This happened last night just a block away from me. I actually drove right up on it across from Grays Papaya as cops shut down the street. Crazy. From talking to a few NYPD friends of mine, the rash incidents of these attacks in the last 3 weeks are gang related for initiation... (this is why suspects "brag" about it to the cops when caught)
[Updates] Gay Man Killed In Greenwich Village In Apparent Hate Attack: Gothamist