The recommendation service has sorted out serious, scary, suspenseful, suspense, rough and humorous films and tv shows about with alligator, danger, swamp, deadly, escapades, death, murder, boat, blood and violence plots mostly in horror, thriller and comedy genres shot in usa, canada, serbia and other. The book was published back in 1999 and a lot of the legends within have been republished many. The book behind the seweralligator legend the new york times. The truth about alligators in the sewers of new york the new. In robert daleys book the world beneath the city he comments that one night a sewer worker in new york city was shocked to find a large albino alligator swimming toward him. Including a special note for adults to help reading be an interactive experience, these titles are especially useful for preschools, reading hours, chapter one programs, primary classrooms, and upperelementary reluctant readers. When i was little circa 1980s i had a favorite picture book that involved alligators i think, not crocodiles. Aug 12, 2014 but there are reasons to believe that sewer rats are getting bigger, thanks, perhaps unexpectedly, to an increase in recycling.
Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Did you know there are gigantic albino alligators living in the sewers of new york. May had heard repeated reports of subterranean gators from sewer workers, and was startled to find. We have seen plenty of stories highlighted above that show that isnt the case. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, weve compiled a list of the best kids books about alligators and crocodiles. Read book alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban legends. Alligators in the sewer system may be the citys most entrenched urban myth, one that has permeated pop culture and has become a recurring theme in books, television shows and movies. The article was titled alligator found in uptown sewer. The truth about alligators in the sewers of new york bioreports.
Aug 24, 2010 and no matter that the man interviewed in a 1959 book, the world beneath the city, about his campaign to clean out all the gators from the system had never been sewer commissioner. I found the first such newspaper article, from 1907. The unfortunate gator remained unheralded in new york city until 2001, when artist tom otterness incorporated it into his life underground. Most often reported in new york city and other popular cities, they have also been found in states where alligators are common, such as florida. Jun 03, 2011 in a 1982 interview with the new york times, sewer bureau spokesman john t. So, he ventured down himself to prove to youse guys that there aint no alligators in my sewers, the book recounts. These beasts, so the stories go, were brought back to the city by rich new york families whod made some poor buying decisions while on vacation in florida. Ill go down there, he continued, and prove to youse guys that there aint no alligators in my sewers.
Why oh why is it out of print it was so much fun reading about alligators in the sewers, plotting to be. It was surprisingly big, measuring almost eight feet long and weighing 125 pounds. Nov 01, 2011 i actually mention the 1935 sighting in my book. This book is out of print, but id be willing to sell m this was my favorite book as a child. Alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban legends book. Read pdf alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban legends. The tall tale about thriving colonies of alligators lurking in new yorks sewers finds an antecedent in another at that time, at least widely believed tale recorded in 1851 about feral pigs or. Tribute to nycs sewer alligator, new york, new york. Not according to salvatore condoluci, 92, who in 1935 claimed to have caught and killed an 8footlong gator in a sewer. The majority of american alligators inhabit florida and louisiana, with over a million alligators in each state. According to the story, one salvatore condoluci was the ringleader. I thought this book wasted no paper with an analysis of each legend.
Feb 10, 2017 though the times article fueled speculation about a wider population of alligators in the sewer, this has been widely debunked by experts. Alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban legends. May was dubious when his crew first reported seeing a big albino alligator and various gator colonies in. The earliest published reference to alligators in the sewer in what jan harold brunvand refers to as the standardized form of the urban legend baby alligator pets, flushed, thrived in sewers can be found in the 1959 book, the world beneath the city, a history of public utilities in new york city written by robert daley. Rating is available when the video has been rented.
As a result, every now and again i get a tale or, as is usually the case, a bare snippet of a tale suggesting that the alligators are still around, and still consider new yorks underworld to be their hunting ground. The new york times city blog took a close look at this issue a few years ago, and delved into the most credible source of these stories. In 1935, teddy may, the superintendent of sewers of new york city, discovered that there was a large alligator population living in the sewer system. I wrote about this affair in my book, the worlds weirdest places. Sewer alligators are said to be alligators living in the sewers. In robert daley s book the world beneath the city 1959 he comments that one night a sewer worker in new york city was shocked to find a large albino alligator. Are the alligators in new york city sewers just an urban legend. Yes, they really have found alligators in the new york. The alligator was claimed to have swam from the harlem river. The day i found an alligator in new york us news the guardian. In a 1982 interview with the new york times, sewer bureau spokesman john t. According to the 2005 scholastic book of world records, louisiana has the largest alligator population. Alligators in the sewer is a collection of 223 urban legends.
