Pol: SantaCon in Bushwick is off

Training day: Bushwick residents can drink — or garden, or read — in peace on Dec. 13 now that these guys are no longer headed their way, not counting the little fellow.
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The bartenders drew a line in the snow and the fake Santas stood down.

Santacon, the marauding annual party in which thousands of revelers dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus storm New York bars, is walking back its threat to come to Bushwick. The blog Bushwick Daily revealed that organizers of the roving frat-party-with-costumes were courting neighborhood bar owners as prospective hosts for their Dec. 13 bacchanal. But at a meeting of the neighborhood’s community board on Nov. 21, a local pol announced that organizers had e-mailed him to say they were calling the incursion off.

“They agreed with me that Bushwick is not big enough to hold something as large as Santacon,” Councilman Rafael Espinal, Jr. (D–Bushwick) said at a meeting of Community Board 4, noting that the event drew more than 30,000 people to Manhattan’s East Village and environs last year.

Bushwick bar owners who had pledged to boycott the event were elated by the news. Many at the community board meeting said they are new to owning pubs and had previously worked across the East River, where Santacon wrought a path of decidedly un-family-friendly destruction every year.

“There are a lot of very young children here who still believe in Santa Claus,” said Betsy Maher, owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club on Saint Nicholas Avenue. “They do not need to see Santa Clauses puking or pissing themselves, or getting a h------.”

The barkeeps had said they would bar anyone in a Santa suit from coming through their doors, and they were tickled that the mass-Scrooge tactic worked.

“It is rare to see churches and bars and government all agree on the same thing,” said Travis Boettcher, owner of the bar Left Hand Path, which opened on Wyckoff Avenue in May.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Improper usage fixed.
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Reasonable discourse

bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
the grand armies of the beards, Hannah Horvath clones, & homies from the projects put a stop to the invading bros, PR girls, fratboys & sorority girls.
its like Star Wars VII plus The Hobbit:Battle of the 5 armies.
Seriosuly these bros should just party in Murray Hill or Hoboken.
Nov. 20, 2014, 9:30 am
Ted from Crown Town says:
What about the guys and gals who dress as santa for a LIVING?! Where are they supposed to drink? And what about the actual man himself. Is he supposed to dress down like a hipster to visit Bushwick?

This is all very sad.
Nov. 20, 2014, 4:19 pm
judahspechal from bedstuy says:
and we continue to raise whimps in this country. And we continue to shout people down if they do not conform to our ideals. If Santa can not get drunk in a free society. Religious fundmentals have won. We are not free.
Nov. 21, 2014, 7:56 am
ms nomer from brooklyn says:
bacchanal not bacchanalia
Nov. 21, 2014, 9:37 am
Tzefen from Park Slope says:
What about those of us who are not Christian. Do we need to be constantly bombarded by these fat men in red suits? Please. Keep them in Queens or LES. Brooklyn's not for that type.
Nov. 21, 2014, 10:35 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
A friend of mine worked in an area where this parade of idiots would come through, and they harassed her and the other workers there quite a bit. So she went to a nearby store, bought 2 bottles of canola oil, and poured them out on the sidewalk in an alcove where the drunk santas would stop to smoke and piss. ...It was a Christmas miracle slip n' slide for the rest of the day!
Nov. 22, 2014, 9:13 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Good idea Jim - will save it for the hiptards lol
Nov. 22, 2014, 11:05 am

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