On December 18, 1997, “Seinfeld” aired the classic episode, “The Strike.” In a cherished sit-com scene, Frank Costanza resurrects the Festivus holiday with Kramer by his side at H&H Bagels on the Upper West Side. Costanza remarks, “At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and you tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.” This is officially known in Festivus as ‘the Airing of Grievances.’
We’re welcoming all of you readers to air your grievances and complaints for 2021 in the comments section below. On December 23, the official day of Festivus, we’ll publish the best ones (if there are enough to choose from!).
“I got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re gonna hear about it!” – Frank Costanza
Upset with another dismal season by the New York Jets? Delays on the MTA? The fact the new Australian Bakery, Bourke Street, doesn’t have proper lamington? Air it out!
Drama with a co-worker? A sibling? A classmate? A stranger? Perhaps you were miffed by a pet or some kind of trainer? Maybe a gripe with a postal worker or even a dentist? Air it out!
READ MORE: Seinfeld Locations on the Upper West Side!
If you’re not completely versed with all the ins and outs of Festivus, this is a terrific training video. You can also find a lot of juicy tidbits about Festivus, including its true inspiration behind the scenes at FestivusWeb.com.
The actor who played Frank Costanza, the great Jerry Stiller (RIP), was an Upper West Sider for many years, which makes this especially sweet. It was in 1965 when Stiller, his wife Meara and their first child Amy moved from Washington Heights to 118 Riverside Drive, between 83rd and 84th Streets. Their second child (and second to become an actor), Ben Stiller, was born shortly after. At the time, the building was a rental, and they were paying $220 per month.
We hope Jerry’s smiling down on us as we now set out to look for an aluminum pole (Frank Costanza found tinsel distracting), and prepare for the ‘Feats of Strength.’
Seinfeld is currently available to stream on Netflix. The Strike is Season 9, Episode 10. The episode also airs on December 23 at 8pm on Comedy Central.
We’d also like to thank the Tampa Bay Times for helping inspire the Festivus return on the Upper West Side. They’re not too far from Del Boca Vista and have been running their own Festivus ‘Airing of Grievances’ for six years now.