Peace on Earth

THE LOW SEASON DOES HAVE ITS CONSOLATIONS. HERE, A FEW FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT THINGS WE FIND CHEERFUL IN MIDWINTER’S GATHERING GLOOM

 

85

Noise complaints filed last year in high tourist season, in East Hampton Town alone. By contrast, from January through March, 2017, we had silent nights, with only six complaints.

 

 

10

Maximum number of weeks, per year, that you can buy clementine oranges. The short season peaks in December. Seedless, tastier than Halos, they fit well in the toe of a stocking.

 

 

8

Federal holidays in the off season, as opposed to just one (July 4th) in high summer. Most folks don’t get excited about Washington’s Birthday—but we’re psyched for the long weekend.

 

 

45

Minutes not spent on the Hampton Jitney on the average trip from Manhattan to Montauk in January, versus August, when you are trapped in your seat so long your hair goes gray. 

 

 

88.4

Percentage decrease in one month’s rent for a quaint four-bedroom cottage on Lake Agawam for the month of August ($65,000) versus December ($7,500).

 

104

 

Years since hail-and-slush season was first brightened by Mallomars. New Yorkers’ favorite marshmallow and chocolate cookies are only available November through March. 

 

0

Renegade taxis caught driving without proper credentials in East Hampton, during the second week of January, 2015. Bad cabs nabbed over Memorial Day weekend? Seventy-four.

 

 

214

Days you can walk your dog on Sagg Main Beach, and other Southampton Town beaches, in the off season. Days you can do so in summer? Zero. Bundle up and let Fido have his fun.

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