R.J.Stanchfield

The Odd
Profession of
Jeremy Scratch

THE BOOK


THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

Professor Jeremy Scratch is a human taxidermist … and an assassin of serial killers. The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a slipstream story that crosses over and under conventional spy fiction genre boundaries.

His closest friend in college, Professor Tunji Farabi, is now an African revolutionist who is the Chair of African Studies at NYU. Both men see themselves as being on good and honorable missions. Their personal visions, however, are not viewed through the same glasses. Farabi’s organization, SAGE, kills innocent people in many different countries on five continents.

The professors deal with three different issues: death and dying, worldwide racism, and human preservation. They arrive at a philosophical crossroads with each other and the question the reader will ponder is how strange are their worlds and is what they are doing good… Together the utopian and dystopian endings may be remarkably just, hopeful, and human.









THE BOOK

SAMPLE ROOM


SAMPLES FROM TWO BOOKS

THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

Dominick Scalia killed seventy people and, when he went to take a bath one night, Scratch knew where he lived. Dominick now sleeps with his prey. Matteo DiNardo assassinated people with bombs — one hundred and seven of them, to be exact. He’s staying at a Hyatt Hotel in Orlando in room 345. Guess who’s twirling nunchucks in room 346?

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LITTLE BLACK BOOK and OTHER STORIES

Maybe that is the undying hope I have: that the world will change, that people will understand that as they have had the hubris to steal and mishandle the earth and its peoples for selfish pride, that they have also shown great compassion. My hope is that compassion will rule, and Mother Nature will hear the tones of passion and allow the people to repair their misdeeds.

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THE CITY WHERE R.J. STANCHFIELD GREW UP

HE LIVED IN A BLUE COLLAR NEIGHBORHOOD

BIOGRAPHY


R.J. STANCHFIELD WROTE A HOAX IN THE EARLY 1970s. THE NOW HISTORIC HOAX OF THE 'HAMPTONS SUBWAY SYSTEM' OCCURRED WHEN RONIN REMINDED DAN RATTINER IN OR AROUND 2004 OF HIS STORY. THE IDEA WAS RESSURECTED BY DAN'S PAPERS WITH DAN RATTINER THANKING RONIN WITH "A TIP OF THE HAT TO STANCHFIELD."

          Ronin James Stanchfield, storyteller, has journeyed through life, including opposing the war in Vietnam, being a founder of the United States Green Party, and shutting down two nuclear reactors.

          He was a whistleblower at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station and, a few years later, found the hidden 'lost pages' describing the radioactive leak at Brookhaven National Lab’s High Flux Beam Reactor when he was Vice Chair of the Suffolk County's Environmental Task Force. In the late 1970s, Stanchfield arranged a network of housing for Iranian Jews who fled Iran.

     Ronin went from heavy industrial construction to two decades of high-end residential design and construction, building country homes in Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island. During these years, he always made time to get involved in creative projects — film-making, painting, writing essays, short stories or books.

    He was a staff writer at Billboard Magazine and the Chelsea News, and wrote freelance articles for many of the Hamptons newspapers and magazines. It included Dan’s Papers where, as the headline points out, he wrote the original hoax of the infamous 'Hamptons Subway System'. It became one of Dan's most read sections of his newspapers. For R.J. Stanchfield, writing The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and The Little Black Book and Other Stories seemed like the next logical step. Stanchfield sums it up by saying, "I’m going to spend my remaining years writing stories. I have a lot of stories to tell.”


WHAT THEY SAY


From Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble

This was a fun read, filled with derring-do. A page turner for sure!"

Jan MoorehouseA Swashbuckling Tale, Action-Packed

Stanchfield, you truly are a compelling storyteller. Loved the Southampton references. For me it made the reading a bit personal, not to mention the August 31 date. One question - did Scratch murder Radji?"

Marylin T. KelleyClose Friend

The author’s voice is captivating as he developed the characters and storyline. The book is captivating!"

KaityThe book is captivating!

