22 Smells New Yorkers Will Never Forget


1. Garbage

The signature scent of unwanted refuse hides quaintly in each corner of the busy metropolis.

2. Hot garbage

Hot garbage takes regular garbage to the next level in both intensity and gross factor.

3. Subway garbage

Subway garbage is like regular garbage but with notes of “been sitting around for a while” and a hint of “can’t escape this stench.”

4. Rotting garbage

A sophisticated garbage.

5. Extra tall stack of garbage

Additional garbage height adds more depth to the smell.

6. Urine

The familiar smell of urine can pop in and out of your life at any time, like an old friend. It’s almost comforting. Maybe?

7. Poo

Often you don’t know if it’s from a dog or a human.

8. Burnt street meat

Is that delicious meat? Wait no, something’s wrong. I’m coughing.

9. Inside of a cab

A delicate blend of funk, public car seat, sweat and sometimes, if you’re lucky, weird cologne.

10. Fish

Ain’t nobody dope as fish, they’re just so fresh, so clean. Chinatown.

11. City Dampness

Wet cement and the hint of the smell of wet people you often get at a water park.

12. Whatever this is

The gentle waft of mystery steam.

13. Pizza

Sweet, sweet pizza.

14. Soft pretzels

Smells soft and gentle, like a salty baby.

15. Halal cart

Intense, alluring meat and rice essence.

16. Chestnuts

Chestnuts roasting on some dude’s cart, Jack Frost killing your will to live. Mobs of tourists loooooooooking for nuts will find them here and also in their hearts.

17. Other nuts

Nut smells lurk in many corners of the city. The popular Nuts 4 Nuts carts allow you to barter nuts you have for other different nuts.*

*Not how it works.

18. Broken dreams

This gentle, depressing scent floats throughout the city on a breeze of disappointment with a hint of failure.

19. Coffee

The delicious smell of mornings and huffy commuters.

20. Something bakin’

Enticing at first, and then, more of a taunt than a smell.

21. Random bacon

The smell of mass bacon production can hit anytime, anywhere.

22. Misc. bad smell

Sometimes there’s a smell you just can’t identify. It’s probably garbage though.

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