Dead Horse Bay

There was a day last week so shockingly sunny and windy that it left my cheeks slightly burnt and my lips hopelessly chapped. Some truly spectacular girls were in from out of town and to celebrate the meeting of the minds we went to Dead Horse Bay to do some overdue bottle digging.  
The girls were (of course) my favorites Alice and Francesca, the bottles were (of course) totally filthy and free for the taking. When the plastic bags were full, we went to Coney Island and gorged on the year's first hot dogs with onions and peppers. I forgot to wash my hands first but I survived. Quite happily, too.

47 comments:

  1. What an amazing place! And what finds. Lovely photos :)

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  2. Looks like a lot of fun!
    Beautiful pictures!

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  3. ...I agree with everyone above - what fun! :o)

    ...I can't believe there are all those wonderful finds right there just for the taking! Altho' the name of the bay is kinda sad...but finding all those treasures more than makes up for it. lol :o)

    ...Blessings...

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  4. Looks like the perfect place to spend a warm & windy weekend! I'm sure you discovered some great (and free!) finds! Great photos!

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  5. What do you guys do with all the bottles? Use them as vases? I can't believe how many there were! Crazy!

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  6. It's like the lost world of old bottles and ceramics. I am amazed. You could furnish your kitchen!
    I just found your blog! Love it.
    Have a wonderful day!

    www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

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  7. WOW-- that is the coolest thing ever! I love beach combing and to get all those old bottles! Wow-- I wish I could get to Brooklyn but am inspired to go have a look on my beach!!

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  8. yes! dead horse bay! i've been meaning to go for years. DEFINITELY on my spring to-do list.

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  9. Man, you guys did so much better than I did when I went last year. I did take home a few things but nothing as good as what's pictured there!

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  10. I'm in love with your day. Girlfriends, beachcombing, hotdogs and sunshine. Hard to think of a better way to spend one's time.

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  11. I love this! I live in a pretty old city (450 years old) too, and sometimes the pottery and glass shards we find are so cool, but you're actually finding whole bottles! Envy! xo

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  12. I've never seen so many glass bottles on a beach before! Being Canadian and completely clueless about Dead Horse Bay, I'm curious-- why so many pretty bottles? Is it something particular to this one beach?

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  13. i'm also canadian & curious. i lived in brooklyn for a summer but i never heard of this. why are there so many old old bottles?

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  14. Hi guys. This is a nice post that explains some of the history of the beach. http://atlasobscura.com/place/dead-horse-bay

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  15. Wow. Just wow. Great pictures. Great name. Very special.

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  16. Cooooool...I want to go to there!!!

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  17. Gorgeous bottles! I can imagine a single cut flower plopped in the bottle. Simple joy.

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  18. Only you can make picking up trash so fabulous. I love it :)

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  19. I am so jealous. Why do we not have places like that out here!!! lol (Why I would be jealous of a beach with garbage, I dunno, but I am! lol)

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  20. Reading your words and looking at your pictures always makes me feel happy. You seem like such an interesting person, and I'm glad you're sharing your life with the world!
    katie

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  21. I want that green one.

    Is Coney Island still there? I thought it had been bulldozed? Or was that just in a film with Hugh Grant?

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  22. It seems to me like a perfect day!! ;)

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  23. So so much fun! Would have loved to have been there too!!

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  24. Amazing! The stuff of dreams, for sure.

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  25. what a cool beach, it must be hard not to take all the bottles home.

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  26. I've now added this as #6 to my life list on 43things.com. :)

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  27. Oh, one of my fave places. Love to take the dog there too. Not to many places where they are welcomed on the beach. Just have to watch her toes!!
    Looked like you had a wonderful day!
    Cheers!!

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  28. Great photos, looks like a pretty place.

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  29. As a public transportation riding germaphobe, I have to admit that this beach's "treasures" are quite enticing. It's almost like a flea market but free.

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  30. Such fun pictures, thanks for sharing:)

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  31. How fantastic! I love glass bottles and jars for storing all kinds of things. This sounds like a perfect day.

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  32. I am jealous that the beach is so far from my texas state of being!! Love seeing your expeditions!!
    xoxoxox
    H

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  33. this. is. amazing.

    i like you. the whole package.

    thanks for doing what you do.

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  34. Boy if I knew of a place where so many cool glass bottles were collecting... I'd probably be overrun with cool glass bottles XD

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  35. you really found this in coney island? amazing! going!

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  36. It's actually a 15 minute drive from Coney Island at Floyd Bennett Field.

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  37. Seriously these bottles are just laying everywhere?

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  38. That is pretty cool, lots of great bottles. As a beer and wine home-brewer I have grown to appreciate bottles more and more through the years. Dead Horse Bay, what a name, wonder how it got it, maybe it is shaped like a horse laying down or something. I am curious and will probably look it up!
    I wonder if a bottle with a message in it has ever turned up there, that would be exciting.
    I love these posts, I learned something new once again!

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  39. I've never heard before about a landfill on a beach! All these bottles! Dangerous on a beach, but what a treasure!

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  40. i just made a trip to dead horse bay (and dragged my boyfriend along, thus confirming his belief that i am a bag lady/hoarder) and have quite a few treasures. i cleaned them pretty thoroughly with soap but am wondering if you have a tactic to get rid of stains, any lingering smells? thank you!

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  41. I soak them for a few hours and clean them with a bottle brush. I try not to pick up really filthy ones, and some keep their yellow cast after washing. Never had a problem with smells.

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  42. Hi there!

    I love this post and am going to Dead Horse Bay soon. How did you figure out when low tide would be?

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  43. hi there! i love your blog, been following for awhile now, and this post is so up my alley i can't even tell you. :) i make a once yearly trek to nyc when i visit my parents in PA every summer. always wanted to be a brooklyn girl but could never manage it. i plan to go back to coney to see what's become of it, and brighton beach -- i'm bringing some girlfriends this trip for a girl's getaway!-- and i'd love to figure out this trek to dead horse bay, to add to my shell/broken glass collection. could you tell me if getting there is accessible by public transport? i'm thinking subway as far as possible, then taxi. think that'll work?

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