The NYPD released a security camera video that shows the man grabbing the woman from behind, putting her in a chokehold, slamming her to the ground, and then stealing her bag.
The robbery happened outside 332 East 29th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood at about 8:30 a.m. on June 29, police said.
The victim is a 64-year-old woman, the NYPD said. She suffered cuts to both elbows and her right knee, police said.
The woman's bag contained some money and her phone, police said.