They work hard for you all through the year, but you may not even know their name. The people who make life easier for New Yorkers and other city-dwellers are some of the unsung heroes of the service industry. One of the best ways to show your appreciation for the person who opens your building’s door for you, or helps tote your packages up to your 33rd-floor apartment when the elevator breaks down, is to repay their efforts with a little extra cash for the holidays. It’s not required, of course, but during this season of giving, it can only help improve your relationship with them - and help to guarantee they’ll be willing to help you the following year.
(Editor's note: This story was first published in 2014, and has been updated annually since.)
Although it seems like a fairly simple ritual, the question of “how much?” is often the most daunting part of holiday tipping, especially to people who are new to the city or living in a large building. Fortunately, The Modern Agent has done the “heavy lifting” for you this year, by researching typical and accepted tipping practices for all of the people who make your New York City life a little bit easier.
All of the suggestions for tipping are of course subject to your own feeling of how well you felt the staff took care of your needs and provided a comfortable and safe environment for you to live in. If you really feel they’ve gone above and beyond, a personal note accompanying your cash gift is a nice touch. Plus, it will encourage them to remember your name - and your tip.