I enjoyed the read. It was compelling. The story was poignant. Along the way, you experience the protagonist fighting for what he believes in., Jeremy Scratch does it in what is his turbulent world. Not much different from our current climate. Doors open for some people and they talk about it. Others like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen. He even walks through doors that you or I would walk away. Scratch’s life force is his Chi. His Chi allows him to flow to deal with the obstacles during the journey. His old friend Tunji from Africa, weaves in and out of the story. He is fighting for his own cause. Is he a friend or an enemy? If he is a friend, can their friendship withstand the turbulence? And who is Dada? Who is she? You experience the story as it twists and turns its way through the fast-paced complex life of Jeremy Scratch. This means diamonds, caskets, and felons. Scratch is a criminal, crusader, entrepreneur, or a little of each. Scratch and Dada travel the world of excitement. As the story comes together tension builds to an unexpected explosive climax."

Marvin SchildOthers like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen.

I had the opportunity to read this amazing novel about the life of Jeremy Scratch and be entertained as Scratch’s adventures unfolded. This well written book by R. J. Stanchfield held my attention and I couldn’t wait to see what was next for Scratch. The martial arts that Scratch learned at an early age and his much above average intelligence would play a key role in his thrilling adventures. Scratch went from a young man from a small town to a doctor in NYC. His small act of kindness in the big city was hugely rewarded and would set the stage for this amazing thriller. Of course, there is always a girl involved. I enjoyed it immensely. I give it Five Stars"

Mel HendricksAwesome read by R. J. Stanchfield

Follow the Life Adventures of Jeremy Scratch The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" by R. J. Stanchfield caught my attention. I hadn't read a fiction book in 25 years, but the title was interesting, because I once knew someone by the name of Scratch. The first chapter laid the groundwork for what would be coming into the life of a young man who would later pursue his ambitions and profession. From the adventures as a young boy to the day he left home for college and how a few chance encounters along the way would impact the rest of his life. The first of these encounters happened on his very first day away from home when he met a mysterious young French woman on the way to the train station. She would come in and out of his life like the reader could only hope. Then there was the peculiar fellow student from South Africa and the stranger who had fallen on the ice on the streets of the city. All of these encounters seemed incidental at the time, but would eventually play a significant role in the future of Jeremy Scratch and how it led him to a life of international intrigue."

Paul BusbyI once knew someone by the name of Scratch.

“The Odd Profession’ is oddly compelling and damn near impossible to put down. Weaving seamlessly across decades, continents, and the imagination, it’s a roller coaster ride without the cheap thrills, an abstract yet human novel that asks the hard questions - and arrives at some most unexpected answers."

Tom CalahanGreat Read!

The author is a fantastic storyteller, all the characters were very interesting. Book was very hard to put down and enjoyable to read."

Michael JovanovicFantastic Storyteller

Adventures of the unusual life of Jeremy Scratch. Outstanding, full of intrigue and suspense. Excellent build up with many interesting characters that culminates with a surprise ending. R.J. Stanchfield is a masterful storyteller that will keep you turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone."

AnonymousExciting Adventure

This book captivated my interest from the beginning, perfect characters that intertwined from youth into adulthood, and then the professions and their way of life was superbly illustrated and combined until the end of the story - well done - also, this is the first book I have read for a while, so so glad it wet my appetite for reading - thank you very much, Scratch..."

Maryann ThumbsVery Entertaining From The First Page - Great

The author is a superb storyteller. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and storyline kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book."

Frank MartinFun Reading

Having only read the prologue and on that alone this book is a definite 5 star. The author's ability to entice readers with his wordsmithing alone is amazing...I'm intrigued by the Silk Road, buying dead bodies;, going back to Poland and feeling the DANGER! This is 1976!"

Felicia WoodyINTRIGUING!

RJ Stanchfield's latest book is a page turner. Well written and fascinating. The story very original and intriguing. If you pick this one up you won't want to put it down. Highly recommended!"

Kris LeClaireRead This Book!

From the start you realize that Scratch is not any ordinary young boy. The story of his life and the people he meets along the way make for a great story that will keep you wondering how it will all end."

