Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors
By Jay DeDapper
The first offense results in a written warning, the second a $250 fine, and the third a $400 ticket. Chump change for a big chain like the Gap or Victoria's Secret but the law is more about moral suasion than fine collection.Advocates pitched it as a small way to assist the region's electrical grid during peak summer usage -- the most persuasive argument: Why should a mega-corporation pump air conditioning into the street when it could trigger a blackout in, say, a working class neighborhood in Queens? When we asked that very question to people on 34th Street in July as they walked past one chilled-air-spilling-door after the next, though, nearly every one of them said they liked the cold air on a hot summer day. Even if it meant the risk of a blackout when they got home.