New Scratch-and-Sniff Book of NYC Smells Isn’t Titled “New York, P-U York”!

08/16/2011 3:30 PM |

Sadly missing from New York, Phew York: the 1968 sanitation workers strike.
  • Sadly missing from New York, Phew York: the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike.

After all these years, the inevitable and most absolutely necessary New York book has arrived: New York, Phew York, a scratch n’ sniff children’s book of New York City aromas.

Funded through Kickstarter, the brain child of author Amber C. Jones—and illustrated by Tim Probert—reached its funding goal of $20,000 today with about 24 hours to spare. In the book, a tourist family comes to New York City, visiting 19 neighborhoods and smelling over 20 unique smells, according to the trailer. You’ll find pizza smells, hot dog smells, and sewer smells. And for all the poetry enthusiasts out there, it’s written in rhyming couplets.

Perhaps we’ll have a sequel in which the jolly family uncovers the unique aromas of the Gowanus superfund site, overpriced coffee, a mobbed F train in the middle of August, four day-old uncollected dog shit, weed smoked surreptitiously in a city park with freshly cut grass, dried piss and vomit outside an East Village bar, and the stench of thousands of rain-drenched people swarming a West 4th street subway platform, ready to mob an already mobbed F train.

(Photo: Flickr)