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Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend (Updated 10/8)

The air is cooler, leaves are starting to change, and anticipation is in the air, that means one thing — BROADWAY BOMB SEASON!

With under a month left until the Broadway Bomb 2013 goes down it’s time to get planning and get the details for the entire weekend straight so that you’re not left out of the loop with what’s going on where. It’s all starting at noon on Friday, October 11th so get ready!

THERE ARE UPDATES TO THIS POST DATED AND IN RED! READ CAREFULLY AS SOME SCHEDULES HAVE CHANGED!

10/8/13: There’s now a wristband required to attend the post-Bomb BBQ on Saturday. Read the update below for all the info. 

About the Broadway Bomb

For those of you unfamiliar with the Broadway Bomb and what all the hype is about, we’ll give you some quick context. What started at as a ‘death race’ over a decade ago between some OG NYC skaters has become less of a race (due to the massive amounts of people), and more of a free-for-all group skate, with the with thousands of riders moving in mass from 116th and Broadway to the statue of the Charging Bull on the Bolling Green in Downtown Manhattan.

With the Bomb’s increase in popularity over the years, it’s grown from just an unreal skating experience on Saturday to a full weekend long event starting at noon on Friday and ending whenever the fun stops on Sunday. If this is your first time coming, rest up because it’s going to be a long and fast paced weekend for sure.

Update 10/7: Cami Best and some of the other Concrete Kings and NYCL crew members, including our homies Kai Monroe and Sam Ettorre, took to the streets and filmed this dank preview video fro the bomb this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYFgka01Acw

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend Schedule

Friday (October 11th, 2013):

The fun starts on Friday at 12:00 noon over at the Longboard Loft (132 Allen Street, Manhattan) with the World Skate Fam Welcome Party hosted by Bustin’ Boards, Push Culture Apparel, and Wheelbase Magazine. This all day event should end up being a BLAST and isn’t something you’re going to want to miss if you can help it at all.

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend

UPDATED 10/1/13

There are multiple changes to the schedule originally posted in the image above. Read the paragraph below and check the bullet points for the CORRECT new schedule. 

Starting at 12:00 noon you can stop by the Longboard Loft to shoot the shit, win some gear and prizes, and party a bit until the real fun starts at 5PM with drink specials next door. Then at 7:15PM the Bustin’ crew is holding a special premier screening of their new video that was shot and filmed in China, something everyone’s been pretty stoked about. After that, at 7:30PM it’s a city skate and slash over to Uncle Funky’s for their 21+ Meet and Greet. The Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet actually starts at 8:00PM for those of you not skating over from the Loft, and is now co-hosted by ANVL Boards since their Longboard Loft party was cancelled. It’s a $5 cover which will go towards a raffle ticket and support Stoked Mentoring. The party will run until 11:00PM, at which point you’ll be on your own to either sleep or continue the party elsewhere in NYC.

  • 12:00PM – 5:00PM @ Longboard Loft: Chill/Party/Skate/Win Gear
  • 5:00PM – 8:00 PM @ Lucky Jack’s Café: Drink specials and shenanigans
  • 7:15 PM @ Undisclosed: Premier of the new Bustin’ China video
  • 7:30 PM: Group skate/city slash to Uncle Funky’s (21+ only!)
  • 8:00 PM-11:00PM @ Uncle Funky’s Boardshop: Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet

Saturday (October 12th, 2013) @ 12:00 PM **BROADWAY BOMB DAY**:

bomblogo1Saturday is the big day. Grab a Gatorade early in the morning to kick that hangover, a Ham and Steeze breakfast sango at the dope ass deli a few blocks away, and head on over to 116th and Broadway to meet up with everyone else.

The Bomb goes off at 12:00 noon sharp every year, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the rush out of the park and up the hill onto Broadway, one of the best parts of the experience. From there it’s the usual Broadway Bomb race course down Broadway. Just keep bombing down Broadway till you hit the Charging Bull Statue then start heading over to the BBQ.

After the race we’ll move over to the East River Park (near the 10th St footbridge) for some BBQ fun, give-aways, and hanging out with some good people. It’s crazy to see how many people are actually at the event when everyone’s chillin’ in the same spot, the entire area swarms with skaters.

