Skateboarder’s ‘Broadway Bomb’ Almost Defused in NYC

    The NYPD redirects skateboarders from riding down Broadway in their annual "Broadway Bomb." Skaters gather every year 116th Street and ride down Broadway all the way to Wall Street in New York City. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    UPDATED OCT 15, 2013

    NEW YORK—Police attempted to defuse the annual skateboard marathon—known as Broadway Bomb—on Saturday, preventing the over 1,500 skateboarders from riding in the streets.

    The skaters’ plan was to ride down Manhattan’s West Side, from Broadway and 116th Street down to the Charging Bull statue in the Financial District.

    But like early birds catching the worm, the police arrived beforehand. They set up an orange barricade on West 105th Street, while a helicopter and squads of men in blue patrolled the area.

    The skateboarders were frustrated, but carried on by attempting to redirect the route down Amsterdam Avenue.

    “I don’t want to get arrested, but we ride skateboards—we’ve been going against cops all our lives,” said skater Hilton King, 45. “It’s just plain fun. It’s skateboarding and fun.”

    The event drew a crowd of spectators.

    “I saw all these young people walking this way, so we were curious about it. My son likes to skateboard too and that’s why we came over here, to see what’s going on,” said Miguel, who had mixed feelings about the bust. “For me it’s fun because they really know how to skate. But they stop traffic and that’s a good reason [to prevent it], because New York City is a busy city.”

    Despite the police cutting off the route of the annual skateboarding tour, some of the skateboarders continued on, weaved through crowds of tourists in Times Square, and skated all the way to the finish line where their friends greeted them with cheers.

    This was the 10th annual Broadway Bomb, which is organized on a grassroots level.

    While this year’s bomb was almost a dud, skateboarder’s are known for their perseverance. They continued on past the cops, weaved through crowds of tourists in Times Square, and skated all the way to the finish line where their friends greeted them with cheers.

     

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    With additional reporting by Epoch Times staff member Benjamin Chasteen.


    • Joshua Meyers

      This article is factually wrong. I know because I was at the Broadway Bomb today.

      “NEW YORK—Police defused the annual skateboard marathon known as “Broadway Bomb” on Saturday, preventing the over 1,500 skateboarders from riding in the streets.”

      No, the Broadway Bomb actually happened, it wasn’t diffused. It didn’t even seem like the police were trying that hard to diffuse it.

      “The skaters’ plan was to ride down Manhattan’s West Side, from Broadway and 116th street down to the Charging Bull statue at Wall Street.
      But like early birds catching the worm, the NYPD arrived beforehand with a barricade on 105th street, a helicopter, and squads of men in blue.
      The skateboarders were frustrated, but carried on by attempting to redirect the route down Amsterdam Avenue.”

      We started out on 116th street and Riverside park and we planned to go up to Broadway and start skating, but there were police blocking us, so we took a detour into the park and we came out into Riverside Drive at 86 St. After a few blocks, we transferred to West End, and then Broadway. We didn’t have to deal with a barricade on 105th St,, if there even was such a thing. There were two barricades along the way, one at 72nd St. and one around 42nd St. These barricades stopped traffic as well as longboarders, but unlike traffic, the longboarders could simply go around them onto the sidewalk, which is what happened.

      There were a lot of people there. It seemed like thousands. And we rode from 116th to the Charging Bull statue. So yes, it happened. The police arrested a few people, but they didn’t seem to be trying very hard to shut down the event.

      Edit: Read steveb213′s account of the Bomb here: http://qv.reddit.com/r/longboarding/comments/1oalxa/ny_police_on_the_broadway_bomb/ It’s slightly different from mine, but it is still vastly different from this article.

      • http://thedaoofdragonball.com/ DerekPadula

        Thanks for the link to Reddit. We’ve updated the article for the print version published in Manhattan to say that the skaters made it through successfully. We didn’t have a reporter at the other end of the route because of manpower, so we could only see the beginning, which we reported on accurately.