The most common story is that the alligators survive and reside within the sewer and reproduce, feeding on rats and garbage, growing to huge sizes and striking fear into sewer workers. A baby alligator is flushed down a chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. He also alleged that during his time in charge, hed overseen a campaign to rid the sewage system of alligators. Yes, they really have found alligators in the new york sewer system by barbara speed an american alligator, presumably planning its next descent into the nations sewers. Despite these few, very scattered examples, its a myth. By various methods, including poisoning, flushing out, and even shooting, the alligators were exhumed within several months, and there has not been a verified sighting since then. Oct 22, 2016 read pdf alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban legends. The list contains the best, new and most relevant alligator movies ordered by relevance. About us alligator sewer and heating adheres to a service philosophy founded on the understanding that people deserve to be treated with utmost respect by those who enter their homes. Nov 23, 2009 the legend of alligators in the sewers discarded pets that have grown large in the bowels of the city, the story goes leans heavily on a widely cited threepage section of the book. In the popular view, alligators in sewers are a significant problem in large cities with older, larger sewer systems, particularly where storm water enters the system. Sewer alligators have made more than a few appearances in pop culture, too. Jun 09, 2015 from blobs, worms and even alligators sewer myths vary from one place to another.
The day i found an alligator in new york tales of giant reptiles in the citys sewers are one of the citys most enduring urban myths. Alligators dont live very well in a sewer environment. The day i found an alligator in new york us news the. Though the times article fueled speculation about a wider population of alligators in the sewer, this has been widely debunked by experts. These gators may be the citys most entrenched urban myth, one that has permeated pop culture and has become a recurring theme in books. The truth about alligators in the sewers of new york the. Still, there have been many cases of alligators and. Its a popular urban legend that there are alligators in the new york city sewer. Teddy may, the former superintendent of the city sewers, who. One chapter of the book is entitled alligators in the sewers, and stems from a series of interviews conducted with long time commissioner of sewers in new york, teddy may. The city and the state no longer allow alligators or their nearrelatives to be kept as pets.
The earliest published reference to the legend in what jan harold brunvand calls its standardized form baby alligator pets, flushed, thrived in sewers can be found in robert daleys 1959 book, the world. Other books ressemble humanaties text,which have you skipping through dozens of boring pages to get to the stories themselves. Alligators in the sewers the real quail bell magazine. Alligators in the sewer, really had what i wanted lots of urban legends, in one book. To read the other 665 urban legends, check out the book. This is a childrens book called albertos dancing alligator. In this book, daley interviews the former superintendent of city sewers, teddy may.
Dissenters view them as urban legends, though many alligators have been discovered. Youths shoveling snow see the animal churning in icy water. Several years later according to robert daleys 1959 book, the world beneath the city, a colony of alligators had settled comfortably into the sewers of new york. The day i found an alligator in new york new york the guardian. An article from february 10, 1935, reported the finding of an alligator in an uptown sewer. Oct 19, 2012 in this book, daley interviews the former superintendent of city sewers, teddy may.
According to the original newspaper article, condulucci and his friends fashioned a slipknot and hauled the gator to the surface. Sewer alligator wikimili, the best wikipedia reader. The alligators survive and reside within the sewer and reproduce, feeding on rats and rubbish, growing to huge sizes and striking fear into sewer workers. A few years after daleys book, thomas pynchons debut novel v. With fullcolor, breathtaking photos and easytoread texts, each book in this series describes the life cycle of a plant or animal. It also includes an appearance by actress sue lyon in her last screen role set in chicago, the film follows a police officer and a reptile expert to track a giant murderous sewer alligator, flushed down the toilet years earlier, that. In the underground world of the sewer, he meets other alligators who share his fate, and they plot and execute their escape together.
Alligators in the sewers legend has been celebrated in cartoons, comic books, childrens books, art, literature, and films such as alligator 1980, directed by lewis teague. During 1920s, the story originated with wealthy fond of making alligators their pet. Alligators in the sewer, really had what i wanted lots of urban legends,in one book. Bizarre sewer dwelling beasts of the world mysterious. May was dubious when his crew first reported seeing a big albino alligator and various gator colonies in the sewers. Apr 10, 2017 we found this little guy chilling in the sewers when we returned our car rental.
Big al, a villain introduced the sewer of doom story of eman, is a talking, cigarsmoking, albino sewer gator who wants to conquer the world in the name of reptilekind. Alligators in the sewers and pigs and why not an octopus. The earliest published reference to alligators in the sewer in what jan harold brunvand refers to as the standardized form of the urban legend baby alligator pets, flushed, thrived in sewers can be found in the 1959 book, the world beneath the city, a history. Everyone in the company strives to deliver a level of service excellence that will make people want to work with us again and recommend us with confidence to. He and his teenage gang snared and killed the beast, which was found below an open manhole cover located near the harlem river, on 123rd street. King gator in all dogs go to heaven is a biglipped alligator yeah, that biglipped alligator living in the new orleans sewers, worshipped by the sewer rats the film the wild saw the zoo animals meeting up with a pair of alligators in the sewer who actually turned out to be friendly and helped the heroes find the way to the statue of liberty the secret life of pets has the flushed pets. Could alligators survive in the sewers of new york city. Flaherty said, i could cite you many cogent, logical reasons why the sewer system is not a fit habitat for an alligator. Nov 24, 2009 are the alligators in new york city sewers just an urban legend. It stars robert forster, robin riker and michael v. The book behind the seweralligator legend tyler hicksthe new york times a whimsical bronze sculpture by tom otterness in the 14th street subway station on the a, c, e and l lines makes reference. This doesnt mean alligators dont live in nyc or cant possibly be found in the sewers.
