From the NY Post:
Cops apprehended an 18-inch gator that crawled out of an Astoria drain and hunkered down beneath a parked car this afternoon, delighting onlookers and giving fresh meat to the urban myth that the carnivorous critters are living below the Big Apple.
The scaly spectacle began just after 3 p.m., when a passersby spotted the reptile on Newtown Avenue near 29th Street and yelled "Crocodile!" One witness said the alligator crawled out of a drain during this afternoon's downpour.
Cops couldn't verify that the animal crawled from the sewers — a big-city myth that inspired the 1980 B-movie "Alligator," and others — but were baffled as to where it came from.
"It's a big mystery," said police spokesman Officer James Duffy. "It could have been dumped from a car or it could have come out of a sewer."
The police Emergency Service Unit lassoed the animal and bound its snout with tape. The caged gator was kept at the 114th Precinct until it was picked up by Animal Care & Control.
A spokesman for animal control said the alligator would be taken to a licensed rehabilitator or reptile sanctuary.