Hampton Jitney stars service

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The Hampton Jitney will make its inaugural Brooklyn run on Friday, scooping up beach-bound Brooklynites from Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Brooklyn Heights and spiriting them in the lap of luxury to the North Fork and Montauk.

News broke about the Hampton Jitney’s descent into Brooklyn in April — causing dismay amongst those who fear Brooklyn has become the new Upper West Side, even down to its summer travel plans — but the 33-year-old high-end bus company only revealed its bus stops this week.

The Brooklyn route will make one eastbound trip on Fridays and one trip westbound on Sundays through Labor Day. The fares are $51 round-trip and come with free snacks, newspapers, an on-board attendant, and like-minded company.

The Jitney will have stops at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope (5:30 pm); Fourth Avenue and Union Street (5:35 pm); Atlantic Avenue and Third Avenue in Boerum Hill (5:45 pm); and Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza East and West in Brooklyn Heights (6 pm).

In April, the Jitney’s marketing director said the company decided to come to Brooklyn because Brooklynites were clamoring for service. But not everyone shared his excitement.

“Vacations? I don’t really take vacations,” said Calogero Dani, who was sitting outside Tomato and Basil Pizzeria, on Fourth Avenue and Union Street.

The manager of the pizzeria, Al Prinza, speculated that “the Jitney will be good for business,” as did Jimmy Babas, who works at New College Restaurant, at the same intersection. But neither was exactly grabbing swim trunks and a beach towel.

“We’ll see,” said Babas.

Updated 4:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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