Dead Horse Bay and Bottle Beach
Bring your sturdy bike, thick soled shoes, and a spirit of adventure. We are heading to Dead Horse Bay, the home of the infamous Bottle Beach. Dead Horse Bay’s name was coined in the the mid-19th century when the area was was home to dozens of horse-rendering plants, which used the harbor as a dumping ground for horse bones. Located on the southwest shore of what was then Barren Island, the isolated area was infamous for its lack of water and sewage lines, and for the odor perpetually wafting in from the nearby factories, which later included fish oil plants, waste refineries, and a city dump.
By the 1920s, most of the factories were gone, and the city had begun the process of connecting Barren Island to the mainland using sand, coal and garbage as landfill. Unfortunately, one of the landfill caps burst in the 1950s, and 100+-year-old garbage has been spewing into the harbor ever since. This is bottle collector's heaven. And for everyone else - just a weird place to visit.
Lunch will be at the always popular Mill Basin Kosher Deli. What is better on a Fall day than a bowl of Matzoh Ball Soup or a classic pastrami sandwich.
NOTE - After we leave the bike trail, we will be riding slowly on a mix of off road surfaces. Leave your 6K Pinarello at home. Remember to bring a lock. If the weather is iffy - check the website and/or the 5BBC Facebook page. Please register online