Updated 11/23, 10:40 a.m.
An NYPD spokesperson said the agency’s Hate Crime Investigations Unit is investigating this incident as a possible bias crime.
On Nov. 19 at approximately 7:30 p.m., police said, four teenagers were sitting on a bench near Jarfi’s, a bar and restaurant at 27-35 21st St., when three white men approached them and started making anti-Muslim comments.
One of the men said he didn’t “want any Muslim sitting on the bench,” an NYPD spokesperson said.
One of the teenagers was struck in the face with a bottle, a police spokesperson said, and was taken to a local hospital after suffering an eye injury.
According to the New York Post, the 17-year-old teenager suffered a fractured eye socket and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.
The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet, 4 inches and about 280 pounds.
The second suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches and 160 pounds.
There was no description available for the third suspect.