UPDATE 10/8/13: YOU’LL NEED A WRIST BAND TO ATTEND THE POST-BOMB BBQ! Because there’s a 1,400 person cap on how many people can attend the BBQ (as the City’s permit states), they’ve got to distribute wrist bands for anyone wanting to go.

You can buy a wristband at Friday night’s meet and greet party at Unkle Funky’s, or find Jimmy Soladay before the race to buy one. (best to get there around 11:00AM if you need to buy one). They’re $5 each, with proceeds going towards Stoked Mentoring.

Every $300 raised pays for a year of after school programs for kids. Once the wrist bands are sold out, you’ll be on the other side of the fence looking in at all the cool kids having fun. 

Saturday Night (October 12th, 2013):

Once the Bomb is over and the BBQ is wrapped up the plan is to head back to the Longboard Loft for a 21+ after-party hosted by ANVL Boards and sponsored by Brooklyn Workshop, Perky Jerky, and Uber.

Adult refreshments will be served and snacks will be on hand thanks to Perky Jerky. It’s all to celebrate the upcoming launch of ANVL’s HANZO longboard, which features some pretty unbelievable shapes and some rad features, especially for the commuter skater.

The party is going to run from 8PM until 10PM and you need to RSVP here.

UPDATE 10/1/13

This event has been CANCELLED! You’ll be on your own to get rowdy in NYC for Saturday after the Bomb’s BBQ.

Sunday (October 13th, 2013):

Hopefully you didn’t overdo it too hard on Saturday night, because Sunday is just as big a day thanks to Steve Kong’s legendary Post-Bomb Slide Jam, hosted in partnership with NYC’s very own Earthwing Skateboards at Darktower (155th and Broadway).

Dubbed ‘the coolest slide jam on the coolest hill’ this is an event that is LEGENDARY every year. With so many rad skaters in one place things heat up very quickly and the skating gets to another level before you know it.

We don’t have all the details quite yet, but know that it’ll be going down at 11:15AM, so make sure you’re up and at ’em and ready to go. We also know that Kai Monroe will be bringing a kicker, so expect shit to be going down and some dank skating to be seen!

Broadway Bomb 2013: Mark Your Calendar

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UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

The scent of spring isn’t even in the air but we’re already hearing some rumblings about the 2013 Broadway Bomb. The push race down one of New York City’s most famous streets has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, growing by the hundreds and swelling to a far larger size than ever envisioned. Last year nearly 2,000 participants descended upon New York to race through the streets with throngs of other longboarders and New York City traffic.

While the City itself launched a court and police battle to halt the event last year, in the end NYPD ended up offering police escorts and stopped traffic at intersections to help protect both motorists and skaters alike. Still, it had everyone wondering — what would happen in 2013? The answer to that question has, at least in part, been answered tonight on the Broadway Bomb’s facebook account, run by one of the organizers of the event, who we’re choosing not to name. On it it told everyone to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in October and thanked the NYPD for their cooperation. That’s October 12, 2013 for all of you too lazy to look at a calendar (I was at first too, don’t worry). Obviously it immediately got tons of likes and comments from people far too stoked to skate again this fall.

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The question regarding just how “official” the event will be this year is still in the air, however. While in the comments the Broadway Bomb account later noted that there would be “More police escorts,” we can’t help but wonder if that just means there’ll be more police on hand this year, as there were never any official police escorts in years past as far as we know. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. We’re too stoked for the weekend of skateboarding that surrounds this event every year and can’t wait to hear more as the date draws closer.

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Stay tuned for any updates as the season progresses! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all that jazz. 

UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

 

10 Tips for Surviving the Broadway Bomb

If you’re planning on flocking to New York City this weekend to take place in the Broadway Bomb, especially if its your first time, listen up cause we’ve got some tips to help you survive! If this is your first Broadway Bomb make sure you’ve already read up on the weekend’s full set of events over at our Broadway Bomb 2012 post. Make sure you stay up to date with everything else related to the Broadway Bomb as we gear up for the weekend by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

1. Stay aware

As my high school water polo coach used to tell us, “Keep your head on a constant swivel!” Unlike any other event when you’re skating in the Bomb you’re absolutely surrounded by skaters constantly. With all that pushing and all those people bodies and boards go flying regularly, and if you’re not paying attention to what’s going on with other skaters around you it’s only a matter of time before you join them. It all comes back to this one, so make sure you’re keeping yourself in check and know what’s going on around you at all times.

