sunswick creek-Queens-NYC-narrative.lySunswick Creek in Queens. Image by Steve Duncan via Narrative.ly

About a week ago, New York City celebrated the anniversary of a day long thought to be just an urban legend: an alligator in the sewer system. On February 10th, 1935, the New York Times reported that a live alligator had been pulled out of a manhole on East 123rd street by the Harlem River turning myth into reality (although sightings are still officially legend).

To celebrate the odd holiday and New York City’s sewer systems, Hunter College in Manhattan recently hosted a lecture sponsored by NYC H2O centered around Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx. One of these presentations was given by urban explorer Steve Duncan, known for his adventures and photographs of sewers around the world. Duncan, in an interview with the New York Times, reveals that the Tibbetts Brook sewer is “one of the most beautiful sewers [he’s] seen anywhere.” And of anyone, Duncan would be the expert on sewers – traversing the world to photograph them.


Philip Ashforth Coppola, has been documenting the art inside the New York City subway system as illustrations since 1978.

There are some great New York City events to attend this week, from celebrating the end of the Lunar New Year in Brooklyn to attending an event featuring Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. You can check out a talk about the future of affordable public housing or an exclusive event at The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a discussion on contemporary architecture. (more…)

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It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, and for those still looking for gifts for others or themselves, we’re offering a limited time 15% discount on our upcoming tours with code VDAY16, valid until Monday at 11:55pm. This discount also applies to our new private tour offerings for groups from 1 to 10 people, contact us directly here.



Here are some great New York City events to check out this week, ranging from discussions about the evolution small business in Brooklyn to our Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building. You can take part in a fun and exciting performance involving past Daily Show contributor Jason Jones, or you can go to Jersey City for a day trip and check out an interesting exhibit on the printed page hosted by the International Center of Photography.

We’re also offering a special limited time 15% Valentine’s Day discount to all of our upcoming tours this year using code VDAY16. Our full list of tours is available here (more…)

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Here are some great New York City events to check out this week ranging from performances to discussions about the Civil War and Brooklyn’s best cocktails there are so many great destinations to visit. You can travel to Brooklyn and take part in a discussion with the President of Harvard University or you can go north to the Museum of the City of New York and meet three renowned street artists.

Monday, February 8

Check out an exciting performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn for another performance of Ask Me Anothera co-production of NPR and WNYC with guest, broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr. A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.


Housing talk-Museum City of NY-NYCMCNY talk on Affordable Housing this Thursday. Image via Museum of the City of NY

To start off February, here are ten New York City events for people with all interests ranging from performances to forums and discussions. You’ll also be able to sleepover in the famed halls of notable explorers with Atlas Obscura or submit a creative proposal of your own to the New York Transit Museum. Other events include a comedy show, theater production, separate tributes to two notable artists, an opportunity to get free art, a photography exhibit, film screenings, and discussions about past and present social issues.