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This headline, and corresponding image, appeared in the 11/19/2013 edition of the New York Times, but it just confirmed what we have known all along.  While sometimes New York, and other cities, can seem like large, anonymous places just the opposite is often true.  Where we live, especially for those of us living in a multi-unit building, large or small, can become a true community.

This article talks specifically about how in many buildings the doorman, or superintendent, becomes much more than their job titles would indicate.  They, and members of their families, become trusted resources whether the job at hand is cleaning apartments, doing handyman chores, lugging heavy luggage and equipment up flights of stairs, or more. Yes, these are specific tasks but what they also represent is how a supportive, nurturing community of neighbors sharing resources, offering each other support, can arise anywhere.

We all have come to reside in a city for many reasons, whether for employment, drawn by the “bright lights”, lured here by a boyfriend or girlfriend, or the list can go on and on. However, usually the move has nothing to do with seeking anonymity. Rather, what most of us seek, living in a small town, a big city, or somewhere in between, is a sense of connection, a feeling of belongingness that comes from being part of a community.  It’s already happening in New York City. just wants to further it along in this digital age!