On February 22, in front of 76 North 4th Street near Wythe, a group attacked
local resident Barie Shortell as he was walking home. They didn't rob him, but they did break his nose, jaw, eye-socket and other bones in his face while taunting him with anti-gay slurs. At Woodhull Hospital, he underwent more than nine hours of facial reconstruction surgery.
This is what the next wave of gentrification is going to look like, folks: the hip artists get replaced by well-to-do the stockbrokers with rage and drinking problems. (Either that, or it's the misguided revenge of the pre-gentrification class, right? Either way, fuck.)
Next week, Shortell's friends are hosting a benefit, The Gay Bash, in Greenpoint, intended to help off-set the cost of future surgeries that he'll require. You can also just donate money.
[New York Shitty]