Apocalypse Hamptons: Helicopters, Selfies, and Kardashians

The Last Judgment may not be upon us, but at least three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse seem to be barreling down on the Hamptons.

The first of them arrives from the sky, via a new app called Blade, which is being touted as the Sidecar—a ride-sharing app that matches drivers with people nearby looking for rides—of helicopter travel.

Blade’s target users are travelers to the Hamptons, who want to avoid L.I.E. traffic and the hoi polloi of the Jitney or train but don’t want to pony up $3,000 for a helicopter ride. The app aims to allow them to “crowdsource” their own flights, paying as little as $450 for a seat, which includes a plastic cup of rose and a free copy of the New York Post.

“We want to make it approachable and easy and transparent for young people who think only billionaires fly planes,” Blade’s General Manger Eric Licht told The Post.

The second horseman’s mount is a beach shuttle, and he arrives, of course, taking a selfie.

The Free Ride, which provides free shuttle transportation to and from the center of East Hampton Village and its beaches, is kitting out its 19 electric buggies with backseat iPad “selfie machines”—essentially mobile photo booths.

“Everyone’s very selfie crazy right now,” Alex Esposito, 27, an East Hampton native and Free Ride co-founder told the Post.

Esposito said the social-media self-portraits were tested in Palm Beach, Fla., before being installed in the Hamptons.

The final horseman is two-headed and very tan: the Kardashians, specifically Khloe and Kourtney. We’ve known since March that the sisters were coming to our area to open a pop-up store and shoot a spin-off to their family’s E! reality series called “Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons.”

We now know that they will be bringing their store Dash to 64 Jobs Lane, occupying a 600-foot art gallery space owned by Irma Herzog, whose restaurant the Driver’s Seat is right next door. And we also know that the neighbors are less than thrilled.

What’s more, Herzog is giving the Kardashian girls the space to do with as they please, rent-free. Altruism? Maybe. But in exchange, according to the Daily News, the Kardashians have agreed to shoot episodes of their show in the restaurant, which could increase publicity and hence business.

The Kardashians are expected to touch down in the Hamptons on June 2, with their newlywed sister Kim soon to follow.

Sherman May 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Jealousy is a sickness!
Darren Gengarelly Sr. May 24, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Jealous? Of what? Certainly not insecure narrow-minded simpletons with entirely too much money. Money can't buy tact or character. And i believe Barbara has a valid point. Instead of exploiting the Village. Help existing locals. They after all are responsible for the "true" character of the "Hamptons". There is certainly no shortage of excess in the summer season. This escapade will offer nothing more than gridlock.
christie nicolle May 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM
"Class" is not having money - "Class" is humility + knowing life is a serious venture, not a shallow quest for amusement.
Martha Nassauer May 24, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Interesting, that whenever one gives their opinion and it doesn't coincide with the beliefs of others, they are either "jealous," or a "hater." That being said, the Helipooling concept is novel and neat, the "free ride" concept is pretty cool (minus the selfie cams on the buggies), but the Kardashians taking over anything is definitely a sign of the apocalypse.
Nancy Barell May 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM
With the invasion of the Khardasians our wonderful Hamptons is on its way down the Toilet. The owner of the drivers seat has quickened this process. Shame on her !!


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