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July 18, 2012

Joseph asks…

How much to tip doormen at Christmas in Manhattan?

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 & a bottle of booze 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:

$20 is plenty if you have to give to 15 of them. If there were 4 that would be a different story. That is $300 without the booze.

Also, talk to some of your neighbors. If they get $20 from 400 units, that is $8,000 per dorman!

I am sure some of the richer tennants give more, but you wold be surprised. I worked in a highrise building and I was one of the few people that have the four doormen/women anything for Christmas. Granted, it was an office and not a living quarter, I saw them more than once a day and they helped much with deliveries.

Thomas asks…

How much to tip the doormen/concierge in Manhattan hirise 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 & a bottle of booze 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:

You don’t want to give some more than the others, they do talk to each other.

The suggestion in the early 80′s was $25-50 a head. Tips for doormen (and don’t forget the super) now range from $50 for a low end building. White glove doormen average $100. And luxury apartment buildings average around $250. Plus put the tip in a Christmas card, just don’t hand him a loose benjamin.

This is the most recent article on the subject I could find. It’s from 2006.

Http://www.nypost.com/seven/12072006/realestate/time_to_get_tipsy_realestate_jane_reilly_mount.htm

And this is from the NY Times published in 1982.
Http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9902E2DD1738F93AA25751C1A964948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2

Ruth asks…

How much to tip the doormen/concierge in Manhattan ‘luxury rentals’ 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 & a bottle of booze 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 your estimates are good.
I gave $20 to my doorman but that was 8 years ago, so $30 will be very nice. I don’t think you need to add a bottle of booze to that.

Also consider that the college age tenants won’t tip at all.

If you have 15 workers and you give $30 each that’s $450.!!!! That is A LOT. I would give $30 cash to your top 3, and a bottle of wine. And the rest I would just give wine to. Or cash. But not both.

Oh and the guy that’s rude, give him a lump of coal !
Or better yet, kill him with kindness:
give him a kiss on the cheek smile widely in his face and say Merry Christmas! I bet he’ll melt into a puddle.

Charles asks…

Question about tipping the doomen/concierge at Christmas in Manhattan?

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 & a bottle of booze 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 would say about $30 and a bottle of nice quality wine.

William asks…

new york, rent costs?

Average rent in Vegas, NV or Portland, OR for a 1br apt is about $700-$900 mid-range. You’re talking quality when you go above $900, and far below scum when you go below $700.

So…What’s upper, mid-range, and low quality if I made a move to the New York, NY region?

I was thinking about 5-10 miles outside of Manhattan.
How would craigslist help if I don’t know what the mid-range is?

Administrator answers:

The average for a 1-bedroom in Manhattan is around $3,000. Two bedrooms average over $5,000. And studios average around $2,000.

5-10 miles will cover many towns in New Jersey as well as the other four boroughs of New York. So rent is going to vary greatly from place to place.

Paul asks…

does anyone know how to answer this question?

I have an interview for another apartment in manhattan but since my firs apt my credit score has went down because i was in debt, but the bills were paid off since then. Also i have been late on my rent about three time and accrued some late fees but my rent is still always paid. Do you think this will affect me from getting a new apt?

Administrator answers:

Hi there!

I also think it will more likely affect you unfortunately, but sometimes landlords/ apartment managements will not turn you down, rather they might ask you for a deposit a little higher than usual i suppose. Same thing that happens with cell phone accounts by contract. Just don’t be in such distress about it, maybe and your credit is not check, who knows?, GOD is awesome and things happens!…

Lisa asks…

quit my job to be concierge/doorman at manhattan hi rise?

im a junior in college and i’m thinking about quitting my job in online-sales and getting a job as a doorman/concierge at a hi-rise in manhattan. My job here, needless to say, is very easy. I sit on the computer, and handle customers via telephone, email. I make about $12/hour. the nyc job entails a min of $16/hour including taxes…

so my question is; is a job as a doorman/concierge in nyc tough? What exactly would the job entail? I would like to know what I am applying for before I do so, I’d hate to find out the job descriptions and then turn it down if I am approved.

the apt where i am applying is very large. 64 floors, sauna, indoor pool, gym, lounge floor, always alteast 2 doormen in each lobby, penthouse floor. requirement to rent is ~40x salary
this job isn’t really for my career, it’s something to help me with my income while i’m going to school in nyc. i’m a part-time student.

i guess it’ll help with my resume; i’ll be majoring in communications; advertisement; marketing.

Administrator answers:

I personally think that sounds amazing! Funny thing about my response: I graduated with a communications degree and the first thing I thought was – - how cool, you can help people all day long, the money is fantastic! (Im making 12$ an hour too….. 16$ is wayyyyy better!) and youll be active. There’s nothing better than being active. I sit at the computer ALLLLLL DAYYY! I know how exhausting it can be…. But imagine, helping people, holding boxes, opening doors, assisting anyone who needs it in teh building… My gosh! Get that body movin! APPLY! Sounds like fun!

P.S.
Someone commented on Where will that take you?? FIRST OFF -Don’t listen to that… I graduated with communications to have a broad meaning of the world! Have some fun, we’re young!

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