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Mar 29, 2017 4:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Corcoran And Blade Offer Free Helicopter Flights For Prospective Hamptons Renters

Apr 1, 2017 4:57 PM

Real estate firm The Corcoran Group and short-distance aviation company Blade are partnering to offer free flights to the Hamptons for select clients to scope out summer rentals.

The Sunday, April 9, roundtrip helicopter flights from Manhattan to the East End are available to customers who are in the market for rentals that start at $150,000 for the season.

“We have a lot of high-end rental properties available and a lot of clients who are in prime looking season, so we wanted to make it a little easier for them to go out and see what’s available,” said Corcoran President and CEO Pamela Liebman. In turn, it would be a good way for Blade to expose people to its service, she added.

Blade is an app-based business that allows anyone with a smartphone to book a seat on a helicopter for a quick flight. Many Blade takeoff locations have lounges where customers can have a bite or drink while waiting to depart.

“I have utilized the service myself and I have many friends who utilize it,” Ms. Liebman said of Blade, later adding, “It’s a very upscale feeling and it’s a really nice ride. Once you get to that lounge, you feel like you’re already starting to chill out for the weekend.”

The response to Corcoran’s offer has been very good so far, and multiple clients are already scheduled to fly, she said. “We’re just looking to take our service to the next level and we hope the clients find it to be an appealing addition.”

Each client can preselect three properties to tour from a catalog of 90. After landing, Corcoran agents will provide personal tours of the properties then take the clients back to the helipad for the return trip to Manhattan.

The flight from Manhattan to East Hampton Airport—where Blade has a customer lounge—typically takes 43 minutes via helicopter, according to Blade’s website. The service would normally cost $695 roundtrip.

If there is demand for it, Corcoran will also plan Blade flights to the Meadow Lane helipad in Southampton and the Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, Ms. Liebman said.

Prospective renters can apply on fly.corcoran.com.

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Corcoran CEO willing to team with a polluting helicopter company to try to hock its over-priced real estate to the unwary. Seems like this marketing ploy could turn around and backfireon Corcoran where it hurts them most.
Buyer beware, those properties could ---at the whim of a pilot, or the "recommendation" of the FAA be under a flight path, if not today, then tomorrow. Once away from the North Shore FAA mandated helicopter route, paths or "transition routes" to the airport as they are ...more
By Trish (89), Sag Harbor on Mar 31, 17 5:44 PM
Puke...
By Toma Noku (567), Southampton on Mar 31, 17 7:55 PM
Sickening
By wpoole (14), westhampton beach on Apr 2, 17 1:19 PM
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Sickening
By wpoole (14), westhampton beach on Apr 2, 17 1:19 PM
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Tell Cocoran to stop this abusive promotion:

Pamela Liebman, Pres & CEO - pl@corcoran.com
Janifer Jaeger, Senior Managing Director - jjaeger@corcoran.com;
Jocelyn Haas, Senior Managing Director, North Fork, Shelter Island and Westhampton - jh@corcoran.com; Ernest Cervi, Regional Senior Vice President, East End - Ernie..ervi@corcoran.com
By Trish (89), Sag Harbor on Apr 2, 17 4:58 PM
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Wow just when I thought the unscrupulous anti-airport land developers hit rock bottom by glorifying and celebrating a few recent plane crashes in the NE and the death of a few pilots, now they resort to DOXING and harassing anyone doing business through the local airport. You do realize that the economy of the Hamptons is directly tied to summer visitors and without them we would permanently lose thousands of local jobs and millions in local wages. So sad such a small group of people will stoop ...more
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 3, 17 11:47 AM
I'm no developer. I just suffer from owning a house under a flightpath.

Who are you? A non-resident pilot or chopper owner? Go away.
By penjy (2), New York on Apr 6, 17 12:19 AM
I'm no developer. I just suffer from owning a house under a flightpath.

