Like everyone who went to high school in the 20th century, I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” many times.
It became one of my favorite books, only after I learned that the “Valley of Ashes” was the future site of Shea Stadium and the Iron Triangle.
I’ve been meaning to write a Loge13 post about The Great Gatsby and Shea, then the Bobster sent these photos. Gotta love the Bobster.
I found a very interesting photo from 1930 on the New York Public Library's site. You can plainly see what used to occupy the site of Shea Stadium - nothing, actually.
The point where Willets Pt. Blvd. meets Roosevelt Ave. is where Shea's parking lot begins in the Google Earth image, obviously taken before Citi Field construction began.
Just on the other side of Roosevelt Ave. is what Scott Fitzgerald called the "valley of ashes" in his book "The Great Gatsby." It was a trash dump with a mound of ashes so high it was nicknamed Mount Corona. About five years after this picture was taken, the dump was cleared and the 1939-40 World's Fair was built.