Treasure Hunting in New York – Amazing Artefacts from New York's past revealed (July 2022)

Treasure Hunting in New York – Amazing Artefacts from New York's past revealed (July 2022)

In May of 2022 I was fortunate enough to meet up with New York bottle digging experts Scott Jordan, Belle Costes and Alex. They have been exploring New York City’s history for decades, searching in landfills, construction sites, shorelines, creek, marsh beds, privy vaults and cisterns. They are also artists and historians, creating art and jewelry from what they find. I was able to discover their wonderful collection of treasures and artwork and Im delighted to be able to share that with you here.

Belle and Scott sell their bottles and jewelry at the Grand Bazaar NYC flea market on Sundays.
77th Street and Columbus Avenue in New York City.

You can find out more here at Scott and Belle’s website

They are also on instagram @greybeardboy and @girlfindstreasure

I had a wonderful time with them and cant wait to go back for another visit.

Thank you for watching. You can follow me on twitter and instagram @tidelineart

See you soon.

Nicola White


  1. Kathy K on August 12, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Do you all have a shop?

  2. AndyTPilgrimBanditscharity on August 12, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    What a fantastic house they have. Another great video

  3. Carla Braenne on August 12, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    What a beautiful couple and a gorgeous collection!!😍

  4. ARLENE HOHNEKER on August 12, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    A bottle from Fraunce’s Tavern?! Awesome. Fraunce’s Tavern is like the oldest standing buildings from colonial New York aka New Amsterdam. I think George Washington gave his farewelll address to his officers.

  5. Shepherd on August 12, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    This was really enjoyable. What nice people. Kind, generous, knowledgeable, and respectful of nature. I liked his paintings and collages with finds. This video is packed with information and inspiration. I also liked the effect you did in the beginning where you made contemporary NY look like early photos and films.

  6. nywvblue on August 12, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    That was delightful, Nicola. xx

  7. Texana Simmons on August 12, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    This was a great video! You had really nice companions and you found some nice things. I LOVED the visit to their fantastic apartment! Thanks for sharing, Nicola!!

  8. Connor Halliday on August 12, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Fun horseshoe crab fact. Their blue blood is harvested and used to check that intavenous medication is free from bacteria. They’re fished, cleaned, and relieved af around of a third of their blood before being returned to the wild. Think of all of those covid vaccines, all horseshoe crab approved!

  9. Pixel on August 12, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Garlic mustard grows natively in the UK, aka Jack by the Hedge

  10. LarWolkan on August 12, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Cool video! I’m really enjoying these videos with the New Yorkers… The pipe stem picture frames are a great idea especially if you find so many. Being a painter myself I really like unique frames. Thanks Nicola!

  11. Carol Sledge Walker on August 12, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Loved this video. Had no idea anyone did this in the US. Scott and Bell are really interesting. Scott’s art is amazing.

  12. everesttt on August 12, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Quite excited to see interesting digs in the US! Now i’ve just got to find somewhere in Virginia…
    Love watching your videos, Nicola, as always!

  13. Down to Earth Detecting on August 12, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    What an amazing video Nic, filled with fab finds, fun folk and fantastic locations… I just loved it all! 💖 ATB Julie 😍💅🤗

  14. Kathy K on August 12, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Horseshoe crabs are prehistoric. There also endangered because of people! There blood is blue and the medical industry has a great need for there blood… so much so That 75% of them have had blood taken but there finding out that it’s damaging them. Some how. Something about not being able to replace the blood they’ve lost. Poor crabs.

  15. Marysia Wronka on August 12, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    What an amazing mudlark adventure with a lovely group of historically and environmentally minded friends, thanks for inviting your home bound viewers along!

  16. James Wilgus on August 12, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, I really loved your friends, Belle, Scott and Alex. Scott was so knowledgable about the time and dates of the found items, and Belle was great at finding so many great bottles, while Alex was funny with his typical NYC accent. I loved your finds Nicola, with the beautiful green beer bottle to those awesome milk bottles. I love finding items like that. They’re correct about how those bottle will reflect a purple tint once they dry out completely. They’re quite beautiful.
    I’m so glad you were here in the U.S., Nicola. You should come down to Philadelphia and do some mudlarking along the banks of the Delaware River, or a bit further north near the New Hope area. I think you’ll find some good historic items there.

  17. R M BLAKE on August 12, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Nic…please come to Colorado! I’d be glad to be your Hostess!

  18. luit Kool on August 12, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    nice video ,greats from the netherlands.

  19. ARLENE HOHNEKER on August 12, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks Belle, Scott, and Alex. Wishing knew about mudlarking back in 2005-08. I was wondering if any of them mudlarked Central Park. There was once a time there was a village called Seneca Village that goes back to the days of Alexander Hamilton (1770s+)

  20. Debra H on August 12, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Getting an error when trying to play the video. Tells me to come back later. Not a connection issue as your other videos play fine.

  21. AlisaDe on August 12, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    The Horseshoe crabs are huge on the Jersey beaches. I’ve never seen them that small. This episode was great. It’s wonderful seeing you here in New York. Great finds too. And your hosts are great. I’ll be looking them up.

  22. Gracie Rose on August 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    America gave all the industry to China and they are laughing all the way to the bank. I hope we learn soon and give jobs back to a Christian nation the USA

  23. Ayoub Choban أيوب چوبان on August 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm


  24. McRambleOn on August 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Such an awesome, interesting, intriguing, and touching video- as always… a bit of tranquility in the midst of life’s chaos. Thanks a million!

