Monday, August 29, 2011
The Hamptons: Various
As a Los Angelino, when I first moved to NYC, I thought this was ridiculous. Who would pay the outrageous sums to share summer rentals (of varying degrees of disrepair or maintenance) and then drive (or ride in the Jitney bus service) 2.5-3.5 hours each way to spend some time by the beach? Well, in the professional set, you'd be surprised. Some claim that it is because all of the partying goes on out there in the summertime, and if you are single there is no one to hang out with left in the City on the weekends. But families also partake of what the Hamptons have to offer.
As you can probably tell from my description, I am not a convert, but I think I understand the appeal for others. Frankly, I like that many of the Manhattanites flee to the Hamptons, as that makes the City much more pleasant for those of us who remain (restaurants that are usually impossible to get into are available for reservations during this period each year). So if you get a chance to go to the Hamptons, please do (but don't forget the insect repellant or you may be eaten alive by the mosquitos).