Oh. Dead HORSE Bay. That’s different.
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: