Smell, dead fish, invade Queens

Something smells rotten in Howard Beach, Queens. And that something is hundreds of dead fish. For nearly three weeks, residents have been dealing with the smell and outright strangeness of the fish that washed up at the Shellbank Basin, right by the CVS, Gold’s Gym and Starbucks, off Cross Bay Boulevard.

The cause of this fish massacre, apparently, according to reports and DEP workers I ran into on Friday, was blue fish that chased the victims right out of the water, leaving them to suffocate.

The worker told me this happens every year, but residents say this is new them. The Queens Crap blog has a photo of the carnage.

Well there could be one good thing, however, that came of Hurricane Hanna's stopover in the city over the weekend: One Queens Crap commentor said the storm washed the fish away. We'll have to check on that.

— Pete Catapano

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