Waiting for the bus somewhere on Fifth Ave, there was this strong sweet smell of rotting leaves. It was nice. I can smell it now, looking at these photos.
But, it reminded me that a few days earlier my brother and I were walking down Fifth and smelled a stronger tree smell, bordering on nauseous. He said he had heard about a certain tree species whose smell has been bothering its neighbors.
After some googling, here is the culprit:
Female Ginkgo Biloba Trees a.k.a. Maidenhair Tree
(I didn’t know trees had genders!)