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This image has been archived or removed.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This image has been archived or removed.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

Chinatown Garment Industry Hanging by a Thread

Once a hub of manufacturing for the city’s garment industry, there are only a few remaining factories in Chinatown from a peak in the hundreds. The localized industry, which once employed thousands of immigrant women and men, sparked an area restaurant boom in the 1970s. Yet, began to decline in the late 1980s when manufacturers started […]

Residents Unite Against Developer Plans to Swap Park for Parking on LES Waterfront

Residents on the Lower East Side waterfront may soon lose more publicly accessible outdoor space. The developer of a new super-tall plans to reduce a children’s playground to a parking lot. As excavation work commences on Chetrit Group’s 70-story, twin-towered development at 265 South Street, tenants in the adjacent building – Lands End II – […]

Chinatown Homeless Murder Suspect Still Awaiting Trial

More than two years since the horrific murder of four homeless men in Chinatown, the suspect has yet to be held accountable for the crimes. In the early morning hours of October 5, 2019 Randy Santos stalked, then allegedly bludgeoned to death Cheun Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran and Nazario Vasqez-Villegas while asleep on the streets. In […]

Excavation Begins for 70-Story South Street Towers

Cranes, and plywood, and pile-drivers, oh my! Such is the story down on the Lower East Side waterfront. Department of Buildings on April 12 issued official approval to the Chetrit Group to begin foundation activities for its dual 70-story tower at 265 South. A month later, the big trucks are mobilized. While excavation is now […]

For 7th Year Running, Greek Jewish Festival Returns to Broome Street this Weekend

After a more subdued outing last year, the Greek Jewish Festival this spring is on the rebound, pulling out the stops. It returns on Sunday for another go-round. Founded by Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street seven years ago, the event celebrates the culture and traditions of the Greek Jewish community. Years past saw crowds […]