Santacon

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POLL: Are You Pro or Anti Santacon?

By Dana Schulz, Thu, December 10, 2015

We know it’s a loaded question, but after all these years of holiday debauchery, the debate surrounding Santacon rages on. The founder of the event recently contacted Gothamist, requesting an interview to set the record straight. He said the press is failing to focus on the notorious event’s “more important messages of anti-consumerism, creativity, jolly gay apparel” and that the point is not about alcohol, but rather “to have a nonsensical get-together for public street theater, for making New York exciting and weird.” Local elected officials and residents who live near the bar crawl spots feel differently, though, citing public urination, sexual exposure, and overall chaos as part of the issue. Since Santacon will take to the streets this Saturday, we want to know your thoughts.

Right image: IMGP2208 via photopin (license)

Daily Link Fix

Renzo Piano, Whitney Museum
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art’s new Renzo Piano-designed building along the High Line will open in May. [NY Times]
  • Historic photos of the New York garbage strike of 1911. [The Bowery Boys]
  • SantaCon’s not going to Bushwick after all. The organizers said the neighborhood “does not have the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration.” [am NY]
  • The Street Museum of Art is taking over boring billboards with unique street art. [Bowery Boogie]
  • A round up of 3D-printed holiday gifts. [Mashable]

Images: New Whitney via Timothy Schenck (L); Street art billboard via Street Museum of Art (R)

Daily Link Fix

SantaCon
  • SantaCon’s drunken debauchery is abandoning its traditional East Village route and heading to Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]
  • All those backpack wearers and “man spreaders” are going to get a public shaming when the MTA rolls out its subway etiquette awareness campaign in January. [am NY]
  • Explore the “poison cauldron” of Newtown Creek in photos. [Gothamist]
  • After 15 years in the West Village, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is losing its space. [Vanishing NY]
  • Well, this is convenient. An aerospace engineer developed a carry-on suitcase that charges your smart phone, tracks the luggage’s location, and has a built-in digital scale. [Phys.org]

Images: SantaCon via drpavloff via photopin cc (L); Bad subway etiquette via cisc1970 via photopin cc (R)

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