Walk through the streets of New York, and you'll smell a lot of things. Some of them are pleasant — the Nuts 4 Nuts cart is a personal favorite — and some of them make you want to die. A nice assortment of these smells are collected in a new scratch-and-sniff children's book called New York, Phew York, which came out this week thanks to funding from Kickstarter. As we were scratching and sniffing our promotional copy today, we got to thinking about another smell, one which the book didn't include but is fairly prominent in the city right at this very moment. We speak, of course, of Heat Wave Smell.
What, exactly, does Heat Wave Smell smell like? On Twitter, a few cranky and probably sweaty New Yorkers attempted to describe the wicked stench that's descended upon us these last two days.
Sometimes, it's almost inspiring:
Mmmmmm NYC in the summertime. Smells like teen spirit... And/or hot garbage.— April K. (@YAYpril) June 21, 2012
NYC smells like sweat and frustration... Must be summer!— Danny Blu (@DannyBluMusic) June 20, 2012
Or makes us nostalgic for the nineties Knicks:
Walking outside in NYC right now feels like being entombed in Patrick Ewing's sweat-drenched gym sock— Jeff Macke (@JeffMacke) June 20, 2012
But most of the time, it's just disgusting:
NYC feels (and smells) like a hot crotch today.— mahshad vakili (@mahshadv) June 21, 2012
What's not to love about summer in NYC? My neighborhood smells like a fresh, ripe, juicy diaper. #FThis— Guess. (@MissCheMonet) June 20, 2012
OMG hot days in NYC the subway smells like a kombucha starter. Am I right, vegans?— extra potatoes (@ep3o) June 21, 2012
OH MY GOD IT'S SO HOT MORE LIKE POO YORK SHITTY— Lindy West (@thelindywest) June 21, 2012