Here are the 11 posts on DansPapers.com that had the biggest readership and created the most social media buzz in 2014.
To ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Fans: There Is No Farhampton
October 28, 2013
This informative post is for all those fans of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which ended in March. Not only did the long anticipated “meeting” happen in the Hamptons, most of the final season of the long running show took place on the East End. But the “Hampton” of choice for the show writers was “Farhampton,” which doesn’t exist. This post includes a video of the moment the Mother buys a ticket to Farhampton at Penn Station—but this video has been re-edited with a skeptical ticket seller telling the Mother, “There’s no Farhampton!”
Revenge Top 5: Season 4 Predictions
May 15, 2014
Each week, DansPapers.com resident Revenge expert Lee Meyer recaps the new episode, and runs down a Top 5 list on a different topic, everything from Hamptons geography errors to Revenge-inspired Halloween costumes. Meyer’s rundown of Season 4 predictions, made just days after Season 3 ended in May, was the second most-read post on DansPapers.com for the year.
Lions Released to Deal with Hamptons Deer Problems
December 19, 2013
This post holds the all-time record for Facebook likes and shares on DansPapers.com, with more than 31,000. The article by Dan Rattiner details South African billionaire Hans Van der Klerk’s plan to release lions in Bridgehampton to deal with the overpopulation of white-tail deer. It captured imaginations worldwide and became the subject of international media coverage.
The 25 Best Modern Seinfeld Tweets
July 5, 2014
In observance of the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld, the classic sitcom from East Hampton’s Jerry Seinfeld, we ran down the 25 best tweets by the popular Twitter account @SeinfeldToday, which imagines what Jerry, George Kramer and Elaine would be up to today.
Orange Is the New Black Season 2 Seeks Extras for Riverhead Shoot
January 15, 2014
This casting announcement gleaned 1,300 Facebook likes and shares. Long Islanders were excited to learn the popular Netflix show would be filming locally, and many applied to be extras. Scenes were shot at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility and in front of Suffolk Theater.
Three Murders: Southampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, Sex, Drugs and Money
July 13, 2013
Dan Rattiner tells the stories of three separate high-profile murders in the Hamptons that inspired books: Joe Pikul, Roy Radin and Ted Ammon.
Cops: Mercedes-Benz Driver Ignores Barricades, SUV Floats into Bay
December 10, 2014
With more than 1,100 Facebook shares and likes, and thousands of views, this item from a Southampton Town Police Department press release cause quite a stir. An SUV getting stuck in rising waters would normally elicit sympathy for the driver, but in this case many readers thought the driver got what he deserved for driving around police barricades on a flood-prone road between the bay and ocean.
Map: Where Exactly Lions Are Being Released in the Hamptons
December 30, 2014
Word spread far and wide that lions were being released in the Hamptons on December 30, 2013, to devour the deer. DansPapers.com posted this helpful interactive map with the precise locations. More than 4,400 shared and liked the map on Facebook.
One Dead, One Critical After Crash in Southampton Village
April 19, 2014
A Water Mill man, who was the passenger in a sedan, died when the driver crashed in Southampton Village on Flying Point Road at the Montauk Highway intersection. The driver, a Hampton Bays woman, was later charged with driving while intoxicated. She is set to be sentenced February 19.
10 Great Places for Lobster Rolls Out East
May 23, 2013
Lobster rolls are popular summer lunch on the East End, and that’s confirmed by how often web surfers are looking for DansPapers.com’s list of places to get a lobster roll.
3,427 Pounds: The Biggest Shark Ever Caught on Rod and Reel in Montauk
August 16, 2013
Captain Frank Mundus caught a 3,427-pound great white shark off Montauk, setting a record—but he was denied his place in the record books on a technicality.