SharonKeeps you interested till the very end

This is a fast paced thriller with great story telling. The characters are fleshed out, and highly compelling. Great book."

LarryA very compelling read.

Amazon Customer Quirky, Original, Intelligent, well written and above all very entertaining. Not to mention the author, more please."

LyleVerified Purchase

The Odd Profession Of Jeremy Scratch - Talk about a wild and strange ride. Beginning with his unusual childhood adventures to his globe trotting adult adventures Jeremy Scratch is one interesting person. He is not a perfect man but he more than makes up for his shortcomings with his generosity, friendship and fierce loyalty. All in all an excellent read. I recommend this product."

StonylonesomeLaughed Out Loud

I was captivated from the very first page. This is a very hard book to put down. RJ Stanchfeld is a masterful storyteller. The storyline is very unusual and carries you to places you wouldn't dare. Buy it , you won't regret it."

Tom PoolA Five Star page turner

A fascinating series of personal anecdotes including very important recollections re working with nuclear reactors and also the radicalization of a conscripted military man"

Dr. Helen Caldicott"The Earth is in the Intensive Care Unit"

I first got to know Ron Stanchfield when he came out as a whistleblower of the Shoreham nuclear power plant, where he had worked, and exposed how it was a disaster-waiting-to-happen. Stanchfield's words, in the newspaper accounts I wrote as an investigative reporter, in my book Power Crazy, and in sworn public testimony he gave were important in stopping that nuclear plant from going into commercial operation, sparing Long Island and the rest of the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond from catastrophe --- and ending the utility's scheme to build up to ten more nuclear power plants on Long Island. His The Little Black Book and Other Stories contain the same honesty and courage of Ron, the whistleblower. He's an authentic and extraordinary straight-shooter."

Karl GrossmanFull Professor of Journalism

Easy, fun and captivating read. Enchanting stories. My goodness, I was captivated by “The Replication of Lady Teal” and I couldn’t stop laughing at “It Was Clarke Smith’s Fault.” The different characters are originally odd and the stories catch you off guard. The chilling “Strange Fruit” reminded me that we have a long way to go. Wonderful reading!"

Deborah WeberWonderful reading!

Ron Stanchfield has been on the inside of places many of us hear about superficially but never get or take the opportunity to experience. Go climb within the frightening towers of a corruptly ‘inspected’ nuclear plant via a confrontation between a threatening man and vulnerable woman, or undergo vicariously the dehumanizing kill-mentality marine bootcamp training at Parris Island. Perhaps you might appreciate the life-sustaining lessons for the children of the father in the title-story Little Black Book? Rewarding and insightful. Places where you might want to venture, now that Stanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there."

Dr. Conrad MillerStanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there.

The Little 'Black Book...' spoke to me personally in a way that made the book compelling. I think it would affect most readers the same way. I'm delighted I came across it. Enjoy."

Abu ben AdamI'm delighted I came across it

I have been reading Ron's stories for years! I haven't found a story/book of his that didn't grab your attention from the very first line. You're invested through each of his characters, the rich details of every scene, the well crafted story line.... And this book is one of his very best. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and story line kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book."

Kindle CustomerAn Amazing Story Teller

LET'S COLLABORATE


There is a need for new, unique stories! Make no mistake about it. You have a few good stories in you! So share them.

LET'S COLLABORATE

Here’s my proposal: 

                  I'd like ideas for stories.  I want your stories! 

           You don’t have to create the narrative; I’ll do that. You describe an event, or a strange notion that weighs on you. I need the following: who, what, where, when, and why the story took place. Also desired is anything else that makes the story. I'll run with your idea and we will produce a story.

            I’ll take the picture you paint and will work to draft it into a short story. Give me the essentials. We will share the credits. I'll compile the short stories.

          We can do one, two or up to twenty stories together. After every twenty stories are written I will submit our work to my publisher. Between us, you will earn 25% royalties and your name will be featured with mine on the story title.

          More, if the story idea sounds like we could make a novel, we can do that as well. 

          PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS TO THE CONTACT BELOW. THANK YOU.





