A 50-year-old man is clinging to life at St. Vincent's hospital after being savagely beaten by a group of unidentified men in the West Village around 2 a.m. this morning. Police tell Eyewitness News that the victim, from upstate New York, got into a "verbal dispute" with a group of men outside Riviera Cafe and Sports Bar (pictured), which had closed down for the night an hour earlier. Witnesses saw at least two men flee the scene, but no arrests were made, and no weapon was recovered; police believe the assailants beat their victim with their bare hands. He sustained life-threatening injuries to the back of his head, and is currently in critical condition. Earlier this year, cops arrested two men accused of a violent mugging spree in the West Village, and on May 3rd, unidentified thugs broke the jaw of a 28-year-old man on Christopher Street near Washington Street, also around 2 a.m.