You’re trudging down a city block in sweltering August heat, when suddenly you get a breath of relief — a momentary, blissful breeze from a store blasting its AC through open doors.
Take one wild guess who hates it? Mayor de Blasio.
“It’s always been a pet peeve of mine,” he said this week as he signed a law forcing stores and restaurants to close doors and windows while air conditioners are running. Fines can run to $1,000.
“It’s the middle of summer in New York City, it’s 90 degrees, you walk by a store, and the door is wide open and the air-conditioning is blasting. That’s wasting a lot of energy. That’s having its own impact on global warming,” he said.
A tiny impact, in fact.
And “waste” is in the eye of the beholder: The AC-blasters are buying the goodwill of passersby, and maybe seducing a few to come in, cool off and browse.