"Officer, what's with all the Police presence?"
Replying with a smile.
"You're outside a Police station."
So my first conversation with a New Yorker I made myself look a right gimp, it was a little embarrassing. With the number of Police vehicles parked roadside I honestly thought something was kicking off... oops!
It was my first trip to New York, I've travelled around it a few times but never managed to visit, this time was different. I made the trip with my nephew, a barber and a bit of a lad, so it was definitely going to be a fun trip.
Me being a photographer it was also somewhere I needed to visit to take pictures, 20 years taking shots and never visiting one of the best places on the planet for street photography, it was a no-brainer.
So here are seven things about my trip that caught my wandering eye - enjoy.
Times Square of chaos
It's a tourist trap, don't bother going!
That's what we were told before we decided to head to Times Square - to be fair it was just that, full of VERY annoying salespeople trying to sell you all sorts of things.
Thankfully I have my stare of death, and when you say you live in Los Angeles they walk away 😂
If you like things noisy, chaotic, busy AF, overhyped and packed with NYC gift shops then Times Square is for you.
It is worth the visit though - even only for 20 minutes, always good for a picture which is a bonus. I would also recommend 'Juniors' restaurant on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street, polite staff and good food.
New York is great for shopping.
One thing you can guarantee in New York, the shopping is out of this world, but you'll need a couple of thousand dollars even to touch the surface.
If you're into training shoes or the latest trends, New York has everything.
A little disappointed with Macy's which apparently is the worlds largest store, nowhere near as good as Harrods and tough to get around, took us ages to find the men's restroom (loo) located on the ninth floor.
You need to head to Soho with the cool kids, so many amazing shops to spend your hard earned cash, as I said you need a few quid if you're a shopaholic. I did manage to find a Vans jacket that as far as I'm aware you can't get here in the UK - bonus!
Back in the day, the USA was the place to head to for shopping on the cheap - not anymore, start saving if you are planning a trip at Christmas.
I had this strange little thought before heading to 'Central Park', I wanted to see the pigeon lady from the movie Home Alone, yes I'm bonkers. I did manage to see the rocks where that cheeky little chappy Macaulay Culkin bumped into her and screamed his head off - that's good enough for me.
Central Park is a busy place packed with runners, skaters, horse riders, walkers and cyclists - exactly what we decided to do. It was a brilliant few hours cycling the whole of the park, stopping for a hot dog and ice cream halfway and people watching some of New York's finest.
Images and words by Ray Chuss