The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in the summer of 1922. Fitzgerald lived in Great Neck, 6 Gateway Drive, from 1922 to 1924. Not far, Beacon Towers, generally believed to have been Fitzgeralds’ inspiration for Jay Gatsby’s estate.
Beacon Towers was a Gilded Age mansion, situated in the village of Sands Point on the North Shore of Long Island, it was torn down in 1945:
“A factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin bead of raw ivy, and marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of land.”
Right across the bay, Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s Georgian Colonial mansion, Lands End, demolished in 2011.