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Old 12-21-2003, 01:33 PM
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My experience is two-fold.

The first place I lived in NYC offered you the option of making a deposit to an account in a near by bank. Then the total funds were distributed among all the building staff. OR, you could tip individual doormen, handymen,etc.

Second place I lived was all on your own. I was SURE to tip everyone, even if it was $10. Believe me, the building staff compared notes on who tipped.

Just my $.02.
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Old 12-21-2003, 02:15 PM
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Also remember which type of card you gave each guy, so you don't give the same guy the same card repeatedly.
I have a bunch of cards left over from last year, therefore the staff will be receiving exactly the same ones. They are looking for the money inside the card and I am pretty sure that they couldn't care less what the card actually says. Most of them probably throw the card out after fishing out the cash.

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its weird..i just moved into the building about 3 weeks ago..so i dotn even know these guys names or who half of them even are. i figure i still have to give something though to ensure good service for the rest of the year...kind of wishing now that i lived in a building without doormen
IMO you should still tip them as if you have been living there the entire year. You can think of it as tipping them in advance for the coming year. For you to move in 3 weeks ago, someone probably moved out shortly before that and therefore will not be tipping the staff for the past year. When you move out, the incoming tenant will tip for the folowing year.

There are websites that give suggested tipping amounts, but I plan to tip as follows:

Super: $70-$75
Handyman: $40
Full time doormen: $40-$50
Part time doorman: $20
porters - $20

This will bring my total tipping to between $335 & $380.

Someone asked for the reason behind having a doorman. My building has doors that open automatically, therefore opening the door is not the doorman's job. I chose a doorman building primarily for the security. It is an added bonus that they also take packages for you.
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Old 12-21-2003, 11:13 PM
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There are 5 full-time and 2 part-time door men, a super, and two maintenance men in my building. I've been living here for 8 months, so this is my first Christmas here.

There's no way I can afford to give several hundred dollars to the workers in my building. I'm just starting out and my girlfriend (we live together) is still in school. I'd like to be able to give them something. Once I'm in a better position financially, I'm will definitely do so.

I don't ever ask them to do anything for me beyond receiving packages, but this is what they're paid for anyhow. I could see them expecting to receive something from an older person who owns instead of rents, but would they understand my situation? If I don't give them anything, can I really expect to receive bad service next year? That sounds ridiculous. Could it really be THAT bad?
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Old 12-21-2003, 11:26 PM
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If tipping is the norm in your building, you should do it. Giving nothing where the norm is to tip is saying something. They probably have a clue that you're not the richest person in the building and will understand you're not going to give them each a C-note.
Even if you just give them 20 bucks each, it's better than nothing. Would you go to an expensive restaurant and tip the waiter nothing because you're "just starting out"?
Though perhaps you could bake them cookies or something.
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Old 12-22-2003, 12:43 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations Loner.

I don't know if it's the norm or not. I remember someone mentioned that they received a card from their building staff, but I haven't received anything like that or heard anything about a drop-off box or deposit account. No one has said anything about it here. I don't know anyone in the building well enough to feel comfortable asking them, either.

I think I'll get a bottle of wine for the super and give each of the doormen a card and $20.

While typing this message, I started doing some research and I found some sites on this subject that may be of interest to some of you:

http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/...lpdesk/n_9645/
http://www.ny1.com/Living/home.html
http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/...features/3652/
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I don't know if it's the norm or not. I remember someone mentioned that they received a card from their building staff, but I haven't received anything like that or heard anything about a drop-off box or deposit account. No one has said anything about it here. I don't know anyone in the building well enough to feel comfortable asking them, either.
In the 2 buildings that I lived in, it was the norm to get a card from the building staff with a list of everyone who works there. Otherwise, it would be difficult to know this information.
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I don't know if it's the norm or not. I remember someone mentioned that they received a card from their building staff, but I haven't received anything like that or heard anything about a drop-off box or deposit account. No one has said anything about it here. I don't know anyone in the building well enough to feel comfortable asking them, either.
In the 2 buildings that I lived in, it was the norm to get a card from the building staff with a list of everyone who works there. Otherwise, it would be difficult to know this information.
I have also gotten cards from the building staff. But I suspect it's more a personal thing--if they like you, they'll give you a card, without fail, every year. Not sure if everyone gets it in my building though.
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Old 12-22-2003, 12:09 PM
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I have also gotten cards from the building staff. But I suspect it's more a personal thing--if they like you, they'll give you a card, without fail, every year. Not sure if everyone gets it in my building though.
The card that I get every year isn't personalized at all. I think that it is just a nice'ish way of letting you know exactly who to tip. I am pretty certain that everyone who lives in the building gets one.
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Old 12-22-2003, 12:22 PM
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I have also gotten cards from the building staff. But I suspect it's more a personal thing--if they like you, they'll give you a card, without fail, every year. Not sure if everyone gets it in my building though.
The card that I get every year isn't personalized at all. I think that it is just a nice'ish way of letting you know exactly who to tip. I am pretty certain that everyone who lives in the building gets one.
I see. I guess I never got the hint. But still get it every year. But interestingly, it's not from the management, it's just from this one particularly friendly guy...
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Supersonic,

Give the doorman a "pinwheel".
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