Metropolitan Diary: New Friends Upstairs

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New Friends Upstairs

Dear Diary:
When we first moved to New York 11 years ago, it was into a lovely, and affordable, duplex in Fort Greene.
One evening after we had lived there for a few months, we found a bottle of wine by the door with a note that said, “Sorry for the noise. Enjoy the wine! Your new neighbors from upstairs.”
We didn’t realize someone had moved in, but we loved the gesture and decided we had to share the bottle.
We went upstairs, knocked on the door and met a lovely young couple. She was studying for a master’s degree in psychology and he was an illustrator for magazines. They accepted our invitation to join us downstairs.

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I only had peanuts to offer as a snack, and I placed a large bowl on the coffee table in front of them. I noticed they didn’t touch it the whole evening.

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