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Hamptons elite worried about strivers

There was an article in the NY Times on Saturday about how the Hamptons elite are worried about middle-class strivers, who are young people who go to the Hamptons because of the glamour of the whole place even though they can’t really afford it; they tend to stay in illegal “share houses” and they get drunk on the beach.

With the damage to the Jersey Shore caused by Sandy, there is the worry that more of these types might show up in the Hamptons this summer. And god forbid if Snooki might show up!

As I wrote in my post on the top-out-of-sight, Nantucket is a higher-class place to summer because it’s a lot harder to get to. Not only can you drive to the Hamptons, there’s a commuter rail line that goes there relatively inexpensively, and a bunch of bus lines have popped up during the last few years.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Posted in Wealth

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  1. Urban Beach Week, the annual Miami Beach party, should relocate to the Hamptons. I would love to see how the elite Hamptonians respond to such vibrant diversity.

    Blog Raju

    May 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    • LMFAO!!! I’ve read that some South Miami Beach locals leave town and some shops close up when “Urban” Beach Week (fka “Black” Beach Week) comes to town. Anyway, it’s a great source of huge amounts of overtime for the Miami Beach cops and the hundreds brought in from nearby jurisdictions.

      E. Rekshun

      May 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      • Anyway, it’s a great source of huge amounts of overtime for the Miami Beach cops

        Overtime AND target practice. Who could ask for more?

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

  2. Strive for the highest class in the graveyard.

    James McKeane

    May 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

  3. With any luck, lots of criminal NAMs will come too.


    May 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

  4. Here ya go! 🙂


    May 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    • That clip reminds me of something that really aggravates me. When elitists squawk about diversity and multiculturalism and “white privilege”. It’s always others who have to put up with the diversity and multiculturalism while they get all the “privilege”. And what are they complaining about??? That a few middle class strivers aren’t good enough for them. And yet they prance around lecturing others on “diversity”. They get off on rubbing everyone else’s nose in it. So nothing would make me happier than a bunch of kids sharing a house, getting drunk and puking on their beach. Hell, I wish the government would build a great big housing project right in their back yards. I don’t have a problem with wealth. I have a problem with hypocrisy when others pay the price.


      May 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      • Good on ya destructure, but the “free market” always trends towards classism. Meritocracy can’t exist without coercion and as Lewis Lapham points out in The American Ruling Class what counts as merit is determined by the ruling class.

        Or: “the ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of the ruling class”

        Nicolai Yezhov

        May 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      • funny enough, this is exactly what George Lucas did in CA. He was trying to open up a big studio in the rich part of the bay area, and he was constantly blocked (even if he had the land). Last time I’ve heard he changed his mind, and said he’ll do a project there… hard to block the building of a project 🙂


        May 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      • God forbid people have any say about where they live

        S_McCoy The Winged Lion of Proles

        May 28, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    • One of old housemates from the Hamptons is in the video.

      Kirth Gersen

      May 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

  5. Nantucket is a higher-class place to summer because it’s a lot harder to get to.

    Nantucket’s exclusivity helps impress about-to-be-admitted elites when they are first bought up to Nantucket to be initiated into TOOS norms.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    May 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

  6. The Hamptons is no longer exclusive. I’ve seen inner city Blacks and Hispanics from NYC attend parties over there, because they knew someone who could get them in. Usually some SWPL laden with liberal guilt will do it.

    Just Speculating

    May 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    • This is the best paragraph:
      “Then, last summer, they started arriving by bus and by van, including one with an ominous black pirate flag: hundreds of young partyers from parts unknown, hauling kegs and cases of beer with them, guzzling it down fraternity style and, in a couple of cases immortalized in police summonses, relieving themselves in the dunes. ”

      If this was handed out in a Journalism 101 class, they would have a hard time believing so slanted writing appeared in anything outside the local free paper.

      “ominous black pirate flag”, “parts unknown”, “guzzling”, “fraternity style”.