Who are you? A non-resident pilot or chopper owner? Go away.
By penjy (2), New York on Apr 6, 17 12:19 AM
I dont live under a flight path, but I know people who do. I have been in their homes to witness the nuisance of the air traffic. Its down right obnoxious! Yes, "go away"

Our tiny lil East End does NOT need more air traffic, more pollution or tourism , we have plenty. Yes our economy is directly tied to the tourism , but restricting the air traffic for Corcoran to sell multi million dollars homes is not going to cause the Hamptons to lose millions in wages. Greed has already done its ...more
By toes in the water (530), southampton on Apr 6, 17 7:50 AM
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So to completely ruin your ridiculous narrative and misguided presumptions, but I'm a long time EH resident pilot and have never flown or owned a helicopter in my life. I'm also someone who wants to stop the out of control, self-absorbed NIMBYs from permanently harming our local community and destroying one of you community's greatest assets. If you don't like aircraft noise you shouldn't have bought a house next to an airport that's been there for 80 years!! However, the fact that your account ...more
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 6, 17 1:21 PM
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By Trish (89), Sag Harbor on Apr 2, 17 4:58 PM
Ms. Liebman,
Expect a lot of protesting in front of your offices this summer. We'll make your summer as horrible as you make ours. Your pleasant experience subjects us regular folks to pure misery. All summer long, every five minutes a hell goes over my house.
Laura Leever

By leevela (1), Sag Harbor on Apr 2, 17 9:09 PM
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Nice public threats of bully tactics and harassment from the small group of hate-fueled anti-airport "activists".
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 3, 17 3:09 PM
'You do realize that the economy of the Hamptons is directly tied to summer visitors and without them we would permanently lose thousands of local jobs and millions in local wages.'

Yes, but do you realize how little effect fewer private helicopter and plane rides will have on these numbers? (and yes i've seen the 'study' put out by the friends of the EH airport).

The most certain thing is that reducing the number of flights to east hampton (or southampton) will not have much ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (394), southampton on Apr 3, 17 3:46 PM
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The study was actually performed and published by leading transportation and economics researchers at NYU's Rudin Center. They found that the airport brought nearly $50 million in direct spending PER YEAR to the community and resulted in over $13 million in income/wages to local resident employees. Closing the airport WILL have a MAJOR negative effect on the local economy in the short and long run. In fact, one of the only reasons the Hamptons currently has the economy it does is because the EH ...more
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 3, 17 5:28 PM
The study was thoroughly debunked as tripe by a distinguished NYU professor, and they smartly did not resurrect it. The "facts" were as real as the current FAKE NEWS.
By Trish (89), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 17 1:33 PM
Still waiting on you to name the mystery "distinguished NYU professor" who purportedly "debunked" the legitimately published report from NYU's own Rudin Center. I certainly hope you don't mean one of the leaders of your own Quiet Skies Coalition (absolutely no conflict or bias there /sarc/) whose area of research was the sexual preferences of rats, until the animal rights protestors shut him down and he switched to the study of indigenous peoples. Certainly you mean all independent third party ...more
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 10, 17 2:57 PM
we get it...you like the study.

Anyone who reads it though can see that it is mostly just a bunch correlative figures, there aren't many evidence based conclusions in the report.
It doesn't take a distinguished prof. to see that.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (394), southampton on Apr 10, 17 4:11 PM
NOT impressed Corcoran! I wonder how many people with play them for a fool for a free Heli ride out to the Hamptons ....
By toes in the water (530), southampton on Apr 4, 17 7:43 AM
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The Rudin report was exposed as tripe at the time it Came out by distinguished NYU Prof. The writers did attempt to bring it back. The Hamptons will thrive without an airport. It should go the way of the dodo. Soon.
By EveAdams (1), on Apr 4, 17 9:56 PM
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That's an outright fabrication. Name the "distinguished NYU professor" you claim discredited it. Name the article or source showing it was discredited. Random denials and disbelief by people associated with QSC and the anti-airport faction do not qualify.
By localEH (218), East Hampton on Apr 5, 17 8:59 PM
Let me guess, only an arrogant seaplane pilot might always be right, about everything, always. Wrong, again. Do some work, you'll find the information. Try the local newspapers.
By Trish (89), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 17 1:41 PM
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I wonder if there is a place as nice as the Hamptons that hasn't been overrun by oily real estate slicksters who perpetually sell out their fellow locals and turn over the lovely area to poseurs.
By even flow (450), East Hampton on Apr 9, 17 7:37 AM
Unfortunately we must now prepare for a rash of helicopter crashes.
Those who would be injured on the ground are of the most concern.
By pw herman (661), southampton on Apr 9, 17 7:57 AM