There is a mostly forgotten world under most cities. Some are buried now, others are crumbling and will be lost. But there are others, like these tunnels under New York that will remain for centuries to come.
I’ve been researching this underground world for one of my novels. It’s Post-Apocalyptic, of course, and the survivors take refuge in the tunnels underneath New York City.
I think the irony is striking when you consider this… If there is an apocalyptic event, humans will be forced to flee to places like the one pictured above, directly underneath the greatest engineering feats of our time. The skyscraper you live or work in may have been built overtop of what becomes your refuge.
“You obviously have some power. You chased off those hooligans with rotten fruit. Perhaps you have banana-kenesis? Or you can control garbage? I once knew a Roman goddess, Cloacina, who presided over the city’s sewer system. Perhaps you’re related?” // APOLLO, THE TRIALS OF APOLLO
I had a dream last night that I went into the sewer looking to like kill someone(?) and I met some goth sewer people. they wouldn’t leave me alone so I insulted them and they got all sad and finally left me alone. so we go further into the sewer and find a sewer city. there was like stores and attractions. we ended up going into like some sewer bar or something. eventually I forgot why I even went into the sewers in the first place and decided to leave. I bumped into the goth sewer people and decided to apologize to them. they accepted my apology and we talked and they gave me a gun as a gift/token of our friendship.
Ever wanted to visit the Turtles in their underground crash pad? Now you can! This new exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis takes you inside Splinter’s Dojo, Donny’s workshop, and more:
At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, families will be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red), and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite families to their New York City sewer lair to train together and learn about the Turtles’ comedic, skillful strategies.
These photos are just a sampling of the cool stuff in the exhibit, so if you’re in the Indiana area make sure to check it out!
One of the most prolific and intense urban legends in American history is the persistent tale of the alligators in the New York City subway and sewer system. While most people have pushed these off as mere campfire tales, the truth may actually be that there have been alligators in the city’s underground. Despite sometimes faulty primary sources such as witness testimony and newspaper reports during a time of sensational headlines, the alligator stories have not all been derived from the same root story and may actually have their origins in truth.
The first recorded sighting of an alligator in New York came from 1932 when one was reportedly found sitting casually along the banks of the Bronx River. Three years later a few teens were shoveling snow into the sewer via a manhole when they ran across an alligator allegedly poking his nose up out of the hole. They managed to wrestle it out of the street and when it became hostile, they killed it.
The city seems content with the way things are. Their alligators are rarely ever seen and although considered to be mythical, the stories do seem to be based in fact and when it comes right down to it–it’s entirely plausible. Snapping turtles and other smaller reptiles are seen quite commonly in the water treatment facilities in the city.
Sometimes, Killer Croc sells homemade maps of the Gotham City sewers that chart out all the secret tunnels and getaway routes that don’t make it onto official city maps. More adventurous and/or cheap souls are invited to actually explore the sewers with him.