      These kids arent pirates- who was actually scared of that? And whats with “parts unknown”??? You see cars everday and dont know where those people are from- that is hardly a scary concept. Did the residents expect letters of introduction to be presented?


      May 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      • Lion listen up: The Hamptons is becoming prole. It’s not all the different from the bars and clubs which is mostly prole nowadays.

        Just Speculating

        May 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      • “The Hamptons is becoming prole.”

        While the elite try to keep the proles out through zoning, indeed the proles are sneaking in anyway. The Hamptons has too much publicity not to attract them, and there are lots of proles in Long Island and even Queens and Brooklyn who can get their easily enough.

        I predict that Shelter Island will increase in class because it’s more remote.

      • Northeast getaways from the most prestigious to the least.

        1) Nantucket

        2) Dark Habor

        3) Shelter Island

        4) Hamptons

        From a New Yorker perspective, all them suck because of the boring scenery not too different from any nearby suburb. If you want really a getaway as a TOOS, try La Jolla, San Diego. It would top them all in the Continental USA. Mitt Romney can tell you that. Or you can be like Bloomberg and fly out to the Bermuda for the weekends.

        Just Speculating

        May 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

  7. Being a toos is like having a magic wand.

    Good jobs pop up from nowhere. ‘Minor’ transgressions like running over a kid is resolved without any pain.

    Selective marriages ensure this magic wand remains in the family virtually forever.


    May 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    • Unless your name is John DuPont, an “out of sighter” heir to the DuPont fortune (some of the oldest money around) who went beyond the pale, of even elite magic, by murdering a wrestler in his private gym some years back. DuPont also slept with the world’s most valuable postage stamp under his pillow. DuPont is a complete nut, and I wonder who many out of sighters are similarly “eccentric” and hidden from view….


      May 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      • One clarification: I should have used “was” in reference to DuPont, as he died in prison in 2010.


        May 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      • The guy du pont killed was an olympic gold medal winner, not exactly a nobody.

        If he were a lesser guy some excuse would have been invented to justify self defense, and du pont would have walked.

        Pistorius, while not an American, shows how a toos is usually treated at court. (He might not be a toos himself since he craves attention too much, but his family undoubtly is.)


        May 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

  8. Hangover seems to be a good example of people falling down from toos to prole in 1 generation. The father is genuine upper class but the son is undoubtly prole and marries a low prole, as well as two of the wolfpack one of whom is a beta who marries an Asian.. (Doug, the guy who never really participate in any of the prole activity, will belong to a different class from the rest of them.)


    May 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    • Beta White guys and Asian women. It’s what I’ve been saying…

      Just Speculating

      May 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

  9. Many of the shore towns in Connecticut are quite snooty about admitting outsiders. Some tried to exclude nonresidents altogether, even though beaches below the high water line are legally open to everyone and there also are certain guaranteed rights of access to beaches.
    A number of years ago, a group of community organizers decided to stick it to these snooty towns, by loading up buses with teens from the worst ghettos in the state and taking them on day trips to the beaches. The beach towns and especially the beachfront property owners absolutely hated this, but legally there was nothing they could do. I think it’s a wonderful idea, and I hope someone tries it in the Hamptons.



    May 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    • Well the owners would probably find some lawmaker who will make this illegal.


      May 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

  10. What happened to the photos of the week? You’re four weeks behind.


    May 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

  11. They don’t really seem like middle class “strivers.” They just seem like rowdy party crowd.

    As Lion said, Hamptons is very accessible by public transport. There’s no reason why it should be different from Jersey Shore.


    May 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    • Zoning. Hotels/motels/short-term rentals are forbidden.

      • The biggest problem is trying to park at the nice beaches. There are town beach permits and even harder to get village beach permits.

        Kirth Gersen

        May 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

  12. Im a jersey shore guy, so the more rowdy trash head to the hamptons the better.

    If i ever get invited to nantucket, ill know i made it.


    May 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

  13. Some Hamptonites want to keep the proles out. Meanwhile, other Hamptonites invade a nearby trailer park. Do a post on this. You know you want to. haha


    May 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

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