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