Scents of the City

Child #1, about strong fish smell: Yuck! What’s that smell?
Child #2: I smell freedom!

–Ferry near Statue of Liberty

Overheard by: Tom Jotkowitz

Disgusted girl: It smells like rats!
Guy: No, it's just shit you're smelling.

–St Mark's & Ave A

Overheard by: j

Woman: Send good karma so they’ll hire me to practice law without a license.

–8th Ave.

Lady CO: If y’all don’t shut up and behave, I’m turning off the fan! And y’all stink, remember.

–Hoyt-Schermerhorn Jail and Courthouse

Overheard by: Carolina

Mother: The other day I walked past a bunch of Hispanic teenagers. They smelled really good.
Teen boy: It’s Axe.
Mother: What?
Teen boy: Axe.
Mother: Wait, what?
Teen boy: Axe!
Mother: Ass? That’s not nice to say about Hispanic people.


Overheard by: Kevo C.

(a very obnoxious, lingering fart was dropped and filled the entire car during rush hour)
Teen girl to friend: Ohmigod! Let’s get out of here, it smells like shit!
Old man, five minutes later: What’s the matter with you fucking people? Somebody open up a god damned window!

–2 Train

Guy #1, in long line to exit ball park: It smells like fart in here.
Guy #2: Yeah, but when you get this many people in this small a space, you're gonna smell some farts.

–Yankee Stadium

Overheard by: xplod

Girl #1: Come on, smell it!
Girl #2: Why would I put my nose close to the poop in your hair?

–14th & Ave A

Little girl, running along platform: Mommy! Mommy! Slow down! Mommy, it smells like penis in here!

–Grand Central

Girl to another: Do you have a hand wipe? I totally smell like rape right now.

–44th St & Broadway

Guy to friend: She said I smelled like shit and I said, "what like, asshole?"

–59th St & Lexington

Girl on phone: Your hands smell like what? Your hands smell like urine? Why would you say that?

–Brooklyn College

Hobo on overcrowded train: Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Homeless Ed, and I am homeless, and I smell like shit. If any of you can spare some change so I can buy some deodorant, it would be greatly appreciated.

–Downtown A Train

Overheard by: christopher james

Female grad student on cell: Have you ever done the inter-borough walk of shame smelling like penis?

–Columbia University

Overheard by: Ladle

Conductor: This is East Broadway station, and something smells yummy.

–F Train

Chick #1: I hate taking subways. They’re so gross!
Chick #2: I know! So many dirty, smelly people. And it’s so expensive.
Chick #1: Yeah, $2 is a lot of money.
Guy: Yeah, well, if you can find someone else to cart your ass around this city for $2, be my guest.

–2 train

Overheard by: Mikey

20-ish chick: You smell like cheap wine.
20-ish friend: You smell like cheap slut!

–Regal Cinemas, Union Square

Overheard by: ouch.