Just now, I heard a breaking bottle and some raised voices outside, so I looked out the window. I see two guys, one older, who is standing next to a patch of wetness on the ground--probably the broken bottle. The second is guy wearing a chain lock for a belt, with a big backpack-style messenger bag, and a brakeless fixed convesion, with platform pedals. They argue. The guy with the bike flips down his kickstand, exchanges some more words, and gets on his bike to ride away.
He goes halfway up the block and comes back. THe other guy (who is older, with greyish hair) stays outside. The guy with the bike flips down his kickstand, and drops his bag. The older guy graps the bag. The bike guy tries to grab it back, they scuffle a bit. The bike guy then jumps back and grabs his chain from his waist. He makes a few false swings like he is only threatening, then he gives it a full swing and CLOCKS the older guy on the back of the head (hard!). The older guy retreats and drops the bag. He yells inside, to a woman in the doorstep: 'call the police.'
The messenger guy walks down to the avenue with his bike, then rides back through the street to the other avenue. It is unmistakably fixed, and making TONS of noise. Poor chainline or something. And no straps. And a kickstand.
As I write this, the cops come. An EMT checks the old guy out, and when the cops start questioning him, he gets angry and shouts "he's got my keys!" He repeats this a few times. I couldn't tell, but he seemed a bit bloody (I'm on the 5th floor). He gets in a squad car and they roll off.
Moral of this story: If you are a messenger in NYC and know a guy who rides a noisy brakeless conversion with flip and chop bullhorns and platform pedals, he is an ******* who takes old peoples keys and then hits them on the head (hard!) with big chain locks. If you think you know the guy, do him a favor and throw something in his spokes, or hit HIM with a chain lock.