Saturday, December 10, 2011

And how is your Saturday afternoon?

A little bit ago on Second Avenue at Ninth Street...






Thanks to A. Sasaki for the photos...

37 comments:

LiberationNYC said...

"I think someone should just take this city and just... just flush it down the fuckin' toilet."

- Travis Bickle

Crazy Eddie said...

"We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army... "

Really, isn't time to call in the air strike?

Crazy Eddie said...

Also, hey Officer Baloney, they are BLOCKING the sidewalk, time for some pepper spray?
Let me add to LiberationNYC's post.
"This town needs an enema!" The Joker, the Jack version.

Stephanie Ratcliffe said...

I don't think we'd complain if they dressed like Ramones.

Shawn Chittle said...

It would be great if they instead did a SantaCon at area hospitals, bringing small gifts and smiles to the children in pediatric ward.

Little children, for whom Santa means so much.

Little children, who are victims of cancer, fire, crime, abuse, and violence.

Little children, for whom Christmas and holidays are really all about anyway.

Imagine what good all these Santas could do.

Until that day, this event is a colossal waste of humanity and a menace to society.

Anonymous said...

In a way I envy the revelers that is to say I sometimes wish I too could just indulge in hollow meaningless merry-making and have fun with it. But that is assuming the people are actually having a good time in their heart of hearts.

Alex in NYC said...

Maybe the concept of "SantaCon" was mildly amusing about a decade ago, but now it's just another abject display of fatuous douchery (see also Halloween). Pathetic and sad.

Crazy Eddie said...

@Alex-Spot on. And here’s to the original “abject display of fatuous douchery” event, the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, another loser event for amateur drinkers (see also New Year’s Eve).

BaHa said...

I went to Cookie Walk! Much more fun...and all those cookies. A great annual EV event.

Anonymous said...

or you could just remove the stick from your ass, relax, and realize santacon is only one day a year.

Marty Wombacher said...

Ho ho hurl.

Anonymous said...

Bomb 2nd Avenue.

LvV said...

I was woken up today by the noise of people whooping it up, pre-gaming for SantaCon. Then I went to the post office ... bars on upper Avenue A were packed with people in Santa suits and hats. Came home, passed two people in Santa suits leaving my building. I find it all a bit disturbing, but at least most of the Santas are passed out by now so we'll have a rare quiet Saturday night :)

LiberationNYC said...

I wish I had a stick in my ass! I would have pulled it out and clubbed my way down 2nd Avenue.

Barney Russell said...

Lighten up. I think some EV Grieve readers are happiest when they're complaining.

mk said...

8:50 PM and the s*&t never seems to end. The very worst of Halloween and St Patricks Day as suburban morons inundate a neighborhood and make it impossible to do anything outside the building you live in. Make pertinent and informed statements about your society and you get pepper sprayed and arrested. Act (en masse) like a total drunken jock as#&ole, turn an entire neighborhood into your private
vomitorium and what do you het? Nothing.
Make NY scary again and keep these
turds away.

blue glass said...

santacon stars off as a fabulous idea,
all those guys and gals in santa, reindeer, etc, suite.
a sea of red laughter.
all shapes and sizes, on bikes and foot.
until a few hours pass and the joke is on nobody.
loud, vomiting, drunk santas,
falling in and out of everywhere.
just like any saturday night here only they're all wearing the same costume.

but rest assured they will not run out of pizza.

Anonymous said...

KILL-KILL-KILL-KILL

Anonymous said...

@Barney

What time is your Santa costume due back tomorrow?

Anonymous said...

Oh, for God's sake. Didn't we all used to love the E Village because people could feel free there to be weird? Now you're full of fear & loathing about people who are being weird in a way you personally don't approve of? Why don't you all just grow up — and move away to some gated community where everyone is just like you!

Anonymous said...

Don't mass gatherings like this require a permit? On 3rd Ave tonight they were all but pulling taxi drivers out of their cars. The trashed 'Santas' couldn't tell the difference between an on duty taxi and an off duty taxi and were banging on the off duty cars when they wouldn't stop to pick them up. This idea was cute at one point but these people are out of control and are a public nuisance. Grow up.

argie said...

This was a rough day! It also highlighted how many of these fraternity/sorority types have moved into my building in the last couple of years...there were 2 post-santacon parties going on here until very very late...uuuuggggghhhhh....I actually heard people chanting "Chug it! Chug it! Chug it!"

