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My neighbor uses any public agency she can to wreak havoc and cause her neighborhood residents and others to spend money and TIME fending her off...police, code enforcement (170+ complaints in one year), fire department, etc. Then there are the courts, unpaid contractors, elder abuse and domestic violence...her husband is not safe, she has stabbed her own father. She is 64!!!! She does the opposite of what you would …
Too close
For comfort
Go away.

Brick bungalow, best friend across driveway.

Clearly they were not my neighbors, but this is what I suppose Laura said to W, in that not-serious mock-up encouraging way spouses speak to each other, but W took seriously.

My bedroom faces the side of the building near me. My little sister always tended to sit by the window. One day she notices that the window of the girls living across from me was open. She calls me over to show me how they had two dildos holding up the window. My little sister being so curious wrote them a note and hung it outside our building. The note …

My elderly next door neighbor in my apartment building had locked himself out and knocked on my door to call our landlord to help. After he explained his problem, I told him "You don't need to do that! Watch me! Besides, do you really think Tom will come on a Saturday? "

And I went and armed myself with a butterknife from my kitchen and …

My neighbors just called to see if I would like some venison chili because the batch was so large it would get freezer burn before they could eat it all. Despite the fact that venison isn't my favorite I jumped at the offer – knowing the flavors that generally come out of that kitchen.

When I opened the door I was greeted with the sweet aroma of a …

I have lived in my neighborhood for almost nine years and I am only 12 years old. The neighbors next door were really nice with two dogs: Pepper and Daisy both labs and two kids:Hunter and Lily. They moved out soon after we moved in a few years later and then Alex and his family and 2-step brothers moved in. Alex is a nice kid but i feel sorry …

My nieghbor is Pop Can Stan, he is bald; what's underneath is not all there either. Ironically, in what could only reasonably constitute as too much sun on the head, this over-heating of the brain also reflects on his daily routine. His favorite activity is feeding feral cats. These cats have collectively bestowed Sainthood upon him. They follow him constantly, yet stay at least ten yards away from any other …

My neighbor does not want a cat, but she is always using mine .."runner" which is quite alright but why does she not want one of her own? well, i was told that the last one tore all the drapes and just drooped dead! yet, for some reason my cat just chases mice... i see it as animal therapy.. I have offered her, her own kitten but she rather …

My neighbor is the most crazy person i have ever met. One time i dropped one of those party poppers, she lost her shit and went on a crazy rant. In this rant she told my mom that she really had a daughter that we were hiding from her and that my real name was peter not Paul. to this day she still calls me peter i've given …

Cricket is an all-day affair!

I've lived down the street from Kayla my whole life. While I'm at her house, which is most of the time, I coverse with her neighbors. After 14 years, I've gotten to know most of the people over there except her Next-Door Neighbors.
They don't talk, well not us. They are some sort of asian, I believe they're viatnemese, but we don't really know.
Anyways, Kayla's cat ran out the …

I moved to NYC in the early 90's and shared a two-bedroom apartment with a whiny roommate who ate only Hamburger Helper. Because she was so annoying, my boyfriend and I usually stayed at his luxury co-op on the Upper West Side. When my lease was up, I ditched the roomie for my very own place in Gramercy Park.

The upside was that I'd be living alone, …
Green thumbs transform neighborhood into eden.

I thought moving into the quaint, Spanish courtyard building would be a good step. The first night was rough. I thought older buildings were supposed to ave thick walls. I was wrong. Since I was in one of the corners of the building, my bedroom window faced the courtyard. The neighbors to my right were either night owls or deaf. I heard the entire late night lineup from Leno to …

Next door neighbour or next door goddess. So beautiful. Oh how I long to catch a glimpse from out my window. Who can resist, with the bikini tops and the skin tight shorts that she always wears. Bending, getting drenched as she washes her car. I have never spoken a word to her, nor do I know her name. I guess this just adds …

Next door neighbour or next door goddess. So beautiful. Oh how I long to catch a glimpse from out my window. Who can resist, with the bikini tops and the skin tight shorts that she always wears. Bending, getting drenched as she washes her car. I have never spoken a word to her, nor do I know her name. I guess this just adds …

Next door neighbour or next door goddess. So beautiful. Oh how I long to catch a glimpse from out my window. Who can resist, with the bikini tops and the skin tight shorts that she always wears. Bending, getting drenched as she washes her car. I have never spoken a word to her, nor do I know her name. I guess this just adds …

It was summer of 2001 and the other “club” of kids in the neighborhood had just made Lauren cry. The sky was particularly grey that afternoon as we stood in a circle around her, glaring across the street to the larger group of smirking assholes. We tried not making her take sides, but as usual with kids entering pre-teendom, cliques prevailed.

Lauren was being torn apart by an inner …
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Have a Next-Door Neighbor Story?

As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

About Next-Door Neighbor


No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

The Fine Print & Contest Rules

By submitting an entry, you are granting SMITH the right to reprint or republish that entry online or in print, as well as make any necessary edits. See SMITH's terms of service for complete details.

This contest ends September 1, 2008. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

 
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