A few times a month for the past seven years my next door neighbor Kenny has held a modern day version of a "salon." Artists, actors, writers, producers, engineers, students, all gather to trade stories, share food and connect on professional projects and personal ventures large and small. On designated evenings, if the gate is open and the light is on, you simply walk on in. It's a tradition that makes our block, and thus our neighborhood, our city a place you want to call home.

"Use the good china for breakfast."