Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dead Horse Bay

Our latest adventure led us out to Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn. The history behind this place is that the refuse from horse rendering plants and garbage of the 1920s and 1930s was deposited here when it was a landfill. The land was later filled over with sand to connect the mainland and Barren Island. Overtime, this has begun to erode away, exposing the remnants of the past. The beach is filled with mostly bottles, but some old shoes, rusted equipment and tools from days long gone can also be found. You can't help but create stories in your head of the previous owners and consumers of these things as you stroll through the historic trash.

The old beverage bottles were quite interesting. There were the classics like Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up, but I might have to research some of the more obscure ones we found.

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