Dan's Papers

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Dan's Papers is a free weekly lifestyle publication in the Hamptons, Long Island, New York, USA, founded by Dan Rattiner.The first of the papers that would later collectively come to be known as Dan's Papers was the Montauk Pioneer, which debuted July 1, 1960.[1] Dan's Papers is currently published by Manhattan Media, a portfolio company of Isis Ventures.

In 2007, Dan's Papers was sold to Ohio-based Brown Publishing Company.[2] After Brown went bankrupt, Dan's Papers was acquired by Manhattan Media in 2010.[3]

Dan's Papers has gained notoriety for perpetrating various hoaxes, such as stories of a Hamptons Subway beneath the East End of Long Island. The first of these, in 1963, happened by mistake when founder Dan Rattiner incorrectly printed the timetable of trains in the paper. He received a call from the local stationmaster, who told him a crowd of people were there waiting for a train that doesn't exist. [4] The error made Rattiner realize he could do things to get the whole town talking about his paper.[original research?]


  1. ^ Napoli, Michelle (July 2, 2000). "Dan, of the Papers: 40 Years of Hamptons Lite". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Barron, James (July 24, 2007). "Quirky Hamptons Paper, Reading for Rich, Is Sold". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Turner, Zeke (September 3, 2010). "New York Press Owner Manhattan Media Buys Dan's Papers". New York Observer. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Ross, Christopher. "Dan's Papers' Top 10 Hamptons Hoaxes". Details.com. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 16, 2014.

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