The Hamptons

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The Hamptons, highlighted (center) on South Fork of Long Island, an island 118 miles (190 km) long

The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical summer colonies of the American Northeast. They have some of the most expensive residential properties in the U.S.

The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, the Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney connect the Hamptons to the rest of Long Island and to New York City, while ferries provide connections to Shelter Island, New York and Connecticut.

West to east[edit]

The Hamptons generally do not include the following hamlets and villages in the town of Southampton, due to their location west of the Shinnecock Canal:

The Hamptons include[citation needed] the following hamlets and villages in the town of Southampton:

The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of East Hampton:

The Shinnecock Reservation of the Shinnecock Indian Nation lies within the borders of the Town of Southampton, adjoining Shinnecock Hills and the Village of Southampton.

Summer Colony[edit]

These areas constitute the core vacation area of this end of Long Island.

Village/Hamlet Town Population Total Area Land Area
Southampton Southampton Town 3,965[citation needed] 6.8 sq mi (18 km2) 6.3 sq mi (16 km2)
Water Mill Southampton Town 1,724 12.5 sq mi (32 km2) 11.0 sq mi (28 km2)
Bridgehampton Southampton Town 1,381 11.2 sq mi (29 km2) 9.3 sq mi (24 km2)
Sagaponack Southampton Town 582 8.0 sq mi (21 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)
Sag Harbor 60% Southampton; 40% East Hampton Town[citation needed] 2,313 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2) 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
Wainscott East Hampton Town 628 7.3 sq mi (19 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)
East Hampton East Hampton Town 1,334 4.9 sq mi (13 km2) 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)
Amagansett East Hampton Town 1,067 8.0 sq mi (21 km2) 6.2 sq mi (16 km2)

The Summer Colony's residents include many of New York City's affluent residents, as well as a number of affluent people from other nearby states,[citation needed] executives, and increasingly, foreigners from Europe and South America.[citation needed]

Villages and the hamlets of the Summer Colony are distinguished by their significant population increases during the summers, a large number of retail shops and restaurants and extensive arts community. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation,[1] and, as of 2013, the real estate market was hot with prices rising for both home buyers and sellers and rentals. Particularly attractive were modest homes within walking distance of village centers.[2] In particular, Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton were cited by Business Week magazine as being the first, sixth and eighth most expensive zip codes in the nation, respectively.[3]

Other amenities in the area include Sebonack Golf Club, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, National Golf Links of America in Southampton and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. The Shinnecock and National golf clubs were recently voted as the number three and number 10 ranked courses in America by Golf Digest magazine. Exclusive private clubs provide additional recreational resources to the very affluent[citation needed] in the area. These clubs include The Bathing Corporation of Southampton, the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club, and the Meadow Club in Southampton Village and the Maidstone Club in East Hampton.

In popular culture[edit]

The Hamptons and Hamptons society are frequently featured on-screen and mentioned in films and television.

In films[edit]

In television[edit]

  • In an episode of the adult cartoon Family Guy titled "The Story on Page One" Character Mayor Adam West talks to the toilet and says "Well, well, Mr. Toilet. I thought you were in The Hamptons."
  • In an episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld, titled "The Wizard", George Costanza misleadingly claims to be "closing on his house in The Hamptons". In "The Hamptons", the characters travel to the Hamptons to see a friend's newborn baby.
  • The TV show Castle also makes several references to The Hamptons as a favorite vacation spot for the famous character Rick Castle. Castle's Hamptons house is featured in the 4th episode of Season 5.
  • The TV series Royal Pains is set in the Hamptons, where the main character Doctor Henry "Hank" Lawson becomes a concierge doctor in The Hamptons and starts his own concierge doctor business with his younger brother Evan R. Lawson.
  • In Josh Schwartz's Gossip Girl, The Hamptons are mentioned on numerous occasions in the first two episodes of season two and episodes in season five and six. Many of the characters in the show reside or vacation in The Hamptons during the summer.
  • Derek Shepherd and Addison Montgomery of the medical drama, Grey's Anatomy, are known to have once owned property in The Hamptons.
  • The MTV documentary series True Life had an episode called "True Life: I'm Hustling in The Hamptons".
  • Numerous episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City are filmed in and around The Hamptons, where the cast members participate in the East End social life and charitable events[5][6] and several cast members own (or previously owned) eastern Long Island homes, e.g., Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren Bensimon,[7] LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin. (Exemplary episodes include 1.3 "The Hamptons"; 2.2 "Hamptons Retreat, No Surrender"; 2.3 "On Their High Horses"; and 4.4 "Ramona'd".)
  • Sex and the City: season 2, episode 17, "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"; and season 5, episode 8, "I Love a Charade"
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: season 2, episode 7, "A Weekend in the Hamptons..." [8]
  • Revenge: An ABC TV series which takes place in the Hamptons, where Emily Thorne (AKA Amanda Clarke) navigates upper society to destroy the wealthy Graysons and those who betrayed her father. Montauk is home of Jack Porter's "Stowaway" Tavern.
  • The Pruitts of Southampton was an early 60's sitcom starring Phyliss Diller.
  • Ina Garten, Emmy Award winning host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, lives in East Hampton and films many of the episodes for Barefoot Contessa in "The Barn" adjacent to her home.
  • In "Girls", Hannah, Marnie, Jess, and Shoshana spend a weekend in the Hamptons in hopes of salvaging their friendship.
  • Most of the final season of How I Met Your Mother takes place in Farhampton, a fictional equivalent of the Hamptons.
  • In the show Louie, comedian Louie CK performs a stand up comedy set at a private charity function in the Hamptons with comedian Jerry Seinfeld.[9]

In music[edit]

Singer Lana Del Rey referred to The Hamptons in her song "National Anthem". The song, which pays tribute to America, portrays Del Rey as President John F. Kennedy's wife living a luxury lifestyle.

Kanye West references The Hamptons in the song "New Slaves", on the album 2013 Yeezus.

Jay Z references The Hamptons in the song "Jay Z Blue".


  1. ^ Vanessa Wong (2010). "The 50 Most Expensive Small Towns in America 2010". Business Week. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Robin Finn (March 22, 2013). "Well Before Summer, Hamptons Luxury Real Estate Is Scorching". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Most Expensive U.S. Small Town: Sagaponack, N.Y." article by Venessa Wong in Bloomberg Business Week January 19, 2010
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  5. ^ Chang, Bee-Shyuan (August 3, 2011). "The Real Housewives of New York City: Real Housewives of New York City Hit the Hamptons for 'Business'". People. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Schwarz, Alison (August 6, 2011). "Fashion and Style: ‘Housewives’ at Every Turn in the Hamptons". The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kellogg, Valerie (February 23, 2010). "Real LI (Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island): Kelly Killoren Bensimon offers East Hampton home for rent". Newsday. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: A Weekend in the Hamptons...". IMDB. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
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