UNION SQUARE, N.Y. (PIX11) – A statue unveiled in Union Square Tuesday honors an urban legend.

The urban legend is that an alligator has grown into a monster after it was set free in the sewers of New York City over 100 years ago.

The artwork, called NYC Legend, depicts an alligator on top of a manhole cover surrounded by trash.

It’s more than 7 feet tall and weighs more than 3,000 pounds.

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