Dead Horse Bay
This part of Brooklyn totally defies the iconic urbanity that is generally associated with the borough. Near Floyd Bennett Field (the City’s first airport), lies a shallow bay, that during the 19th century, was surrounded by five glue rendering plants. Glue-spent discards of the used horses would be tossed in the water.
When the plants shut down about a century ago, the City of New York found the bay a suitable place to dump some of its garbage. Today, in a random and enticing collection, refuse spanning the decades is regularly regurgitated from the shallows- pieces of dishes, glass bottles of all types, logos of extinct companies, irons, toilets, etc, etc, etc, etc.
Gazing around at the landscape, one sees nothing at all that resembles a city. But in a weird way, the bay is very much connected to the City. The discards of everyday life are tiny intimate fragmented memoirs of those who once called this giant metropolis home.
“It’s fantastic to think that most New Yorkers rarely remember that they live on a few islands, by the ocean, by rivers and bays, whose outskirts have served from the beginning as dumping grounds out-of-sight of the millions and millions who’ve crowded around this small, salt-water estuary in the last few centuries. And that hundreds of years of building, refuse, graves and foundations lie beneath their feet. The imprint of Mankind on this city is so deep that nearly all forget the land around them that was there before and will remain when this little town is no more. “ – Tristan Lowery
Posted on October 20, 2011, in abandoned, NYC past, Uncategorized and tagged antique, brooklyn, dead horse bay, ephemera, garbage, history, new york, new york city, nyc, refuse, trash. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.