In this way, the city’s ability to overcome hardships is contagious.
“The community fabric becomes a scaffold for the individual,” says Dr. Darshan Mehta, the medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where many survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing sought treatment for emotional trauma. †
On Tuesday, the city’s chancellor, David C. Banks, visited schools near the shooting site around the time of the firing to see if there were any students and teachers forced to take shelter during the manhunt.
“He was surprised by how they had everything under control,” said Nathaniel Styer, a spokesman for the Department of Education. “Those children were surrounded by love and cared for and supported.”
For some people there is little choice but to bounce back. A man who survived the attack on the N train and filmed part of the aftermath said in an interview on Tuesday that he had rushed straight from the scene to work at a nearby bodega.
The man, who did not give his name because he is not legally allowed to work in the United States, said that after he changed his clothes and drank some water, he quickly sat behind a hot grill and did his job.
Bernard Middleton, 58, a retired Harlem city bus driver, was back on the subway on a train in downtown 1 shortly after the shooting.
“We don’t have a choice,” Mr. Middleton said. “If we have to get where we are going, we have to take the subway and we have to be vigilant. But since no one died, it helped me to get on the subway this morning. But I’m still a little shaky.”