The National wrote and recorded most of Alligator
in Brooklyn's historic Ditmas Park neighborhood, where Beverly Road passes through. "It's a beautiful neighborhood that feels more like Savannah, Georgia, than Brooklyn," National frontman Matt Berninger told Neumu
. "The houses are all free-standing with nice yards and wrap-around porches. I was sitting outside one night watching a bunch of kids running up and down Beverly setting off car alarms. The song is theirs."