Are there really people living in the tunnels and sewer pipes under Manhattan?

Eugene, Oregon
September 13, 2016 11:58am CST
My wife just read a book titled"Reliquary" by the same authors who wrote "The Relic." They are both in that Stephen King sort of category that are far to scary for me to even think about reading. But, "Reliquary" seems to be built on the premise that, in the subterranean tunnels of New York City (and maybe other big cities) there are people living on various levels with their own rules and gang-like governance. Surface people, police and the rest of us do not trespass there. A note in the book talks of up to 4500 people at times living underground in an area near Penn Station. Have you read either of these books, or like me, do you avoid the darker side of fiction?
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@marguicha (102386)
• Chile
13 Sep 16
Maybe it is the darker side of reality.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Sep 16
It is hard to believe, but interesting.
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@marguicha (102386)
• Chile
13 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic I have seen TV shows about that. And it is perfectly possible.
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• United States
15 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic the book RELIC was kind of hard to accept the premise of that ancient curse BUT this book you talk about sounds right up my ally, thanks !
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Sep 16
I bet that there is. I don't live anywhere near there but, I know I have heard stories like this for years. I would think that if there were that many and they were gang-like and causing problems up top that authorities would have found a way to eradicate them long ago. But, in the big cities, I would think, a lot goes on we don't know about.
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• United States
13 Sep 16
Ah the minds of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs are very interesting topics of interest for me too, and in answer to the tile question of your post: I would not be surprised to meet an 'manhattanite underdweller'
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Sep 16
Sort of strange to have dual authors I think.
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• United States
14 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic two perspectives melding as collaborative effort works for me
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@EddieHands (37807)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Yes there are people who live there. But they are called ninja turtles.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Sep 16
Oh yes, I forgot about those guys.
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@EddieHands (37807)
• United States
14 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic meow yes they are my favorite.
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• United States
13 Sep 16
I don't know those books, but have you seen the movie M with Peter Lorre (first flick)? There are groups of people that live by a set of rules, many live in odd places. By the way, fabulous movie, sad, scary, based on a serial child killer in Germany many years ago. Peter Lorre tour de force.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Sep 16
He was so great! I'll check it out.
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• United States
14 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic We don't have as many great actors as in the past, or am I mistaken?
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Sep 16
@ElizabethWallace It certainly does not seem to me we do. Kevin Spacey is a great one that comes to mind quickly, but look at the past, Cary Grant, Peck, Tracy, Mitchum, Newman, the names just pour out.
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@nanette64 (17975)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Sep 16
The homeless have been living under NYC for 30-40 years or more @JamesHxstatic .
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Sep 16
Fascinating to think of an alternative society like that.
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@nanette64 (17975)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic Here in Texas because we don't have any underground anything, the people live under the interstates in Tent Cities.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Sep 16
@nanette64 Wow, under the overpasses?
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@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
7 Oct 16
I definitely AVOID any fiction that Stephen King writes or any other books of that nature. It's NOT my cup of tea.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
The only ones of his I have read are "11/22/63" about the Kennedy assassination and time travel, which was really good and his excellent book called "On Writing."
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• United States
8 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Those would probably be worth reading.
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14 Sep 16
i used to read darker stuff more often in my youth. nowadays, not as much. life is dark enough.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Sep 16
I understand Jill.
@TheHorse (72525)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Sep 16
I haven't read the book. I don't know if the premise is true. I often wonder what the proper etiquette is among street people her who beg at certain off-ramps.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Sep 16
Truly. Is it first come first serve, this is my corner or what?
• Otis Orchards, Washington
13 Sep 16
I have not read these books but I doubt if they are too scary for me (I've read several Stephen King novels). But I have no doubts that there are people living in the subterranean tunnels in NYC and other big cities.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Sep 16
It makes me wonder for sure.
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@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
14 Sep 16
I hope it will not happen in real life , because if it does , then passing through those tunnels would really be scary .
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
13 Sep 16
I don't read the darker fiction. I prefer feel good books.
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@Corbin5 (116530)
• United States
13 Sep 16
I would love these books if they are of the Stephen King variety. When I read the title, at first, I thought of the homeless people living in boxes, tents, and other makeshift shelters on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago, those of whom I have seen many times when driving in the tunnel.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Sep 16
I have not read either of those but as one who lived thru eviction and spending ten days living in Salvation Hospitality house, and being helped by friends before my son on my behalf as I was 82 then found help for me to come here paid for by social security and SSi as I'm physically handicapped and retired I do not want to read about homeless people ugh too painful
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@teamfreak16 (41526)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Sep 16
I haven't read them, but they sound kind of cool.
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@louievill (19726)
• Philippines
13 Sep 16
I responded to a discussion about 3 days ago regarding urban legends and somebody mentioned about albino aligators living in the sewers of NY, yes albino cause they never saw sunlight and they were escaped pets This could be another urban legend but humans are more possible to survive down there and form hierarchies since we are a social animal, whatever it is it's the job of your police to serve the eviction notice
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@marlina (78211)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
Not read any of those kinds of books, no interest in them at all. I prefer reading about history,.
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@ms1864 (6975)
• Bangalore, India
13 Sep 16
i like stories like these...it is kind of like rebel stories...there is always a interesting reason behind stories like these.
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
It is not my pick either. However, fiction does lend an ear to reality. Wow, I can't believe I wrote that it just came out. Anyway fictional stories are exaggerations at best but could be based on some truth. King please define living.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
13 Sep 16
I like his movies, but don't read his books.
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