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Broadway Bomb 2013
November 1, 2013 6:48 PM   Subscribe

Skateboarders, the NYPD and Yakety Sax.
posted by griphus (22 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I.... yes.
posted by deezil at 7:04 PM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is there a special farm where they breed NYC cops? I wonder if they give tours.
posted by klanawa at 7:05 PM on November 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Whut a job.
posted by buzzman at 7:06 PM on November 1, 2013


Maybe next time they should try butterfly nets.
posted by quazichimp at 7:13 PM on November 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Is that Big Daddy's? Now I want tater tots.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:14 PM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sorry, why are there a bunch of cops standing around with a giant orange thing?
posted by Canageek at 7:21 PM on November 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


My understanding is that the skateboarders planned a massive ride down this street and the cops didn't want them to do it so were trying to round them up.
posted by dobbs at 7:24 PM on November 1, 2013


Yes, it is a race down Broadway from 116th to the Financial District that the police did not want to happen.
posted by griphus at 7:28 PM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Occasionally, my boss asks us to do stuff that seems like the equivalent of standing in an intersection holding a giant orange barrier while kids laugh and skate around us; thank Christ the public at large doesn't get to see it.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 7:37 PM on November 1, 2013 [21 favorites]


Awesome. I love how no matter how many skateboarders appear the stalwart protectors of justice and the American Way will not be dissuaded from their duty to hold that orange mesh.

The bravery, the courage, the determination--truly an inspiration to us all.

Hear, hear, NYPD! Don't let anyone stop you from flying your fabulous orange freak flag!
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:09 PM on November 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Go go skatekids!
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 PM on November 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


God bless Yakety Sax. Even if you don't know the reference, it is so perfect for what it now often used for that I feel like it will outlive us all.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:58 PM on November 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


When the white shirted Captain showed up, I thought he'd tell the cops to fold up the orange barrier, and call in a couple of sand trucks. A four foot wide strip of sand, a few inches deep, across Broadway, would've fouled up the skaters (and maybe bikers, but probably not motorcyclists), and not much bothered the cars or pedestrians, and been generally self-disbursing with subsequent traffic, street cleaning, and rain. Would only have cost a couple hundred bucks, too, and been on the ground in 10 minutes after the trucks arrived.

Eh, well, NYPD command staff has never really been paid to think independently.
posted by paulsc at 12:47 AM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


"A four foot wide strip of sand, a few inches deep, across Broadway"

And then, as the street kids fall and break various bones, teams of lawyers would be on hand to sign them up for huge damage claims.
posted by greenhornet at 5:59 AM on November 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Looked to me that the police barrier snarled traffic worse than the skaters.

When the barrier moved to block the other (divided) lanes, traffic including automobiles, bicycles, and skateboards seemed to flow fairly smoothly in the lanes nearest the camera.
posted by mistersquid at 6:39 AM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


For those not patient enough for the entire video, the best moment is when the cops finally get their man.
posted by griphus at 7:11 AM on November 2, 2013


This is why we need MORE COPS.
posted by leftcoastbob at 8:59 AM on November 2, 2013


> For those not patient enough for the entire video, the best moment is when the cops finally get their man.

Busted one black kid out of the hundreds of white kids skating in traffic. Dunno about the "best moment", but it maybe illuminated a certain thing none the less.

But no, the best moment was without question the last kid to run the intersection, trailing far behind all the other skaters. You saw him, right? The one who cruised through the barricade riding a hand truck.
posted by ardgedee at 10:12 AM on November 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


As always, fuck tha police. Skateboarding is not a crime.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 1:07 PM on November 2, 2013


That's actually the first time I've enjoyed something getting the yakety sax treatment.
posted by the bricabrac man at 4:29 PM on November 2, 2013


Oh, the bumblefuckness of the white shirts.
posted by KingEdRa at 9:57 PM on November 2, 2013


I enjoyed that. Apparently I needed a laugh.
posted by Goofyy at 10:06 AM on November 3, 2013


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