SEND YOUR STORY IDEAS


I need the following for your story: Where it takes place, when, who, what, and anything else that makes the story. We can make it happen! LET'S GET STARTED IMMEDIATELY. Send it to the email address below. V

A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION


Below is a New York DAILY NEWS story on the left about a mock evacuation from a nuclear accident and RJStanchfield's story about creating a mock nuclear accident on the right.

A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION
         
  
         When we were opposing Shoreham, I had an idea. 
         Because we have one way to get out of the East End of Long Island, we need to travel West. Sunday evening traffic gets worse because most folks are going back to Manhattan. The traffic is unbearable, not even thinking about the Shoreham nuclear plant. That fact appealed to me. 
         I asked the college radio station manager for two hours at the college station on a Sunday afternoon. I told the manager I would increase his listeners by 1,000%!           
        "Great! I like that," he said. "What are you going to air over the station?" he asked. 
        "We're going to blow up the Shoreham nuclear plant, of course," I told him with a deadpan face. Then I told him what would happen. 
        "Karl Grossman, the journalist, will discuss the problems of evacuation...  From Eastern Long Island with guests." I explained activists would be advertising. It would ask the drivers to tune to the college station.           
        "I love it," he said.           
        We went to work with our local group of activists, the East End Shoreham Opponents Coalition. We met, designed the maneuvers, spent only a day or two preparing for the action and then went out to do what had to be.           
        While investigative reporter Karl Grossman interviewed his guests, we did something else. We stationed ourselves all along the highway.           
        We posted a series of signs made from 4 feet by 8 foot plywood boards. A sign got placed about every two hundred feet.           
        The first said "YOU ARE,"           
        The next said, "IN A."           
        Then the third, "MOCK."           
        And finally, "NUCLEAR EVACUATION."           
        We then sent folks about a half mile and hold the last sign:  "TUNE TO WPBX 102.7."
        The progression of the large signs were more than two football fields in length. They got lettered by an artist, volunteer and the signs got seen and read from over a mile away.            The roads have been already at a near stand still, we sent our folks with their cars in the traffic to make the tie-up worse. Their goal was to make a greater logger jam and create more traffic problems. It was cruel. But we wanted to bring the issue to the forefront. If there was a need to evacuate the East End, it would be next to impossible.
         Phone calls came into the studio from people who had no idea what was happening. The calls demonstrated the caller's deep, fear-based concern. Our street driving activists had a ball "acting."           
         As an organizational tool, it was wonderful because it was plain fun.  
         There was only one person who got bummed out from the event. That person was the student deejay who lost his two-hour time slot on the radio station. According to him we had "Shanghaied it," he said.  
        Although I don’t remember his name, he gave me an even greater idea. He mumbled, "what a waste, how stupid. It sounded like War of the Worlds.” 
         "Bingo," I thought... That's what was missing. 
         It occurred to me the car's radio did tune in to WPBX 102.7 to hear what was going on about Shoreham. They could not be angry at us because they already knew they were going to be in a traffic jam. Indeed, we added a nice little edge from the usual boredom of gridlock. But still, after a while, I imagined they would tune us out and listen to whatever they listen to in traffic jams.  
        What was missing was to rivet them to the radio and highlight the evacuation issue.
        I called Eric Corley at Stony Brook University. Corley was often referred to by his pen name of Emmanuel Goldstein, a figure in the hacker community. The pseudonym comes from the George Orwell book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Corley hosted a radio show Off the Hook on WBAI. He also had a show on WUSB.  
        I explained to Eric what I had in mind. "If you want, you can help us focus on evacuation by producing a play about the Shoreham plant blowing up. It should focus upon the inability to evacuate!" 
        We agreed to meet at the diner in Riverhead. We would discuss the script and the political action surrounding a two hour program. We discussed the groups of activists who will be on the roads when the radio play is airing.          
         I wanted the play to be generic in nature so all political actions could be anywhere. I suggested it should run as "Shadow Over The Island."           
