I love coming to New York City. For the past three years now, after meeting one of my best friends, Erik Olson, through our mutal interest in photography way back in the spring of 2014 in Los Angeles, I've been coming up to stay with him for about a week and a half... and taking in both Broadway Bomb and the huge Photo Expo+ at the Javits Convention Center.
Broadway Bomb is perhaps the largest skate gathering in the world, held annually on the third Saturday in October. This event started in 2002 with only 16 riders, but by 2010 had grown to over 1,000. These large numbers attracted the police who for years tried to shut it down, but this year there was very little police presence. The race starts way up on 116th Street and Riverside Ave by Columbia University, and then heads all the way down Broadway and ends at the statue of the Raging Bull in the Wall Street area. There are prizes for the fastest male and female skateboarders, but I've never yet tried to go all out and win. For me, it's been more of a social event. It's so much fun to be around so many other longboarders. By the way, the subtitle/motto for this event for as long as anyone can remember is "You could die!"
There's never a shortage of things to do when I visit the Big Apple. From photoshoots... to sampling the amazing variety of restaurants... to going out at night to see a show or visit a nightclub. This year Erik took me and another friend of his to see "Sleep No More," which is some kind of mashup between "Macbeth" and an an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. You're required to wear a mask as you walk around the incredibly vast space for the entirety of the show. If you've seen the movie "Eyes Wide Shut," you'll get the right idea! If you're in New York, you must see this show!
So many other things went on, but I suppose one of the things I most looked forward to – and it did not disappoint – was the Photo Expo. We had a blast there, and I made some important connections. Oh, I almost forgot... we escaped the city for a day and went camping in Harriman State Park. It's a popular spot for the local longboarding community!