        • Jonathan Neuman

          reporting half the story because you didn’t have the time or man power to report the whole thing is as bad as reporting the wrong facts. Partial information is EXACTLY what is wrong with modern media

    • Joshua Meyers

      “NEW YORK—Police defused the annual skateboard marathon known as “Broadway Bomb” on Saturday, preventing the over 1,500 skateboarders from riding in the streets.”

      No, the Broadway Bomb actually happened, it wasn’t diffused. It didn’t even seem like the police were trying that hard to diffuse it.

      “The skaters’ plan was to ride down Manhattan’s West Side, from Broadway and 116th street down to the Charging Bull statue at Wall Street.
      But like early birds catching the worm, the NYPD arrived beforehand with a barricade on 105th street, a helicopter, and squads of men in blue.
      The skateboarders were frustrated, but carried on by attempting to redirect the route down Amsterdam Avenue.”

      We started out on 116th street and Riverside park and we planned to go up to Broadway and start skating, but there were police blocking us, so we took a detour into the park and we came out into Riverside Drive at 86 St. After a few blocks, we transferred to West End, and then Broadway. We didn’t have to deal with a barricade on 105th St,, if there even was such a thing. There were two barricades along the way, one at 72nd St. and one around 42nd St. These barricades stopped traffic as well as longboarders, but unlike traffic, the longboarders could simply go around them onto the sidewalk, which is what happened.

      There were a lot of people there. It seemed like thousands. And we rode from 116th to the Charging Bull statue. So yes, it happened. The police arrested a few people, but they didn’t seem to be trying very hard to shut down the event.

      Also read this other report of the event: http://qv.reddit.com/r/longboarding/comments/1oalxa/ny_police_on_the_broadway_bomb/ccqdaw6

    • These guy’s are douchbags

      This is not how it happened. Police escorted boarders through the race route and closed lanes for us, it wasn’t a bust at all, best bomb yet. Learn to report real news.

      • http://thedaoofdragonball.com/ DerekPadula

        The police arrested people and attempted to redirect or stop them altogether for doing such a thing without a permit and putting people in harms way. They didn’t send out the helicopter because it’s a fun thing to do.

        That said, we have updated the article for the print version published this Monday to say that they ‘attempted’ to stop the skaters, and that the skaters made it all the way to the finish line, welcomed with cheers from their friends.

    • Ryan Tuck

      Seems like it was anything but a ‘dud’. i participated and arrived at the finish line to hundreds, perhaps over 1000, skateboarders within a few blocks of the raging bull down near wall street. It was my first time at the event, and watching crowds of people in time square and other crowded spots part ways and cheer on/photograph huge packs of skateboarders was awesome. I’d mark the event as a massive success.

      • http://thedaoofdragonball.com/ DerekPadula

        That’s awesome to hear. I’ll call my editor and see if we can edit the print version for tomorrow’s paper. Thank you.

    • Logan

      Yeah man you’ve got no idea what your talking about, people were saying this years was the best yet. This was my first time going and it was a shit ton of fun, the cops trying to stop it only made things more exciting. The event was far from a bust or a dud, it was an epic time.

    • aaronbbrown

      Zero press coverage of this event, multiple mischaracterizations of people, the numbers. And no mention of the word Longboard, As usual skate culture continues to be misrepresented and denigrated by people who know nothing about it, And aren’t interested in learning.

      This is what happens when corporations control And undermine journalism And journalistic integrityq, you get people Flooding into the business who have no interest in doing The job of journalism

      • http://thedaoofdragonball.com/ DerekPadula

        I’m a former skater, so I’m not as daft as you may think. I had the word longboard in the original draft, but felt it would confuse the average reader who wouldn’t know what it was.

        The number of 1,500 was given to us by a skater at the event itself.

        The Epoch Times is an independent news source, self-published and not owned by any corporation.

        If you have some feedback we can use to enhance the article, please let me know. Thank you.


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