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Veselka Will Close On Christmas, Once Again Changing With the Times

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

Veselka in the late 1960s (Courtesy: Veselka)

Veselka in the late 1960s (Courtesy: Veselka)

Anyone who wants Veselka’s famous pierogies, borscht and blintzes on December 25 will just have to wait. For the first time in more than 60 years ago, Veselka, the 24-hour Ukrainian restaurant at 144 2nd Avenue will close on Christmas Day.

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SantaCon 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweaters

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

Ridiculously balmy weather brought record numbers of Santas, elves, ugly sweaters, reindeer, Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and Hanukkah shout-outs to Williamsburg and the East Village on Saturday for that most notorious excuse for mass day drinking, SantaCon 2015.

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NYPD and Others Brace For SantaCon As Red Menace’s Route Is Revealed

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Following yesterday’s news that SantaCon will kick off in Williamsburg on Saturday, the Times has gotten hold of the actual itinerary. After the 10 a.m. meetup at McCarren Park, there’ll be parties at Verboten and the Hall, followed by stops at the Delancey and the DL in the Lower East Side and then Solas and Bar 13 in the East Village.

With the red menace just days away, the NYPD has issued the above warning shot, and community group L.E.S. Dwellers is encouraging would-be SantaCon participants to donate to charity instead, via multiple versions of the graphic below.

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SantaCon and Unsilent Night Are Set to Clash (or Happily Coexist?)

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

Once again, the East Village’s two Christmas traditions, SantaCon and Unsilent Night, are happening on the same day. UnsilentaCon will be upon us Dec. 12!

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This Year, Order Your Tree Online and Pick It Up at This ‘Pop-Up Farm’

(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Pine)

(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Pine)

With the Rockefeller Center tree officially on its way to the Big Apple, it’s time to order your Christmas tree online. Yep, online.

Brooklyn Pine, a new “tree pop-up market” (come to think of it, Christmas-tree markets are the original pop-ups) is now taking pre-orders for Douglas and Canaan firs. Come Nov. 15, you can pick up your tree at a lot in South Williamsburg where you’ll find “soft live music, hot cocoa, and a holiday decoration by a local artist,” according to the site.
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For the Folks Who Light Up the Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, It’s Christmas in July

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The Feast (Photo: Eric Ohrt)

Tonight, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will come to an end as the 72-foot, four-ton “giglio” is hoisted and returned to its shrine on N. 8th Street.

The rides will spin to a halt and the lights will come down.
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