AMAGANSETT, UNITED STATESSEPTEMBER 30, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Wide shot Robert Moore walking on the beach2. Mid shot Robert Moore walking on the beach
3. SOUNDBITE 1 - Robert Moore, entrepreneur, moved permanently to the Hamptons in March (male, English, 26 sec): "I think Covid just accelerated all that not only for us, but for, for many people, especially people that owned houses out here, that had been more summer residence, they now had a safe place, a beautiful place to, you know, kind of rebuild and hunker down and see how it's all gonna pan out. I don't know that everybody's gonna stay out here, but I think a large percentage are. "
4. Cutaway: Wide shot houses on the beach 5. Cutaway: Wide shot houses on the beach 6. Cutaway: Wide shot boat
SOUTHAMPTON, STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV
7. Cutaway: Wide shot street in downtown Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATESSEPTEMBER 30, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
8. SOUNDBITE 2 - Natalie Simpson, writer, recently gave birth to her first child (female, English, 15 sec): "It was the pandemic. But really, I think the uptick in crime was really concerning for us. And had it just been me and my husband and my dogs, I don't think we would have had a problem staying. But once we saw the city start to devolve and things become less safe and less clean. And we've been back several times to do various things in the city. So we've seen it firsthand, and it really, really upset us. And it's not really a place we want to raise a child anymore."
9. Cutaway: Wide shot man in downtown Southampton 10. Cutaway: Wide shot man walking in downtown Southampton
11. Mid shot people at a terrasse in downtown Southampton12. Wide shot Don Sullivan going behind the bar in his restaurant
13. SOUNDBITE 3 - Don Sullivan, owner of the Sullivan Public House (male, English, 15 sec): "There are a lot of New Yorkers in the area, but most of the people who already own homes, what you're seeing is that they're using their home now full time, as opposed to back and forth on the weekends, as opposed to two weeks at a time. They're now at home, you know, regularly."
14. Cutaway: Wide shot Don Sullivan pouring beer in a glass
15. Cutaway: Wide shot house on the beach
16. SOUNDBITE 4 - James McLauchlen, real estate agent (male, English, 19 sec): "When Covid hit in mid March, the rental market blew up. It was just kind of a wild scene, people were bidding $80,000 for a summer rental that was available for $50,000. They just wanted to be out here."
17. Cutaway: Wide shot from the house to the beach
18. Mid shot sunset
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FOCUSAmid pandemic, crime spike, rich New Yorkers cocoon in plush Hamptons By Thomas URBAIN
ATTENTION - Pictures by Kena Betancur. Video by Eleonore Sens ///New York, Oct 6, 2020 (AFP) - Beach umbrellas are back in garages as temperatures cool, but wealthy New Yorkers are staying in the Hamptons beyond summer, fearful of the pandemic and rising crime in the city.Robert Moore, a silver-haired digital entrepreneur, has been ensconced in his villa in Amagansett, a stone's throw from the beach, since March 13 when coronavirus began spreading across New York.But the 58-year-old has decided not to return to New York, his home of 26 years. He had planned to "live a more nomadic life" anyway but never envisaged leaving Manhattan. The pandemic changed that."If I have a choice, I don't have to be there so I'd rather not be," Moore told AFP.As New York became an early epicenter of America's outbreak earlier this year, the city's well-off flocked to the Long Island destination, which is just two hours by car from the Big Apple."When Covid hit in mid-March, the rental market blew up," recalled real estate agent James McLauchlen."It was just kind of a wild scene. People were bidding $80,000 for a summer rental that was available for $50,000. They just wanted to be out here," he added.McLauchlen says several homes have sold for $30 million or more, and demand is outstripping supply with prices rising 15 percent.The Hamptons, with its golden sandy beaches and quaint harbor towns, have long been a refuge for New York's elite, but normally just between June and the end of August.
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However, on a recent Wednesday in September, restaurants in Southampton were filling up at lunchtime, much to the delight of owners."There's definitely more people here at the end of September than there normally would be. I hope it continues," said Don Sullivan, owner of Southampton Publick House, a pub he opened 24 years ago.The British auction house Phillips has recently opened a branch in Southampton, as has the Hauser & Wirth gallery, as it chases the fortunes that have fled New York. Retirees, young professionals, families -- all age categories are represented as long as they have the means to live in this elite bubble where celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez and Calvin Klein stay every summer.Ross School, a private school that charges more than $40,000 a year, welcomed 100 new students at the start of the new school year from nursery through fourth grade, compared to 16 last year, according to head of operations Andi O'Hearn. Our Lady of The Hamptons, a Catholic school, has 30 names on its waiting list and is "still getting calls every day," said the principal, Sister Kathryn Schlueter."We took as many students as we could," she said.Orson Miller, a 24-year-old French student, has been staying with friends in the Hamptons while he finishes a Master's degree online from New York University."As long as nothing is resolved in New York and the situation is not certain, I think people will stay here," he told AFP.Natalie Simpson has been living in her Hamptons home since the spring and will be relocating to Connecticut rather than returning to New York. The 32-year-old mother says coronavirus is a factor, but that a recent crime spike was more concerning.
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Since the start of 2020, New York has seen a 40 percent increase of murders and a 42 percent uptick in burglaries. "It's not really a place where we want to raise a child anymore, even though that was fully our plan," Simpson explained.With tennis, horseback riding, golf and sunsets on the beach, those in the Hamptons experienced a pandemic very different from people who remained in the Big Apple.Moore's eldest son, a recent graduate, chose to stay in Manhattan for work."I feel for my son, I feel for young kids, I feel for families that don't have the ability that we do," said Moore."We're very fortunate. There's a lot of people that don't have that luxury."With New York's cultural life also at a standstill and restaurants operating with limitations, many fear New York has changed forever."It's never going to be the same and that's a little sad," said Moore. But not everybody is ready to give up on the city that -- until recently, anyway -- never slept."I'm missing New York and I'm kind of looking forward to spending a little more time there," said Lori Reinsberg, a 61-year-old art dealer who has been living in the Hamptons since late May.tu/cat/pdh/to/jh