First published on 9 Apr 2013. Updated on 2 Dec 2013.
Done the Statue of Liberty? Shopped yourself silly in Soho? Gazed out over New York City from the Top of the Rock? Then hop onto a train – and onto The Great Gatsby bandwagon while you’re at it – and make for Long Island’s Manhasset Bay, the mansion-fringed inlet just 40 minutes from Manhattan that inspired F Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel. There you’ll find “West Egg” in the form of Kings Point and, just opposite, the crazy-rich community of Sands Point (“East Egg”). You’ll also find Eleanor Cox, a former website producer for Harper Collins who began leading her Great Gatsby Boat Tours five years ago. Dressed in full flapper get-up, Cox leads tours around the bay on weekends on the Charles II, pointing out the houses that inspired Fitzgerald’s Gatsby homes and talking about the author’s time on the bay. (It all goes down particularly well on a sunny day if you bring along an Esky full of housemade Gin Rickies – and yes, that’s allowed.) And who knows who you’ll be sailing with: in September 2009 a chatty Aussie took the tour with Cox, signing in as ‘Innocence Mandrake’. It didn’t take Cox to realise she had Mr Luhrmann in her midst. Take the Long Island Rail Rd to Port Washington. greatgatsbyboattour.org. Tours Sat & Sun noon, 2pm, 4pm & sunset from May. $25pp.