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The trouble with private jets… 

On 16 May, a New York State Supreme Court Justice issued a last-minute block on the planned closure of East Hampton Airport, forcing a stay of at least 10 days. The airport had been scheduled to transition to a private facility, owned and overseen by the town; and the town promptly wanted to begin imposing restrictions, including overnight curfews, reduced frequency of private-jet arrivals and a potential prohibition altogether on larger private planes. 

A ban on private jets – in the Hamptons. You can see how things would become, as they did, very snarly, very quickly. The infighting has raised everything from NIMBY concerns about the noise pollution that the rerouted planes and helicopters would bring to, say, Montauk (which also has an airport), to face-offs between UNHWIs used to dropping in whenever they want on mega-jets and the merely-very-rich locals worried about damage to the foundations of their historic shingled houses by the…

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