MTA Reveals Why the Myrtle-Wyckoff L Station Smells Like Sewage (Spoiler: It’s Sewage)

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The Myrtle-Wyckoff L train station.Photo: Adam Moss

For months, commuters using the Myrtle-Wyckoff L train stop in Bushwick have had to deal with a nasty odor that made the station, to quote one Twitter user, “smell like it shit its pants 2 weeks ago and never changed them.” Complaints about the stink date back to at least November, but they began surging last month, and now the MTA has finally revealed the cause of the odor: a busted sewer pipe. So basically that guy on Twitter was right.

Workers at the station tell the Daily News that the smell appears to be coming from the tunnel that leads into the station on the Canarsie-bound side. (That might explain why, as the paper reports, the smell gets worse when a train approaches the station from that direction.) An MTA spokesperson says the city Department of Environmental Protection is “working to mitigate” the problem, and the News reports that workers have been on Wyckoff Avenue in recent days clearing a clogged sewer pipe that one worker told the paper was related to the problem.

In the meantime, until the situation is resolved, subway riders will have to continue plugging their noses (as some have taken to doing), gagging, or taking the outdoor elevated M train nearby, even if it might mean a longer commute.