A 35-minute helicopter charter between East Hampton and New York City? Indeed. Gotham Air elevates the flying experience for travelers and also has found a way to respect those living near the helipad by employing choppers that use innovative “fly quiet” technology. Tim Hayes is the one to call when you need a chopper ASAP.
What inspired you to start your business? The most important thing to me is spending time with my wife and kids. A large percentage of my nonwork time was spent stuck in traffic [getting to the Hamptons]. I was motivated to create something that would give me more time at home. I also care about the world we live in. The old way of travel would have eight people in four cars for three hours on a Friday afternoon. Gotham Air can put all of those people into a single low-emissions aircraft and make the trip in 35 minutes (prices start at $575). That has a tremendously positive impact on the environment.
What sets Gotham Air apart from other Hamptons helicopter services? Pretentious is not our style. We’re just bringing friends and families together as safely as possible in all-new “fly quiet” aircraft that make the ride feel like you’re in a Mercedes S-Class while quietly going 150 mph through the sky.
What’s a typical workday for you? I spend most of my day working with human rights organizations and doing charity work [with groups such as] FairVote, one of the largest voter-policy think tanks in the country dedicated to helping the government better represent the people. I help make introductions between our staff and organizations that we can help. As an example, we recently started working with the State Department and the United Nations for short-hop charter travel.
What makes the Hamptons an ideal community for your job? I have been an environmentalist since I was 5 years old. I love the peaceful escape that our family finds in East Hampton, and I will guard and defend efforts to keep East Hampton peaceful and quiet. Gotham Air tries to protect the quiet skies while helping our many clients find ways to get here on private helicopters and seaplanes in a manner that supports the wishes of the community at large. If Gotham Air succeeds, our family will move here yearround. So far, we are on the right track.
Amagansett-loving actress Stephanie March launched the makeup-application salon Rouge New York last year with her longtime makeup artist, Rebecca Perkins. Now the company is bringing its artists to the Hamptons for Rouge on the Road; visit rougeny.com to book an at-home makeup application.
What inspired you to expand Rouge to Rouge on the Road? We noticed that a lot of the women who grasped the importance of presenting themselves in a polished and elegant way also had times when they wanted their makeup artist to travel to them. We wanted them to be able to hire the same talented artists with whom they had developed their relationships, wherever they went.
What sets your company apart from other similar services in the Hamptons? We are definitely of a “the more the merrier” mind-set. You already know you’ll get a beautiful makeup application; the larger the group is, the less expensive it gets. (Pricing starts at $150, plus $75 for each additional person in the group.)
What’s one element of your business of which you’re particularly proud? The salon feels like a gathering spot for incredible women from all walks of life. The number of women who have made friends with one another at Rouge or have gone out of their way to tell us how much they appreciate our environment has been mind-blowing.
What has been the craziest client request? A gentleman called and said he would need “Italian futurist” makeup for a Halloween party. I had no idea what he was talking about, but our artist pulled it off! What makes the Hamptons an ideal community for your job? People are in the Hamptons to have a good time and socialize. Our job is to help you have more fun and feel more glamorous.
The founder of Platinum Rye Entertainment, a broker of celebrity talent, Ryan Schinman launched RBS Celebrity Booking in January of this year to deliver a high-end roster of actors, models, performers, and sports stars to people’s private events, such as charity benefits, birthday parties, and weddings.
What inspired your business? While I used to do [celebrity bookings] on a business-to-business level, RBS is my chance to now go to consumers and tell them I can help fulfill their needs the way I used to for corporations. We’ve done a bar mitzvah, we just had Rod Stewart perform in Italy, and we have an upcoming event with one of the biggest rappers in the world. We just received a request this morning from someone who wants to have a comic book hero show up at his birthday.
What sets your company apart from other services like it in the Hamptons? If you are throwing a Fourth of July party in the Hamptons and want a celebrity host or someone to perform, we can get the person for you at a better price than you would.
What makes the Hamptons an ideal community for your job? Seasonally, there are more events in the Hamptons [than anywhere else], so how you differentiate your event is by talent. You curate a great guest list, you have beautiful décor, and now you can add the experience of having [a big-name star] perform on the piano, have a celebrity chef cook for you, or have a certain host or stand-up comic. There are also so many charity functions in the Hamptons; here’s another opportunity [to make the event stand out]. We don’t represent talent, so we’re not forcing certain celebrities on our clients. Instead, we’re listening to what our customers want and need and finding someone who would be a good match.
An esteemed East End wedding and event planner, Marcy Blum has orchestrated some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful gatherings, including Katie Lee and Billy Joel’s wedding, and the nuptials of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Now she is in the middle of planning Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery’s fall ceremony at The Parrish Art Museum.
What inspired you to start your business? I thought it would be the perfect way to utilize what I knew most about—design, food, service, and general hospitality—and actually earn a living doing something fun.
What’s a typical work day for you? Well, at the moment I’m sitting in a conference room in Hungary working on a schedule for an anniversary party that we’re working on this weekend. I’m afraid a “typical workday” is an oxymoron.
What’s a connection you’ve orchestrated that you’re most proud of? One of my great joys in life is connecting people—it’s a trait I learned from my father, who was a fabulously talented salesman. I’ll read a magazine and cut out items of interest to connect friends with people they should get in touch with. Obviously, a large part of my job is building a team of creative partners—caterers, photographers, foral designers. I’ve connected lots of these people over the years, and many of them have become my clients’ favorite resources.
What makes the Hamptons an ideal community for your job? Guests are open to new experiences and are less rigid. We helped one of our most fun clients produce a “BollyHamptons” event in her barn last summer—people were blown away.
What is the craziest request a client has asked for? From fnding a “channeler” to perform a wedding ceremony to letting every guest order their food from an iPad loaded with videos on the preparation of each dish to curating individual guest-room experiences based on specifc preferences; we’ve really done it all. 212-929-9814
Longtime interior designer, decorator, and consultant Maria Brito is regarded not only for her home-design acumen, but also for her talents in helping curate a perfect art collection (while often searching for high-value pieces for the likes of Sean Combs, aka Diddy). Additionally, she’s the voice behind the art and design blog outtherenyc.com, and she just launched a collection of handbags and scarves in collaboration with artists.
What inspired you to start your business? My parents and grandparents were art collectors, and they taught me the incredible perspective one can get by living with art. I was inspired by the idea of making people understand and embrace contemporary art in the context of their own environment. Now we have added another layer: high-end fashion accessories, in cocreation with contemporary artists whom I love.
What connection are you most proud to have orchestrated? Every time I’m the conduit for a collector who buys a piece of art and the artist who created it, there’s a spark. I’m particularly proud of working with Sean “Diddy” Combs and to have been able to build his art collection.
What’s been the craziest client request? A client bought a huge piece of art for an apartment, but his building wasn’t finished when the purchase happened. When the place was done, the piece would not fit in the elevator or the staircase. I had to get a crane so that the piece could get lifted and passed through the windows.
What makes the Hamptons an ideal community for your company? First of all, homeowners here don’t have the same spatial constraints as people in Manhattan. Second, the beauty of the landscape—art and design pieces get a whole different life under this light.
What sets your company apart from other similar services in the Hamptons? I think having a deep knowledge of the contemporary art market, coupled with a strong background in interior design. As much as I love design, I strongly believe that good art will outlive any couch or rug.