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Valley of Ashes
Valley of Ashes
Creative Commons AttributionValley of Ashes - Credit: Tyler Greenleaf

The anithesis of life in East and West Egg, the Valley consists of smoky air, piles of ashes, railroad lines and a few scattered businesses; a buffer between the wealth of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the densely populated Brooklyn and Queens areas located just across the East River from New York City.