It's Sunday morning now. Hope they all have vicious hangovers.

LvV said...

Anon 1:11, regarding old vs. new East Village residents, I think the issue is that there is a big difference between being a true misfit or weirdo as a person, and acting "weird" for one day.

Also, mass public drinking isn't really weird behavior, even if it's done in silly outfits. This type of event seems like a staple of fraternities/sororities and sports fans, two of the least-weird groups I can think of. What about SantaCon is strange or oddball or transgressive?

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:11: "Weird" isn't bros and douchettes roaming in packs screaming in your face while all trying to pile into the 13th Step. Yesterday the East Village became downtown Columbus after an Ohio State game, except for the Santa suits. I hate people.

Anonymous said...

This infestation spread west as well. I had the unfortunate experience of running into many of them all day around Washington Square Park.

The best part was when about four of them chatted around me and began to spray silly string on one another.

One of the silly string victims got angry because he was on his phone at the time trying to find out where the next bar was and his fun dudes with the cool 'tudes were distracting him.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:11: This is not "weird" in the great way the E. Village used to be before yunnies arrived, but idiotic. And illustrates how brainless assholes with no imagination or creativity to be authentically "weird" and interesting have taken over the neighborhood. Yesterday was like a bad acid trip.

Her, Suzanne76 said...

i ditto a wise sentiment posted earlier in this section:

BOMB 2ND AVENUE

and i live a few feet off 2nd avenue...but i realise it is the only option to save the east village.

LiberationNYC said...

Binge drinking en masse dressed as Santa and letting a Twitter account dictate your destinations isn't weird, it's the most uncool thing I can think of.

We shouldn't have to move to the suburbs or a retirement community if we don't like it - THAT'S WHY WE MOVED HERE. To GET AWAY from people like this.

Anonymous said...

You have to wonder about people like anon 1:11 and anon 5:42, and why do they get so butt-hurt when not everybody gets on board with silliness like this. As if we all ought to be grateful for these wonderful events like Santacon, Easter Bunnycon, No-Pants Day or whatever the fuck Twitter nonsense these people come up with. There are the revelers, and there are the disgruntled. Both sides I can understand, but people like anon1:11 and anon5:42 I have no use for, these are the real pimples of society if you ask me.

Barney Russell said...

EV Grieve: Can I suggest that at the end of the year, you post which three topics or posts got the comment board fired up the most in 2011. It would be intersting to compare the 2011 list against years past.

EV Grieve said...

I like that idea, Barney. It also seems as if the anti-SantaCon sentiment is/was a lot stronger this year than last.

HippieChick said...

Grieve, I think that was because SantaCon seemed so much more widespread and intrusive and loathsome this year. Or maybe it just seemed that way because I had to be out in it, stuck in a cab on Second Avenue, with drunken Vandals in Santa suits some fit all too well and staggering chicks in elf costumes that they really should NOT have been in pounding on my cab trying to get in. I fended them off with my cane (yeah, try walking through that vomitous morass of louts with a cane and boot due to recent injury and having them practically knock you over...NOBODY stood politely aside and one little blotto bitch practically pushed through me coming out of Village Farm...I blocked her until I had finished screaming at her and then stomped her foot with my cane) and wished it had been a sword. It's bad enough when we're kept captive in our own apartments on weekend nights by the drunk peeing vomiting hordes, but this is outrageous. Next year...pepper spray! Hey, if the fuzz can do it so can I.

Jeremiah Moss said...

there is nothing "weird" about these people. unimaginative clones, they are the opposite of weird. they are utterly mundane.

chris flash said...

Crazy Eddie:

If Santa-Con was a political event, they'd be beaten, penned-in and pepper-sprayed fer sure.

As Santa-Con is simply a silly expression of mass Santatude coupled with binge drinking, they'll never have a problem....

Anonymous said...

you are ALL insanely annoying

chris flash said...

Hey AnonymASS 6:04:

If you don't like the posters here, why not just FUCK OFF????

Anonymous said...

Santacon raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots by making agreements with many local bars to donate a portion of their profit to the charity. We also collected 6,000 pounds of food from Santas and brought it to the Bowery Mission and the Greenpoint Reformed Church. The douchebaggery is slowly changing..