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Old 05-01-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Plandome, NY
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I use to live in a doorman apt.

I like to add they keep an eye for illegal or improper renovation. Its sucks if it happens to you if something nefarious is going on. Its great for keeping the buildling properly renovated the correct way...in the long run, i do believe it retains the value of the building.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Has any one ever seen a door women?

Yeah, I have one.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Pacific North West
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How much do you tip these people??
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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I would not let the risk of a gossiping doorman deter you. I'm sure they exist but I would think it is the exception rather than the rule. Every doorman I have know has been nothing but professional. I'm sure they gossip with each other but would think it rare for a doorman to be so unprofessional as to gossip with a tenant.

Being a doorman is one of the few jobs left with decent pay and benefits that you can get without going $100k in debt. Anyone who would gossip with a tenant about other tenants probably does not have the judgment to keep the job or get it in the first place.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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How much do you tip these people??

They get their annual share of the Christmas tipping pot.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Hello -- I was active on another thread about relocating to NYC for a job, but now that the plan is shaping more into reality, I've been actually contacting brokers and people about apartments in Manhattan....So, of course, I came across the whole doorman vs no-doorman building thing....

Exactly, what are the benefits of living in a doorman building? The area i'm looking at is Flatiron/Union Sq as I'll be working in FiDi...and the broker made it almost sounds like "no doorman & no elevator = ghetto".

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1. Be prepared for your doormen to know ALL of your business, including your guests.

2. Make sure your building has all major amenities

3. All of your packages will be taken, (no need for trips to the fed ex)

4. Most have dog/no dog policies, you may have to register your animal with the building and pay a fee.

5. Everything will get delivered to you (food, services, etc)

6. Tipping the building staff during the holidays can wear on you. You gotta give the porter, the outside door man, the maint. crew, etc...

7. Security!!! - The best.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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Another positive aspect of a doorman that hasn't been mentioned is that they typically know the area quite well and can greatly help somebody new to the city/neighborhood get acclimated by giving directions/suggestions etc.

For what its worth, I've seen our doormen stop someone who wasn't supposed to be there twice. I think they do add an extra sense of security.
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