Take a moment to recognize the Doorman that always greets you at the end of a long day or the super who keeps your building running 24/7. Nominations are now open. Simply tell us what makes the building service worker special.

Now in its 11th year, the Building Service Workers Awards are hosted annually by Straus Media Manhattan, publisher Our Town Eastsider, Our Town Downtown, Chelsea News, and The West Side Spirit and 32 BJ.

Honorees and their families will be invited to a reception and ceremony, hosted in 2017 by NY 1’s Juan Benitez. At the Building Service Workers Awards reception employers, union leadership, friends and family join together to honor and celebrate the honorees’ dedication and hard work.

Amongst last year’s honorees were Julio DeLeon, a doorman for 31 years who saved a would-be jumper at the George Washington Bridge; Wayne Blanks, who cleans the windows at the 1,200-room Grand Hyatt Hotel on East 42nd Street, and Yolanda Geronimo, a midtown office cleaner at WeWork space on West 18th Street. In accepting her award, Yolanda smiled and quietly thanked her husband. “I have never been awarded anything in my life,” she said, explaining why she was so happy about her honor.

Nominate a worker in your home or work life today.


Do you know a great doorman, porter or handyman where you live? Is there an office cleaner, security officer or maintenance worker who helps make life a little easier at work? How about a school, theater, event or stadium cleaner who deserves recognition?

In honor of the upcoming 2017 Building Service Awards, Our Town, The West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, Chelsea News and 32BJ SEIU — the property workers union — want to spotlight the people who keep our buildings clean and running smoothly. We want the members of our community to share photos of your favorite building service workers with your newspaper so we can possibly feature them in an upcoming edition of Our Town, The West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown or Chelsea News.

So tell us who’s gone above and beyond to make residents’, tenants’ and New Yorkers’ lives better!

2016's Building Service Worker Award winners alongside Straus Media President Jeanne Straus and President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union Hector Figueroa.

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