And so I’m back in Blighty, carried on wing and ash. Much has been packed into the last 10 days – my first visit to New York and indeed America – and some of it has been documented here. I wanted to get a feel for the place and not just to rush headlong through a set of guidebook recommendations. Discovery is something you can only do for yourself.
Here are some final words and images born of the last ten days…
All police vehicles display the following message – “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect”. This in response to public perception that they were rude, unprofessional and disrespectful?
Noise is pretty much a constant in the city. Only Central Park & my hotel room provided a retreat.
There are many free papers on street corners including very local neighbourhood publications, minority mags and The Onion!
Some people have personal space issues and don’t like to travel on public transport. I noticed some women get really edgy about sitting next to poor people!
The media are very political on the whole. I don’t think most locals realise just how bad it is.
Advertising really treats people like they are stupid. Marketing campaigns play heavily on people’s fears.
Tipping is a very common practice but the rules are simple enough to pick up. Sometimes it is used as a status symbol – for instance in bars somebody might leave a huge tip just for show.
A lot of people keep small dogs (because they live in apartments) but I never saw any dog crap. Has selective breeding got this far advanced?
The civil reporting phone number 311 enables citizens to report complaints and public issues to the authorities.
You don’t see that many “fat” Americans in Manhattan.
People don’t assume that the British accent means you are a tourist because so many nationalities live here.