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July 12, 2012

Ken asks…

How much to tip doormen in Manhattan buildings at Christmas?

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:

Yes, $30-40 and a bottle of booze sounds nice.

James asks…

Appropriate Christmas tip for doormen in Manhattan lux apartment builidng?

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:

You are so kind – well done on your festive spirit. The amount sounds very generous to me and will be appreciated, but don’t give different amounts. That just seems a little off to me, maybe a bottle of scotch or something like that instead.

Joseph asks…

Appropriate Christmas tip for doormen in Manhattan luxury 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 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 tip of 30 or 40 bucks each is fine.. My sister lived in a high rise in Chicago and at Christmas time her little old doorman Ephram made more in tips than alot of people make all year! If you give each of the good ones the same amount you can give the extra attentive ones a bit more by buying them a bottle or a gift card for a nice restaurant.

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