Alligators in New York City Truth or Myth

Alligators in New York City Truth or Myth | New York City, US |  Ha Ha Ha, I always heard about this Urban Myth that there are Alligators living in the sewers of Manhattan, and today when I saw this funny piece of art at the subway station on 14th. Street, it came back to my mind. We all have seen the colony of rats that live across the city, some on Park Avenue, others in Harlem and the most adventurous in New Jersey, but alligators, that is a whole other league.

The story tells that New Yorkers vacatioing in Florida to bring baby alligators as pets. But eventually they grew up and outlived their cuteness, ending down the toilet to get rid of them. Some of them managed to survive that terrible experience and found their new home and breeding nest in the sewer system of Manhattan. So the story goes……

Now there is some truth on this urban tale. In 1935 at the bottom of East Harlem an eight-foot alligator was found by a teenage boy. An old and modern folklore that has generated rumors for years. This began with the book by Robert Daley (1959) a former sewer superintendent, who wrote The World beneath the City. Just another urban legend I guess, but not for this poor little fellow at the 14th. Street A,C,E,L Subway station in Chelsea. CM

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