City Officially Joins Chorus of SantaCon Haters

November 19, 2014 | Bucky Turco

Just like St. Patrick’s Day, SantaCon is an annual event that attracts a lot of annoying people who commit deplorable acts on the streets of New York City, except they wear red, not green. Yet for some reason, it’s the latter spectacle that turns so many New Yorkers into modern-day Grinches.

After it was reported that SantaCon was headed to Bushwick this year, many bars responded by saying they would ban its practitioners from imbibing alcohol in their fine establishments. Now DNAInfo is reporting that NYC is getting in on the holiday hating, and has outright denied SantaCon’s request to gather at Maria Hernandez Park. A Parks Department spokewoman told the website that it’s due to the large crowd:

“We communicated to the organizers that Parks and the NYPD do not feel that Maria Hernandez Park can safely accomodate their estimated attendance — more than 1,000 people.”

City Councilman Rafael Espinal has gone so far as to ask Bushwick bar owners to boycott SantaCon. But if businesses don’t heed Espinal’s warning, then maybe the website for Boycott SantaCon may convince them to “Keep the Vomit Comet out of Brooklyn!”

(Photo: Phil Whitehouse)