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!

 

NYC to Longboarders: Race or flashmob, you’ll be subject to arrest.

UPDATE: More and more information keeps coming out about the event and the legal proceedings surrounding the Bomb and while it was still somewhat vague as to how serious this all was, but it’s now becoming quite clear. Thanks to the entire injunction being posted online it’s pretty clear to anyone that reads it that if you’ve registered to participate in the Bomb in any capacity, either Facebook or NCDSA, and are at the former rally point on a skateboard you’re subject yourself to arrest. You can check the document out for yourself, they took screenshots of the Facebook event, registration page, etc. so be aware that if you are arrested, they’ll probably have clear evidence against you. Check it out for yourself, sounds like things have really escalated beyond what anyone previously was reporting. Once again we are not organizing any events or meetups, simply reporting the facts as they come about. 

If you’ve been following along closely, you’re well aware that the Broadway Bomb has been officially cancelled by its organizer, Ian Nichols, and that many people are planning alternate events/meet-ups in its stead (note: we aren’t organizing any of these but have seen many popping up on Facebook). As I mentioned in an earlier post, the size of event and number of participants make it biggest thing happening in NYC this weekend, focusing all of the City’s attention and resources on the former race route.

It’s been getting a lot of attention from news sources, both local and national, such as WCBS, The New York Times, and The Gothamist (who ran a link to our story about last year’s Bomb), leading to lots of confusion and a lot of people asking, “What’s the deal?”

The Gothamist appeared to do the best at outlining what the City has said which boils down to: no matter what you call it, flashmob or race, if you’re participating Saturday you could face arrest. The City’s Law Department released a statement to address the growing number of questions about what exactly the summons that Ian Nichols received which ended with:

 “The Court, in granting the City’s application, has required the race organizers to notify the participants that neither the Broadway Bomb race, nor any substitute race and/or flash mob, will occur and that the participants in any such event will be subject to arrest.”

That’s the first time we’ve seen that the flashmob was expressly prohibited as well. Looks like the city has put its foot down and said: no matter what you call it, we don’t want this happening. From the massive response on Facebook, however, it’s not clear how effective the City has been at deterring people from participating or communicating exactly what will happen if a flashmob does occur. (see update above)

No matter what though, NYC skaters have been vocal on Facebook about making sure that if you’re in the City and on a skateboard that you be polite, obedient, and not ruin the lengths they’ve come to promote a positive image of the sport. They basically keep saying, “Don’t be THAT guy that ruins skating in NYC for us.”

We’ll be watching to see what happens at noon tomorrow and will keep you updated accordingly.

 

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.

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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.

 

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.