NYPD tells SantaCon to GTFO of Hell's Kitchen
Of course, that doesn't mean the roving crowd of drunk dudes in Santa suits won't go elsewhere, but good try?
Wed Nov 20 2013
Photographer: Phyllis B. Dooney
Are SantaCon's days numbered? Well, no—but in midtown, at least, the festive daylong bar crawl is seemingly unwelcome. DNAInfo reported earlier today that the NYPD's Midtown North precinct is attempting to curb the presence of SantaCon revelers in Hell's Kitchen by asking bars in the area to not serve folks in costume on Decembr 14, the day of the event. According to the report, one of the precinct's lieutenants sent a letter to about 30 bars in the area, telling them, "Having thousands of intoxicated partygoers roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing will not be tolerated in our neighborhood."
We've got no love for SantaCon itself. Its organizers raise money for charity (by their account, around $45,000 in 2012), but that's literally the only redeeming thing about the event. Interactions with SantaCon revelers are rarely pleasant (this blogger has been yelled at by drunk dudes in Santa suits more times than she can count), and it further clogs neighborhoods that are already overrun with drunk dummies.
But this so-called ban seems pretty half-hearted: According to another DNAInfo report from October, the SantaCon crew was already planning on avoiding Hell's Kitchen after receiving complaints last year; and it just means that the crowds will move to another part of town. And, like it or not, SantaCon is no different from any other public event—like St. Patrick's Day or Halloween—where loutish behavior is assumed to be part of the festivities. (Solution: Ban all of those events.)
What do you think, readers? Are you a SantaCon hater or are you getting ready to suit up on December 14? And do you think this attempt to ban it makes sense?
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