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Walking with Gatsby: Long Island's Fabulous Gold Coast Estates: Books at NYIT

Resources discussing the fabulous estates that led to Long Island's north shore, from Great Neck to Huntington, being dubbed the Gold Coast.

Much Has Been Written


The never-ending fascination with Long Island's Gold Coast estates is reflected in the large number of books, both non-fiction and fiction, that have been written either about the Gold Coast or with this bastion of incredible wealth serving as a backdrop.

An excerpt from "The Great Gatsby"

     "And so it happened that on a warm windy evening I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all.  Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay.  The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens-finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run.  The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon, and Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch."

Nick Carraway narrating "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Short List of "Gold Coast" Books in the NYIT Library

Print Non-Fiction
Book Title / Author 
101 Glimpses of Long Island's North Shore, R. Panchyk
AIA Architectural Guide to Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Beaux-arts Estates:  a Guide to the Architecture of Long Island, L. Sclare
Harbor Hill:  Portrait of a House, R. Wilson
Houses of McKim, Mead & White, S. White
Long Island Architecture, J. Krieg
L.I. Country Homes & Their Architects 1860-1940, A. Baker, et al
Long Island's Prominent North Shore Families: Their Estates..., R. Spinzia
Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast (1979), M. Randall   
Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast (1987, rev.), M. Randall
Nassau County, L.I. in Early Photographs, 1869-1940, B. Weidman
North Shore Long Island:  Country Houses, 1890-1950, P. Mateyunas
Winfield:  Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths, M. Randall
Locate using Library online catalog HERE.
Print Fiction
Book Title / Author
The Gold Coast, N. DeMille
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Locate using Library online catalog HERE.
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