“We’ve had interest from quite a few Bushwick bars but, after our initial exploration, the team at SantaCon NYC has determined that Bushwick does not have the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration,” the organizer, who requested anonymity as “Santa,” said in a statement to amNewYork. “We appreciate local businesses’ willingness to work with our charity event and we thank all of them for their support.”
Prior to the cancellation, many Jefftown bar owners were quite vocal about their displeasure. Here are two highlights, via Bushwick Daily:
Pearl’s Social & Billyclub:
There’s no way anyone dressed as Santa will be allowed to come into Pearl’s during this ridiculous charade. Don’t ruin Christmas for all the children in Bushwick by dressing like Santa Claus and getting ridiculously drunk. No child wants to see Santa Claus passed out in a pool of his own vomit on the sidewalk. Shame on Santacon.
Three Diamond Door:
We will NOT be participating in Santacon AT ALL when it comes through Bushwick. I am hoping all of the other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood stay away from this shit, too. If you planned on coming to our bar as part of Santacon – you will not be welcomed.
And Roberta’s Heritage Radio Network devoted an episode to the debacle.