Seen & Heard: More temporary closings?

Real Pilates just announced that it is going virtual-only starting Friday until Jan. 3, and I expect other studios to follow. “With Covid cases surging in NYC and your health and safety of the utmost importance, we’ve decided to take advantage of the slower holiday schedule.” Frenchette is also closed through Dec. 28 for the same reasons.

Tribecan Todd Stone has been painting at the World Trade Center site for nearly two decades, and has just release a book of his work. It is a visual diary documenting the destruction and rebuilding of downtown, told through his tenure as the artist-in-residence of the WTC site. He calls it “a portrait of a city working through its pain and a tribute to New York and its people.” Purchase it direct from his website here.

Tribecan Amy Bonomi sent this tipping guide around in her newsletter from Compass — it’s super handy and adjusted for Manhattan real estate:
Super, resident manager: $75 to $175 on average (broad range: $50 to $500)
Doorman and/or concierge: $25 to $150 on average (broad range: $10 to $1,000)
Porters, handyman, and maintenance staff: $20 to $30 on average (broad range: $10 to $75)
Garage attendant: $25 to $75 on average (broad range $15 to $100)

Non-building workers:
Housekeeper: One to two week’s pay.
Full-time nanny: One week’s pay. Or, one week’s pay and one week’s vacation.
Regular babysitter hired occasionally: Consider $25 to $50 in cash or a gift card.
Regular dog walker: One week’s pay.
Mail carrier: USPS guidelines state carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as around the holidays. For FedEx and UPS delivery people, typically $25 to $50 will do. More if you have a lot of business-related deliveries.

For the latest update on the ballfield wall, see below. Someone asked in a comment a month or so ago why it didn’t look like the renderings they had shown originally. The BPCA changed its plans for the ballfield from a much more expensive permanent barrier to this temporary one. Once it completes its resiliency measures for the north side of their acreage, this will come down.



  1. Have to disagree with Amy Bonomi’s guide for tipping porters and handymen. These are the people who help you the most and deserve $50-250 depending on how much you ask for their help and how quick they make it to you.

    A healthy tip might help them get to you quicker in 2022.

  2. these people are always here to help us. We tip each individual building security $100–200. Porters 75 -100

  3. “Closing out of abundance of caution” = a staff member has tested positive for Covid.

  4. I tip my 8AM-4PM & 4PM to midnight doorpersons generously even though I am a low-maintenance tenant. The midnight to 8AM guy minimumly as I seldom see him. My building takes up a collection for the porters/maintenance people & I contribute every year. I tip the maintenance people every time they do any work in my apartment. Quick to respond when they know there’s something coming their way. The super in my building is a grade A prick who, the staff has told me, treats them like shit. So, nada for him.
    The biggest holiday tips for me are my hair salon people. The receptionist who always manages to find an appointment on the day/time I want, the ladies who wash hair & of course my colorist & cutter.
    Gotta take care of those who take care of you.

  5. Re the tips- if you live in a smallish building $100 for the porters and at least that for the Handyman. Large building no less than $50 per porter and $75 for the Handyman. As others have stated they are the people doing the real work, hauling the garbage and cleaning the floors.
    There were years if I had a terrible Resident Manager I didn’t tip. In high end buildings they are well taken care of and it they are terrible- when then no tip and that amount would go to the rest of the staff that worked hard.
    Dog walker- I would do the equivalent of a month but he came through a group so was not getting the full amount I paid in a week. It was generally $200-$400 depending on who the walker was. Same with Housekeeper.
    Haircolorist/Cut- one service, which I have increased over the years.
    Groomer- one service.