Santa has been spotted all over Manhattan

Santa Claus has come to town many times, and he’s hung out in some unlikely places.

Here’s proof, courtesy of New York’s street photographers. They always capture the weirdness and whimsy of the city…like the time Santa was waiting on the platform at Bleecker Street train in 1976 [Photographer: Richard Kalvar]


In 1982, Santa was caught poking around Central Park, across the street from the Plaza Hotel. Hopefully he wasn’t lost. [Photographer: Raymond Depardon]


1968 was a tumultuous year of political and social upheaval, which might explain why he stopped off at this bar (with color TV!) next to a pastry shop. Even Santa needs a little nip now and then. [Photographer: Bruce Gilden]


Back when the Bowery had actual bums in 1977, Santa spent some time cheering up the down-and-out guys who made their home there. That garbage can probably held a nice warm fire. [Photographer: Susan Meisales]


Here he is in 1962, refueling at the coffee shop in a Woolworth’s, in a window seat at a booth with a formica counter. It might be Christmas Eve, so he’s in for a long night. [Photographer: unknown]


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7 Responses to “Santa has been spotted all over Manhattan”

  1. Exile on Pain Street Says:

    I’m signing off blogland for the year and just wanted to thank you, again, for these spectacular posts. I don’t comment often but I read every one of them. They make me appreciate this nutty town more than I already do. And that’s saying something. Happy New Year! Keep ’em coming.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you for the kind words Exile! See you in 2016.

  3. realeyezlife Says:

    what about the “Santa Brawl” of 1981…in front of Macy’s/Penn Station where 30 drunk Santas decided to settle their difference with 20 of them ending up in the hospital and the other 10 in jail..It was not pleasant

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Santa Brawl of 1981? I’d never heard of this but must investigate!

  5. Steven Otero Says:

    Is the 1962 Santa having Coffee at the Hotel Taft ?

  6. Steven Otero Says:

    Santa 1962 Life Mag Leonard Mccombe Photographer.

  7. Steven Otero Says:

    Santa 1962 was having Coffee at The Ham n Egg Bway & 50 St near Roseland .

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