BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- SantaCon - that festive, sometimes rowdy celebration known for people walking around and barhopping in Santa suits, is looking for a new home.
That’s because the annual event is involved in a “Breakup Game” of sorts with the now trendy, gentrified, hipster-ironic neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
When word got out that SantaCon, which has a history of bad behavior in its bag of tricks, had preliminarily decided to rove through this neighborhood next month, the local bar owners all got together and announced a boycott.
“Everybody that doesn’t want to go to SantaCon, stays in Bushwick! Everybody that wants to go to SantaCon, goes to SantaCon! This is a refuge. I know the owner of my local bar very well. Pretty much all of them shut it off. And they said we’re not accepting anyone in a Santa suit, in our bar,” said Tim Spence.
Bushwick had seemingly ended this fragile relationship, before it even got a chance to blossom.
But then, as word spread that there would be no welcome mat here, SantaCon-NYC organizers responded to our request for comment and declared that they, in fact had rejected Bushwick as a chosen location.
“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,” SantaCon organizers said in a statement PIX11.