        Eric had a different view and he agreed to write the script and produce it as "Shadow Over Long Island." More, he and others worked out arrangements with a Connecticut station. Stony Brook's WUSB decided to simulcast with WPKN, a Pacifica station in Connecticut.                In the meantime, I got on my horse and started to contact all the anti-nuke groups. SHAD was a primary group who went to the streets and highways with homemade signs. Shoreham Opponents Coalition staged many sign postings as did other groups. Similar demonstrations occurred in Connecticut.  
        The radio play itself was good, and also very data-focused. But there was no real attempt at acting as if there was a real emergency. But it wasn't a concern because the street activists made it feel like there was a need to evacuate. The activists were very demonstrative. 
        Five groups in both Connecticut and Long Island found busy streets and posted the signs. YOU ARE IN A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION TUNE TO WUSB 88.3 or WPKN 89.5.
        Wow!
        You guessed it. As the radio play aired from two radio stations near each other on the dial it gave an added feel of importance. Because the street activist actors were so believable the reaction was incredible. The program caused super reactions. The police stations got called. In turn people called the school officials who in turn called the radio station. 
        There is a little more to the story.  
        I got psyched from the success of the radio play and political action. But I knew the play needed more drama. I enrolled in New York Institute of Technology. I decided to get a master’s degree in communication arts. Why? You guessed it, to create SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND, a video drama.  
        My method was to get straight "A"s, which I did. In the first semester they allowed me to write a full length docudrama. I got an A. I then lobbied to design an entire master's course around the project of producing a full length movie. I used that leverage to get what I wanted. The institute has three professional television studios comparable to most TV stations. About twenty five students enrolled to help make the movie. We auditioned and hired professional actors. There was a cast of over 100.
        Here is what the New York Daily News said:  'NUCLEAR EVACUATIONS' ON L.I. BROADCASTS REMINISCENT of '38 'WAR of THE WORLDS'           
        Hamptons visitors and residents thought they were in the midst of a nuclear disaster. When they turned on their radios over the last few days. 
        Four radio stations on Long Island and Connecticut broadcast 45minute "mock" nuclear evacuations. The action took place on Saturday and Sunday... Designed to explore the impact of a real evacuation from Long Island. 
          The mock evacuation and broadcast mimicked a live news show... Describing an impending nuclear accident on the island.  
        The Coalition against Millstone, an East End antinuclear group, sponsored the broadcast. 
        Our goal was that we want the people to understand the impact of a nuclear accident. It was to feel what it would be like, trying to escape from this island. 
        He said his group is one of several formed on eastern Long Island to try to shut down the two Millstone nuclear plants that reopened last year in Waterford, Conn. 
        "These plants have a history of safety violations and personal problems and, were concerned for the safety and health of our families in eastern Long Island, which is only 15 miles away, but is outside the evacuation zone," Stanchfield said.  
        The broadcast depicted the chaos caused by Long Island residents trying to escape in their cars and boats. 
        The paid program aired at various times on three Connecticut' FM radio stations and WLNG (92.1 FM) in Sag Harbor.  
        Paul Sidney, president of WLNG, said his station received several "frantic calls" from concerned listeners during the 5 p.m. Sunday broadcast, who thought the evacuation was real. 
        "But we took extra precautions not to scare people, by adding extra disclaimers during the broadcast," Stanchfield said. '
        Stanchfield, a former Quality Assurance Engineer and whistleblower at the Shoreham nuclear plant said, "we modeled this broadcast after a similar anti-Shoreham action in the 1980s."
        To create more public awareness, his group, along with STAR, Standing for Truth About Radiation, an East Hampton antinuclear group, put up banners and signs at 10 sites along the Montauk Highway reading, "You Are in a Mock Nuclear Evacuation." 
        "Drivers stopped and talked to us along the highway. They gave their reactions to this broadcast," STAR's Scott Cullen said.
        Stanchfield said his group will run the mock evacuations about every six months. "The story's the same around any nuclear power plant in the world! I will encourage activists to do the same while broadcasting the Docudrama."

                                                    .......BELOW IS THE FULL DOCUDRAMA IN FOUR PARTS....... 

