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Dead Horse Bay

Gateway National Recreation Area

Dead Horse Bay is a body of water between the Gerritsen Inlet and Rockaway Inlet in Brooklyn. From the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th, the former Barren Island, now Floyd Bennett Field, was the site of numerous factories which manufactured fertilizer from the remains of dead animals. Later fish oil produced from the menhaden caught in the bay was used in tanning leather, mixing paint, and making rope for ships. When the menhaden became scarce, Barren Island became a landfill for the disposal of NYC’s garbage. Today you can see bottles eroding from this fill, along the shoreline.