NYC doormen can’t make ends meet, but the Mets tickets and golf outings are nice

NYC doormen can’t make ends meet, but the Mets tickets and golf outings are nice

Teri Rogers Headshot - Floral
By Teri Karush Rogers  |
March 3, 2010 - 6:35AM

Today the local building worker’s union kicks off a newspaper ad campaign featuring three NYC doormen who discuss the difficulties of making ends meet.

The campaign is presumably intended to lay the emotional groundwork for union contract negotiations that start next Tuesday.  Current contracts with the city's 30,000 apartment building workers are set to expire on April 21st.

Among the issues not on the bargaining table, however, are the occasional perks bestowed on doormen by residents.

We sent BrickUnderground intern Will Sturek onto the streets to ask NYC doormen about the off-the-books fringes they have enjoyed the most over the years.

These perks don't put food on the table or college tuition in the bank, but they certainly make an impression: 

  • Bracelets for a doorman’s wife and daughter from a resident jeweler
  • Wedding gifts including cash
  • A jacket originally given by David Letterman
  • Tickets to Citi Field
  • Tickets to Yankees games, 3rd baseline, two rows back, though the beers and snacks still cost $100 bucks
  • A round of golf, including caddy, at a resident’s private golf club
  • Coffee and the occasional lunch

We ran the doorprizes by BrickUnderground's anonymous doorman, who agreed that the gifts have little impact on the fiscal health of building workers.

"That round of golf sounds nice," he says.  "But the reality is that the cost of living continues to go up higher."

As for why the union ads scheduled to hit local papers today never hint at how much, exactly, building workers earn, Openthedoor-man has a theory:  "Some people already think we make enough."

BrickUnderground's Strike Coverage:

Threat of strike diminishing amid "significant progress"

Insider's guide to the un-doormanned life

Predicting a strike: This time is different

NYC doormen to rally on UES tomorrow

Paying rent in a strike

Don't look for me on the picket line

Going rogue: Hitting the panic button in a strike 

Relax, N.Y.: Doorman strike vote is just part of the 'dance'

In case of strike, hold onto your gas cap

Coming soon: A doorman and porter strike? 


Related posts:

5 things your doorman will never tell you

Trading places

The staff is talking

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.