Au Coin De Ma Rue.

Barbara Iweins does what I wish I had the courage to do: talk to strangers on the street. My Brooklyn neighborhood is host - and home - to a vibrant, and often very stylish, cast of characters. The fact that I live next to a bar whose patrons seem to have stepped off the pages of the Sartorialist only adds to the excellent people-watching. 

I find myself wondering all the time who these people are and where they came from. But the thought of actually asking has never crossed my mind. On her popular blog, Au Coin De Ma Rue, ("at the corner of my street" in French), Barbara does just that.

I'm so inspired after paging through Barbara's archives that I'm thinking of adding another New Year's resolution to my list: talk to strangers. What do you think?

All phtotos by Barbara Iweins for Au Coin De Ma Rue.


  1. i think it's a really great idea!!
    i thought it too, but maybe i'm too shy to do a lovely think like this...
    in the meanwhile i'll follow your blog!!

  2. I love the idea of this, but I always feel like I would be bothering people. But then with the right person, I wouldn't be bothered necessarily. I don't know if I have what it takes to do this. Gulp.

  3. It sounds like a great idea, but I'm not sure if I have the courage to do as well. I'm sure I can do maybe once a month..! I'll visit her blog after this and thank you for sharing! xo akiko

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  4. remember wackos don't wear name tags

  5. I'm pretty shy, too - but I think meeting some cool new people might make the challenge worth it!

    Anonymous - Haha! I will definitely keep that in mind! Thank you :)

  6. i'm too chicken to talk to strangers, but i love it when they talk to me!

  7. Every time a stranger tries to talk to me, I must get this terrified look on my face. (It's so horrible that I assume the worst!) Their reactions are like that of a person who is trying to calm an upset puppy.

    PS I want to know what bar in Brooklyn is filled with chic model-y types! I'm stumped!

  8. Haha! Kate, I do that, too. I'm going to have to work on that! :)

  9. how cool - love this! But, I'm not sure about the talking to strangers part. I suppose it depends on the street corner. ;)



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