NYC Gay Couple Attacked In Hate Crime No Longer Feel Safe In Chelsea

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“Every time I walk down this street I think I’m blessed that I get to live on such a beautiful street in the city,” Perter Nortman, 53, told reporters as he handed out flyers with City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn seeking information about the assault on him and his partner, Michael Felenchak, 27.

Nortman and Felenchak were attacked by a group of six men while walking home, hand-in-hand, from a date on West 24th St in the predominately gay neighborhood of Chelsea. According to a police source, one of the men had asked the couple, “What are you looking at, faggot?”

Nortman has lived in the gayborhood for some 20 years, but he now no longer feels safe there. “I’m not going to take that corner (for granted) anymore,” he said. “I’m going to walk up a little bit and see what’s going on. Because I was shocked that this happened on a street I called home.”

Nortman and Felenchak suffered minor injuries, but so far no suspects have been apprehended. NYPD released the following sketches of individuals wanted in connection with the assault:


Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (866) 313-TIPS.

h/t: New York Daily News