New York City (CNN)Noel Quintana said he was slashed across the face.
"When I was attacked on the subway, there were so many New Yorkers around me, but nobody came to my help, nobody made a video," the 61-year old Filipino American said.
"I was scared I wasn't going to make it. ... We are all New Yorkers, and we should be looking out for each other."
Quintana, a New Yorker, described the February 3 attack to city leaders, Asian Americans and their supporters who attended the "Rise Up Against Anti-Asian Hate" rally in Foley Square on Saturday.
"Stop Asian hate!" New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd. "This is the message we have to get out, not just in New York City, but all over this country: Stop Asian hate! Stop it now!"
The rally was held to protest a wave of attacks on Asian Americans, including a large number of elderly people. The stabbing of a 36-year-old Asian American man on Thursday is the latest reported incident in New York City. Similar incidents are being reported across the nation.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told the crowd there were signs of a surge in violence at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Tragically, those warnings came to fruition and the Asian American community, across New York and the country, have been the target of race-based discrimination and harassment," Schumer said.
New York Attorney General Letitia James encouraged individuals at the rally to report hate crimes to her office.
"Come to my office so we can report on these individuals who hate us, so we can shut them down. Any attack on one of us is an attack against all of us," James said.
Pearl Sun, a New York City resident, attended the rally but didn't speak to the crowd. She told CNN she's now wary when walking in the city streets.
"I have to tell you that I walk out the door and I brace myself, I prepare myself," she said. "I make sure I no longer listen to music, when I'm walking around. I no longer listen to podcasts. ... I want to make sure I pay attention to what, or whatever might be happening around me."