Actor Steve Buscemi Injured In Unprovoked NYC Attack

Renowned actor and Brooklyn native Steve Buscemi 66 became the latest victim of random street violence in New York City when he was punched by a deranged assailant in a broad-daylight attack in Kips Bay last week. The incident is one of many unprovoked assaults that have plagued the city in recent months.

Law enforcement sources told The Post that Buscemi was walking through the neighborhood on Wednesday when the attacker approached and struck him. The “Boardwalk Empire” star sustained swelling to his face and left eye and was transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The assailant fled the scene and remains at large.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan another victim of a random act of violence in the city” Buscemi’s publicist said in a statement to The Post. “He is ok and appreciates everyone’s well wishes though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of New York.”

Eyewitnesses in the area reported seeing Buscemi accompanied by a woman before the assault. “I saw he was with a woman and then through the corner of the window I saw him trip and fall backwards” said Nat a worker in the area who asked to be identified only by her first name. “He right away got up and ran in the opposite direction. I didn’t see who hit him.”

The NYPD released surveillance images of the alleged attacker a bearded man wearing a baseball cap a blue t-shirt and black sweatpants. Buscemi a former FDNY firefighter has a movie career that has spanned four decades with roles in critically acclaimed films such as “Fargo” and “Reservoir Dogs.”

This incident marks the second time an actor from the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” has fallen victim to random NYC street violence this year. On March 31 actor Michael Stuhbarg who portrayed gangster Arnold Rothstein on the show was hit in the back of the neck with a rock while jogging on the Upper East Side.

The attack on Buscemi a cherished figure in his native New York who famously rushed to the World Trade Center site after 9/11 to rejoin his former fire company Engine 55 has left many shaken. As the city wrestles with a surge in unprovoked assaults the incident highlights the pressing need to tackle public safety issues and safeguard residents and visitors alike.