2. Be in the front or in the back, not the middle.

It’s way easier to avoid a lot of hazards that come with skating in such a big pack if you just decide to either stick to the front or the back. The front is the better choice as the pack will keep you moving fast and if you get tired there are always skaters behind you to keep you motivated. If you can keep the real leaders of the pack in sight you’re also sure to avoid getting lost. Which brings us to number 3…

3. Know the route!

Make sure you double check the route before you go, maybe even triple check it. Take a look at the map and figure out where the turns are — WRITE THEM DOWN!!! (You won’t be able to do it on your phone mid-race or while you’re lost…I’ve tried.) It sucks hard when you get lost, especially if you take a group of skaters with you since you looked like you knew what you were doing…There are turns and people do get lost, so pay attention and know the route.

4. DON’T SKITCH!

This speaks for itself. It’s a cardinal sin of the Bomb and isn’t tolerated. It’s also hella illegal in NYC so if you’re seen doing it, it becomes a bad look for everyone. This is a longboard push race…erm flashmob…not ” who can hold onto the taxi race flashmob.”

5. Communicate with other skaters

This goes along with tip Number 1: Stay Aware. While being aware you should also communicate with other skaters to help each other out. See an NYPD road block ahead? Let everyone know. Turn that people might miss? Stop so others can see you. Board coming at someone? Give them a heads up.The more you talk, clap, yell, etc the better and safer the race will be for everyone.

6. Pedestrians

Pedestrians, they are everywhere and of all varieties during the Bomb so you’ve gotta watch out. Getting frustrated and trying to cross the street, trying to get a closer picture, stopped on the side, the cute girl of your dreams that distracts you — you’ve gotta be ready for it all and you’ve gotta be ready to react. Don’t hit the people and be nice to the ones trying to high-five and take your picture, it’s too fun!

7. Check the intersection before blowing through it.

If you’re not a regular city skater take extra precautions when going through intersections. New York has lots of one ways, cars going fast, corners, etc. so before you just blast through an intersection make sure you’re not going to go splat on the grill of a car, either. Again…be aware.

8. CARS!

You’re gonna have to squeeze through them and avoid them because they do not move when you run into them and they hurt like hell when you get hit by them. If you’re skating in the opposite direction of traffic at the beginning make sure you watch out for cars that haven’t stopped yet and for cars coming across the intersections that might not see you (and that you might not see). Cars are not your friends.

9. COPS!!!

I hate to say it but this year it looks like we’ll be going back to working around the NYPD rather than with them. Despite them being super cool and stoking us out by shutting down intersections and escorting us down the entire run, it sounds like this year they’re not as down with the Broadway Bomb going off. Without the distraction of Occupy Wall Street all eyes will be on us, as we’re surely one of the biggest events going down on a calm Saturday afternoon. Police are police and we can’t offer any legal advice whatsoever, so if you find yourself interacting with them use your best judgement.

Do your best to not end up like the poor sucker in the video below, and read our post from last year about HOW TO STEER CLEAR OF TROUBLE WITH THE NYPD (aka avoid being arrested)!!!

10. HAVE FUN!

This is the most important part of the Bomb and the final major piece to your survival. As long as you have a ton of fun skating with one of the most eclectic groups of skaters you’ll ever meet and don’t end up in cuffs you’ll have one of the best times of your life no matter where in the pack you finish.

Good luck to everyone that’s coming down, stay safe and have fun! Can’t wait to see you all!

UPDATE: Again we’re in no way condoning your participation in this event/flashmob nor are we the event/flashmob organizers. These are common-sense pieces of advice for skating in a city at any time, not just one event.

