'Are you going to stalk us now?' Malcolm Turnbull angered by New York paparazzi
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'Are you going to stalk us now?' Malcolm Turnbull angered by New York paparazzi

New York: On a day when many New Yorkers escaped the muggy city streets for a trip to the beach, Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull hit the town in Manhattan in search of respite from the political heat back home.

The recently deposed prime minister and his wife will spend the next six weeks holidaying in New York, where they own an apartment bought for $US3.275 million on the city's desirable Upper West Side.

But if the Turnbulls thought they could escape the media glare in New York they were wrong.

Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull have retreated to New York after the Liberal leadership crisis ended Mr Turnbull's prime ministership.

Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull have retreated to New York after the Liberal leadership crisis ended Mr Turnbull's prime ministership. Credit:BACKGRID

The pair were filmed arriving at LaGuardia Airport on Sunday night, where Mr Turnbull said he was “looking forward to some rest” following his dramatic removal as prime minister less than two weeks ago.

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On their first full day in the city on Monday, the final day of the Labor Day long weekend, the Turnbulls were photographed by paparazzi returning from a shopping expedition to popular health food chain Whole Foods.

Mr Turnbull, dressed in a blue polo shirt and slacks, wheeled a shopping trolley while Mrs Turnbull carried a distinctive Whole Foods paper shopping bag.

Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at media for following the couple in New York.

Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at media for following the couple in New York. Credit:BACKGRID

The Turnbulls were also photographed on a morning walk in Central Park, which is a short walk from their apartment.

An agitated Mr Turnbull reportedly told a reporter from News Corp that the couple had been harassed by paparazzi and asked, “Are you going to stalk us now?” and “Why don’t you leave us alone?”

The Turnbulls bought the luxury condominium in 2012. It is located in The Century, a 32-storey, twin-tower Art Deco building on the upper West Side.

Malcolm Turnbull pictured shopping in New York.

Malcolm Turnbull pictured shopping in New York. Credit:BACKGRID

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos also owns property in the apartment complex.

The Turnbulls are expected to remain in the US until after the byelection for his inner-city seat of Wentworth, which he vacated after losing the prime ministership in August.

While arriving at the airport Mr Turnbull defended his son Alex, who put a call-out on Twitter for people to donate to the Labor candidate for Wentworth Tim Murray.

Alex Turnbull said donating to Mr Murray would be “the best bang for your buck” and help to bring on an early election.

“My son’s 36 and he’s entitled to his own political opinions,” Mr Turnbull said when asked about the comments.

“Now that he’s no longer the son of the prime minister he’s able to express his views on all sorts of issues in a way that he hasn’t been before.”

Matthew Knott is a Fairfax Media reporter based in the United States. He previously worked in the Canberra press gallery and recently finished a Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.