Christmastime in New York City means many things.
It means festive holiday markets, elaborate department store window displays, spiked spiced cocktails, and capitalism run amok.
However, something even more sinister also swirls with the chill in the air, for us veterans who can anticipate what's coming.
It's only a matter of time before hundreds of drunk Santas and slutty (slutty in a "whoo girl power!" sex-positive way, of course) elves pour out onto the streets, leaving only destruction and crushed cans of 4 Loko in their wake.
That time is this Saturday, December 10th, when SantaCon will officially begin at 11 a.m. and end when the streets run with puked up shots of Fireball.
One small glimmer of light for anyone unfortunate enough to have to commute into the city this Saturday is that the Metro North and Long Island Railroad announced that from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, the trains will be banning alcohol.
The MTA cites that the temporary prohibition is to "maintain orderly travel and safe station and terminal operations during this weekend's SantaCon event."
Think you can just brown bag it? We wouldn't recommend it. According to Gothamist, police officers will be confiscating alcohol and issuing summons to anyone who ignores the ban.
"We’ve learned from experience that the event usually goes well, but some participants can make life tough for our other customers," says MTA's spokesperson, Aaron Donovan. "So the ban is a precaution to prevent activity that could disrupt other passengers’ travels."
Not all heroes wear capes. And if you're anything like us, you know how sh*tty SantaCon is without bridge and tunnel goons brown baggin' the pregame.[via Gothamist] [Feature Image Courtesy cbslocal.com]