Just next to  Floyd Bennett Field  in Brooklyn, across from Fort Tilden and the Rockaways, sits Dead Horse Beach, which not only contains the remnants of dead horses, but also a plethora of vintage garbage from over a hundred years ago. The landscape is dotted with bottles, among which you can find perfume bottles from the early 1900s, creepy toys, plenty of household nicknacks, decaying boats and even (reportedly), old hand guns. 

Dead Horse Beach functioned as the Brooklyn land dump from around 1850 to 1930 and was dotted with horse-rendering plants from the 1850s through the late 1910s. (Horse-rending is just a nicer-sounding term for what is done with dead horses, and you can still see pieces of horse bone on the beach.) Most of the plants burned down, but one remains amidst the tar. You can also find a millstone leftover from the Dutch in the 17th century.

Images courtesy of Diana Huang. For more on Dead Horse Bay, check out Atlas Obscura, Underwater New York, and Nathan Kensinger Photography.

Dead Horse Bay [Map]

4 thoughts on “Urban Exploration in Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn

  1. In January, our social exploration Meetup group – 5Boro Exploration – led a field trip of Dead Horse Bay. 67 people braved the winter temps and took over 160 photos. You can check them out at http://www.meetup.com/5BoroEXPLORATION/events/45343472/

    This was just one of the many explorations and discoveries we’ve done in the past year, and is a great way for people to meet & greet, while discovering a NY they likely never knew existed.

    Stop by and check the group out. Looks like we have a lot in common!

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