AntiCon: Lower East Side Nixed from Official SantaCon Bar Crawl Route

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 at 9:30 pm by
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Due in large part to the efforts of the LES Dwellers, the Lower East Side is now officially removed from the SantaCon route. Of course, this doesn’t mean there won’t be tons of masqueraded clowns pissing and hurling in the streets, but it’s a victory nevertheless. Interesting to note, however, the Dwellers paired up with local bars in the area like Hotel Chantelle.

From the inbox:

The Santa Con event route will no longer go through the Lower East Side, after local community organizers and businesses complained about rowdy behavior of past Santa Con participants. Law enforcement and politicians in Hell’s Kitchen had successfully pressured Santa Con organizers to skip Midtown earlier this year. Organizers rerouted the event to the East Village, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn.

The LES Dwellers, a local grassroots community group of Lower East Side residents, worked with local restaurants and bars including Hotel Chantelle to keep the official Santa Con route from going through the Lower East Side on Saturday, December 14.

“Our community of residents and businesses have successfully worked to keep the official Santa Con route from going through the Lower East Side,” said Diem Boyd, founder of the LES Dwellers. “We will not be immune to the drunk and rowdy crowds who have swarmed the neighborhood in the past. We expect some Santas will deviate from the route into the Lower East Side. Hopefully, event organizers and the NYPD will keep participants on course to reduce the negative effects on residents and communities.”

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SantaCon, December 2011

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