After recent sewer construction in Times Square led to unusual geologic activity in the area, a sinkhole and cavern system was discovered beneath the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on West 42nd St, and the lack of adequate explanations from authorities has led to rampant speculation in one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world.

“We were working on one of the pipes, when all of the sudden it felt like the ground jumped out from under me!”, a worker on the sewer project said. “When I got back to my feet, I look over and I seen these symbols, and a weird light coming out of this crack in the wall. I ain’t ever seen anything like it!”

Officials reached were hesitant to comment, but several individuals within City Hall and the DOT made similar statements regarding a subterranean chamber with unnatural lights, esoteric symbols, and an imposing stone monolith.

It is unclear if this strange event has anything to do with recent, unexplained phenomena at other Ripley’s Believe It or Not! locations across the globe, but sources with knowledge of these events express skepticism that they are unrelated. Representatives from Ripley’s were unwilling to speak on the record.

As of press time, photographers were unable to gain access to the site, but reports indicate that a service elevator is in the process of being installed, and several individuals in lab coats were seen wandering around the museum.

A statement from Ripley’s conveys that there is no danger to the public, and that remodeling of the former gift shop space will go on. “Guests continue to be welcome at the fantastic Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square location, but we ask them to be aware that they may be approached by the researchers and excavation team we have retained to assist in the study of the phenomena, and to observe all listed safety precautions in the exhibits.”

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