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Dead Horse Bay Walking Tour July 18

Posted by Will Ellis on July 06, 2015 . 0 Comments

The first Abandoned NYC Walking Tour will be taking place in a couple of weeks!  On Saturday, July 18th, I’ll be leading a group through one of my favorite places in the city, Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay

Beginning in the 1850s, this area of the Brooklyn waterfront served as the final destination for the city’s carriage horses. Horse carcasses were delivered by barge to gigantic bone boiling plants and processed into glue and fertilizer. Following the rise of the automobile and a series of natural disasters, the factories closed down and fell to ruin. What was then a marshy landmass called “Barren Island” was filled in with garbage and connected to mainland Brooklyn. The southern tip of the new peninsula was used as an active landfill from the 1930s to the early 50s.

Over the last 60 years, the man-made beach at Dead Horse Bay has slowly eroded away, and decades’ worth of trash have been gradually excavated from the soil.  At low tide, garbage covers the beach, and the vast majority of it dates back to the 1930s and 40s.  There’s a preponderance of glass, not plastic, bottles.  Some bear the faded trademark of long-lost brand names. Tellingly, most of the toys and trinkets were “Made in the U.S.A.”  Others originated in “Occupied Japan.”

There are just a few tickets left for the July 18th tour, get yours here.  If there's enough demand, I'll see about adding a second date.

More information and photos at the blog.


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