The 23-year-old victim was taking a photo on West 60th Street, between Broadway and Central Park West, around 1:20 p.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him with a sharp object and stabbed him once in the back, police said.
The tourist was taken to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital in stable condition, the NYPD said.
Witnesses told the New York Post the tourist, from Brazil, had been taking photos of the globe sculpture at Columbus Circle when the homeless man attacked him. He had been in the city on a one-day layover when the stabbing occurred, the paper reported.
Police are now searching for an approximately 6-foot man with blond hair who was last seen carrying a dark backpack and wearing a dark green long-sleeved sweater, dark green pants and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.