Alligators in the Sewers Day

Sunday, February 9 at 1 p.m.
City Reliquary Museum

elebrate Alligators in the Sewers Day, an unofficial annual holiday that Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione initiated four years ago to mark the birth of one of New York City’s greatest true urban legends. It was on that date back in 1935 that a live alligator was found in an East Harlem storm sewer. A detailed article about the discovery was printed in the New York Times the next day.

Join NYC H2O for an afternoon of fun-filled festivities including a screening of the documentary Cast in India about the making of manhole covers. Michael Miscione will recount the 1935 sighting and briefly discuss other great NYC urban legends — some true, some not.

Alligators in the Sewers Day
Sunday, February 9 at 1 p.m.
City Reliquary Museum

Sunday, February 9th is Alligators in the Sewers Day, an unofficial annual holiday that Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione initiated four years ago to mark the birth of one of New York City’s greatest true urban legends. It was on that date back in 1935 that a live alligator was found in an East Harlem storm sewer. A detailed article about the discovery was printed in the New York Times the next day.

Join NYC H2O at the City Reliquary for an afternoon of fun-filled festivities. Michael Miscione will recount the 1935 sighting and briefly discuss other great NYC urban legends — some true, some not. The first 100 guests will receive a free plastic baby alligator to take home (but only if they promise not to flush it down the toilet). There will be a trivia quiz with the theme “Legendary New York.” Free light refreshments will be served. Brooklyn Brewery beer will be available for a $4 donation. Additional guest speakers to be announced.

Suggested donation to the City Reliquary is $5.  RSVP here

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