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A shoving match caught on video in the Grand Central subway station quickly escalated into fisticuffs during the Monday morning’s rush hour in New York City, sending sleepy commuters fleeing every which way.

The recording, posted on the Instagram feed Subway Creatures, shows straphangers jostling to avoid two men duking it out on the packed escalator as it rises steeply out of the 7 train station.

The viral video exploded on line as Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have said controlling crime in the subway is key to the city’s economic recovery. 

‘Please stop, please, please!’ someone says as a man who looks to be holding a sleeping bag muscles his way up the escalator.

The man in the tan coat seen in the center of this photo appears to be punching the other man who is trying to muscle his way up the escalator

The man in the tan coat seen in the center of this photo appears to be punching the other man who is trying to muscle his way up the escalator

The man in the tan coat seen in the center of this photo appears to be punching the other man who is trying to muscle his way up the escalator

The fight seems to have started with some shoving and quickly escalated from there

The fight seems to have started with some shoving and quickly escalated from there

The fight seems to have started with some shoving and quickly escalated from there

The sleepy Monday morning commute was disrupted by the fracas on the Grand Central station escalator

The sleepy Monday morning commute was disrupted by the fracas on the Grand Central station escalator

The sleepy Monday morning commute was disrupted by the fracas on the Grand Central station escalator

The two men appear to tumble down the escalator still locked in combat and others jump out of their way

The two men appear to tumble down the escalator still locked in combat and others jump out of their way

The two men appear to tumble down the escalator still locked in combat and others jump out of their way

A woman wearing a ski cap and surgical mask gets her tote bag temporarily caught in the melee before yanking it loose and climbing the stairs to avoid being further entangled.

A man in a tan jacket appears on the recording on a higher step seeming to try to halt the forward progress of the man with the sleeping bag and looks to be striking him with his fists.

The two men appear to be grappling for a moment and then suddenly the man in the tan coat gets flipped around and tumbles backward 10 or 15 feet down the conveyor as morning workers jump out his way.

One man leaps onto the space that separates the up escalator from the down escalator and several women can be seen hot-footing down the stairs to avoid the human bolder headed their way.

A man holding a cup of coffee moves to the side and watches the two men rolling down the up escalator.  

The woman riding the down escalator looks on nervously and winces as the two men tumble back down the escalator

The woman riding the down escalator looks on nervously and winces as the two men tumble back down the escalator

The woman riding the down escalator looks on nervously and winces as the two men tumble back down the escalator

Overall crime in the city is up more than 45 percent since the same period last year

Overall crime in the city is up more than 45 percent since the same period last year

Overall crime in the city is up more than 45 percent since the same period last year

A woman on the nearly empty down escalator winces as a thud can be heard of the man hitting the sharp steel step on his way down.

“It was shocking considering the time and location,” the man who recorded the fight told the New York Post. “I could see the helpless fear from the people considering there was nowhere to go.” 

He told the paper that the two men appeared to be homeless.

“People started to run back down in terror,” he said. “Some hopped onto the median.”

New York's latest plan to tackle both crime and homelessness in subways was launched in February but Dailymail.com still witnessed many homeless people riding the city's trains for shelter (pictured)

New York's latest plan to tackle both crime and homelessness in subways was launched in February but Dailymail.com still witnessed many homeless people riding the city's trains for shelter (pictured)

New York’s latest plan to tackle both crime and homelessness in subways was launched in February but Dailymail.com still witnessed many homeless people riding the city’s trains for shelter (pictured)

One of the men was bleeding from the head as he told police officers in the station what happened, the witness told the Post.

The NYPD said that no complaint was filed from the incident and no arrests were made. 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who has authority over the subway, and city Mayor Eric Adams have tried to crack down on violence and homelessness that have plagued the underground system.

In January, Deloitte analyst Michelle Go was shoved to her death in front of a subway train by a Martial Simon, a homeless man with a history of mental illness.

Cleaning up the system hasn’t been easy for the mayor. 

In February, after he enlisted the NYPD to roust homeless people sleeping on subway cars, six commuters were stabbed on the system in a 48 hour period.

More than a 1000 homeless people use the New York City subway system for housing, according to the mayor’s office.

Hochul promised to fund mental health professionals to reach out to homeless in the subway system and commit to more hospital beds for the mentally ill.

Elected officials and the city’s business community see the subway as a key component to New York’s economic recovery after the pandemic.

The safer subway is hoped to encourage workers and tourists to return to the city.

New York City is experiencing a major crime surge, with the NYPD’s February crime statistics showing an almost 60 percent increase in felonies compared to the same time last year.

A shocking 73.3 percent increase in underground incidents during the same period – including 182 in February alone. 

Source: DailyMail

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