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13 Smells That Every New Yorker Is Way Too Familiar With

Are New Yorkers noseblind to their own city smells? Inconceivable! Hot smells in the city are tough. Febreze and Secret are tougher. #NYTough

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1. Mysterious odor left behind by the previous renter.

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Good luck figuring out where it's coming from.

2. Body. Odor. Everywhere.

Ugh. Just ugh.
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Ugh. Just ugh.

3. Hot trash on a boiling summer day.

Carefully holding your breath whenever you pass by a garbage heap becomes an artful skill in the big city.
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Carefully holding your breath whenever you pass by a garbage heap becomes an artful skill in the big city.

4. Takeout food.

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And the smell from the leftovers lingering in your apartment for the next three days.

5. Dive bar bathrooms.

Is everything in New York just soaked in pee-pee?
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Is everything in New York just soaked in pee-pee?

6. Your dog's potty pad.

If the windows are closed, the smell of Toby's tinkle will take over. o__0
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If the windows are closed, the smell of Toby's tinkle will take over. o__0

7. Your apartment the day after a house party.

"Good lord, when did we order pizza?!"
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"Good lord, when did we order pizza?!"

8. Street meat.

The smell that will be absorbed into every fiber of your clothes and hair on your head.
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The smell that will be absorbed into every fiber of your clothes and hair on your head.

9. Ammonia used to clean the subway station platforms.

"Ouch. My nose."
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"Ouch. My nose."

10. Most cabs after 10 p.m. on a Saturday.

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Ooof. What is that stench that makes you want to roll down the window, even during a polar vortex?

11. Your neighbor's incense.

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Which magically seeps through the walls and lands on your bed, rug, and curtains.

12. Horses in Central Park.

We love you, but your poo stanks. <3
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We love you, but your poo stanks. <3

13. YOU. After a night of sweaty dancing.

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