Untapped Cities Tour: Explore Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC

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Join photographer/urban explorer Will Ellis, author of Abandoned NYC and Untapped Cities columnist, on a walk through the weird side of New York history at Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Tales of buried pirate treasure, putrefied animal carcasses, and environmental devastation abound on this desolate shoreline, which once served as the final destination for the city’s carriage horses. Today this beach-comber’s paradise is covered with garbage dating back to a 1920s landfill deposit, offering a fascinating look at what New Yorkers were throwing away a century ago.  Bring a bag for take home a few of the incredible artifacts you’re sure to stumble upon—there’s plenty of trash to go around.

Join us on March 21st as we escape into New York’s past, revisiting history with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis. He’ll be giving a historical introduction to the site, weaving in tales from his experience photographing for his book Abandoned NYC, and showing the best places to look for artifacts.

The tour will meet at Flatbush Av – Brooklyn College subway stop (exact location to be announced) at 1:45 pm to take the Q35 Bus together. See below for a video showing what you might see on our tour of Dead Horse Bay.

Check out more upcoming Untapped Cities tours and events here, including a book talk with Will Ellis on 2/25 at WeWork West Broadway.

 Abandoned NYC, dead horse bay, Urban Exploration

5 Responses
  1. This is one place of my friend and I’s favorite place to go. With the constant tide theres always something being uncovered. I took home a perfect condition “bovril” bottle from way back when. And found a childs fire truck back when everything was made from metal not plastic.My buddies really scored big. Lots of nostalgia. And plenty of horsebones. Just make sure you check the tide and go at extreme low tide for the best finds. Michelle you should continue on with this wity another story about Floyd Bennet Field literally across the street. Lots of history there too.

  2. If I remember correctly, the bus stop for the Q35 is near the Applebees at Avenue H and Nostrand Ave.

    • michelle young Reply

      Hi thanks Gigi! We’ll probably meet at the station and walk over to the bus stop. More news to come! Looking forward to seeing you!

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