What’s that smell?

10/22/2009:

All over the place!

I’ve been up since 3am, and noticed a strange odor in the air. Not sure if it was organic smelling, nutty, or chemical. Light, but noticeably different.

Decided to tweet about it while walking the dog, and many area readers also noticed it – in Manhattan, even Staten Island.

Does anyone know what it is?

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20 Responses

  1. elephanta7 says:

    I live on 14th Street and had my windows open last night, the smell was awful, did you ever figure out what it was?!

  2. dflems says:

    Probably Frutarom in North Bergen. They make a ton of artificial flavorings and scents out of god-knows-what. I know a few people who worked there, and they would always come back from work smelling like strawberries, or maple syrup, or chemicals.

    related: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/nyregion/06smell.html

  3. Skywalker says:

    Why have you been up since 3 am?

  4. MidnightRacer says:

    I think one of the fragrance companies manufactures somewhere in Secaucus by the wetlands, maybe?

    Or it could be natural – some sort of fungus, bacteria, or other organic reaction to either weather or some kind of thing – who knows.

  5. trueblue11 says:

    chem trails… usually you see them right before a predicted rain event(this friday and sat.) I would imagine to spread whatever is being sprayed, and I would assume the spraying goes on at night when you cant see the thick lines we’re to believe are aircraft con trails. water vapor dissipates, these this are unreal, they sometimes expand. crazy $hit but it make you wonder…

    • homeworld says:

      JEFF BOSS WITNESSED THE NSA ARRANGE THE CHEMTRAILS OVER HOBOKEN!!!

      In response to trueblue11 who said:

      chem trails… usually you see them right before a predicted rain event(this friday and sat.) I would imagine to spread whatever is being sprayed, and I would assume the spraying goes on at night when you cant see the thick lines we’re to believe are aircraft con trails. water vapor dissipates, these this are unreal, they sometimes expand. crazy $hit but it make you wonder…

  6. joey says:

    It’s actually the smell from Dawn Zimmer’s hairy armpits.

  7. emarche says:

    You can’t spell “JEFF BOSS WITNESSED THE NSA ARRANGE THE CHEMTRAILS OVER HOBOKEN!!!” without ‘a-s-s-a-s-s-i-n’….I think we’re on to something.

    TO THE BOSSMOBILE!

  8. a_siren says:

    I’m in midtown and smelled a strong burning smell starting at 3:30am. I thought my house was burning down. Took a while to realize smell was coming from outside, but I couldn’t pinpoint from where. Could have it been construction (despite the time)? I thought at one point it smelled like burining tar. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was mostly dissapated by 7am. Ugh…

    • mcbride says:

      I thought it smelled kind of like burning rubber pretty strongly this morning.

      I also notice a strong sulfur smell late at night a lot of times (sewage in the river?).

      In response to a_siren who said:

      I’m in midtown and smelled a strong burning smell starting at 3:30am. I thought my house was burning down. Took a while to realize smell was coming from outside, but I couldn’t pinpoint from where. Could have it been construction (despite the time)? I thought at one point it smelled like burining tar. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was mostly dissapated by 7am. Ugh…

  9. midtownauthentic says:

    It’s Artie’s tighty whities

  10. sigma1113 says:

    I worked at Frutarom two summers ago, and while i had never smelt anything in Hoboken the smells at the factory were rather interesting. It seemed like every room had a different smell.

  11. mooshu says:

    I agree with mcbride– it smelled like burnt rubber.

    I wish it smelled like maple syrup, though.

  12. Bullbreed333 says:

    Chemtrails? C’mon… that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I would believe it was aliens before I believed that conspiracy garbage.

    This smell was definitely a burning petroleum derivative. These smells do not surprise me in the least, considering we are situated near lots of factories and processing plants, not to mention the Turnpike.

  13. Cat1300 says:

    Has anyone in upper Hoboken noticed that almost every evening it smells like smoke – like burning wood or something? What is it??

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