Products + Test-drives

Twittering doorman tells all--one cranky moment at a time

Teri Rogers Headshot - Floral
By Teri Karush Rogers  |
July 30, 2009 - 2:47AM

We've been following the anonymous DoormaninNYcity on Twitter for several months, after we found him through his blog (which he updates occasionally under the handle JSDoorman) and posted an interview with him in May.

If you have a doorman, DoormaninNYcity's Twitter feed--a mix of the mundane, cranky, and darkly comic--will make you uneasy.  You will come to understand how deeply annoying you and your neighbors can be, and realize that your doorman's mask of affability is probably just that. 

  • Let's get this straight, pipes sweating behind your toilet or under the wash sink in your bathroom is not a leak.
  • "Nice suit" I said. He said, "The secret is when you send it to the cleaners never have it cleaned, just pressed." I don't like it anymore!
  • Why ask me to tell a kid to stop playing ball in the lobby then after I tell him you start playing with him. That's why he doesn't respect.

But like any good HBO character, DoormaninNYCity is morally ambiguous.  Even as he suffers the whims of his many bosses, accepting a kickback or two is apparently all in a day's work:

  • Why does a locksmith charge so much when you lock yourself out of your apt? Is it because they give us $50-$100 commission for calling them?
  • I was offered $10 for every resident i send to Green & White cleaners. We doormen get a lot of these offers from most local businesses.... They come with a list of addresses and write our names next to our address and when anyone from our address goes, they send $10....It's not always money. Depends on the business.  It could be lunch, wine, discounts, etc.

You may never look at your doorman the same way again.

UPDATE 8/4/09: Twittering doorman tweets no more

Teri Rogers Headshot - Floral

Teri Karush Rogers

Founder & Publisher

Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

Brick Underground articles occasionally include the expertise of, or information about, advertising partners when relevant to the story. We will never promote an advertiser's product without making the relationship clear to our readers.