On the right is West Island. It is connected to East Island (originally called Morgan’s Island after J. P. Morgan) by a small bridge. Today, West Island is enclosed by a gate and contains 9 private homes. There are about 140 homes on East Island.
During the early 20th century, East Island was the home of J. P. Morgan (1867 - 1943), president of the Morgan Bank and one of the wealthiest men in America. J. P. and his family lived here from 1909 until his death in 1943. His mansion is no longer standing, but there are still some remnants of his estate.
After he died, the mansion was occupied for several years by the Soviet Embassy to the U.S. After that, it became a home for monastic nuns. During the 1970s, the property was sold to developers and the mansion was torn down and replaced by smaller private homes.
Many famous people (besides J.P.) have lived on Morgan’s Island and the immediate surrounding area. The son of J. P. Morgan (J. P. Morgan III) lived in a mansion on West Island, which is still standing and is privately owned. Many other mansions still exist in the area including the Woolworth Estate and several built by the Pratt Family. In recent years, area residents have included entertainers Billy Joel and Mel Gibson.
During the early 20th Century, the area was referred to as the 'Gold Coast of Long Island' and was described in many books, most notably “The Gold Coast” by Nelson DeMille. It is also believed to have inspired “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (East Egg and West Egg).
The following are some previous and present residents of Morgan’s Island or the surrounding area in Glen Cove:
J. P. Getty - industrialist
Mel Gibson - actor, producer and director
Billy Joel - singer and songwriter
Robert F. Kennedy - former Attorney General, Presidential candidate
J. P. Morgan - financier, banker, and philanthropist
Junius Spencer Morgan - banker and financier
Charles Pratt - petroleum industry pioneer
Charles Millard Pratt - oil industrialist
Edwin H Baker Pratt - educator
Frederic B. Pratt - president of Pratt Institute for 44 years, from 1893-1937
George Dupont Pratt - conservationist and philanthropist
Harold I. Pratt - oil industrialist
Herbert L. Pratt - head of Standard Oil
John Teele Pratt - lawyer, philanthropist, music impresario and financier
Telly Savalas - actor
Franklin Winfield Woolworth - founder of F.W. Woolworth Company
Richie Cannata - saxophone player for Billy Joel
Ellie Cornell - actress
Mariusz Czerkawski - NHL forward for New York Islanders
Whitey Ford - baseball player
Savanna Samson - adult film actress
Donald Sutherland - Canadian actor