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If You Live in New York City, Forced Intimacy Is Part of the Deal

How close living requires us to tune out the noise

The exterior of an apartment building
Photo by Pavel Neznanov on Unsplash

Residing in Manhattan necessitates that we accept living with a heightened level of intimacy with family, friends, and strangers. It’s not just living in close quarters with one’s own family that makes us feel we are on top of…




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Laura Friedman Williams

Laura Friedman Williams

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; coming in May ‘22 from Harper360). Mom of three, New Yorker.

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