With over 70% of its land publicly owned, most of Montauk will stay exactly as it looks now. That means this tiny hamlet at the tip of Long Island, with about 4,000 people, will have rising real estate prices as it grows in popularity.

But something has always been magical about Montauk, and has kept it raw, real and working-class. It boasts the oldest operational cattle ranch in America, the first lighthouse in New York state, and an old Army and Air Force base called Camp Hero, where everything from time-travel experiments, lookout points for Soviet war planes and tests to make new animals (think goats bred with horses) occurred or might have happened over the years.

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