F. Scott Fitzgerald renamed Great Neck as “West Egg” and Cow Neck as “East Egg” in The Great Gatsby. One of the most famous examples of linguistic manipulation of territory in literature, and how the potential identity of a place can be chosen or interpreted by an author for dramatic intent. Another example would be the cities of graphic novels, such as Metropolis or Gotham, which function as agglomerated cosmopoleis where the dynamic formalism of plot subverts the geographic truth of setting.
“Often referred to as The Rock, the small island early-on served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received landmarking designations in 1976 and 1986. The first Spaniard to document the island was Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775, who charted San Francisco Bay and named the island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates as “The Island of the Pelicans,” from the archaic Spanish alcatraz, “pelican”, a word which was borrowed originally from Arabic: القطرس al-qaṭrās, meaning sea eagle. The United States Census Bureau defines the island as Block 1067, Block Group 1, Census Tract 179.02 of San Francisco County, California. There was no permanent population on the island as of the 2000 census.”