Friday, February 19, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Room 714 West Building, Hunter College


  • Steve Duncan, Urban Explorer
  • Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands and Riparian Restoration, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian

Join the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and NYC H2O as we celebrate Alligators in the Sewer Day with a special presentation.

Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx is one of many streams that once coursed through New York City.  Like most of those streams, it was buried to be wastefully channeled into sewers and sent to sewage plants for unneeded treatment.  Even worse, “real” untreated sewage overflows into our rivers and bays since rainwater frequently overwhelms these sewers.  To mend this wasteful practice, the NYC Parks Department plans to “daylight” Tibbetts Brook.  Once uncovered, this Van Cortlandt Park stream will be redirected away from sewers so as to spill into the Harlem River.

Join us for a triple bill. Urban explorer Steve Duncan will show us underground video and pictures from his adventures in Tibbetts Brook.  Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands and Riparian Restoration for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, will explain plans to daylight the Van Cortlandt Park stream to connect it to the Harlem River once again.

Borough Historian Michael Miscione will also recount the origins of Alligators in the Sewers Day.

This presentation is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to RSVP.

Learn more about Steve Duncan’s subterranean explorations.

Learn more about Tibbetts Brook and the daylighting project.

Learn more about NYC H2O.



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