Lower East Smells

Posted on: July 22nd, 2008 at 9:15 am by

Bar none, the L.E.S. is no doubt one of the smelliest neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. Even if you don’t have a freakishly sensitive nose. Trash juice, garbage, urine, and water are also residents of these streets. That coupled with umpteen plastic bags and newspaper sections floating in the wind. Of course, the combination worsens in a summer scorch, as the area quickly turns into an urban oven. Its baking foulness wafts through the air.

Perhaps the worst smelling corner in NY is at the junction of Allen and Broome on the northeastern fringe of Chinatown. Between Allen and Eldridge, there are a number of meat markets with plenty of fragrant waste to deposit on the ever-blackening curb. Sitting there all day, its thick, soupy stench is always ready just in time for the nightly rush to dinner. The smell compounds each day until a fresh rain can truly wash everything away.

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