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Good Smell Perplexes New Yorkers Good Smell Perplexes New Yorkers

By KAREEM FAHIM
Published: October 28, 2005
An unseen, sweet-smelling cloud drifted through parts of Manhattan last night. Arturo Padilla walked through it and declared that it was awesome.

"It's like maple syrup. With Eggos. Or pancakes," he said. "It's pleasant."

The odor had followed Mr. Padilla and his friend along their walk in Lower Manhattan, from a dormitory on Fulton Street, to Pace University on Spruce Street, and back down again, to where they stood now, near a Dunkin' Donuts. Maybe it was from there, he said. But it wasn't.

Mr. Padilla was not alone. Reports of the syrupy cloud poured in from across Manhattan after 9 p.m. Some feared that it was something sinister.

There were so many calls that the city's Office of Emergency Management coordinated efforts with the Police and Fire Departments, the Coast Guard and the City Department of Environmental Protection to look into it.

By 11 p. m., the search had turned up nothing harmful, according to tests of the air. Reports continued to come in from as far north as 112th Street shortly before midnight. In Lower Manhattan, where the smell had begun to fade, it was back, stronger than before, by 1 a.m.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/nyregion/28odor.html
 

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If I were going to release something into the air in a major city, I'd test a few things out first - you know, air currents and such. And I'd need something that had a color or a smell, so I could figure out where it was going when I released it.

This doesn't bode well to me, especially in light of the (little publicized) possible air-borne bacteria found around the time of September's anti-war march.
 

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We're on the Upper West Side, and honestly, I didn't smell it at all. DH was using his knowledge of such stuff (PhD in chemistry) to try and think of what could smell like maple syrup, chemical-wise ... and could only come up with the idea that something happened like a barge carrying tons of maple syrup had an accident. Or some such.



I was more worried about the subway thing a few weeks back ... and am still worried about that, come to think of it.

The smell of maple syrup would just make me hungry. Just reading this thread is making me hungry. Bummer. I gotta lose weight.

Sigh.
 

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I did not smell anything, and I am downtown. I had my windows open, and I was outside that late (I misread the time)
: That is odd. I smelled nothing, but I also was not sniffing air.
 
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