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The Mast-Head: Prior Conditions

Present-day ideas about land rights on the East End can be traced back to the English, who set out their plantations on the Island in the middle of the 17th century, and it is illuminating to see what laws came first.

Dec 7, 2023
Point of View: In Absentia on Thanksgiving

I had a photo of myself smiling and holding a can of Spam at an otherwise unoccupied candlelit dining table sent to our eldest daughter’s house in Perrysburg, Ohio, where most everyone in our family had gathered for Thanksgiving.

Dec 7, 2023
Gristmill: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Bring the mini excavator. Throw a bone to put-upon pedestrians. Noyac Road needs a sidewalk.

Dec 7, 2023
Point of View: Shoring Up Democracy

In praise of sortition.

Nov 30, 2023
The Mast-Head: A New Tick in Town

The Asian longhorned tick, which apparently arrived in the United States by hitching a ride on a New Zealand sheep in 2017, has been found on Long Island. 

Nov 30, 2023
Gristmill: Flagged

Turned off by the N.F.L.’s enthusiasm for calling ever more penalties, a football fan finds solace in Patriot League collegiate games.

Nov 30, 2023
The Shipwreck Rose: Late December, 1934

Read on for the variety of evening amusements that kept East Hampton entertained the week of Dec. 20, 1934, at the height of the Great Depression.

Nov 30, 2023
Gristmill: The Return of the ’Stache

A quite noticeable fashion statement at Saturday’s N.C.A.A. Division III national cross-country championships was worn on the face. The mustache is back.

Nov 22, 2023
The Shipwreck Rose: Band of Brothers

I’ve stood on a ladder pointing a hose through the window of a house ablaze in the boondocks of Nova Scotia, and you can’t take that away from me.

Nov 22, 2023
Point of View: Thanksgiving at the Ocean

The classics teacher in “The Holdovers” says it was always thus, that it was no different in ancient times, that there’s always been the horrific and the sublime. Yet thinking about how to get beyond it seems to be the only thing that keeps us sane.

Nov 22, 2023
The Mast-Head: The Other Santos Mystery

The prevailing narrative on Representative George Santos’s rise and imminent fall has bothered me from the start.

Nov 22, 2023
The Shipwreck Rose: The H-Word

Don’t name your business Hampton-whatever. It just sounds generic.

Nov 16, 2023