A 73 year-old man tragically mowed down by a tour bus on the Upper West Side Friday was Manhattan’s king of 20th century kitsch who almost had a television show on American pop culture.
Alexander Shear, whose widespread collection was highlighted in the New Yorker and People magazines, was the city’s go-to guy for artifacts from the last century.
He was killed at about 8:15 p.m. Friday when he was hit and dragged by a Shafer Tour bus that turned down Broadway onto W. 96th St.
Horrified witnesses chased after the bus and flagged down the driver, who stopped near Amsterdam Ave.
“I didn’t know. I didn’t see him!” the panic-stricken driver told detectives.
No arrests have been made and no summonses were issued to the driver.
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