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The Battle for the Soul of the Hamptons

nytimes.comMore than 150 years ago, Manifest Destiny drove American pioneers westward. A horde of speculators and moguls staked claim to everything before them as they pressed onward to the Pacific, their mission being to “overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions,” as the journalist John L. O’Sullivan wrote in 1845.

The last year has seen a form of reverse and truncated manifest destiny, as a new horde of speculators (moguls, nightclub impresarios and their yearly multiplying conspicuous consumers) drives and flies ever eastward from Manhattan toward that beguiling jewel of Long Island, the Hamptons.

JIM RUTENBERG

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