  25. SeventhEve on August 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Rokeach is pronounced ‘Ro-kay-akh’ – it’s Hebrew for ‘apothecary.’ That company is still around; they make kosher soap, candles, gefilte fish, and soups. (I’m Jewish, and a 4th generation NYCer.)

  26. Maribelle Costes on August 12, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    You did a really great job of creating a short doc of your day out with us! The camaraderie, the music, the research, the seabirds, the laughter and the finds all came create this day. Thank you for coming to our home, and see you in September! Xxbelleandscott

  27. Tanya Hudson on August 12, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Haha! I was wondering if you would start with the digging! Gentle ribbing. Great to see those other two too! Hi! ❤️

  28. R Susan Eaves on August 12, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    The best part of this video was the visit with Belle and Alex with their beautiful treasures and artwork. Loved his ceramic collages and all of his restored items. So interesting and inspiring. You could spend hours and never see everything I’m sure!

  29. Elizabeth Hughes on August 12, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Frostilla lotion was made in my hometown, Elmira, New York. The 2nd production building was on West Gray Street and eventually was purchased by Halina and Floyd Lutomski, which they turned into a beautiful dance studio called Madame Halina’s School of Dance Arts. She gifted me with one of the bottles that was in the building at the time of them purchasing it…

  30. ARLENE HOHNEKER on August 12, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    If any of your NYC friends find a Hohneker’s Dairy bottle can they contact me?

  31. Jake A on August 12, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for this adventure. What lovely and interesting people they are, Scott’s artwork is amazing.

  32. Ice His Servant on August 12, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    They both are adorable New Yorkers. They should open a museum

  33. Indy Smith on August 12, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    What a fabulous time spent with lovely people of New York!

  34. Randy M on August 12, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Nice people!
    Looks like a hoot.

  35. Margaret Lynch on August 12, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    🙋‍♀️❤That was fun and very interesting! You meet such lovely people !

  36. scottnyc on August 12, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Native New Yorker here and never heard the term of “getting on the sheet”,interesting.Loving your fascinating videos of your visit to New York.Scott Jordan’s collection is so unique!!Native Staten Islander here.Thank you!!

  37. Shari Day on August 12, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I love this!! 😀 I’ve followed Scott and Belle on Instagram for a little while after I saw a documentary about Scott online. They are absolutely full of so much joy and wonder! It’s on my bucket list to visit NY one day and meet them and go dump digging. Their place is amazing.

  38. CraftyCrafter on August 12, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I am so envious it’s been 3 years since Ive been to NYC and ai just love it! 😊

  39. UP WITH THE LARK : MUDLARKING UK SCOTLAND on August 12, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Ethical bottle digging in UK interesting subject did bring it up a while back ; as an environmental awareness officer here in Fife and a biological surveyor for the Scottish wildlife Trust in the 80’s ; I watch as people in my region Fife disturb the subflora . Believe me oak always occurs in ancient woodland . Active reintroduction of species such as pine martens are being disturbed with drone flights etc . To satiate overblown egos . No permission given for anyone at anytime in my region for these flights in forestry land. SSSI for those little insignificant plants and insects that nobody really cares for here ; let alone the trees. Makes me sick but hey what is ancient woodland when we can have a Youtube video of stuff we can readily find on common land dominated by weeds and invasive species here in Fife . Nice artistic studio though . I take Mudlarking seriously but it has descended into satire for me .

  40. Bruce Westoby on August 12, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Very nice… something see a dig in New York ! Talented people to be invited to dig with ! Great history , paintings, ceramics, bottles …an education! Always love your videos !

  41. Cabin Vibes Ebay Store on August 12, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    New sub ! Liked 🙏😎👍😉

  42. Sylvia Jones on August 12, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Oh my! Excellent video.
    Talented artists to put those together so well.
    Loved Belle’s telling of her favorite bottle (lamp).
    Great adventure with a great trio.
    And Scott’s paintings…wow!

  43. Laura (lake frog) on August 12, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Nicola…you are a finds magnet

  44. Karen Knapp on August 12, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Nic it hasn’t been wet enough for mushrooms here in the states and it has been way to hot. They are getting some in Alaska as they have had a little rain. But the heat wave in the US has been devastating for mushroom hunting this year. Just way to dry and hot. My husband loves to go every year but not this year!

  45. pisswobble on August 12, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Love the names on old bottles…. like "PJ Ringworms magical disappearing balm" and " Dr Fistulas amazing bum cream"….. They had more imagination in the olden days 😔….. What a delightful couple

  46. Connor Halliday on August 12, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    I find americans so strange in a lot of ways haha. I fully appreciate the joy Scott and Belle gain from their hobby but, at times, youd think they were shifting giant redwoods and unearthing the parthenon 😅

  47. Sarah Dobrzanski on August 12, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Loved this, but horseshoe crabs are the things of my nightmares x

  48. space_case_POP on August 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    That was great! I live in upstate NY in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I found some antique furniture which I brought back to New Mexico with me. I still have a early 1900’s carpenters chest. What great finds you and your friends in NYC have!

  49. Debra H on August 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    A wonderful time and a brilliant video. Loved it all!

  50. Roger Dempsey on August 12, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Nicola I in heaven love the history and information about your video stay blessed and see you again on the next episode great day 👍🍺🍺

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