Simply sitting outside and watching what goes on helps you to get more in touch with your neighborhood. I have personally gotten to know what cars or bikes belong to who, who lives in what house. Faces will become familiar to you, and you will become a familiar face (just don't sit there ALL day, or people will start to wonder about you).
For this how-to guide, you will need:
-The space just beyond your front door
-A chair if you want, but not necessary
This is an item on the Neighbors Project Neighbors Checklist.