In New Jersey where I grew up, we never really kept the windows open on the house. It was a split level and had a horrible air flow. Contrary to the typical view of the Garden State, I lived in an area that was packed with trees and flowers and natural beauty. You're probably thinking of Elizabeth or East Orange NJ.
Behind that first link was a river and an area of trees that lead back to some high thickets of Raspberries, Blackberries, Frogs and other natural things. I doubt that you'll find much of that in the latter two.
You will also not find Citrus trees growing outdoors in NJ unless it is summer and they're in a pot.
I think that I may just have missed something by not keeping the windows open as a child. The scents were different in NJ, Pine instead of Orange and Lemon, Coffee instead of the restaurants that occasionally waft over on the breeze here. Not at all unpleasant, but certainly a wonder to behold.
Yes, Coffee in NJ. Every so often the Melitta plant at the 295, Turnpike and Berlin Rd that roasted coffee for distribution here and everywhere else that it is sold in the US would catch on the breeze. Very rare, but it would happen.
And now I have to make my own.