Inside Celebrities’ Summers at the Hamptons
Laura Lee - May 28, 2021

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

The arrival of Memorial Day Weekend can only mean one thing in the world of our favorite celebrities. It’s the unofficial start to the annual flocking to the Hamptons. Madonna, Gwenyth Paltrow, Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Beyoncé are just a few of the stars who “summer” on the East End of Long Island. The area is known as a playground for the rich and famous, with its beautiful beaches, unbeatable landscapes, and expensive homes. If you’re a celebrity, Long Island’s proximity of only a few hours drive from New York City makes it an essential summer destination. Aside from the beautiful scenery, celebrities have been known to flock the area due to their ability to fly under the radar, and go out and about without being noticed. The presence of huge, private, secluded mansions and more intimate social gatherings make it harder for paparazzi and other photographers to intrude. Famous sightings are so common on the East End of Long Island, that most residents are respectful of the space and privacy of celebrities.

 

Life guard chair on the beach at The Hamptons

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For those not in the know, the Hamptons are made up of several connecting towns, villages and hamlets including Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk. Flying to the Hamptons isn’t cheap, (one way helicopter flights from New York City start at $3,800), but that doesn’t deter stars from flying there. Most celebrities fly on private jets or helicopters which allow them to be at the beach within 35 minutes. if you were to drive yourself, to travel eastward, this would take you anywhere from two hours to more than five, depending on traffic.

 

But the costs of travel aren’t the only sky high costs. Sales of vacation homes in the Hamptons ate at the highest rate in over 10 years. For the year 2020, the median sale price hit $1,202,500, a 40 percent increase from 2019 and the first time the year-end price broke the million-dollar threshold. The number of sales for the year rose by 37 percent, to 2,186, compared with 1,597 in 2019.