An offensive smell has been hovering over Long Island City for the past few weeks, according to local residents.
The smell - described as "petroleum-based" - is most prominent along Fifth St. near the PepsiCo sign, where crews are remediating an oil refinery site for future residential development.
Petroleum odor from Long Island City site has residents, politicians fuming
The 9.5-acre site is part of the massive Queens West development along the East River.
A petroleum refinery operated on the site from 1860 to 1936 and then it became a PepsiCo bottling facility, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation fact sheet.
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