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 1


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 2


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 3


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 4


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a slipstream story that crosses over and under conventional spy fiction genre boundaries. Professor Jeremy Scratch is a human taxidermist … and an assassin of serial killers. His closest friend in college, Professor Tunji Farabi, is now an African revolutionist who is the Chair of African American Studies at NYU. Both men see themselves as being on good and honorable missions. Their personal visions, however, are not viewed through the same glasses. Farabi’s organization, SAGE, kills innocent people in many different countries on five continents. The professors deal with three quite different issues: death and dying, worldwide racism, and human preservation. They arrive at a philosophical crossroads with each other and the question the reader will ponder is how strange are their worlds and is what they are doing good… Together the utopian and dystopian endings may be remarkably just, hopeful, and human.

BLOGS


"WE'RE NEVER AWARE OF WHERE HE'S GOING, BUT HE ALWAYS FINDS THE PERFECT END OF THE STORY."

The Hamptons Subway System Hoax 7/13/06


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Subway!

Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the Hamptons

By Dan Rattiner
(With a tip of the hat to Ronin Stanchfield)

As most people know, the single most spectacular real estate development ever attempted on the East End was that of Carl G. Fisher. In the mid 1920s, he bought the entire peninsula of Montauk, 12,000 acres in all, and during the years between 1925 and 1929 began to build a great city in that community. The centerpiece of it, built on the downtown plaza he created in a field, was the seven-story building that continues to dominate this community to this day. But he also built a polo field, a race track, a yacht club, a gambling casino, a boardwalk and swim club, a 250 room hotel high on a hill — it still stands as the Montauk Manor — the entire network of roads in downtown Montauk, including pink sidewalks which survive in many areas, half a dozen downtown commercial buildings, two churches and an automobile racetrack. He also imported sheep and built a section for the help known as Shepherd’s Neck. (Still in existence.)

His intention from the get-go was to build a big beach resort city, similar to the one he had built in the early 1920s in Miami Beach. Among other things, he had recently been married for the third time, to a 16-year- old named Jane. These were heady times for millionaire Carl Fisher.
What has never been known until now is that while Carl Fisher and some of his wealthy friends were building Montauk (it failed in the crash of ‘29), there was a lesser known and very shady figure by the name of Ivan Kratz, a wealthy builder, who had designs on the creating a transportation monopoly for the Fisher project.

Ivan Kratz, between 1900 and 1925, had made millions by building the New York City Subway System. His work was good, but the way he went about securing contracts was crooked. In 1900, offering up a whole slew of bribes to New York City officials, he had bid high but got the contract to build the New York City Subway System. By paying notoriously low salaries to his workmen, he made huge amounts of money at both ends.

By 1924, however, he was under investigation as part of the Teapot Dome scandal. Amazingly, in 1928 when it came time to look for the money Kratz had made — he was by this time the owner of a vast oceanfront mansion in East Hampton — it all came up empty. Where had the money gone?

Last month, auctioneers selling the contents of the Kratz mansion — only recently sold by his heirs — came upon an extraordinary document. Copies of it were turned over to the Town of Southampton and the Town of East Hampton. And representatives of the New York State Department of Transportation had become involved.

Kratz, between 1925 and 1929, had secretly constructed an enormous underground subway system that he called the South Fork Subway. It has its main terminus right under the open plaza in downtown Montauk. And it is connected up to underground “stations” in Napeague, Amagansett, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Southampton, Quogue and Westhampton Beach. There is a spur that goes up to Sag Harbor and North Haven, and another that goes up Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton and then splits off to end at Maidstone Park in Three Mile Harbor and Gerard Park at Accabonac Harbor.

“At first,” said Tom Larson of the NY State Department of Transportation, “we thought that the subway map that had turned up at the auction was some kind of joke.”

But then Town bulldozers from the two highway departments were brought in, and the first of the holes was dug — the first just under the large and unused gas ball in Sag Harbor just behind the Post Office. In just four days of digging, the workmen uncovered twin platforms, two sets of rails including a third rail that went down into some dark tunnels, a ticket booth, some turnstiles and a flight of stairs that went up to a steel Bilco door that had been covered up by grass. The Sag Harbor station for the G Train.

