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We have always thought that the loneliest place to live in an apartment building was on the ground floor, outside the social incubator of the elevator.

But the loneliest place may be in the public eye.

Over on UrbanBaby, one apartment dweller is seeking advice on how to reach out, in a non-creepy way, to a celebrity neighbor who seems so alone that she talks to herself (“I should go to the store before I go to the post office” and “That is too fattening”).  A commenter in another building agrees that her own celeb-in-residence seems lonely too.

The suggestions so far:

  • Ask her for coffee.  
  • Start a conversation about something local – like have you tried that new ? in the neighborhood 
  • Invite her to a gathering of other neighbors you don’t know well
We checked in with an Upper West Side friend who recently acquired a B-list celebrity neighbor.

“I was getting into the elevator yesterday with him but I couldn’t bring myself to say ‘hello’—I wanted to respect his privacy,” she says.  “The thing is, they are people first.  Would you say ‘hello’ if they weren’t famous?”

On the other hand, there is the snub risk to consider.

“They may be delightful or they may sneer,” says our friend, who speculates that less well-known celebs are more likely to respond with a cold shoulder.  “Would you want to have to deal with your faux pas every single day in the elevator?”


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