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July 22, 2019

Two partygoers beat construction worker, call him N-word, when he stops them from taking shortcut through Hell’s Kitchen work site: cops

February 11, 2019
Klevis Vulaj and Veton Balidemaj left a club on W. 47th St. and 11th Ave. and were trying to walk through a construction site a block away around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when the victim told them to walk on the other side of the street. (Siede Preis / Getty Images)

Two hateful partygoers beat a construction worker, calling him the N-word, when he blocked them from taking a shortcut through his Hell’s Kitchen work site, authorities said Monday.

Klevis Vulaj and Veton Balidemaj left a club on W. 47th St. and 11th Ave. and were trying to cross through the construction site a block away around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when the confrontation sparked off, police sources said. The victim told them to walk on the other side of the street because construction workers were pouring concrete.

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One of the men tried to give the worker, Darrick Brown, 48, a hug and walk around him rather than cross the street — but Brown rebuffed them, police said.

That’s when the goons, who are both white, shouted, “What are you going to do about it n—er?” and “We’re out here partying and you’re out here working like a n—er,” prosecutors allege.

Vulaj, 25, shoved Brown, who is black, to the ground and punched him while Balidemaj, 23, kicked the victim repeatedly, fracturing his right orbital bone, court papers allege.

Brown was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s with severe trauma to his right eye and cuts to his head, authorities said.

Both Vulaj and Balidemaj were charged with assault as a hate crime. Vulaj was ordered held on $3,000 bond and Balidemaj was ordered held on $7,000 bond at their Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment Saturday night.

Both men are due back in court Feb. 14.

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