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

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

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.

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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.