Welcome to Montauk
Letter from the New Editors
By Carter and Kay Tyler
Welcome to Montauk, the End. You’re lucky to be here. That’s not a misprint. You’re lucky to be here. This is the thought we hold close every hour of every day that we can spend here with our family. On our worst days we never abandon it. In fact it’s those forgettable days where it is most prominent. Maybe some of you reading this just got tough news, or are stressing out about money, your boss, or your kids. Look around you right now. Everyone you see is dealing with something, and its likely much worse than your issues. But we’re all here in Montauk because the End is always here for us, if only for a weekend or a few hours if that’s all you have, but always for a lifetime. She will palliate, entertain, stimulate, distract, and ultimately, re-inject perspective. The latter is something we all need. So embrace Montauk, locals and visitors, and cherish the time you can spend here.
We are a classic Montauk story. Falling in love at our friend Leah Peskin’s house during one of our first outings to Montauk in 2006, eating our fresh caught bluefish on her deck in a cool October breeze. Living in the city, we did the weekend drives out for a few years, mostly for fishing and the beach, and dreamed of being able to live here. The stretch on the way back was always tough, watching those cars heading to Montauk on Sunday afternoons whiz past. It fascinated me, this stream of people heading to the End when everyone else was limping back to the bustle of weekday life westward. Who were they? Probably some of you.
The dream came true a few years later and we nested in Montauk and started a family, after some sacrifices, to be sure. Our young kids, given to us by Montauk, know nothing of our former lives in the city, Virginia, Brooklyn, the UK, or any of our earlier haunts. We’ll explain to them, one day, how Montauk brought our family into existence and made our lives whole.
We took over On Montauk this year from Carol and Joe Nye, the founders who published it for 25 years. That’s no small feat for two people, even with a strong team of support. We are humbled and reassured every time they blithely answer thorny questions that have bedeviled us. They are still in Montauk (of course), and we hope they enjoy watching their baby turn a corner. We are grateful for their support. Thanks guys.
On Montauk is free. So it is ad driven, which makes our relationship with the business community symbiotic. We are grateful that so many of you, Montauk businesses, are staying loyal to one of the End’s oldest extant publications. You won’t regret it.
We are determined to keep On Montauk relevant for you and our readers, starting this issue with some great stories about Montauk that will resonate with everyone, residents and visitors alike.
Reread that first paragraph, everyone, and go enjoy Montauk.