2012 Broadway Bomb Weekend — NYC 10/19 to 10/21

MAJOR UPDATE FROM THE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS FOR THE BOMB:

Attention all Skaters! Ian has received a summons from the City of New York. In order to avoid being prosecuted, Ian Nichols must officially cancel the Broadway Bomb and relinquish all responsibility. However, We are going to flash mob 116th Street and Broadway at 11:50AM and Start the Race at 12:00PM exactly. Get the exact time from your cellphone. Please don’t show up until 11:50AM because there may be a police presence. Please share this post with everyone in order to keep us all safe. See you there.

This video was also on the official website:

UPDATE 2: I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to what the above statement means. If you decide to be a part of the flashmob do not show up to the park any earlier than 11:50 and expect the “flashmob” to start promptly at 12:00PM. No lolligagging in the park with your friends before hand like usual, this is strictly business until the BBQ at the end, from what we can read.

UPDATE 3: Just so we’re all clear here, I’m not an organizer of this collective group skate nor am I condoning anyone’s participation. Just reporting the information as they’ve been distributed and posted.

Update 4: New York’s very own, Steve Kong, just posted this YouTube video from tonight’s local news in New York City warning that the New York Supreme Court told the City that they can issue a temporary restraining order against the event (guessing that’s the Summons Ian got). Once again, just reporting what we’ve heard, use your judgement.

Update 5: We found an article from DNAinfo New York talking a little more about the restraining order, although it still isn’t exactly clear what it means nor when it was issued.

It’s that time of year again folks, the leaves have changed color, the air is crisper, and more importantly this year’s BROADWAY BOMB is upon us! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Bomb is by far the largest longboard event in the country with over 1,300 participants descending on the famous New York City street making their way from 116th to the Bowling Green. The event is one of the few sights that make New Yorkers and tourists alike stop dead in their tracks and is something that’s absolutely incredible to be apart of.

What is most incredible is the sheer size of the event now. Again this year the event has grown an unbelievable amount with over 1,400 skaters already registered, and over 1,600 people listed as attending on Facebook, with over a week left until the event! It’s likely we’ll break at least 1,500 registered skaters by then, and actual turnout could prove to be even higher if weather is nice and the Facebook responses are true, as was the case last year. If you haven’t already done so you should head on over and register, especially if you plan on placing in the top-10. If you’re just in it for the experience, it’s not a necessity that you register, but it helps everyone get a better feel for how many people are actually participating.

There’s more to the weekend than just the Bomb itself, though, with events on both Friday night as well as Sunday — making for a nice full weekend of skateboard fun that you really can’t beat.

Just so everyone is clear: the Bomb itself will be Saturday the 20th @ 12:00 PM sharp!

Friday, October 19th:

Blue Sky Mile Challenge hosted by Blue Sky Longboards; 4:00-8:00PM

A one (1) mile IDSA sanctioned push race taking place in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event is slated to go down from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and currently has a $4,000 cash prize purse that’s still growing. Registration closes on October 18th, the day before the event. Make sure you’re signed up if you’re interested. $20 for IDSA members and $35 for non-members. The Facebook event has over 300 people attending, so while it’s a new event to the weekend it could end up being well attended.

Friday Night Rips hosted by Earthwing Skateboards; 7:00PM – End

Casual event that is a classic pre-bomb event. Takes place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and starts at 7:00 PM, finishing when it finishes. Slide, wheelie, and downhill — again emphasis on it being a casual event. Should have a lot of classic rippers in attendance and will for sure be a great way to start the weekend off. For more information peep the Facebook group, linked above.

Saturday, October 20th:

Broadway Bomb hosted by the New York Longboard Association; 12:00-1:30PM

The main event of the weekend, a push race down Broadway in traffic! The Bomb will go down at 12:00PM and should last until about 1:30 at the latest. Meet at 116th and Broadway at the Park just down the hill. The Bomb tends to go off right on time every year, so if you snooze you’ll likely have to catch up somewhere on Broadway! This is going to be the biggest event ever and will surely be something you’ll regret missing if you can help it. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER HERE so that we can have a somewhat accurate count of how many people attend.

Helmets are required. Come early and keep quiet as to not attract too much attention! Make sure to register before coming and remember, YOU COULD DIE! Check the Facebook Event for any last minute updates.


