Reflections on the water

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?

Not forgotten
Not forgotten
Inside every fat van...
Inside every fat van…

Noise is pretty much a constant in the city. Only Central Park & my hotel room provided a retreat.

Sound advice
Sound advice
Playing together
Playing together

There are many free papers on street corners including very local neighbourhood publications, minority mags and The Onion!

Brief encounters
Brief encounters
Fleeting fame
Fleeting fame

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 only way is up
The only way is up
Sign of trouble
Sign of trouble

The media are very political on the whole. I don’t think most locals realise just how bad it is.

Parallel existence
Parallel existence
Eye of the needle
Eye of the needle

Advertising really treats people like they are stupid. Marketing campaigns play heavily on people’s fears.

Across the pond
Across the pond
Up in lights
Up in lights

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.

Thanks MTV for...
Thanks MTV for…
Giving it all
Giving it all

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?

Over the water
Over the water
Hand made
Hand made

The civil reporting phone number 311 enables citizens to report complaints and public issues to the authorities.

Standing proud
Standing proud

You don’t see that many “fat” Americans in Manhattan.

It's hip to be square
It\’s hip to be square
Half baked idea
Half baked idea

People don’t assume that the British accent means you are a tourist because so many nationalities live here.

Tim the troll
Tim the troll
On reflection
On reflection

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