The New York City subway isn’t always (or for that matter, ever) a train of tolerance and acceptance.
A 23-year-old man and his partner were attacked Monday night on the subway by six people as their fellow passengers stood idly by.
Urena Morel Frankelly and his partner were on a southbound No. 2 train Monday night when a woman took a picture of them eating and her friend called them names.
“Why you taking a picture?” the victim asked.
“Feed you face, f—–” the suspect shouted back. Another woman with her chimed in, apparently asking the partner: “Why you with that f—–?”
An argument erupted, and the two women, joined by three others plus a man, attacked Frankelly, police said. His partner tried to intervene, but the victim was repeatedly punched. The pair managed to get off the train at the next stop, West 96th St., and police were called.
Frankelly’s eye was swollen shut and he was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital, though no arrests have been made. Frankelly refused to comment to the NYDN, but according to his partner, “Everyone was watching — no one helped us. That was a very scary situation for us.”
Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.