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40 seconds of zen from the Dead Horses

On Saturday I had a chance to catch up with Colorstalker and spend a couple of hours scouting the beach of Dead Horse Bay at the Southern edge of Brooklyn, New York. It's an interesting site, riddled with the debris of 100+ years. (Probably toxic, much of it. But that didn't stop us!) It's the kind of place you can imagine made guys dumping the bodies of mokes that didn't pay their vig. There'll be still images over the next few days. In the meantime, this Flip video introduction.


The New York Times tells the story of Dead Horse Bay this way:


"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. From the 1850's until the 1930's, the carcasses of dead horses and other animals from New York City streets were used to manufacture glue, fertilizer and other products at the site. The chopped-up, boiled bones were later dumped into the water. The squalid bay, then accessible only by boat, was reviled for the putrid fumes that hung overhead."


Tim and I went hoping to find industrial outcroppings like that Statue of Liberty that juts out from the sand at the end of the original "Planet of the Apes." What we found was a beach strewn with shoes, bottles, bones, pipes, porcelain, tar, fabric, crockery, mechanical parts, broken boats and evidence of formerly live aquatic life forms (you couldn't tell what some of them had been, only that they'd once been alive).


Where else would a couple of determined Flickr-ers find entertainment but in a dump?


[This entry is geotagged if you want to know where we were.]


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Uploaded on May 12, 2008