6. Dead Horse Bay
Dead Horse Bay definitely deserves the title of New York city’s most unique beach. The shoreline is covered with old trash, debris, and found items, most notably, a large quantity of glass bottles. The beach was once the site of several horse rendering plants on Barren Island before the age waste disposal concern and regulation. Pounds and pounds of chopped up horse bones were dumped on the beach.
With the dawn of the automobile age, the beach became a site of industrial waste like scrap metal and car parts. The landfill dump wasn’t shut down until 1953, so much of the trash you’ll find here comes from before that year, making the beach a quasi-time capsule. For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, stop by and see what kind of antique items you turn up.