Recently, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have reported on The Help. Apparently on the Upper Sides of Manhattan, both West and East, nannies, dogwalkers, and housekeepers have been laid off to leave room in household budgets for things like Botox.
Now, it seems that the maintenance staff at upscale doorman buildings is also suffering the consequences of the residents' preliminary economic fears for the new year.
According to Page Six Magazine, the doormen and supers are being tipped decidedly less this year. But unlike the helpless nannies and housekeepers who couldn't do anything about being newly jobless, the doormen, for whom holiday tips account for about 10 per cent of their annual salaries, have a plan. read more »