If you live in Harlem, the delicious scent wafting through your window is not cinnamon rolls, but fresh-baked methanethiol! The Office of Emergency Management is upgrading a gas pipeline, and in a crafty measure to keep people from calling the police, it's replacing the normal stench of mercaptan—added to odorless natural gas to help warn people of leaks— with the enticing smell of spices!
The gas will waft its way up West 134 Street near the Hudson River from 8:30 a.m. to around 10:30 a.m., OEM spokesman Christopher Miller told the Post. Don't worry, he said, the test is being conducted in an open environment and is therefore totally safe. Why don't they do this with everything?