According to the New York Post, the victim had just left the trendy Lavo nightclub, and was returning to her hotel when a man grabbed her and dragged her into an alleyway.
Police described the attacker as a 35 to 40-year-old black man, around 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds.
Local resident Donald Beldock told CBS that such attacks were rare in the area.
"That's pretty shocking because this is a well maintained neighborhood and incidents of that nature don't usually happen," he said.
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