Woman returns to New York Subway, where she survived Hammer Attack


Dr. Nina Rothschild returned the crime scene for the first time since being severely injured by a hammer attack at a New York City subway station.  

A scientist with the New York City Health Department, Rothschild was leaving work when she was struck by a person she’d never met.  

Surveillance footage captured the 14-time beating she received to the head by a hammer as she entered Queens station three months ago. But Rothschild, 57, doesn’t need the footage to remind her of that day’s events; she remembers every agonizing moment of the traumatic encounter. 

“I was assaulted right over there,”She spoke to Inside Edition.  

“I remember that I was just starting to head down to the train station, and somebody started hitting me over the head with what I thought at the time was a baseball bat,”She spoke.  

Rothschild never saw the attacker who struck Rothschild over and over.  

“I kept calling out, ‘Stop, stop, stop!’ Which of course is not very useful, but I just did,”She spoke.  

Rothschild’s skull was fractured, and her hand was broken as she tried to ward of blows. She will need to undergo months of physical therapy.  

The 57-year old homeless man was her accused attacker and he was later arrested. She said that it was nerve-racking to return to the train station.  

“I did kind of look around me as I was heading down into the station, just to be on the safe side,”She spoke.  

Rothschild used ride the subway every day, but after surviving trauma and the news of a shooting at a Brooklyn-bound N train earlier this week that left 19 people dead, Rothschild now uses Ubers. 

“I am not planning to take the subway for a while,”She spoke.