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Top Stories 2012: GQ Recognizes Pleasantville For Smell

GQ Magazine recognized little Pleasantville as one of the best smelling cities in the world this year.
GQ Magazine recognized little Pleasantville as one of the best smelling cities in the world this year. Photo Credit: GQ.com

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – As 2012 draws to an end, The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

Up against some of the largest cities around the globe, GQ Magazine named the village of Pleasantville as the second-best smelling city in the world in its Jan. 30 article.

The recognition caught those familiar with Pleasantville a little off guard.

“I’m a little surprised that GQ even knows where Pleasantville is, let alone that there are articles out there about how places smell,” said Ron Konchalski, a Mahopac resident who works on Wheeler Avenue in Pleasantville.

The article, titled "Smelliest Cities on the Planet" ranked Pleasantville second only behind Los Angeles. Pleasantville and its population of just over 7,000 beat out the scents of large cities across the globe such as San Francisco, Rome, New Orleans and London.

The author of the article, Chandler Burr, is a former perfume critic for The New York Times and is GQ's "globe-trotting scent critic." Burr attributed Pleasantville's distinct smell to its diverse foliage.

“Maple, oak and pine smell cyclically different as the seasons turn, and Pleasantville's scent is based on these trees and their leaves at all stages — green, yellow, dead brown and budding,” he wrote.

“When you close your eyes, you get grass and then the smell of ‘America as it was,’ whenever that might mean for your nose," Burr continued. "If Normal Rockwell's paintings emitted a scent, this is what it would be.”

Long-time Pleasantville resident Giovanna Talio said the recognition in the article was perfect, given the village's title.

“Just think of the name or hear it out loud, ‘PLEASANT-ville’,” said Giovanna Talio, who has lived in the village for 56 years with her husband Sal. “Everything here is so pleasant. For us, everything about it is just the greatest.”

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