While many people start dreaming of turkey with all the trimmings once the weather gets crisper, residents of the Parkchester area of the Bronx are pretty anti-turkey these days, due to a smoked turkey plant's almost noxious fumes. Both the NY Times and the AP note how finally the City is urging an evironmental agency to close down the LSK Smoked Turkey Products plant. LSK had been asked to work on its filtration systems, but the changes haven't been satisfactory, especially not to residents. One resident blames the plant for his children's asthmas and lung bacteria. Area residents describe the smell as: - "Burnt barbecue turkey potato chips"
- "Rotten eggs"
- "A rotting rat"
- "A mix of soap and burnt bacon"
Ugh. And we thought the Times Square subway on a hot sultry day was bad. One of the problems is that LSK, which had previously made Williamsburg smell bad, employs 55 people, and LSK workers are worried that they'll lose their jobs. Gothamist wonders if there isn't a better, if more expensive, way to deal with the fumes (which look intense, from the NY Times picture) - if they can plant microchips under our skin, there has to be a way to reduce the smell of turkey "smoking."

This made Gothamist wonder about other smells in the city. There's the bus exhaust and the smell of bagels outside of H&H, as well as the more-than-earthy explosion of scents (good and bad) in Chinatown and the fried fumes of the San Gennaro Festival. Other bad smells in the city - the Gowanus, Subway sandwich shops, Times Square subway on a hot sultry day, bar bathrooms at around 1AM. And good smells - outside Jacques Torres' place in DUMBO (but a good kind of chocolatey smell), pizzerias, Peter Luger's, Krispy Kreme, freshly cut grass in the park, the Greenmarket, and a fresh newspaper.