“We made three decisions,” Larson said. “We agreed not to go public with whatever this was until we knew what it was, we agreed to send workmen in golf carts down the tunnels, and we agreed to remove the gas ball.”

The gas ball was taken away, piece by piece, in May. And it was inaccurately announced, to throw people off, that the dig where the gas ball was had to do with some sort of underground pollution. Also, it might be necessary to remove some commercial buildings in the area. Indeed, the state is already in negotiations to condemn the first of those buildings.
“It’s all in place,” Larson said at the press conference. His eyes welled up with tears. “The whole thing. We’ve been through it from end to end. And it’s all there. It has the same white ceramic tiles on the walls that they have in the New York Subway. The names of all the stations in blue tiles. There are eighteen stations. And all we have to do to make this whole thing operational has brought in a modern air exchange system to the tunnels, build some escalators to get down to the platforms to bring this up to code — there were no escalators in use in subways until the 1940s although they surely had them — and bring in some subway cars. The track gauge is also from the New York Subway. In fact, we believe that all these materials were FROM the New York Subway system. Stuff supposedly “stolen” by Kratz and brought out here. It’s all amazing. And it is an answer to our prayers. The transportation nightmare in the Hamptons is over.”

Someone asked the locations of all the underground subway stations and he told them. There is one under the parking lot at the Montauk Lighthouse, there is one under the crossroads of Flamingo Road and Westlake Drive at the fishing village there, there is one on Ditch Plains Road where it makes the ninety degree turn to the left, there is one under the Kirk Park Beach parking lot in downtown Montauk named “Montauk Beach” which is what Carl Fisher called the place, there is one just under the Montauk Railroad Station, another behind the restaurant called LUNCH on the Napeague Strip, one at the corner of Montauk Highway and Napeague Lane in Beach Hampton and one in the Amagansett parking lot by the Amagansett railroad station.

Other locations heading further west include under the intersection of Further Lane and Egypt Lane in East Hampton, under the Main Beach parking lot in East Hampton, under the parking lot at South Ferry in North Haven, under the old Alison By the Beach restaurant on Route 27 and Town Line Road, under the Bridgehampton Railroad Station, under Cromer’s Market on Noyac Road, under the field in back of Corrigan’s Service Station at Hayground Road and the Montauk Highway in Water Mill, under the village green in Water Mill, under the back parking lot of the Princess Diner at Hampton Road and County Road 39 in Southampton, under a lot adjacent to the Sandpiper Motel in Shinnecock, under the street in front of the Blue Moon Café in East Quogue, at the corner of Lewis Road and Route 27A in East Quogue and under two different locations along Jessup Avenue in Quogue, one at the corner of Flowers By Lori at Midland, and the other at Jessup and Quogue Street in front of Q Restaurant. In Westhampton Beach, there is a subway stop at the corner of Sunset and Main in front of Lucille’s Beach Barn.
“We don’t know why a station was not built in Hampton Bays,” Larsen said. “Members of the Kratz family say that their grandfather once complained about a yacht he bought in Hampton Bays from a marina owner that sprang a leak and sank. That, we think might be as good a reason as any. Anyway, if we get all this together, we think we will probably put in a Hampton Bays stop.”

A reporter asked Larson, who will be in charge of restoring the system.

“I am pleased to announce today that Governor Pataki has created a Hamptons Transportation Authority, with a base funding of ten million dollars. We will go from there.”

A reporter asked if Peter Kalikow, who heads the Port Authority in New York and has a home in Montauk, might be interested in the job.

“It’s possible,” Larsen said.

Another reporter asked if Carl Fisher himself, who had an excellent and above board reputation, had been involved in this.

“We have dug deep into the Fisher archives,” Larsen said. “Apparently he thought it was some kind of drainage subcontractor. He seems to have been aware of it, but that was about it. He was a big picture sort of guy.”

“Any idea when the South Fork Subway will become operational?”

“We’re looking at the summer of 2008.”


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