Apartment dwellers on the Upper West Side are plagued by the endless smell of McDonald’s

Those Upper West Siders definitely don’t love it.

Residents of a building on West 95th Street say they are being forced to live with the smell of McDonald’s fries, Big Macs and grease suffocating their homes after an exhaust fan on the roof of a fast-food chain sent out new high-rise was turned away and pointed at them.

“Sometimes it gets stronger and you can smell hamburgers. It’s just gross,” said José Londondo, a resident of the building at 255 West 95th Street, near Broadway.

Stephen Stanczyk, 61, a first-floor resident, told the Post that prior to construction of the new luxury building, the McDonald’s next door on Broadway was vented. But now the fan has turned to the aggrieved neighbors’ building.

“So it’s french fries at three in the morning. It’s actually more like rancid hamburgers, that’s what it smells like,” Stanczyk said.

The stinky situation, first reported by the West Side Rag, was particularly unsavory for Londondo, a vegetarian whose window overlooks the vent.

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Neighbors are tired of their homes smelling like Mickey D’s all day.
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The 57-year-old invited The Post to his home to breathe in the overwhelming smell of fries that wafted through his apartment when he opened the window.

“That’s why the windows and doors are closed,” said the 20-year-old, looking at the smell.

“It’s annoying. It’s very frustrating because I have to keep the windows closed,” added the landscape architect.

“It’s a good thing we’re not thinking of selling it any time soon.”

McDonald’s ventilation shaft is in front of neighbors’ houses, causing a foul odor.
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A third-floor resident, who declined to be named, described the new high-rise on the street as a “nightmare” and said “everyone” in the building complained about the unwelcome smell of Mickey D’s.

“It’s not that bad in my apartment, but everyone else has complained about it.”

The daily stench has mobilized residents of the six-story building to involve NYC Councilwoman Gale Brewer.

Brewer, who represents the area, sent a letter in August to the person she believes is the shopkeeper to complain about the situation on behalf of local residents.

“You say your manager and staff at McDonald’s … have always been friendly and accommodating, and I can attest to that,” she wrote. “However, as far as I know, on April 4, an exhaust fan was diverted and then spewed fumes into the windows of people living at 255 West 95th Street.”

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Councilwoman Gale Brewer is now lobbying on behalf of local residents to find a solution to the odor.


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The McDonald’s manager claims there is nothing he can do now.


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Residents of the Upper West Side can smell all sorts of McDonald’s dishes from their living units.


A spokesman for Brewer said the city’s Department of Health and Environmental Protection had notified the City Councilwoman’s office that McDonald’s was complying with the regulations.

McDonald’s manager Maria told the Post it wasn’t the chain’s fault. She said when construction began on the new building, the fans were installed.

“I’m sure nobody wants a smell like that in their building all day, but there’s nothing we can do,” said Maria, who declined to give her last name.

“The ventilation comes from the kitchen. This is how everything fried rises. It’s the fryers. It’s coming from the fryers — the chicken, the fish, the chicken mcnuggets, the fries,” Maria added, admitting she didn’t want to live with the smell on a daily basis.

McDonald’s corporate headquarters did not respond to a request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/28/upper-west-side-apartment-dwellers-tormented-by-endless-mcdonalds-smell/ Apartment dwellers on the Upper West Side are plagued by the endless smell of McDonald’s

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