Despite their combined age of 182, two feisty New Yorkers should be kept far, far apart after a recent skirmish in Sheepshead Bay.
Gersh Goffman, 83 years young, stands accused of beating 99-year old Steve Pulwers with "The Club" - the steering wheel anti-theft device - in a dispute earlier this week.
Pulwers, who is nearly blind, was left with a broken nose and cracked ribs after a beating spurred by his asking the younger Gofman to move his car.
Pulwers lives above a doctor's office in Borough Park, and when he saw that Gofman's car was blocking the driveway, Pulwers knocked on Gofman's window to get him out of the way. Because these are the small but noble tasks that fill your day when you're old—unless you're old like Gorfman and you go around beating up even older people!
"The doctor honked the horn, one, two, three, four times," Pulwers, a retired Manischewitz wine-factory employee. "I say, 'Gentleman, the doctor wants to go into the garage.' He did not answer. He then got out and takes a metal tool and hits me. He knocked me to the ground. I hit him in the leg with my coat like a little fly. He's much younger than me, much stronger. He could be my son. Maybe he's crazy or maybe not normal, because a normal person doesn't try to fight an old man who is close to 100 years old. I'm lucky I'm still alive. I thought he was going to kill me."Oh, and Gorfman also threatened to cut his balls off (which probably isn't such a heavy threat when you get to be that age).
His wife, 74-year old Josefa Pulwers, told reporters that the attack itself wasn't even the part Pulwers remembers most vividly. Rather, he told her he was even more shocked when he thought he was being attacked by another Jew. Pulwers is a survivor of Stalin's corrective labor camps.
Gofman was arrested on charges of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon - The Club. Pulwers was sent to an area hospital where we he was fixed up and sent on his way. His 100th birthday is in late March.