Posted back in July about the 3rd Annual Broadway Mini-Bomb, during which scores of skateboarders head down Broadway from 116th Street to the Financial District.
The “Mini-Bomb” was supposed to be a precursor to the much larger 10th Annual Broadway Bomb, featuring close to 2,000 skaters.
That event was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday, 10/20), but yesterday the city secured a temporary retraining order banning the event and making participants subject to arrest.
At the heart of the matter is the fact that race organizers don’t have a parade permit.
I think it’s safe to assume they haven’t had one the previous nine years either, but now the city is cracking down on them.
While the event’s Facebook page notes that it’s “officially” canceled, it also details plans for a flash mob at 116th & Broadway at 11:50 am Saturday (for a 12:00 pm start).
PLEASE BE ADVISED: 1.) Pursuant to Court order, the Broadway Bomb race and flash mob will not occur on October 20, 2012. 2.) Participants in any such event will be subject to arrest.
Hard to tell how many people are actually going to show up tomorrow, but given that the start line and first 2.5+ miles of the “race” are on the Upper West Side, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an increased police presence along Broadway tomorrow, especially in the northern part of the neighborhood.
The area around 116th & Broadway should be particularly interesting around noon, as I suspect at least a few dedicated souls will show up to see how serious the city and NYPD are about enforcing the ban. (NOTE: Testing the NYPD usually doesn’t end well)
When news about the court order first broke, numerous participants vowed to show up despite the threat of arrest.
With the benefit of 36 hours to digest the news, I think the reality of the situation will probably result in most people staying home.
Still, you never know — there may very well be a mini-riot tomorrow involving dozens of skateboarders and police, like some sort of 1980s angry/rebellious youth coming-of-age flick.
If that happens and you get pics or video, you’re pretty much guaranteed “UWS Photo/Video Of The Day” honors…
The video above is from the 2011 Broadway Bomb. It starts at Riverside & 116th, which serves as the rallying point before skaters rush to Broadway and start heading south.
The one below is from Push Culture News, which covered last year’s event, and the one below that is from last year’s start line and gives you an idea of just how many people were involved (there were supposed to be significantly more this year).
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