After years of terrorizing residents of midtown and downtown Manhattan, the revelers of SantaCon — an annual pub-crawl that brings thousands of Santa costume-clad bros and babes streaming into the city and flocking to its bars — are meeting some resistance. Not the informal, "get out of my bar" resistance that locals have been mounting for years, but actual police involvement. DNAinfo reports that Manhattan's Midtown North Precinct (which oversees Hell's Kitchen, a popular SantaCon neighborhood), has sent letters to 30 local bars urging them to turn away Santas this December 14, saying "having thousands of intoxicated partygoers roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing will not be tolerated in our neighborhood." Finally the authorities are fighting back. Just with a letter, yes, but still. It's something.
Though, one thing about this news is troubling. As Foster Kamer points out at First We Feast, the bulk of bad SantaCon behavior actually takes place downtown, in the East Village and in Greenwich Village. So if those midtown Santas are shunned from that neighborhood, does that mean more Santas downtown? That is a concern at least for this writer, who unfortunately lives at the epicenter of the East Village SantaCon scene.