New York Stores: Stop Pumping Frigid Air Onto the Sidewalks

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Summertime pedestrians know the thrill of walking down a sidewalk and feeling a spine-tickling blast of frigid air from a storefront door. But a new effort by New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is trying to recast that occurrence as an irresponsible business practice that violates the laws of man and nature.

The “Shut the Front Door!” initiative kicked off Wednesday with an estimated 200 volunteers fanning out across the five boroughs to...

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