New York City has a number of opulent buildings with prestigious addresses including Park Avenue, Upper East/West Side to even Sutton Place. These buildings all have one thing in common and that is the New York City doorman. The doorman is the familiar face you see while entering and exiting the building. They are closely intertwined with the residents and visitors that make an appearance in the area. The New York doorman stands as security for hotels, offices and residential buildings.
The doormen often hold the door for you while you are leaving the building. They are also helpful when you are carrying a bunch of items in your hand after a day out about town and coming inside. They greet you with a smile and say “How do you do sir/ma’am?” They are there to assist you and bring convenience to your life by helping you hail a cab, being aware of the happenings in and around the building, as well as making sure packages are delivered to their rightful owners.
One lovely summer evening, I took these images of fascinating doormen from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The idea came to me as I saw a doorman on his hands and knees polishing the entryway’s threshold of a building. It was endearing to see the sense of pride, dedication, and diligence he upheld in his job. He exercised great care in maintaining the impeccable appearance of the entrance, as if it was his own home.