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Post-Bomb BBQ hosted by Sector Nine Longboards; 2:00-5:00PM

Just like it sounds, taking place at the East River Park (10th Street and FDR Drive). Make sure you’re respectful of the park and pick up after yourself. Usually a great time where you can see a lot of old friends, meet new skaters, and see some of your favorite pros.

Afterparty at Lucky Jack’s Bar hosted by the New York Longboard Association; 7:00 PM – End

130 Allen Street, located right next to the Longboard Loft. Continuation of the BBQ with a similar crowd and much more drinking.

Sunday, October 21st:

Sunday Morning Style Sessions hosted by Uncle Funky’s Board Shop; 8AM-11AM

This is another classic event to head out to the day after the Bomb. Get up early, kick the hangover and come hang out over at Darktower with a lot of the crew from the day before. Contact Jeff Gaites at Uncle Funky’s to RSVP. If that’s a little too early for you, then there’s always…

The Skate For Life Slidejam hosted by Various Sponsors; 12:00PM – End 

The world famous Steve Kong has done an all-star job organizing this event which will take place at Darktower right after the Style Sessions. All the proceeds are going raise money for cystic fibrosis research, so it’s absolutely something you want to come out for and support. Two divisions (hard and soft wheels) as well as multiple heats will help keep the flow under control, ensuring that you won’t have to snake your way through groms to get a couple of slides in.  $10 will get you entered into one of the divisions, $15 will get you both. Steve has been to (and won) more than his fair share of competitions so I have faith that this is going to be one hell of an event and probably the biggest highlight after the Bomb itself.

 

Video: Skate House Media’s Take on the Broadway Bomb

Usually I try not to post two videos in a row, but this one is worth it. You probably remember seeing the picture I posted of me and longboarding all-star James Kelly — of the Arbor Collective, Abec-11, and Skate House Media — before the Broadway Bomb this year. He and a bunch of other guys from Skate House were there filming and participating in the 2011 Broadway Bomb, which we covered extensively here. They recently posted their short and sweet edit from this year’s Broadway Bomb and I must say, it’s one of the best I’ve seen this far. Features some excellent commentary at the end and an epic wipeout!

Wrap-up: 2011 Broadway Bomb & BBQ

I think the only way to sum up what happened at the 2011 Broadway Bomb is with one word: wow. To be honest, wow isn’t even good enough to describe how amazing the event was this year. With the lead-up to the event so strong I knew it would end up being a huge deal, but I don’t think anyone could have planned for just how big it really was. My friend John, who helped me film, and I got to the meeting place near Barnard College and 116th and Broadway at around 10:30. With the race not starting till 12 we figured we would be pretty early, how wrong we were. Already a couple hundred longboarders sat buzzing about the park excited and anxious to see how many people would actually be coming, by 11:15 it was clear that the event would indeed be massive as the influx of longboarders continued at a heavy rate bringing the numbers well over 1,000 by the time the race started at noon.

That’s right, over 1,000 longboarders actually came to this year’s Broadway Bomb. Words cannot begin to describe the amount of energy and enthusiasm that could be felt pulsating throughout the crowd as we ran up the hill and started to skate down Broadway, every single person was so stoked and so excited, having one of the best times of their life. Skaters from all walks of life, ability, and location showed up this year, with people from as far away as Australia and California coming to see what the Bomb had to offer this year. Big names also came out in numbers this year, James Kelly of Skate House Media and the Arbor Collective made his first ever appearance in NYC for the Bomb and was joined by Brian Bishop and the Concrete King himself, Salamon Lang, along with other big faces such as Max Dubler and Paul Kent. Talk about a STACKED event!

What was previously a major concern for us and other people, and even an issue in years past, the NYPD was amazingly helpful throughout our entire time on the road. Instead of pulling longboarders over or trying to break the pack or even the whole event up, the NYPD were right there shutting down roads and intersections at various points so we could safely pass through. I rode next to two NYPD scooters for a little while, it was a very pleasant and nice experience knowing that we were on the same side. Without the fear of having to deal with the police everyone was able to skate care-free and fully enjoy what an amazing event the Bomb was this year.

