Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay is Serene and Filthy

May 14, 2015 | Liam Mathews

Filmmaker Justin Brooks took a trip to Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay on a foggy day and shot some moody, pretty footage. Dead Horse Bay, named for the waste produced by the glue factories that used to surround it, is polluted with garbage from an old, ruptured landfill. Some of the debris on the beach is hundreds of years old, and horse bones can sometimes be found. The bay is a living part of dirty New York City history, and Justin Brooks’ silent short captures its morbid beauty.