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July 18, 2010
Walking west through Chinatown on East Broadway today, I was brutally reminded of just how foul the city can smell, particularly in summer. The stench of dead and rotting fish and vegetables, urine, and who knows what else mingled in the hot air and the effect was nearly overpowering. It has been years since I wandered these streets during my “summer staycations” in the early years when I had lots of vacation and little money. The exotic fruits and vegetables were not enough to entice me to return to the neighborhood back then, and it appears very little has changed.