Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
A Santa State of Mind
Monday, December 24, 2012 - 04:00 AM
Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash, this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind.
As part of his Micropolis series, WNYC's Arun Venugopal spent time with an attorney who bears a striking resemblance to St. Nick. That brings joy to some of his fellow New Yorkers — and unsettles others.
"You got the long beard, you're a jolly, older guy, they think 'He's Santa Claus!'" he explained. "Or 'He looks like Santa Claus! Why would he look like that if he wasn't Santa Claus!!?'"
To see more photos, visit Micropolis: NYC.