SantaCon Bypassing the Lower East Side This Year, Heads to Bushwick Instead

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 at 9:22 am by

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Santacon, December 2012

Looks like the Lower East Side will be spared the spew from this year’s SantaCon. The notorious yet (questionably) charitable boozefest will officially bypass the East Village and LES, and drunkenly crawl its way instead through Bushwick. This yuletide news, shared by EV Grieve and The Bushwick Daily, is already stressing out the local Brooklyn watering holes.

One bartender laments, “I’ve worked on SantaCon while bartending in the East Village. It’s the absolute worst thing ever. Worse than Saint Patrick’s Day! I literally can’t believe it’s coming to Bushwick!” he continued. “I can’t think of anyone that would let drunk vomiting Santas into their bars in this hood. I’m guessing they will be aimlessly walking around.”

The reason for the new locale is partly speculated to be because of the notable public backlash the event received in 2013. And with good reason. Apart from these perverse pub crawlers acting like they have a societal free pass for the day, if the city isn’t going to clean up shit from police horses, they sure as hell aren’t going to hold anyone’s hair back as they redecorate the sidewalks and subways with vomit. That task inevitably falls on local businesses.

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Moments before a Duane Reade handy, Photo: John Wilson

Love it or loathe it, SantaCon will be in full effect on December 13, from 10-2 in Bushwick (route TBD). The new rendezvous probably won’t deter costumed revelers in Hell Square. Yes, there will undoubtedly be some stray Saint Nicks stumbling around these parts – you just may not want to lend any of them a hand.

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