Chelsea man, 53, afraid to walk in neighborhood after anti-gay beating

New York Daily News
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August 16, 2013

NYPD released sketches of individuals wanted in connection with the anti-gay assault.

The 53-year-old gay man bashed by six brutes as he walked hand-in-hand with his boyfriend is now afraid to walk through Chelsea — his home of 20 years.

“I’m not going to take that corner (for granted) anymore,” said Peter Nortman, who was pummeled during the anti-gay attack on W. 24th St. and Ninth Ave. just after midnight Wednesday. “I’m going to walk a little further and see what’s going on first.

Mayoral candidate and Council Speaker Christine Quinn inspects the bruised face of anti-gay assault victim Peter Notman as she talks to the media Thursday.

“This is unbelievable,” he said Thursday as he handed out flyers seeking information about the assault with City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn. “I was shocked that this happened on a street I called home.”

Nortman and boyfriend Michael Felenchak, 27, had just left the Chelsea Cinemas when they were attacked.