When you say "bad" and "had," do they rhyme? If they do, you don't have a Greater New York accent, according to this map of North American English Dialects. But did you know that the Hamptons has its own dialect? It apparently does, though there is "more research needed." Here's what we can glean about how people tawk in the area.

Author Rick Ashman says, "The Greater New York City dialect is the second most unusual dialect on all of North America (after New Orleans)." The classic New York City accent (which may be fast disappearing) features a strongly raised vowel in "caught," and "four" and "for" are pronounced the same way, as are "mourning" and "morning." The Hamptons dialect is similar, but without the raised vowel, and apparently the "Downtown New Orleans" might be more New York than a New York accent. Which actually makes a lot of sense given the similar immigrant populations in both cities. Just listen to this first lady!

For examples of classic New York accents they give everyone from Bugs Bunny (classic working class) to Woody Allen (modern middle class) to Teddy Roosevelt (classic upper class). And for anyone who swears there is a borough by borough difference, William Laboy at UPenn says [pdf], "The stereotype Brooklynese is used to refer to working-class New York City speech, whether the speaker is a resident of Brooklyn, Queens, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, or Jersey City. Many members of the public are convinced that they can recognize a Queens or Bronx or Jersey accent, but it appears that these geographic labels are in fact labels for perceived social class differences." Oops.