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Souvenirs From Dead Whores Bay. Wait, What?


Oh. Dead HORSE Bay. That’s different.

©Vincent Mounier

©Vincent Mounier

Today, rather than just writing about a thing, I’m going on an adventure! This afternoon, armed with sturdy boots, good friends, and a flask or two, I’m heading out to do a bit of urban exploring.  At low tide, you’ll find me at Dead Horse Bay, a small body of water between Rockaway and Gerritsen.  It was the site of a 19th-century horse rendering plant, then a shoe sole manufacturing company before it was used as landfill, then abandoned in the mid-20th century.  Also known as Bottle Beach, it has become a popular scavenging spot for artists and collectors.  Because of the direction the Bay faces and the fact that the landfill cap failed in the 1950s, it is rumored to be a treasure trove of old unbroken bottles (plus horse bones, shoe soles, and hipsters).  If we find anything wonderful (or terrible), I’ll post pictures later.

Epilogue: Dead Horse Bay was as wonderful as we hoped!  There were a few people there, but there are certainly enough bottles to go around.  Here’s our outing in pictures:

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Once we’d parked (at the ranger station) and crossed Flatbush Ave., we got to walk along the beautiful path above, which was the greenest thing we’d seen since 2013. ©Donna Kramer

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On our way to the beach, we came across this weird and wonderful Cheez-Its tree.  (People are so strange, but this really entertained me.) ©Donna Kramer

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Once you hit the dunes, you know you’re close. The initial beach reveal was quite lovely. ©Donna Kramer

Photo credit: MaryAnn Nellen

On our way back, my love noticed these two yellow tulips hanging out by the ranger station. Photo credit: MaryAnn Nellen

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And here’s today’s haul!  We left 99% of what we found, so don’t worry.  There’s plenty of bottles left for you! ©Donna Kramer

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “Souvenirs From Dead Whores Bay. Wait, What?

  1. I love your style! Very off beat and inspiring! I so wanna go with you on one of your adventures!
    Cherry Llew! 🙂


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  3. Thanks for introducing me to yet another unknown but fascinating part of NYC!

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  4. What a cool adventure! My family and I would love that. You no doubt know of my aversion to sand since I mention it often enough so a shore line of old glass appeals to me much more. The cheezit tree is wonderful because someone took time to plan it and construct it just so it could amuse passersby.

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