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Broome Street Named ‘Smelliest Block In New York’

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The summer stench is upon us and it’s only June.

Broome Street, between Eldridge and Allen, has been given the dubious distinction of being the ‘smelliest block’ in town by New York Magazine.

“It’s the worst,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.

“Something rotting, sewage. Something, more like sewage I think,” one man described.

There are some food wholesalers in the area who insist they hose down and use bleach, but the smell just doesn’t go away. People in the area have pointed to wholesaler Yu and Qiang as the main culprit.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa Speaks To Residents About The Stinky Situation

However, manager Ken Chen disputed the notion, saying the whole area smells.

“There’s no single source, you know, it’s a problem with this neighborhood. I mean, there are a lot of restaurants here,” Chen said.

Others in the community said they also tried to hose down the street to get rid of the stink to no avail.

“The smell always comes back,” one man said.

Another resident of the neighborhood told Papa, the Broome Street smell wasn’t even the worst of it.

“You’re on the wrong block, you should go down to Grand Street,” she said, “It smells like rotting fish.”

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