From Luxury Listing NYC: In Marcel Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past,” a memory of the author’s childhood comes rushing back to him when he dunks a cake into a cup of tea. The smell and taste trigger an intense reminiscence of an earlier time.
For those whose childhoods are linked to New York City, where the passage of time has brought enormous change, could a Manhattan neighborhood of old have a distinct smell, an essence that defines it, strong enough to evoke memories of the past? For one lifelong Soho resident, the answer is yes and artifacts from the neighborhood’s “dirty golden years” are her madeleines. [more]