Me with James Kelly of Skate House Media and the Arbor Collective

What might have been the best part, however, was the look on people’s faces as we passed en masse down Broadway. People stopped dead in their tracks, pulling out cell phones to quickly snap photos and take video, cheered us on, and stuck hands out for high fives. As we passed by cars drivers and passengers alike rolled down windows and pounded fists with skaters, the outcry of support was unbelievable and beyond my wildest imagination.

Of course, since this was a race to determine who the strongest city-skater in quite possibly the world is, the winners are mighty important. For the men, pushing powerhouse and recent Adrennalina Marathon Puerto Rico winner Kiefer Dixon took first place, followed closely by Steven Sanchez who actually THREW UP while riding in order to not sacrifice second place, and Robin McGuirk in third. Other notable finishes include Kaspar Heinrich, who has won more Broadway Bombs than anyone else, in 4th; Thesseus Williams, another past Broadway Bomb winner, in 10th; and Saloman “The King” Lang in 11th place. On the women’s side of things a tie for first place between Cami Best and Sarah Paulshock was followed closely by Danielle DeJesus in 2nd and Katie Fry in 3rd.

Because the NYPD was blocking off the Charging Bull Statue at Bowling Green (the official finish line) for various reasons we were forced to immediately keep skating to the East River Park where the Bustin BBQ and awards ceremony were taking place (again, with the grace of the NYPD). Although a bit of a long skate, hundreds showed up to talk and hear the results from the day’s event. Once the winners were announced people moved closer to the Williamsburg Bridge to skate and eat more food provided by the kind souls at Bustin’ Boards in Brooklyn. The BBQ was a lot of fun and provided people more time to mingle and talk about the race and also turned into a bit of a flatland session as people started getting their energy back after the race.

Overall the 2011 Broadway Bomb was by far the best event of the season that I’ve been to. The energy and enthusiasm that everyone brought to the event was unparalleled and made for an absolutely unforgettable and unbelievable time. If you were at the Bomb this year, either as a skater or a spectator, and have a story for us feel free to share it via a comment here, on Facebook, or by e-mail at mike [at] skatetheeast.net. Check out the video we put together of the race and the BBQ after as well as a slide session John and I ran into while skating around Central Park later in the day.

It’s Official — 2011 Broadway Bomb Breaks 1,000 Registered Skaters!

With 4 days left until the event itself, the 2011 Broadway Bomb has already smashed another milestone that many people didn’t expect to be broken this year: over 1,000 registered skaters! When I first checked the registration count just before 10EST this morning it read 963 registered users. Now, just over 12 hours later the count stands at 1,045…that’s another 82 skaters during the day today alone! If this pace keeps up over the next four days it wouldn’t surprise me to see us push close to 1,300 people registered, the real question past that is just how many will show up?

Last year saw 423 participants register to skate the Bomb and about 350 actually show up and participate. If registration says strong and fast over the next four days like it has been, and a similar dropout rate is assumed for participants we’ll still see close to 1,000 people skating this event all at once. The overwhelming majority of registered skaters live in the Tri-States (Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) with a lot of the rest coming from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic. This puts most of the registered participants within a short trip of the event which will hopefully mean little excuse to not actually show up.

All I have to say is, THIS IS GOING TO BE NOTHING SHORT OF EPIC no matter what! The forecast looks sunny and temperature looks great for a very fun and exciting push through 8.5 miles of New York City streets! Keep an eye out for more updates as they come to us and check in on race-day for live updates and last minuet news. If you missed it before we posted some information regarding skateboarding in NYC to help avoid any unwanted contact with the NYPD and also have a guide to the full weekend.

Broadway Bomb 2011: Know How to Steer Clear of Trouble with the NYPD

Updated 10/5/11 @ 5PM to address finish line/Occupy Wall Street concerns.  

So far the response to the Broadway Bomb 2011 article I posted not too long ago has been huge, and with less than a week to go until the Bomb itself (the weekend starts Friday and the actual race is Saturday) I figured I’d address a concern that a lot of people have been voicing: the NYPD. We’ve all seen the videos of Broadway Bombers having some unfortunate (and in many cases illegal on the NYPD’s part) interactions with the police, but what can you do to prevent it yourself from being one of the unfortunate few?

