Let’s go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car.”

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter V) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Coney Island is a peninsula in Brooklyn famous for its amusement parks. It was increasingly popular at the turn of the century.

With his suggestion that they “go to Coney Island,” Gatsby might be unintentionally giving away his status as part of the nouveau riche. Old money folk like the Buchanans would be less likely to go to Coney Island.

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