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WATCH: Leandra Introduces Herself To Our New Nolita Neighbors

Someone gave her a microphone again.

08.29.16

You might not know this about me, but I have a super power and said super power revolves around my ability to talk to inanimate objects and get conversations out of them. Isn’t that cool? There are plenty of examples above, in a video wherein I ask mailboxes and curbside ovens if they’re wearing… you know who.

But beyond that, Man Repeller is also fairly new to a neighborhood south of Bleecker Street, where we once lived and worked, so we took a quiet morning in early August to survey some regular neighborhood denizens and ask if they would be our friends. Below is a brief sampling of the answers in the event you must bookmark the video to watch later.

This dog said “hell nah.”

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This guy told me my hair color was too generic to plausibly call myself a resident of Nolita.

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This man and woman (on their way to city hall to get married) warned me against eating the pictured microphone head to which I did not comply.

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And this guy! Eddie! Surprised the living fecal matter out of me when I asked him a question to which he could not answer because…sry. You’re going to have to watch the video to understand this part.

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Produced by Jay Buim, photographed by Krista Anna Lewis. Follow Jay on Instagram and check his website out, too.

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  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    Frank throwing the dog toy back mid-conversation. TY Leandra for pointing it out.

    Also, the hug <3

    • Haley Nahman

      the mid-convo toy throw is more than i could ever ask for tbh

      • Marta Millere

        It was really badass yep

    • Seriously, 10/10, perfect form. I was highly impressed.

  • I totally agree about FaceTime. I am in a long distance (cross-atlantic) relationship, and FaceTime is our lifeblood between visits. We Facebook message like nobody’s business, but that’s literally because time difference sucks.
    I also have a good friend across the country and we use Voxer, the multi-faceted voice-chatting app where you can also send attachments, pics, texts, in the same convo as your voice messages that you can replay. It’s like calling, but without having to be free at the same moment.

  • Gwyn

    i want to be frank’s friend. “nowadays i tell people to enjoy the moment”

  • Kelsey Loraine

    Love this post! Recent college grad with too many friends in too many places doing too many things irrelevant to me. FaceTime is the way to go – thanks for reminding me of its importance.

  • Patty Carnevale

    this was a DELIGHT

  • Hilary

    Thank you for this post – I live far away from my high school & college friends, and constantly wish I kept in better touch with them. Usually we use texts, Facebook messenger, or Skype, but I definitely want to get more into FaceTime. I like the immediacy of it, that I can see my friends’ beautiful faces and briefly catch up for 5 minutes. Also, love the idea of postcards for short, fun hellos. Lately I’ve been trying to bring back phone calls – I know they can be stressful, but it’s also so nice to just hear a friend’s voice for a bit & tell them Happy Birthday or give them an update. I think about how much Andy Warhol loved talking on the phone and it makes me want to talk on the phone.

  • Hilary

    “I gotta go”

  • UGH yes. Made my Monday morning for sure. (Also I feel like my blog is an unofficial love letter to you guys, but I mean… <3)

  • Andrea Raymer

    Totally going to start using freeprints to send my entire Instagram feed to my grandmother

  • Harling Ross

    Can’t stop won’t stop watching that hug.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I can’t either it’s so real

  • Jessica H

    THIS is why I check manrepeller daily. SO FUNNY

  • Amelia Diamond

    do u guys think i’m famous because of 1:27

    • Yes.

    • Christel Michelle

      honestly that’s debatable

    • leonorjr

      absolutely. 100% yes.

  • I’ll never get over that Stella skirt. Still the thing of dreams

  • Hilary

    Thank you for this post – I live far away from my high school & college friends, and constantly wish I kept in better touch with them. Usually we use texts, Facebook messenger, or Skype, but I definitely want to get more into FaceTime. I like the immediacy of it, that I can see my friends’ beautiful faces and briefly catch up for 5 minutes. Also, love the idea of postcards for short, fun hellos. Lately I’ve been trying to bring back phone calls – I know they can be stressful, but it’s also so nice to just hear a friend’s voice for a bit & tell them Happy Birthday or give them an update. I think about how much Andy Warhol loved talking on the phone and it makes me want to talk on the phone.

