When the cap of a landfill built by Robert Moses in the early 1950’s eroded into Jamaica Bay, artifacts from the period appeared in the sand, creating the infamous “bottle beach.” Explore the site and learn about the long-term environmental impacts of the landfill’s slow disintegration, which continues to this day.

As part of Getting to Zero, Open House New York has organized a tour of the beach with educator Howard Warren, who has been visiting and researching Dead Horse Bay for decades. We’ll comb the beach and learn about the history of the site through the objects found that day. (Please note that the beach is part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area, and visitors are prohibited from removing any objects from federally protected land, so all artifacts must be left on the beach).

Tickets for this very special tour will be free of charge, and will be distributed via a public raffle. Registration for the raffle will be open from Tuesday, May 23rd, until 5pm on Wednesday, May 31st. Winners will be notified by Thursday, June 1st.

Dead Horse Bay is an especially rugged site, so tour participants should come ready for an adventure! Hard-soled, closed-toe shoes are an absolute must.

Tour Info
Friday, June 9
Duration: 2.5 hours


The raffle is now closed.



Photos: Edward H. Blake (top) and Jason Eppink (bottom)