I indeed noticed multiple idling cars while walking through New York City this weekend. I was able to capture a picture of one car, a large SUV with the windows rolled up and someone inside using his phone.
When I see a car like this, I cannot help but feel angry at the idler’s selfishness, his inability to understand that his actions certainly affect those around him. This weekend saw temperatures in the 90s, and I was able to see the cyclical nature of this phenomenon; idling cars contribute to higher temperatures while higher temperatures cause more people to idle.
Like George Pakenham, I was tempted to go up to the car and explain to the driver that he is breaking the law. Unfortunately, the risks of being harassed by a New Yorker frightened my Freshman soul….
(This photo was taken on September 6, 2016 on 8th Street at Astor Place)