This story is a few days old, but I missed it until just now, when I saw Kaus’s blog post about it: New York City smelled good, again, on Thursday, as a mysterious syrupy odor wafted through the city for the second time in less than two months. (You can read about the previous incident here.) From Friday’s New York Times:
Yesterday, just as in October, the mystery smell proved elusive.
“We have no indication that there’s anything hazardous,” said Jarrod Bernstein, a spokesman for the emergency management office. “Understand it is a lot easier to test if something is not hazardous than it is to figure out exactly what it is.”
Most of the reports, Mr. Bernstein said, were from above 96th Street in Manhattan, although scattered reports came from Midtown.
For his part, Kaus smells a rat:
I still find mystery-stench stories disturbing, even when the stench is sweet. Someone…could be trying out a delivery mechanism. That’s why it’s not all that reassuring when, as on Thursday, “nothing dangerous” is found in the air.
He’s got a point.