Is the maple syrup smell back? We've gotten some emails and notes on Contribute:

I know that last year you reported on the mystery maple syrup smell of the city and I think it is back! At 4:30am this morning I was walking from the crosstown M96 to my apartment on 102nd & 1st when I got the hugest sensation to have pancakes (I thought it was from have a few glasses of wine last evening). It wasn't any craving but an overwhelming smell of maple syrup. Is it back??
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Maple syrup smell, UES, E96th and 3rd, 2 am...

And we feel like someone smelled it a few weeks ago, too. Who knows, maybe the Upper East Side is the new bastion of sickeningly sweet smells, but this is for certain: We will welcome any opportunity to bring out 1010 WINS's brilliant Mrs. Butterworth-Empire State Building graphic.

The maple syrup smell first visited in October 2005 and made a repeat appearances in December 2005, January 2006 and March 2006.