Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) roughly corresponding to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the Town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Fork of Long Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP population was 6,592. Springs, along with the rest of East Hampton, boasts some of the world's most valuable residential real estate.
Springs is known in art circles as the cradle of the abstract expressionist movement. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, John Ferren, and Randy Rosenthal worked there. Many important writers live or have lived in or near Springs, including Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Nora Ephron, and John Steinbeck.
Artists and writers were attracted to Springs because of its rural nature, despite being within of New York City, and because housing prices "north of the Montauk Highway" on the bay side of the East Hampton peninsula have traditionally been lower than those closer to the Atlantic Ocean.
This has created a blue collar neighborhood of people who support the mansions closer to the ocean. A significant number of the residents of Springs are Hispanic, 37%, including some undocumented workers. Traditionally, locals are referred to as "Bonackers" which comes from Accabonac Harbor in Springs. East Hampton High School has adopted the Bonacker name for its sports teams.
The main roads connecting Springs to East Hampton are Springs-Fireplace Road and Three Mile Harbor Road. Jackson Pollock died in a car crash on Springs-Fireplace Road in 1956.
Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner are buried in Green River Cemetery. Pollock's grave is marked by a large glacial erratic stone on top of a hill, Krasner's by a small stone lower on the hill. Since Pollock's burial numerous other writers and artists have been buried in the cemetery, joining the locals.
The Pollock-Krasner House and Studio on Springs-Fireplace Road is owned by Stony Brook University and is open for tours by appointment. It includes an external studio shed where dried paint from Pollock's projects is splattered on the floor and evokes Pollock's most famous works. The neighborhood around it is an East Hampton historic district.
Springs derives its name from a spring that fed a small creek going into the harbor.