First and foremost, you should know what your rights as a skateboarder in New York City are. I’m not a lawyer, but the law reads pretty clear in outlining what we can and cannot do. Skateboarding both on the street and, if necessary, on the sidewalk is legal so long as you don’t do so recklessly. That is, you cannot “skateboard on a public street, highway or sidewalk in such a manner as to endanger the safety or property of another” (Local Law 43 of 1996). Furthermore you must adhere to all of the local traffic laws (including stop lights) and must use the bike lane where possible or stay as far to the right as possible as to not interfere with traffic. We all know this will be hard, however, and that the bike lane in New York City is usually really an illegal parking lot. Weaving in and out of traffic will be a part of the race, but try your best to not skate like a reckless bat out of hell and stay to the right as much as possible you should be fine. New York City law also prohibits groups from skating more than 2 across, another law that could lead the NYPD to stop you and one that will be hard to avoid with over 950 people registered. Probably the biggest troublemaker and attention caller for both the NYPD and race officials will be skitching. Skitching is frowned upon heavily by the police, who see it as dangerous to you, the drivers, and others around, race officials have said that it will be grounds for DQ this year too, and while I haven’t seen the rule in writing I’d be careful. NYCSK8 posted a good list to sum things up:

  • Section 1230. These laws apply to skating on public roads, on private roads open to public traffic, and on all bike and skate trails.
  • Section 1231. You have similar rights and duties as are held by the driver of a motor vehicle. In other words, skating on public roads (excluding expressways, interstates and certain other roads) is legal but you must honor all traffic laws (e.g., obey traffic lights, no wrong-way skating, etc.).
  • Section 1233. You may not attach yourself to any vehicle in motion, i.e., no “skitching”.
  • Section 1234. If there is a bike/skate lane, you must use it. If not, you must skate as far to the right side of the street as possible so as to not interfere with traffic. If you are skating in a group, you may not skate more than two abreast. You must skate single file if there is other traffic which wishes to pass by you.
  • Section 1235. You may not carry any article or package which would obstruct your view.
  • Section 1238. Any child under 14 must wear a helmet when skating. This is a $50 offense, the ticket being issued to the skater’s parent/guardian. When skating at night, you must wear a jacket or other clothing with reflective material.
But what if you do get stopped or asked to stop? It’s always best to comply with orders from the police, if you’re skating with a group of people we don’t expect much trouble so long as you aren’t skating too recklessly or posing a big danger to people around you. If asked to stop and you or your group has a camera make sure you start filming your interaction, be polite to the officers and answer their questions as best you can. Chances are if you remain calm and polite you won’t have too much trouble with the police. If you do, make sure you get it on film and file an official complaint.
With what looks to be 1,000 riders coming out for this event there’s a high likelyhood that the NYPD will be on our side, protecting us from traffic instead of pulling us over. Be polite to drivers, pedestrians, and the NYPD and you should have an awesome, problem free day.
UPDATE: Something I didn’t touch base on too much is the fact that the finish line is at the heart of where the Occupy Wall Street protesters have been set up recently. While there is some chance that they won’t be on Broadway/Bowling Green itself, it’s more likely we’ll have to skate our way through the protest. Jeff Vyain of Bustin’ Boards and the Longboard Loft NYC posted a great article on their blog reminding the longboarding community that this is a chance for us to show that we’re “good guys” so to speak, not out to cause trouble or hurt anyone, just to skate and spread the stoke. If we are polite and respectful Occupy Wall Street shouldn’t pose any problems to the Bomb and visa versa. Here’s an excerpt from Jeff’s post:
Aside from obvious safety concerns of riding full-speed down Manhattan’s busiest street, there are protests going in downtown Manhattan (occupywallstreet.org). There will be a LOT of people down there, and we’re not 100% sure where they’ll be yet because they keep moving around. We MAY skate right through a march! On one hand, this provides our longboard community an outstanding opportunity to make an awesome positive impression on a lot of people, including local law enforcement. On another, we’re heading into an area of potential volatility, and because of this, we need to be on our best behavior. So be respectful. I know a lot of people will be racing, but don’t sacrifice the vibe that we’re creating here for the sake of beating the guy next to you by a couple seconds. Be safe, protect yourself, and protect our community. Thanks, that is all!

