Long Island, New York • “East Egg” (“old money”) and “West Egg” (“new money”)
Sands Point Cow Neck (East Egg) Great Neck (West Egg)
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in this house on Gateway Drive in Great Neck (West Egg) from 1922 to 1924.
West Egg: Nick’s house • Nick’s house is “a weather-beaten cardboard bungalow at eighty a month.” (3) • “My own house was an eyesore…” (3) • Pictured above: • an average-sized bungalow
West Egg: Gatsby’s mansion • Gatsby’s house was “a colossal affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.” (5) Pictured to the left: Beacon Towers, thought by scholars to be one of the houses that inspired Gatsby’s mansion
West Egg: Gatsby’s mansion Oheka Castle, on the North Shore of Long Island, may have also inspired Gatsby’s mansion.
East Egg: the Buchanans’ mansion • “Their house was even more elaborate than I had expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay.” (6) • Pictured to the right: a typical Georgian colonial house
East Egg: the Buchanans’ House • Rumors have circulated that Lands End (pictured below, torn down in April 2011) may have inspired the Buchanans’ house
Chapter 2Valley of Ashes • Industrial wasteland located between the “Eggs” and New York City (*23) • Modeled after a cinder dump in Queens • Ash produced by coal-fired burners dumped into marshland • Today the site of Flushing Meadows park
Valley of Ashes “A literary traveler visiting Corona finds not an ash dump, but Flushing Meadows park, larger even than Central Park, adorned with two lakes (one of them for sailboats), an art museum, a golf course, a zoo, the National Tennis Center, and the New York Hall of Science.” --Roger Starr, City Journal, Autumn 1992