A couple celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary in Midtown were attacked by a crazed stranger who spit on the woman and then pummeled her husband in the face.
Restauranteurs Jeremy and Paola Goldberg, both 35, of West Orange, N.J., had just caught Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Music Box Theater near Times Square when they were attacked around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
“New York City is supposed to be a place for everybody and this was unacceptable,” Jeremy said. “It was outrageous. It was an awful experience.”
The happy couple were walking down Eighth Ave. towards Penn Station to take a train home when their 6-foot-5 assailant snuck up on them from behind, tapped Paola on the shoulder and spit in her face, cops said.
The brawler, clad in shorts, a shirt and a towel on his head, then punched Jeremy Goldberg over and over in the face, knocking him down, cops said.
“He just started pummeling me, yelling ‘It’s your fault! It’s your fault!'” Jeremy said. “He was a big guy. My face is pretty messed up. Not one bystander did a thing.”
Their attacker dashed off west on W. 35th St. but when he realized he was on the same block as the Midtown South Precinct stationhouse he fled downtown on Eighth Ave. toward Penn Station.
The Goldbergs followed at a safe distance while Paola called 911.
Cops arrested Derrick Boyce, 40, at W. 33rd St. and Eighth Ave. and charged him with assault.
He has a dozen prior arrests, most recently in November for attempted robbery in East Harlem, authorities said. He was awaiting arraignment on Wednesday.
Jeremy suffered a black eye, and cuts to his face, nose and tongue. He is being treated for a possible concussion.
“We go into the city as much as possible. I love New York City,” Jeremy said. “We are hard-working restaurateurs and we don’t get much time off. This was a pretty difficult night.”
The couple moved to the metro area from Miami three years ago seeking a safer place to live. They now run a restaurant called Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar in Bloomfield, N.J.