The Nice Gatsby is a traditional American novel and a continuous inspiration to artists of every kind. We have uncovered New York City and Long Island sights from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most iconic work.
Prohibition is passé and Artwork Deco is lengthy lifeless, however regardless that we’re in a brand new period of the Roaring 20s (the 2020s), we’re nonetheless up for any likelihood to flee again to a time when vigorous flappers and speakeasies dominated the land.
Listed here are our favourite spots that harken again to the unique Roaring 20s (the Nineteen Twenties) in New York immediately, the place you will be toasting with gin, dwelling the suite life and partying it up till the wee hours of the morning in model.
Take a Nick Carraway stroll via Manhattan
There’s no different metropolis like New York in the case of people-watching, and Nick Carraway was the novel’s major voyeur, ambling via the town streets. Take a nighttime stroll, beginning the place the narrator lunched on the Yale Club on Vanderbilt Avenue at forty fourth Avenue. Cease in for a decadent cocktail at The Campbell Bar (previously the Campbell House Bar), the restored Nineteen Twenties membership inside Grand Central Terminal, which glows just like the gilded age. Make sure you gown the half as this upscale bar would not enable t-shirts. Then comply with his route south down Madison Avenue and west to Penn Station. Town lights may twinkle extra brightly than they used to, however you’ll be able to nonetheless spy some Twenties appeal, particularly after a number of rounds of gin rickeys on the bar.
The suite life, The Plaza Resort
F. Scott Fitzgerald and his spouse, Zelda, usually visited the Plaza within the Nineteen Twenties, and the opulent New York lodge, with its unchanging historic façade on Fifth Avenue, was the setting for a feisty penultimate scene within the novel. In the event you can’t afford to remain within the newly designed, lavish Fitzgerald Suite, cease in for Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court, beneath the dazzling 1800 sq. foot stained-glass ceiling.
Get into the spirit of the Jazz Age Garden Get together, Governors Island
Hop a ferry to Governors Island – you’ll really feel such as you’ve stepped again in time while you arrive at this peaceable, inexperienced and tiny historic isle, solely a 10-minute boat journey from Manhattan. Each summer time, there’s a Jazz Age Lawn Party the place New Yorkers have enjoyable taking themselves very significantly of their best flapper apparel, suspenders and tennis whites. Be ready to Charleston, store for classic garments, promenade with a parasol and drink ‘bootleg’ model with out elevating an eyebrow.
Bike over the Queensboro Bridge
‘Town seen from the Queensboro Bridge is all the time the town seen for the primary time, in its first wild promise of all of the thriller and the sweetness on the planet,’ notes narrator Nick Carraway as he and Gatsby cruise from Lengthy Island into Manhattan. You most likely received’t have a Rolls Royce to soak up the skyline, so why not hop on a Citi Bike in Lengthy Island Metropolis, and pedal your manner alongside the bike path over the Queensboro (aka 59th St) bridge? There are many alternatives to take a retro sepia-tone photograph alongside the best way. Take a look at NYC bike maps for all the perfect bike paths.
Lengthy Island mansion tour, Outdated Westbury Gardens
Strung alongside Long Island’s ‘Gold Coast’ to faucet into the inspiration Fitzgerald used to depict his character’s luminescent lives: Nineteen Twenties mansions which may as effectively be castles. To take a look at the Gatsby-esque gargantuan estates, hop on the Long Island Rail Road from New York Metropolis and take a tour of the historic Old Westbury Gardens. You’ll be able to test off an inventory of millionaire-worthy options: 200 acres of landscaped gardens with a rose backyard, woodlands, ponds and lakes, a 70-room English manor home constructed within the early 1900s, lush antiques and spectacular art work all brimming with historic intrigue. Together with excursions of the property and gardens, there is a cafe within the woods, museum displays, traditional automotive reveals, indoor and outside live shows, Scottish video games (in fact) and grasp gardener and educator talks to coach the riffraff about horticulture, artwork, historical past and structure.
For extra mansion excursions, go to Eagle’s Nest, the Vanderbilt Mansion turned museum and planetarium with picturesque views of the Lengthy Island Sound, and the colossal Oheka Castle – the second-largest personal residence within the US.
This text was initially revealed in Might 13, 2017.