I accept your concern for our well being, and that same concern expressed by many other people as well. But seriously, you people have to learn some NYC geography.
I live in Astoria, and even Astoria is a huge place. I work in midtown just north of Times Square, also a huge place.
The attack was 5 miles south of my office, and on an entirely different land mass from our homes. The attack happened at a time during which I am obviously at work, and not biking around the city. The odds of us being in danger from that incident are basically zero.
NYC has almost 9 million people. The odds of the few of us who live in NYC being the victims of any particular attack are so ridiculously low that worrying is of no use. New Yorkers aren’t concerned or worried. We are all just going about our business as usual. Non New Yorkers are much more upset and making a big deal out of it, as usual.
Please save your concern for our well being for incidents where there is sufficient evidence to suggest a higher probability that we might actually be the victims. When a drunk driver mowed over a bunch of cyclists during the NYC Century, nobody sent me any concerned messages, even though I was actually participating in that ride. Although, I was already well ahead of that part of the route when that crash occurred.
We appreciate your concern, but please save it for when it’s appropriate.
New York City is insanely big, it’s probably not anyone you know.
New Yorkers are tougher, less scared, and less worried than you non-NYers.
Learn NYC geography.
When the details of the story emerge, and evidence suggests that a person you know might actually be the victim, then feel free to be concerned.