The Pulaski Bridge staircase at McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint (Google Maps)

A Greenpoint woman was allegedly attacked by a stranger resulting in her receiving 16 staples to her head after she walked down the Pulaski Bridge staircase onto McGuinness Boulevard at Box Street just over two weeks ago.

The Greenpoint-based artist who wishes to remain anonymous says that she exited the staircase after returning from Long Island City at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, when the suspect appeared to walk past her and up the stairs to the Pulaski Bridge.

The attack allegedly occurred across the street from the Box House Hotel (Google Maps)

The suspect, described as a middle-aged man approximately 5′ 10″ tall and wearing a dark baggy hooded sweatshirt, struck the woman on her head from behind with a wooden walking cane multiple times across the street from the Box House Hotel (77 Box St.).

“I had headphones in and it was cold that night so I had my winter hood up, and I was listening to music walking home, and out of nowhere I got hit from behind on my head with the cane,” she said.


“I remember falling to the ground and I looked behind and saw him, and the second time I blacked out,” she said.

The woman awoke in a bloody haze minutes later and ran home where she and her roommates dialed 911, and an ambulance transported her to the hospital where she received 16 staples to stop the bleeding from her head, the victim said.

“I’ve been living here for five years and I’ve never felt unsafe and I’ve walked down those stairs at the Pulaski Bridge so many times,” she said.

The NYPD’s 94th Precinct is currently investigating the attack and reviewing surveillance footage for leads in identifying the suspect.

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    1. There is a homeless shelter on Clay Street. I get notices all the time about sex criminals living at the shelter’s address. Not surprised this would happen at the Box Street stairwell, sadly. There are a lot of ex-cons living right there.

    1. So very late at night and not knowing anything of your surroundings would headphones is very unsafe. I still don’t understand why women don’t carry mace in their hand when they are alone at night

  1. 10 days ago a man with a similar description, but no cane followed me down a couple of stairs on the staircase, mumbling something to me and when I didn’t respond he put his hands on my back. Fortunately, when I told him please don’t touch me in a rather loud voice he backed up. I turned around and went back up the stairs since it was better lit and there were people on the bridge. A couple of people were stopped and I suspect they were watching attentively because they sensed this was not a good situation. I am feeling lucky but a bit frightened since I walk those stairs at night all of the time.

    1. If you carry mace or pepper spray and of course those hours of night by yourself should always be right in your hand for anyone walking by you can see if they’re still stupid enough to bother you after they see it in your hand then you just spray it and you’re safe


    1. Yes- yes, you should get in contact with the 94th Precinct – ‭(718) 383-3879‬.

      I was involved with a neighborhood “coincident” that at first I didn’t think much of. Turns out- my info was a direct lead in an on going investigation. If it turns out to be something- you help everyone.

    2. Of course you should go so they can make a composite drawing and people can be even better aware of this lunatic… I live on McGinnis and I’ve been seeing the same guy walking around obviously looking for trouble looking in cars always wearing a hood looks light skinned and blond-haired

  2. And don’t wear headphones or earbuds at times like 9:50 pm when you need to be especially vigilant! It’s still NYC. You have to stay street smart.

  3. Given we have barely no L, E or G pretty much every evening now; buses running every 20min (when they show up), nowhere to wait for a bus protected from the weather – can’t there be added security for those of us in north Brooklyn using the 7 train as an alternative?

  4. Please contact the 94th precinct as there is an ongoing investigation on this case. It could really help prevent this from happening to someone else! Thanks!

  5. Thank our wonderful mayor. Maybe he’ll add 5 more halfway houses like the one a block away from this incident. Greenpoint had been a safe neighborhood for decades until he took her. Now you need to watch your back.

  6. this staircase has always been a cause for concern. first off, you pretty much have to hold your breath every time you walk the middle length because its covered in urine (at best), the streetlight was not working for a long time, it’s one or two short blocks from a 200 bed homeless shelter, and its at the end of the possibly the most desolate night time block in Greenpoint (Ash, btwn McGuinness and Manhattan).

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