New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed a recent spike in resident complaints about the Big Apple’s stench problems, downplaying the malodorous scents as mostly being from the smell of burning marijuana during a Friday news conference.
The Democrat leader’s smokescreen response came after he was asked about the nasty smells following a New York Post report on the “foulest odors imaginable” that are in the air this summer, with complaints to the city’s 311 system up 54 percent so far this year.
Wearing shades and a white shirt, Hizzoner denied that the foul smell has anything to do with problems like rotting garbage, but is just people imbibing on the magic weed which was legalized in New York last year.
“What is it that you smell or see? Do you see garbage all around when you go into the subways? Is there any concerning smells again?” a reporter asked.
“The No. 1 thing I smell right now is pot. It’s like everybody’s smoking a joint now,” Adams said with a laugh. “You know, everybody has a joint.”
(Video: YouTube/NBC New York)
“I’m not smelling — maybe I have a New York nose,” Adams added, speaking from the steps of City Hall.
The New York Post quoted several New Yorkers who expressed their feelings about the rancid smells, just one more problem for a city that has been in a steep decline since Democrats have been calling the shots, first Bill de Blasio and then Adams, the former police officer who took over this year with the unenviable job of cleaning up the mess, a monumental problem with crime, drug addiction and decay now commonplace.
Justin Colon, who works as a porter at a Times Square office tower said, “Every morning I smell like a rancid smell, like rotten food that has been sitting there for a while.”
“I clean the steps going down to the subway. I’ve cleaned up poop so many times,” Colon said. “This morning I was cleaning up poop.”
Gotham’s omnipresent stink was described by 37-year-old tech worker Jaiden Williams as “gnarly and cadaverous.”
“No matter what you do — if you douse yourself in a bottle of perfume or Chanel No. 5 — the scent is still on the tip of your nose,” the resident of the Hell’s Kitchen area said. “Because it’s so hot, it permeates.”
“Either you don’t come out of your house or you just deal with it,” Williams added.
New York City is “an alive city that smells like death,” 45-year-old fashion worker Milly Aldon said.
“It’s a rotten, lingering smell,” the Manhattan resident added. “And if it rains, it smells even worse.”
The Post reported that one office worker on West 46th street was overheard asking, “Why does the city smell like a used diaper these days?”
“Calls to 311 show that outdoor odor complaints are at an all-time high after rising 54 percent — to 5,746 through June 30 — compared to the same period in 2021, according to a Post analysis of official data,” according to the outlet.
Twitter users reacted to Mayor Adams’ remarks.
— MaryMacElveen (@MaryMacElveen) July 15, 2022
— Remove Bragg (@ImpeachBragg) July 15, 2022
It’s better than it reeking of shit
— Debi C (@DebiCarideo) July 15, 2022
Lmfao! Sure, it’s pot. 😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣
— EternalRealist 🇺🇸🐊🍊🐘 (@GenXArtywife) July 15, 2022
As opposed to reeking of urine as normal
— Flexpatriot (@Hexpatriot) July 15, 2022
they voted for it
— Andy Scott (@AndyJScott) July 15, 2022
Somebody should rent a front end loader and take the trash and dump it on the city hall lawn.
— ASanders (@AlanSan01896098) July 15, 2022
I no longer hang out in the city. All the city is smelling Marijuana. So disgusting! Unhealthy for kids!
— Delphine972 ♀️♂️=💪🏽family (@delphine9721) July 15, 2022
place is a complete cesspool of death and despair
— Me (@christopher_jon) July 15, 2022
This is supposed to be the greatest city in the world. What a shame. Now it’s a clone of Delhi, India
— SouthSide ☂️ (@Air23PA) July 15, 2022
According to a recent survey by Time Out, New York City was ranked as the world’s second dirtiest city due to “rampant rats and foul-smelling piles of trash,” coming in behind Rome, Italy, and edging out third place winner Glasgow, Scotland.
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