  • Hi Leandra,

    I am so curios to know if the girl you interviewed was able to make a cartwheel?
    Nice video, I was missing them a lot, thanks.
    abdsign.blogspot.com

  • Cinamaron

    I am 100% the worst at texting back, it is a wonder anyone still speaks to me. This is my problem: I read texts, don’t immediately respond, remember the text two weeks later and have an anxiety spiral about whether I should reply back or if it is too late now and it will somehow be worse if I do reply. I’ve definitely gotten better with it but it’s still a dumb thing that I do sometimes.

  • Nicole Chanduvi

    Hilarious! But side note…that top, link? It’s gorgeous

    • Leandra Medine

      Rosetta Getty!

  • Audrey Fromson

    FaceTiming “dates” have certainly become a reality for me. “Dinner tonight?” “Sorry, I’m actually FaceTiming my friend from Fort Lauderdale.”

  • Maria Suarez

    Okay is it just me or does Leandra kinda sound like Amy Poehler (a la Leslie Knope)???

  • Jessica Downing

    OMG the hug and the Vetements twist this video is perfection

  • lily

    THIS WAS THE BEST CONTENT

  • Sooji

    If Leandra stopped me on the street in Nolita, I’d be so starstruck!

  • Hannah

    The desperation in that dog’s eyes for some fetch though. Also loved the genuine kindness in that hug even though you know that woman was freaking out internally about the acceptable time frame to let go.

  • Alice Pawley

    omg that hug though hahaha
    loved it!!!

  • Kelly

    ‘The is Vetements, I got it at Barneys.’ BEST!!!
    Seems like you’re settling right in Leandra!

  • Kelly

    Umm I just noticed your camera mans jumpsuit and it is sick!

  • Kristi

    PhotoPrints! Every grandchild should be required to do this

  • Can we get an office apropos film crew edition? That jumpsuit is killah.

  • Sarah Mako

    “its polyester” oml

  • snakehissken

    The comment section here and on Leandra’s Nolita walk have merged and it’s sooooo confusing

  • Christel Michelle

    Laughed my ass off at the Vetements bit

  • Alex Ochoa

    Ugh, Leandra Medine can we just be friends already!?! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Andy

    your neighbourhood seems super nice (overall) and frank seems like a treasure trove of facts!

  • VETEMENTS

  • Rosa

    Good way to collect friends’ addresses: google maps, street view. I swear by street view for those friends whose house i roughly remember the location of, but would have no idea about name of street or number. It works! Also it helps with the surprise effect. And bonus, you look like an awesome friend for remembering their address. Voilà

  • Catherine

    drooling over the outfit tbh

  • This video marks the most affinity I have ever felt for Leandra and I think 1:58 aka “the v long hug” and 3:33 aka “the cartwheel” factored into this.

  • Annemarie

    Oh my god! I’m on holidays from Australia, staying in soho – and my husband keeps teasing me saying “if we run into Leandra on the street do you reckon she’ll have drinks with us!?!?” IT ALMOST HAPPENED!!

  • Angela Gentile

    this video made me choke on my water. im so happy this exists. and that we’re kinda neighbors, since im in soho

  • Rebecca Blandon

    Leandra, you are perfection.

  • kforkarli

    I’m still getting over that gorgeous man who’s off to city hall…with his love fiancee. WOAH.

  • Leslie Hitchcock

    Wait, was it really Vetements??

  • Jessicaaaa

    OMG THE DHL GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111!!!!!11!!1!!!111!!!!!!!!

  • Yes, love this!

  • Carolina

    ‘Vetement’ man is the best! LMAF…!

  • Hannah Cole

    my personal goal for the month was to write a letter – who to? only time will tell, because it seems a bit ridiculous to send a letter only a few postcodes away…

    but love the postcard idea. i’ve decided this will now become my ‘thing’ <3

  • mrmomososa

    HAHAHAHHA the guy from DHL!!! … was it really Vetements? HAHA

  • Isabel

    Hello!! Leandra, what shoes are you wearing in this video?? I love them!