Springs, New York

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Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) roughly corresponding to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Fork of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the hamlet population was 4,950. Springs, along with the rest of East Hampton, boasts some of the world's most valuable residential real estate.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the hamlet has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²), of which, 8.5 square miles (21.9 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (8.24%) is water.

History

Springs is known in art circles as the cradle of the abstract expressionist movement. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, John Ferren, and Randy Rosenthal worked there. Many important writers live or have lived in or near Springs including Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Nora Ephron, and John Steinbeck.

Artists and writers were attracted to Springs because of its rural nature, despite being within 100 miles (160 km) of New York City, and because housing prices "north of the Montauk Highway" on the bay side of the East Hampton peninsula have traditionally been lower than those closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

This has created a blue collar neighborhood of people who support the mansions closer to the ocean. Locals are referred to as "Bonackers" which comes from Accabonac Harbor in Springs. East Hampton High School has adopted the Bonacker name for its sports teams.

The main roads connecting Springs to East Hampton are Springs-Fireplace Road, and Three Mile Harbor Road. Jackson Pollock died in a car crash on Springs-Fireplace Road in 1956.

Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner are buried in Green River Cemetery. Pollock's grave is marked by a large glacial erratic stone on top of a hill, Krasner's by a small stone lower on the hill. Since Pollock's burial numerous other writers and artists have been buried in the cemetery joining the locals.

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