Updated: Teenager Stabbed at CPW and 96th Street Subway Station Early Monday

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in an altercation with several young men at the subway station at Central Park West and 96th Street around 1:45 a.m. on Monday, according to the NYPD.

The youth had stab wounds in his neck, an NYPD spokesperson said. He was taken to St. Luke’s hospital, where his condition has been upgraded to stable. So far he is not talking to police, the spokesperson said. No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.

The attackers were described by police as “a group of males, who fled on foot into the streets.” The station was closed temporarily after the incident.

A friend of the victim told WSR that the boy is a junior in high school. He is not from the UWS, but has been staying with a friend near Lincoln Center recently.

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    1. UWSer says:

      Hey WSR, Are you able to conduct polls on your website? I’d be interested in learning if other UWSers like me are feeling that the quality of life in their area has been on the decline. Apart from personal income/rent/cost of living related concerns, is there an observed increase in these types of crime? What about increased rat/pest population concerns? Dirtier streets? Reduced enforcement of bikes on the sidewalks? Residential parking? Maybe if enough voices got together we could use the WSR community to begin facilitating some positive change in our neighborhood with our elected officials.

      • carol says:

        in other words you want to know if we’ve been infected with “THE DEBLASIO SYNDROME” and the answer is a unequivocally YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!

        • Rudy says:

          Actually, didn’t the bike lane expansion mess begin under Bloomberg? Expanded bike lanes were the camel’s nose under the tent for increased cycling deaths, increased pedestrian injuries, removal of free on-street parking,and a general decline in the quality of life for New Yorkers. Bill “Prez” DeBlasio didn’t help matters one bit, but the cycling debacle prededed him.

      • Gotta Have Something says:

        “Reduced enforcement of bikes on the sidewalks?”

        In the words of the late, great Billy Preston: “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.”

      • RF says:

        I’d love to see polls on this website as well–it’s something I’ve been hoping WSR would implement for awhile now. And I agree about bikes on the sidewalks! I’ve had two minor collisions this summer. One was an older child riding a full block ahead of her mother, and the other was a tourist who seemed oblivious to the fact that he shouldn’t be riding on the sidewalk in the first place (not sure why bike rental places aren’t informing tourists about the rules?) Neither bothered to apologize and just kept going. Admittedly not the biggest problem in the neighborhood, but a quality of life issue nonetheless.

      • forSure says:

        Yes, since November 8, 2016, the quality of life has decreased.

      • MB/UWSer says:

        And the noise, talking busses, screaming emergency vehicles, magnified backup lights on trucks…..

        “…and the beat goes on….”

        A noticeable difference in just eight years I’ve been here.

      • Ally says:

        And although most of the people who have commented agree that our current mayor is crap when it comes to running this City, I doubt that the changes necessary to make it better will be done by the next Democrat you put in Gracie Mansion. What do Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and all the big cities that are rapidly going down hill have in common?
        But as my best friend, who hates the way the city has declined in the past number of years always says, “Oh, I could NEVER vote for a Republican.”

        • Sarah says:

          “What do Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and all the big cities that are rapidly going down hill have in common?”

          Granting the premise for the sake of argument: long-term white flight enabled by a racist property and school system?

          I’ve never understood why people who hate having to share the city with people not like them insist on sticking around. Or is there some reason you wouldn’t *quite* be comfortable in Alabama?

    2. Ben David says:

      Who will be the first to say that no one should take the subway at 1:45 am?!
      Crime is rising on the UWS, and the arrest slowdown by NYPD officers as a result of the Pantaleo firing will only make it worse. Our fine officers are scared to do their job.
      But do not fear. The great Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is out there campaigning today to be President of the U.S.

      • Ed says:

        Considering that this was an altercation and that the victim so far refuses to discuss it, I doubt that the time of day has anything to do with it. If it happened at 3 in the afternoon, would that point out the foolishness of riding the subway then? I occasionally ride between midnight and 3 AM and the west side trains are always crowded.

      • Scott M says:

        Yup really terrible….I think you guys should move somewhere safe where the GOP law and order party has full control like umm Texas…open carry..death penalty…all the things you love…I heard its very safe there…bon voyage!
        NYC continues to see crime reductions, and that’s due to the dedication & hard work of the members of the NYPD in partnership with the communities we serve.

        Index crime ⬇️ 2.1%

        Burglary ⬇️ 8.2%

        Felony Assault ⬇️ 1.7%

        Grand Larceny ⬇️ 4.2%

        Transit crime ⬇️ 11.3%

        • Ben David says:

          Scott M.: Respectfully, your numbers are incorrect for parts of the UWS. Suggest you check Compstat, and suggest you speak to the very fine NYPD officers working in the West 80s, 90s, 100s, as I do daily.

          • michael says:


            BTW: Statistics reported in this way offer a reader no resolution. But more importantly, data with a political value can sometimes be puzzling if not queer.

        • Geoff says:

          Fake numbers made to make DeB look good.

        • JOEY says:

          ”I bet muggings are down and they’re afraid to tell us.” – “There’s only one way to know, take a walk on Columbus Avenue tonight.”
          DEATH WISH – Charles Bronson

      • Paul says:

        Everyone is entitled to take the subway at 1:45 am. That’s why it runs 24 hr./day.

        • PL says:

          Yes. Who are we to make judgments about what time someone uses a train and then blame them for getting attacked?

        • RF says:

          Not to mention that there are plenty of New Yorkers who work odd hours, commute from the outer boroughs, and simply cannot afford to take a cab or Uber home from work every night. “No one should take the subway at 1:45 am” is unrealistic for a lot of people.

      • Hope says:

        Some of us work late nights or early mornings. We have to get from place to place and riding in a car is often cost prohibitive.

    3. Leonard Davidman says:

      I have used the West 96th St station for decades,every day back and forth from work – after getting off the cross town bus. When I come home late after sunset or after 9 pm I *never* use that station because I think it is dangerous late at night. Instead I go to the Broadway subway station.

      • PL says:

        I’ve lived across the street from that station since 1989. I use it all the time, at all hours. It isn’t used as much as the Bway line, true, but I’ve never had one problem in 30 years. I don’t find it unsafe.

    4. Gote-ish says:

      I agree that the standard of living has decreased in the area… because of gentrification… the influx of the gentrifiers (typically white) has driven up property values and pushed the “others” towards columbus ave and out of the UWS… unfortunately this predates BDB, and is a trend that will long continue beyond BDB, just like the disproportionate policing of communities of color, and racism that we deal with everyday.

    5. T says:

      I think if this young man refuses to cooperate with police then he should have to pay for his Healthcare. Not sure if his parents do or do not but if it’s on the taxpayers dime then he should pay

    6. Andi says:

      It is terrible that this youngster was stabbed, but what the heck is a 16 year old child doing out at 1:45 AM?

    7. Neal H Hurwitz says:

      People are more angry now than before…
      I was assaulted— first time ever— by father and son June 1 at Nueva Victoria restaurant dinnertime.
      Father was arrested, $10 bail. I will be in court with him Friday, June 13th.
      The store closings are obvious.
      I am at Columbia U and public transportation from here is fine.
      TY, Neal.

    8. Sarah says:

      Phew, boy, the UWS racists out in force today!

      • UWSHebrew says:

        I don’t see one comment on here containing a racist statement. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

        • CensoredAgain says:

          Yep, lots of very insensitive comments here. Too much concern about bike lanes and on-street parking when the story is about kids getting stabbed in the neck. Shows a clear pattern of dehumanizing and delegitimization of others. Pretty damn close to racism.