| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Oct 19 A New York judge has banned up
to 2,000 skateboarders from racing down a bustling stretch of
Broadway after city officials said the unauthorized event known
as "The Broadway Bomb" was a danger to pedestrians and
For a decade, skateboarders from around the world have
barreled down an eight-mile section of the landmark Manhattan
street, dodging traffic and people, as part of the annual
This year, they will have to defy a court order, and risk
arrest to participate.
Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Wright on
Thursday issued a temporary restraining order banning
skateboarders from riding in the race, scheduled to start
Saturday at noon in upper Manhattan. He said they would be
subject to arrest if they defied the order.
The ban was requested by city officials, who argued the
event required a police permit to proceed because it involves
more than 50 people on a public roadway. The city claimed nearly
1,800 people were registered. A Facebook page for the event
listed close to 2,000 participants as of Friday morning.
"Lawless unauthorized Broadway Bomb races cause problems for
vehicular traffic stoppages, safety issues for pedestrians and
has resulted in accidents," the city's court papers said.
Ian Nichols, the race's organizer, said in a phone interview
Friday that he would abide by the court order and cancel the
event on the Broadway Bomb website. But he said he could not
predict whether some racers would choose to show up anyway.
"People come from around the world to skate in this," he
said. "For many people, it's the highlight of their life. They
may try to do something."
A message on the Facebook page indicated that some
participants planned to show up anyway, despite the expected
Nichols said he would try to work with city officials to
create a sanctioned event for the skaters in the future.
"We've known for a number of years that this couldn't go on
forever," he said.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by Andrew Hay)