paul says: "Last night around 11pm, as I exited the subway in Astoria, Queens, NYC, I couldn't help but notice the overwhelming aroma of pancake syrup. Apparently I wasn't alone. The smell was reported all over the city last night. It has yet to be explained."
There were conflicting accounts as to its nature. A police officer who had thrown out her French vanilla coffee earlier compared it to that. Two diplomats from the Netherlands disagreed, politely. Rieneke Buisman said it smelled like roasted peanuts. Her friend Joris Geeven said it reminded him of a Dutch cake called peperkoek, though he could not describe that smell.