A strange but pleasant smell was reported to have engulfed Manhattan and Queens last night . . .
Justine and Shannon Fowler and I were on the way to a Japanese restaurant at about 8:00PM, and discovered ourselves sniffing the air. “Something smells like caramel,” Justine said. I thought it was more like peanuts roasting (in sugar, so almost the same thing). Shannon mentioned maple syrup. The smell followed us from the East Village all the way to Hudson Street on the west side.
“How odd,” we said. How could one smell stretch so far across the island?
Even more astonishingly, the story appeared in the New York Times this morning entitled “Good Smell Perplexes New Yorkers.” The story reports that the smell extended as far as Astoria, Queens.
According to the Times:
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.
But there is no word yet as to what the strange, sweet-smelling cloud may have been. I have detected no behavioral changes in my fellow New Yorkers today, nor any other mysterious effects.
It was quite nice, though. Did any of you also smell it?
In Pretties-related news, photos for the front cover of Specials were shot on Tuesday. I’ll share any images that come my way.