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

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

This image has been archived or removed.

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.

This image has been archived or removed.

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.

Recent Stories

Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Not so fast. Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived. Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor […]

When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

Chillhouse Shutters Original Essex Street Spa

The list of coronavirus-related business closures is getting longer by the week. Today brings word that an Essex Street newcomer has bitten the dust. Chillhouse, a millennials-style spa at 149 Essex Street, is the latest to fall. Ownership announced the permanent shutter in an e-mail to customers Tuesday afternoon. “As we all know too well […]

Hamilton Fish Park Pool to Reopen by August 1

In an about-face, the city announced yesterday that at least fifteen public pools will reopen across the Five Boroughs. Included in the lucky list is the Hamilton Fish Park pool, known to locals as the “Pitt Pool.” But the cooldown will have to wait another month. The reopenings are scheduled for August 1, and are […]