Before I moved to New York, the land where everybody lives in dimly-lit walk-ups, I lived in Los Angeles. And apartments in L.A. are much different than those in NYC, in that they make you much more exposed to your neighbors.
I've been in the building I live in now for over a year -- there are neighbors I've seen maybe three times. Seriously. And the only reason I found out that the couple on the first floor moved -- three weeks ago -- is because I just saw somebody new moving in. It's great.
All places aren't like this, though. Like I said, Los Angeles, completely different. When I sneezed, my entire complex would say "bless you" in unison to me. It was awful. Because when you get friendly with neighbors, bad things and awkward situations are bound to happen.
After watching the hilarious video from CafeMom Studios featuring JoAnn from Bensonhurst, I now realize that I made a cardinal mistake when I lived in Los Angeles -- I got to know my neighbors in the first place.