Tipping Point

‘Tis the season for little envelopes stuffed with cash. The minute December hits, we who live in a city with lots of service providers start to fret about the holiday tips we must distribute. You’d think this question would get settled once and stick. But every year most Upper East Siders I know have the […]


Of Guilt and Cleaning Ladies

A Horrible Utterance Heard Recently on the Upper East Side: “I absolutely must have the floor cleaner by tomorrow. That’s when my cleaning lady comes. Yes, I’ll pay the ten-dollar delivery charge.” A Horrible-Utterance Analysis, in Ascending Order of Horror: The utterance occurred at the tony and over-priced Gracious Homes, or, in common parlance, Gracious […]