You can park at Floyd Bennett/Rest Stop but you have to cross the highway to the other side and walk where it says Park Entrance all the way to the end to reach Glass Bottle Beach. Like most of New York City, Dead Horse Bay has a long history of changes. In the 1920s, Barren Island was attached by landfill to Long Island in anticipation of Floyd Bennett Field’s construction. Marine Parkway Bridge, view from Dead Horse Bay...cross over this bridge after a day of treasure hunting and relax at the lovely Tilden Beach. Other hardy bits of trash pepper this beach of glass: leather shoe soles, rusty telephones, and scores of unidentifiable pieces of metal and plastic. You can walk straight or turn all the paths lead to Glass Bottle Beach which is located in Dead Horse Bay. Filled with trash by the 1930s, the trash heap was capped, only to have the cap burst in the 1950s and the trash spew forth onto the beach. Decent shoes and insect repellant is highly encouraged. Hawkesbury River Station is situated 770 metres west of Dead Horse Bay. Dead Horse Bay is a beach in Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn. Note: The walk from the parking lot is through some rough, wet, thorny areas. Recently featured in Atlas Obscura, the bay has become a sort of mecca for those looking for unusual things to do in NYC. Along Millstone Trail near the bay, a millstone is left over from the 17th century, when Dutch settlers used the water for tide mills to grind wheat into flour. Hawkesbury River railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main North and Central Coast–Newcastle lines in Brooklyn in the Hornsby Shire local government area of New South Wales, Australia. A few weeks ago we introduced you to Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn which contains the remnants of actual dead horses and a plethora of vintage garbage from over a … 0-17. The bay was given its name sometime in the 1850s, when horse-rendering plants still surrounded the beach. Oh, and I saw a horse bone there last year. Most of the trash is from Robert Moses’ evictions for Cross Bronx and BQE. The beach is usually empty, conjuring a quiet, eerie post-doomsday kind of scene. He was 51. All rights reserved. Update as of August 2020: The National Park Service closed 84 acres of the 178-acre former dump in August 2020 when radiological contamination was found at the site. A narrow opening between the mountains of the Amalfi Coast creates a scenic hidden beach. (Wouldn’t be able to do Barren Island in person, as I’ve lived next-door to Barren COUNTY KY for the ;past 19 years…and have had no desire to set foot in NY since!). Some of the most incredible, beautiful, and strange places in the Atlas. In the 1950s, this cap came apart and detritus of the decades, including thousands of bottles and plastic products that don’t biodegrade have filled the beach ever since. Dead Horse Bay is part of the Gateway National Recreation area, administered by the National Park Service. From the New York Times: “Dead Horse Bay sits at the western edge of a marshland once dotted by more than two dozen horse-rendering plants, fish oil factories and garbage incinerators. 40-01 Little Neck Parkway 24A Little Neck, NY 11363. Seeing bits of horse bone and old shoe soles was cool though. Dead Horse Bay Brooklyn, NY *Pollution Nightmare* - YouTube Dead Horse Bay is a small body of water in between two inlets near Jamaica Bay in South Brooklyn. The Dead Horse Bay Site (Site) is an approximately 178-acre area of NPS-managed land along the Atlantic Ocean’s Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York, and is part of the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Get off at Floyd Bennett field. The bay has the reputation of attracting disoriented birds, such as Red-necked Grebe and Surf and White-winged Scoters, from late autumn through winter. Not true at Dead Horse Bay, where remnants of the past litter the beach today. To make a donation, please use the button below. The Brooklyn-based artist has been coming to this desolate cove on the outskirts of New York City for 25 years, and by now he can spot the trailhead with ease. Dead Horse Bay. American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) are starting to appear on the coast. Barren Island, at one point, was an actual island, but was landfilled to create what is now the airfield. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Dead Horse Bay is sneaky, delicious and unique. 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Tours stop here for those interested. Learn how your comment data is processed. Nowadays, this filled-in area on Dead Horse Bay is called Glass Bottle Beach, and it is a scavenger’s dream. When I saw the title of this article on the main page, I nearly crapped myself! Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. I’d then proceed to Flatbush Ave. and either walk to Kings Plaza and hop on a bus, or I’d go the other way and walk over the Hodges Bridge to the rockaways and up to Beach 116th St. and catch the subway. From the top, springtime is icumen in: American Oystercatcher, Osprey, Killdeer, Pine Warbler, Golden-crowned Warbler. If you go to Fishing beach there is a fence and it is on the other side. Dead Horse Bay marks the site of what once was Barren Island, where for decades the city’s trash and daily animal dead were rendered into profitable byproducts. 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