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September 28, 2012

Mary asks…

Appropriate Christmas tip for doormen in Manhattan rental building?

I was wondering how much is customary to tip the building staff at Christmas. I live in a full service, hi-rise building with the staff of 15 (doormen/concierge, porters, maintenance guys). My rent is $1,500 (it’s a corporate apt, my employer pays 50% of the rent). Location: West 40ies. The buidling: 45 floors/12 apts per floor
Although it’s listed as a LUXURY hi-rise the building is very mixed: there are wealthy CEOs and recent college grads sharing small 1 or 2brs.
It will be my first Chrismas here ( i moved in Feb’08). The staff is very friendly (except for 1 guy, each building has that 1 guy who is not a team player) I introduced myself when moving in and since then they all greet me by my name (of course except that 1 guy). I’m a very low maintenance tenant, they do accept my packages and dry cleaning every other week or so. Other than that I don’t require much from them.
I was thinking $30-$40 each. Less to that 1 guy and more to the 3 doormen I like best. I assume if they collect small amounts from over 400 apartments they’ll end up with a very decent Chrismas bonus.
I know it’s prime Manhattan so standards are high here. I don’t want to be cheap but can’t act like Oprah either. What do u guys think?

Any feedback is appreciated.

Administrator answers:

I think it certainly sounds like a very fair amount. I’m not so certain i’d give less to the less friendly person though. You don’t want to have a doorman that hates you. Your dry cleaning may end up going missing!

Give all the exact same amount, otherwise your harmony there might not last.

Just do 30 for all of them, if others do the same, it would be a very good christmas indeed for them all.

Maria asks…

Appropriate Christmas tip for doormen in Manhattan rental building?

I was wondering how much is customary to tip the building staff at Christmas. I live in a full service, hi-rise building with the staff of 15 (doormen/concierge, porters, maintenance guys). My rent is $1,500 (it’s a corporate apt, my employer pays 50% of the rent). Location: West 40ies. The buidling: 45 floors/12 apts per floor
Although it’s listed as a LUXURY hi-rise the building is very mixed: there are wealthy CEOs and recent college grads sharing small 1 or 2brs.
It will be my first Chrismas here ( i moved in Feb’08). The staff is very friendly (except for 1 guy, each building has that 1 guy who is not a team player) I introduced myself when moving in and since then they all greet me by my name (of course except that 1 guy). I’m a very low maintenance tenant, they do accept my packages and dry cleaning every other week or so. Other than that I don’t require much from them.
I was thinking $30-$40. Less to that 1 guy and more to the 3 doormen I like best. I assume if they collect small amounts from over 400 apartments they’ll end up with a very decent Chrismas bonus.
I know it’s prime Manhattan so standards are high here. I don’t want to be cheap but can’t act like Oprah either. What do u guys think?

Any feedback is appreciated.

Administrator answers:

At least fifty bucks per person that you have had help you. Even that one guy . If he doesn’t get friendlier then next year stiff him with nothing.

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