For a little balance on the deal reached between New York City’s residential building owners and their hard working janitors and doormen — It’s not as if the doormen and women are the only hard workers in the building.

GRITtv dug up the records on an apartment tower, 15 Central Park West in Manhattan. The condo tower is home to Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and Sandy Weill of Citigroup, two hard-working bankers. Weill bought one of the penthouses for $45 million.

Others for whom doormen open the doors are the hard-working performers Sting, Denzel Washington and Bob Costas, who also paid millions for their digs. Baseball great A-Rod rents his apartment there, for $30,000 a month.

Under the new contract, union doormen — and women — will be bringing in around $30 -40,000 a year. Hard workers all. In a hard-working city. Hard at work trying to figure out just how things turned out this way, and how long the imbalance can endure.

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