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In the summer of 2008, New York City officially passed a measure forbidding stores from running their air conditioners with their doors wide open. The city began enforcing the law in 2010, but two years later, many shops around Manhattan are still doing it. Clyde Haberman of the New York Times found 43 offenders in Soho yesterday, along with another 17 offenders on 34th Street.
Some store owners claim they need to leave their doors open to attract customers. But as Haberman points out, the practice has immediate real-world consequences. Not only is it terrible for the environment, but on hot days like today, the city's power grid is already taxed to the limit. If our local fast fashion stores cause a blackout, nobody's going to be shopping. The city doesn't seem to be cracking down all that diligently, so Haberman suggests guerilla action. See an open store door while you're out? He recommends closing it.
· Soon, Air-Conditioning the Sidewalk Will Be Illegal [Racked NY]
· Open-Door Outlaws [City Room]