Are there alligators living in the sewers of new york. As with new yorks alligators, this problem is apparently the fault of a particular class. May rejected the idea of there being any alligators in his sewer systems, and denied the reports of such. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers. In robert daleys book the world beneath the city 1959 he comments that one night a sewer worker in new york city was shocked to find a large albino. We now rinse packaging out, rather than letting food scraps go to landfill. Daleys source was a retired sewer official named teddy may, who claimed that during his tenure in the 1930s he personally investigated workers reports of.
There may be some americans who could not tell you the name of the vice president of the united states, but virtually every american knows that the sewers of new york city are full of alligators, that the cute little chihuahua a tourist picked up in mexico was really a rat and that a foolish woman tried to dry her poodle in a microwave. This film follows the attempts of a police officer and a herpetologist to stop a giant alligator that is killing humans in the sewers of chicago. Creatures fighting inside a central park sewer, new york alligators. Flaherty, the sewer chief, said in 1982 that alligators would be likely to succumb to the volume of water rushing through mains during heavy rainfalls or to a food source that. However, that is not the same as saying colonies of huge, blind, albino, breeding alligators populate the sewer system. They are often thought to be pets released into the sewer due to them growing too large. In a 1959 book, the author robert daley wrote that mr. This supposedly provides a source of water which has similar qualities to the florida everglades, a prime alligator habitat. There are alligators in our sewers, and other american credos. In robert daley s book the world beneath the city 1959 he comments that one night a sewer worker in new york city was shocked to find a large albino alligator swimming toward him. We loved this book so much as kids growing up in nyc. But dont spend to much time in the new york city sewers.
The truth about alligators in the sewers of new york abs. Billy joel must have read this book, too, because he referenced and popularized the alligator legend in his song, we didnt start the fire. Bardot, budapest, alabama, krushchev, princess grace, peyton place, trouble in the sewers dec 15, 2012 karen rated it did not like it. When i was little circa 1980s i had a favorite picture book that. Dorson repeated the ofttold tale that marijuana harvesters in pursuit of the elusive strain new york white what did you think happened to all those seeds flushed down toilets by nervous pot heads. The book was published back in 1999 and a lot of the legends within have been republished many times on both the internet and in other later published urban legend books. In it, the author wrote about small alligators, which can be bought in a store for 50 cents, as well as about a hunter for albino alligators who live and breed in the sewer system. No one assumed it was a denizen of the sewer system. This book contained, among other things, an interview that most certainly stood out.
The question of whether alligators actually lived in the sewers outside of childrens book and other fantasies is oftdiscussed and studied. Please leave comments and dont forget to push the button subscribe. Alligatorsewerfilter alligators children books ask metafilter. Yes, they really have found alligators in the new york sewer. But alligators and other crocodilians are one of the most frequent creatures involved in fortean events, and, believe it or not, finding actual records of alligators inthe sewers is not a. In 2002, another book was released that talked about reptiles. According to the world beneath the city 1959, a book by robert daley about new yorks underground utilities, a former sewer superintendent named teddy may said he had seen alligators with his own eyes during an inspection tour around 1935. The truth about alligators in the sewers of new york.
The book behind the seweralligator legend the new york. In 1935 it was proposed to the superintendent of sewers, teddy may that the alligators lived in the sewer. Its perhaps the most famous account of a sewer alligator living in new york city. Not according to salvatore condoluci, 92, who in 1935 claimed to have caught and killed an 8footlong gator in a sewer on 123rd. Alligators cannot survive in a bacterial environment. Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. In 1935 an alligator crawled out of a manhole in harlem and was promptly beaten to death feb. Southern florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side.
Read book alligators in the sewer and 222 other urban. Originally stemming all the way back to the 1930s, but really taking hold of the collective imagination of americans in the 1950s, stories have persisted over the decades that alligators have been spottedand livein the sewers of new york city mainly, but in other cities, as well. In the account, may explained that alligators had been sighted in the sewers since 1935 by sewer workers, but no one took such reports seriously at first. Remember that, if you ever feel the need to check out. Alligator is a 1980 american monster horror film directed by lewis teague and written by john sayles. Also tv programs such as myth busters have debunked some of these such as the scuba diver in the forest fire. It has been a part of urban legend ever since sightings of alligators in unusual locations, new york city in particular. The interviewee claimed that he was at one time, during the 1930s, the sewer commissioner. This neat twist on the old urban legend of alligators lurking in the sewers should leave kids flush with laughter. New york city sewer alligators urban legend debunked. If you want fascinating stories,you have over 200 in this book. The reworking of the alligatorsinthesewer legend in the 1960s only served to further confuse its origins. By the 1960s, sewer gators had found their way into numerous cartoons and books, including thomas pynchons 1963 novel v, in which little gators could be purchased from macys for 50 cents and the character benny profane makes a living hunting albino white alligators alive and breeding in the sewer system.666 699 127 959 1028 126 443 829 89 1284 383 1110 320 787 104 493 1018 1306 272 31 313 1425 244 1053 1074 163 437 454 334 349 1333