We’re not expecting this to go down this year…

2011 Broadway Bomb & More — NYC 10/8/11

If you’re even remotely close to the Northeast this is the event that we’ve all been waiting for, the 2011 Broadway Bomb in New York City

on October 8th, 2011. I’m so excited I’m not even sure where to start. The event that saw over 550 skaters last year is expected to draw close to 750 this year. As of this posting there are currently 647 skaters registered and the number is climbing steadily making it a possibility there could be closer to 1,000 skaters total. UPDATE 10/4/11: As of 11:00PM tonight (Tuesday, 10/4) there are officially OVER 1,000 SKATERS REGISTERED FOR THE BROADWAY BOMB! Right now the number stands at 1,046 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down as we get closer to the race. With numbers like that the Broadway Bomb will literally take over the streets of Manhattan for the race — making it an uban longboard paridse. From what the Bustin’ Blog said we’ll skate through 150 traffic lights, 100,000 pedestrians, road blocks, road kill and the good ole police. I guess that’s why the race’s tagline is “YOU COULD DIE!” Both Friday 10/7 and Sunday 10/9 other events are taking place as well as some events right after the race on Saturday.

The 2011 Broadway Bomb Push Race & After parties:

The race is scheduled to go off right at noon (12:00PM) from Riverside Park at 116th and Broadway, the race ends at the bull statue on Wall Street. You can take the 1 train to 116th and get off there. This is *the* push event through the streets of Manhattan. In years past we’ve seen some super fast pushing and some pretty reckless skating through traffic lights and cars. This year there is a no skitching rule to help prevent injury and unwanted negative attention. You can register here for the race. If it’s raining there is a posted rain date for  October 17th. We’ll keep you updated if there’s question as to whether or not the race is on. 

Immediately after the race is the Bomb Ass BBQ at East River Park in Manhattan. The official start time is 2PM, you can skate over with the pack that will most definitely be headed over there or take the JMZF train to Delancey Street — either way you have to walk over the FDR via the pedestrian path

way to enter the park. It’s under the Williamsburg Bridge alongside the East River. This is going to be a great time and will allow for a lot of people to check out the famous Williamsburg Bridge — one of NYC’s best longboard spots.

If you still haven’t had enough there’s also the Bomb Ass Afterparty going down right next to the Longboard Loft at Lucky Jacks 125 Allan Street. Again it’s the JMZF train to Delancey Street.

Friday & Sunday Extended Bomb Sesssions:

So, in addition to the famous push race there are events to start the weekend off and finish it the right way on Friday night and Sunday afternoon (October 7th & 9th)

On Friday the Friday Night Rip Session is going down in Prospect Park, Brooklyn at 7:00PM. It’s a slide and freeride jam and will be sure to have appearances by some of the Earthwing and Bustin’ riders and will be tons of fun for everyone that shows up.

Sunday, for your post-race and after-party enjoyment you have the Sunday Style Sessions going down at 7AM on Dyckman Street in Manhattan. The Style Session is hosted by Uncle Funky’s Board Shop and requires a $20 registration fee (and very early wake-up).

If you’re looking for something a little later in the afternoon you can check out the Earthwing Technical Slide Jam at 1:00PM at the same location as the Style Session (Dyckman Street). It’s a freeride, hard wheel event. Contact Steve Kong at: stevekong89@gmail.com for the Earthwing event.

It looks like it’s going to be one hell of a weekend!

Check out the documentary about the history of the Broadway Bomb and see some highlights from the 2009 Bomb:

Push Culture – The Broadway Bomb from Joe Goodman on Vimeo.

Bustin’ “I Bomb Broadway” T-Shirt Give Away!

We’re trying to break 1,000 fans on Facebook and are giving away a Bustin’ t-shirt to do it. Head on over to our Facebook page for all the details on how you can get in to win. The contest is only going to last until the morning though, so act fast!