I was up at Columbia this afternoon, and heading to the train on my way home. I happened to be closer to the 110th Street station, so I headed in that direction (versus the 116th stop).
Quickly, realized that was a bad idea. The place was crawling with NYPD and rescue. From the look of it, I thought for sure there was a jumper or something. People standing around said there was a fight. Looked like there was way too many cops and EMT’s for a simple fight.
So I went back to 116th thinking that the train would at least roll by 110th where I could get a better look. Well it did roll by…without stopping. The police had closed the stop.
So I went home not really knowing much more than that.
Just moments ago, I found out the real story thanks to Newsday. It turns out that there was a multiple stabbing that involved three teens.
The kids started fighting at 59th Street/Columbus Circle. The fight eventually spilled out onto the street at 110th. Two of them ended up stabbed or slashed. The other was beaten with a cane. (Are kids carrying whipping canes these days?)
I love this quote from a witness:
“This is a grassroots problem,” said Shira Dicker, 45, of Morningside Heights. “Anybody who rides the rails knows that the kids are a real menace.”
The AP reports that non-caned were slashed in the face. Sweet, at least that will build future “street cred.”
However, there were no arrests made, which seems a little odd. Perhaps there’s more people involved that didn’t get catch the business end of a blade…or cane.
(Editor’s note: I know 110th isn’t technically Columbia. However, if you are familiar with the area, then you know that from 110th – North is definitely college territory.)