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How to tip building staff, living in a luxury senior facility, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
December 1, 2023 - 1:30PM
New Yorkers waiting to cross Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.


This week, readers turned their attention to the upcoming winter holidays and the practice of tipping doormen and other building staff. If you’re confused about what to do, not to worry. Brick has you covered with our annual tipping guide, updated for this year. You can also take out tipping poll to see if your tips are in line with your neighbors.  

Also of interest: A first-person story about what it’s like to live in a new, upscale independent living facility.

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Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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