Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dead Horse Bay

In the summer of 2009, we went exploring to the edges of Brooklyn. It took us a couple hours by bike and train, our destination was Dead Horse Bay which is also know as Bottle Beach. According to wikipedia, "during the seventeenth century, Dutch settlers built tide mills to grind wheat into flour. A remaining millstone can still be found along the Millstone trail. From the nineteenth century to the twentieth century the area has been used in a variety of ways, including manufacturing fertilizer from the remains of dead animals, producing fish oil from the menhaden caught in the bay, and more recently a landfill for the disposal of New York City’s garbage". We found soda and medicine bottles from the fifties, old shoe pieces from when there used to be a shoe factory, old boats, and a man who told us tales of the bay, as he had lived on the beach for years. 

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