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Dead Horse Bay ‹ Marcia Lloyd Photography

Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay is a desolate cove near Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn between Gerritsen Inlet and Rockaway Inlet. From the 1800s until the 1930s, the marshland on which it sits was dotted with horse-rendering plants, which disposed of dead horses as well as other dead animals found on New York City streets, manufacturing from their bones glue and fertilizer. The chopped-up bones were dumped into the bay, and remnants of those bones wash up onto the beach today. Around the turn of the century, it was used as a landfill. The trash heap was capped, but in the 1950s, the cap burst, spewing trash onto the beach. It is littered with hundreds of bottles, broken and unbroken, clear and tinted, as well as strange eclectic bits of trash. (Source: DANIEL B. SCHNEIDER in The New York Times, July 18, 1999 "FYI" column)






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