A sweet almost maple syrup-like smell in the air was being reported in portions of Manhattan, Queens and New Jersey on Wednesday morning.
In 2005 and 2009, a similar scent was reported and traced back to a perfume factory in northern New Jersey.
Back then, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the harmless scent was the “result of the manufacturing of fragrances and food flavors” coming from the Frutarom factory in North Bergen, N.J. which uses seeds that contain a compound found in maple syrup.
The smell appeared to be headed south from the Upper East Side all the way to the City Hall area.
The source of the aroma remains a mystery.
The smell might be irritating or sickening to some. Residents would like a response to this.