I live in Brooklyn, so I missed out. But apparently, last night was the night to be in Manhattan. According to colleagues and friends, last evening the city's streets were perfumed with the sweet scent of maple syrup.
Lisa feared that it was a sign that the "Big Pancake" was coming to town. Catherine apparently smelled her clothing, wondering if her new detergent was imparting the strong Vermont-esque aroma. Ronni did the same with her sheets.
Here's what the New York Times had to say about the fragrance phenomenon:
An unseen, sweet-smelling cloud drifted through parts of Manhattan last night. Arturo Padilla walked through it and declared that it was awesome.
"It's like maple syrup. With Eggos. Or pancakes," he said. "It's pleasant."...
...Mr. Padilla was not alone. Reports of the syrupy cloud poured in from across Manhattan after 9 p.m. Some feared that it was something sinister.
There were so many calls that the city's Office of Emergency Management coordinated efforts with the Police and Fire Departments, the Coast Guard and the City Department of Environmental Protection to look into it.
By 11 p. m., the search had turned up nothing harmful, according to tests of the air. Reports continued to come in from as far north as 112th Street shortly before midnight. In Lower Manhattan, where the smell had begun to fade, it was back, stronger than before, by 1 a.m.
"We are continuing to sample the air throughout the affected area to make sure there's nothing hazardous," said Jarrod Bernstein, an emergency management spokesman. "What the actual cause of the smell is, we really don't know."...