On cities as smells

Cities are smells: Acre is the smell of iodine and spices. Haifa is the smell of pine and wrinkled sheets. Moscow is the smell of vodka on ice. Cairo is the smell of mango and ginger. Beirut is the smell of the sun, sea, smoke and lemons. Paris is the smell of fresh bread, cheese, and derivations of enchantment. Damascus is the smell of jasmine and dried fruit. Rabat is the smell of henna, incense and honey. A city that cannot be known by its smell is unreliable.

Mahmoud Darwish, PEN America Journal #15

New York is the smell of spring blossoms and grease.