At the far southeastern edge of Brooklyn sits Dead Horse Bay. The name harkens back to the 1800s, when dead horses from around New York City were sent to a lonely, remote place called Barren Island to be processed.

In the 1950s, a cap on one of the containers for the landfill burst, sending trash flowing onto the beach that had been created when the land was filled in. Trash, both old and new, has continued to cascade onto the sands of Dead Horse Bay ever since.

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