The East End used to be — like America at large — a land of broad horizons, endless vistas, and open arms. But that was before fences, gates, and hedges became so humongous.
The unbelievable case of the Connoisseur Burglar — a society prowler who crept through the windows of acquaintances’ mansions, carrying off only antiques — was all that rich folk from Southampton to Amagansett talked about for years.
Evelyn O’Doherty is that lonely figure you pass on your way to work: She’s going the other way with boards piled on her roof, and you wonder, “What could she possibly be up to?”
At the age of 81, Gig John Ryan is the elder statesman of East End lifeguarding. Jack Graves talks with him about saving lives, narrow escapes, and what every kid should be able to do in the water.