Ah New York... The song should go, "If you can make it here, you'll be tipping everywhere."
A tip is lovely, of course, and I think necessary when someone has gone above and beyond (such as drilling through built-ins to install cable). For a routine matter performed by a someone with whom you do not and will not have an ongoing relationship, it is really up to you.
Just FYI - In some circles it IS customary to tip one's etiquette columnist.
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