Earlier this year many of us breathed a sigh of relief when a strike was averted by New York City Doormen. The difference between a good doorman and a bad doorman can make all the difference between a good building and a bad building in which to live. To quote New York Times Op-Ed contributor James Collins, in his piece, Why Doormen?, “Anyone can open a door. Only a doormen can make it mean something.” That is…, if a doorman is a good doorman.
Is your doorman always overwhelmed so that he never does what what the very name of his position says he does: opens the door for you? Or does so without a smile and a greeting? Is your doorman less than congenial? Not someone you can talk up before going upstairs, much less receive your food and dry-cleaning deliveries? Perhaps he can take a few tips from Brooklyn’s best Doorman, Ronald Williams. I was recently made aware that Ronald Williams, longtime doorman for the Clark Street tower, at Clark Street and Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights, was named Doorman of the Year.
So if the doorman to your building isn’t a good doorman, help him improve by chatting him up about Brooklyn’s best doorman and all things doorman. He may soon enjoy his work and you may soon live in a better building.