You already know about the buzzy new restaurants, boutiques and green juice meccas, but there’s a lot more to the Hamptons than meets the eye. (Like a secret club that throws members-only sex parties. Whoa.) The next time you’re on the verge of hearing crickets, entertain your guests with these 18 facts even Hamptonites don’t know.
18 Things Even Hamptonites Don't Know About the Hamptons
1. This year, Sagaponack’s 11962 zip code became the most expensive place to buy a house in the whole country. The median home sale price is…a whopping $8.5 million.
2. East Hampton was home to one of the first boutique cycling studios ever, the now defunct The Zone, which opened in 1997.
3. Low enrollment almost caused Stony Brook Southampton to shutter back in 2005, but the college is now prospering with a solid roster of undergrads majoring in ecological sustainability.
4. Marc Schneier, Westhampton’s Orthodox “rabbi to the stars,” was kicked out of the synagogue he founded after news broke of the five-times-married rabbi’s latest fling.
5. Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, moved to East Hampton in the ’40s. After their deaths, the property was given to the Stony Brook Foundation, which offers tours of their house and studio.
6. Even though Royal Pains is about an on-call Hamptons doctor, those aren’t East End beaches you’re seeing on TV. Most of the series is filmed in other areas of Long Island. Boooo…
7. Christie Brinkley lives in the Hamptons year-round. Supermodels have all the fun.
8. When popular East End restaurant Della Femina was forced to close, the owner argued it never would have happened if Obama hadn’t been elected. Oookay…
9. Secret sex parties in the Hamptons have actually become a thing, but don’t expect to hear a word about them unless you’re a member.
10. There are three commercial vineyards in the Hamptons: Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Channing Daughters Winery, and Duck Walk Vineyards.
11. Levain Bakery, Bobby Van’s and Tutto Il Giorno all originally opened in the Hamptonsbefore branching out to Manhattan.
12. Speaking of Bobby Van’s, the Bridgehampton steakhouse was originally a hangout for literary legend Truman Capote. He always ordered his signature drink, an “orange thingee” (four parts vodka, one part orange juice).
13. Want to relax on the sand at one of the best beaches in America? Check out EastHampton’s pristine Main Beach, which is world famous.
14. Model Hilary Rhoda and hockey player Sean Avery, who share a Hamptons home, were married in Southampton at the Parrish Art Museum.
15. The Montauk Lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington and is the oldest lighthouse in New York State.
16. L.A. isn’t the only city that has family scandals. In 2001, multimillionaire Ted Ammon was found dead at his East Hampton estate after he was murdered by “a companion” of his estranged wife.
17. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born at Southampton Hospital. She would have been born in New York City, but she was six weeks late and her parents skipped town to summer in the East End.
18. Billionaire Ira Rennert’s $248 million, 29-bedroom mansion is not only the largest and most expensive abode in the Hamptons, it’s one of the most massive homes in the nation. Hey, Ira, can we borrow a suite? You won’t even notice we’re here.