For its 25th year, SantaCon planned a series of yacht parties that would have spared New York City the drunken “festivities” that many decry as “the worst day of the year.” Alas, that plan was canceled after pushback from residents and local officials, so Midtown will once again be flooded with ho-ho-hordes of drunk bros in Santa outfits. Whether you embrace the event’s mission of spreading “absurdist joy” or you consider this the one day of the year that you must stay indoors, here’s what you need to know about the event, taking place on Saturday.
Like most things requiring crowd control, SantaCon began life with the best of intentions; long ago (in the early ’90s) in San Francisco, a group of merry pranksters called the Cacophony Society thought it might be a hoot to poke fun at both the proliferation of people in Santa suits and the proliferation of “cons,” while participating in a (alcohol-free, by the way) performance-art-inspired flash mob. As such things do in modern cities, the once-subversive event snowballed, and to paraphrase the Eagles, call someplace paradise–and wake to find four frat dudes barfing outside your window. The drunken ho-ho-hordes are now too legit to quit, and you might as well know where they’ll be on Saturday, December 8, 2018, which is the official date of this year’s SantaCon. Whether your intent is to join in the fun, or to avoid being totally broadsided by a thousand drunk adults in Santa suits, use this map from the event’s organizers.
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.
- 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)
- 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]