Reported attacks were up for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Anti-Violence Project.
Pedro Silva, 20, was charged with murder in the death of 33-year-old Ivan Rodriguez.
State Sen. Jose Peralta compared the stretch to "old Times Square."
Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Steven Torres with a hate crime.
Police say Steven Torres, 22, claimed victim Ever Orozco, 69, blew him kisses before the attack.
Ever Orozco, 69, was stabbed to death near the 7 train Monday afternoon, police said.
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