I live on a quiet historic block in Queen Village. At least I thought it was a quiet block. I moved in during the winter – a very quiet time of year. Then it started warming up. One day I turn the corner onto my little cobblestone block and bam. Seven people are out on their stoops having cocktails. Now I have to think. Should I just ignore everyone and go straight into my house? Or do I have to say hi to everyone and then go into my house? Actually I had to say hello because one of these people was sitting on my stoop. I’m tired, I’m cranky and now I have to be pleasant. Great. Just great! But they’re my neighbors. I have to be nice.
I say hello. I say, “Excuse me I need to get into my house.”
They move. And then they say, “After you get settled come out and have a cocktail with us.”
Ok, now I’m hooked. I can always use a cocktail. And now I’m the first person to sit outside waiting for people to come out. I like my neighbors. They like me (I think). I live in a neighborhood where people know me and watch out for me.
After you decide on a general area you will want to decide if a block like this is right for you. You may find that sharing pizza and beer on the stoop with your neighbors is fun and cheap and you may even make a real friend or two. Try it – you may like it. I did.
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