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NYC Urban Legends

by Craig Bridger, 10/17/2012

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  • Urban legends, modern man's workaday mythology, thrive in all metropolises. Most of the stories are geographically interchangeable, of course, but many of Gotham's are unique to the City—not to mention wildly entertaining. Libby Tucker, folklorist and English professor at Binghamton University in upstate New York, has a theory about that: "Legends are an index of the spirit and pride of a place," she says. "They're an indication of the spirit of the community." Consider, then, this slideshow to be a chronicle of NYC's truly original spirit, which has been spun into tales of sewer-dwelling reptiles, pirate treasure buried beside the Statue of Liberty and more. Read on for a few of our favorites.

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