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Mystery Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave Subway Station Smell Explained

Subway tunnels are the disgusting homes of rats, roaches, and other beasts

Myrtle-Wyckoff L Station, Canarsie Platform. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Subway tunnels are the disgusting homes of rats, roaches, and other beasts. Furthermore, they share real estate with our city's aging sewer system, which puts human waste just feet from where you're standing with an iced coffee and bagel in hand.

The Myrtle-Wyckoff L train station recently experienced the effects of murky, brown water escaping from its own pipes and landing in the tunnels meant to carry us to and from work. In a statement given to The New York Daily News, Kevin Ortiz, MTA Spokesperson said the City Department of Environmental Protection was "working to mitigate" the problem.

As many of Bushwick Daily's readers observed, the smell was so bad some riders were resorted to the M train just to avoid standing on the L platform—it's a relief to note that it's no longer stinking up the station.

Of course, the question remains: which station will sewage sludge hit next?


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