are now setting
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By Victoria L. Cooper For Dominick Dunne, the party’s not over. As one of the great voices of our time, Dunne still remains on the pulse of the who’s who in American celebrity culture at the age of 82. He has produced, directed and written some of the most compelling and often controversial material over the past five decades and is featured in one of the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival’s Spotlight Films. In its North American premiere, Dominick Dunne: After the Party, follows Dunne through his self-admitted “complicated life,” and his tribulations while following such celebrity-ridden trials like O.J. Simpson, Phil Spector, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel, the Menendez brothers and who could forget the heated William Kennedy Smith trial? Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolly wrote, directed and produced After the Party, which features commentary and appearances by Graydon Carter, Joan Didion (his sister-in-law), Griffin Dunne (his son), Robert Evans and the “grand dame of dish,” gossip columnist Liz Smith. The film is compelling, as viewers are offered an intimate walk through Dunne’s remarkable journey, which touches upon both the absurd and the very poignant. “You would go to dinner and Audrey Hepburn was there and you wouldn’t think anything of it,” Dunne explained. “It was just a way of life the way we lived.” Born in Connecticut in 1925, to a “well to do” Irish Catholic family, Dunne was the son of a Harvard-educated heart surgeon who performed some of the first, most groundbreaking procedures in the field, including “taking a bullet from a boy’s beating heart,” patching him up and sending him home. Like most medical professionals, his father was not known for his personality and Dunne discloses the hurt he felt when his father would call him names like “sissy.” But like many things in Dunne’s life, this didn’t hold him back. He served in World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery in helping save another soldier’s life. Yet, even after moving to New York briefly, something drew Dunne to Hollywood’s glitz and glamour, and it wasn’t long before he relocated there, right in the epicenter of the famous valley. Prior to getting knee-deep in rubbing elbows, Dunne fell in love and married Ellen “Lenny” Griffin. They had three children together, Griffin, Dominique, and Alexander. One of the things that the film does best is to show the dynamic love between Dunne and Griffin. The couple would throw parties at their house with guests including Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Robert Wagner, Paul Newman and numerous other A-listers. Dunne became so immersed in these parties that he saved every
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about to get a lot worse for Dunne and his family when, in 1982, his daughter Dominique was murdered. After this devastation, which he admits brought his family back together, he realized how flawed the judicial system could be (the murderer only went to jail for 2 1/2 years) and set out to stop it. When the judge in his daughter’s trial thanked both families for their time, Dunne yelled out, “Don’t thank them on behalf of my family, judge!” Dunne added,“ I made headlines the next day.” His daughter’s murder led him to working for Vanity Fair. His first story was “Justice: A Father’s Account of the Trial of his Daughter’s Killer.” Dunne then became a defining voice for Vanity Fair and although there have been a few bumps in the road, namely the incident between Dunne and Garry Condit, it’s been nothing but bliss. (Condit sued Dunne for implicating him in the disappearance of Chandra Levy.) He is drawn to the cross between celebrity and justice – “the ugly part of being famous,” he said. One of the best parts of Dominick Dunne: After the Party is a scene where Dunne is staying in Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, where helicopters began flying overheard at 5:30 a.m. He was staying there to cover the ongoing Phil Spector trial and en route to the courtroom, Dunne tells the driver to go up the hill. He is met with hoards of paparazzi and discovers that none other than Southampton’s very own Paris Hilton lives directly behind the Chateau Marmont. “It was just a Hollywood moment. She’s part of that true celebrity culture. She’s it. On another note, I’ve been very impressed by her commercials supporting Barack Obama. They’re good.” On the Hamptons Dunne explains, “I’ve never written a Hamptons story. Although there was a couple that I was very intrigued by. I used to come out to East Hampton two weekends a month and then I moved to California and all that stopped. The Hamptons are a very special place.” In terms of his opinion of the film, Dunne said, “ I think they did a very interesting job. I never knew the whole time they were doing it what their attitude was. They would just sort of turn up in and out of my life for two years. I think they captured what my life is like.” Asked about the future, Dunne answered, “Do I have future plans? Are you kidding me? I always have future plans. Even though I’ve been sick with bladder cancer, it hasn’t slowed me down. I’m going to England tomorrow. Then after the Film Festival, I’ll try to finish my novel at my country house in Connecticut.” In a parting shot, he added, “I’m still cooking, don’t you worry.” Dominick Dunne: After the Party is playing Sat. Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. United Artists Cinema 4 and Sun. Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Southampton 1.
He became addicted to alcohol and cocaine, got arrested trying to bring some “grass” in from Mexico — another not-so-proud moment. invitation by ironing and pressing it flat into a scrapbook. “It was fascinating, I learned a great deal about how dangerous that lifestyle can be.” Dunne became obsessed with climbing the social ladder so much that his marriage began to fail and soon he was divorced. He became addicted to alcohol and cocaine — got arrested trying to bring some “grass” in from Mexico, another not-so-proud moment. With the failure of his marriage, addiction, and two films, Ash Wednesday and Play it as it Lays that were box office disappointments, Dunne lost all hope. Dunne retreated to a cabin in Oregon where he started writing. “I think it’s important to publicly acknowledge failure when you’re dealing with it. Instead of hiding in shame you must move on with it and accept it.” Things were
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