By Carol Tannenhauser
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in finding the following individuals in connection with an assault that occurred in front of the McDonald’s restaurant at 2049 Broadway, between West 70th and 71st Streets, on October 2nd,” according to a police report.
“It was reported to police that on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at approximately [6:45pm] in front of 2049 Broadway, a 33-year-old male was engaged in a dispute with two unknown individuals who struck him in the head with an umbrella and slashed his forearm with an unknown cutting instrument. [The police sent three unidentified photographs]. The individuals fled on foot in an unknown direction. EMS responded and transported the victim to NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem in stable condition.”
Broadway, where it intersects with Amsterdam between 70th and 71st Streets, is known as “a problem block,” City Council Member Gale Brewer told the Rag recently, noting that she has long received complaints about it, even before the pandemic. “The block has both a CBD store and a smoke shop (Lincoln Convenience was robbed twice recently, once involving a shooting), a pizza place, and [the] McDonald’s,” the Rag reported. “It’s a block where pedestrians must run a gauntlet of obstacles….”
“I’m going to have a stakeholders meeting to see what we can do together to improve this block,” Brewer said following a pop-up meeting on the block in early September. In addition to the NYPD, that meeting will include representatives of the departments of transportation and sanitation, the community board, business owners, and building management, Brewer said.
Anyone with information regarding the most recent incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.