Business: Jitney Launches Membership, Bates Masi Honored

Andrew Lynch, Vice President of Hampton Jitney, photographed at their Southampton headquarters on Tuesday, 3/5/19. Michael Heller photo

Hampton Jitney Launches Membership Program

In the throes of its 45th anniversary celebration, Hampton Jitney has launched a new membership program boasting benefits, discounts and offers.

“For some time now, our passengers have been asking for a program like this,” Hampton Jitney Chief Operating Officer Paul Withrow said in a press release, “and to celebrate our 45thanniversary, our top 45 riders will receive a complimentary one-year membership,”

The two membership levels — Ambassador Sapphire and the Jitney Emerald — will include priority Ambassador and Hampton Jitney booking, respectively, allowing them to reserve seats one week earlier than fellow passengers. Members will also receive discounts on Hampton Jitney line run fares, member only raffles and giveaways, and free parking at Hampton Jitney terminals.

“Hampton Jitney is also partnering with businesses both on the East End and in New York to offer additional discounts and special offers to these members only,” the release said.

Membership is limited, with 1,000 Sapphire memberships and 2,000 Emerald memberships now available for enrollment. For more information, visit

AIA Tips Hat to Bates Masi, Again

For the second year running, The American Institute of Architects will recognize Bates Masi + Architects with the National Housing Award on June 7 during the AIA National Convention in Las Vegas.

“The Georgica Cove residence by Bates Masi was one of three recipients in its category, chosen from among all one- and two-family custom residences designed by U.S. architects or built in the U.S. this year,” according to a press release.

Now in its 19th year, AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize the best in housing design, evaluated on whether designs are sustainable, affordable, durable, innovative, socially impactful, meeting client needs, and addressing the natural and built contexts.

This award is the latest among the 169 design awards the East Hampton-based firm has received since 2003. The firm has been practicing in the Hamptons for more than 50 years and has completed a range of residential, institutional and commercial projects. “Bespoke Home,” the firm’s monograph, is available in bookstores now.

For more information, visit

Ballet and Art Collide at CMEE

Straight from the Upper East Side, Ballet Academy East and The Craft Studio are joining hands in Bridgehampton this summer for a dance and art class at the Children’s Museum of the East End.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from July 2 to 29, kids age 3 to 5 will take 45 minutes of pre-ballet followed by 45 minutes of art, with 15 minutes of story and snack time in between.

“Parents and children will love the cool and trendy crafts, and fun and creative dance classes,” according to a press release.

Classes will start at 3 p.m. at the Bridgehampton museum, located at 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Admission is $70 and registration is encouraged. For more information, call (212) 831-6626 or visit

‘Wheels Up’ Launches Service

Skip the lines of the Long Island Railroad this summer.

Take off from 34th Street in Manhattan aboard a dual-engine, “safety vetted” and verified helicopter and land 40 minutes later at East Hampton Airport, with no more than eight of your new best friends aboard — unless local residents have something to say about it.

Wheels Up typically runs Thursday through Sunday during summer months and is a membership-based private aviation company kicking off its first-ever Hamptons Summer Helicopter Shuttle. It will run mid-June through August, departing every Friday at 3 p.m. for $995 per seat, per leg.