- White Glove Elite
What distinguishes White Glove Elite from any cleaning service? First and foremost, the staff. “We match up clients with cleaners,” says owner Jim Ireland. “Some people are good scrubbers; others are more detail-oriented.’’ It’s a system that has worked for Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, and Spike and Tonya Lee. (Ms. Lee reports that “they never forget the baseboards, windowpanes, and corners, which a lot of other people gloss over.” One New York editor actually walked in on a White Glove guy as he was cleaning the tops of her doors.) Ireland says he motivates his staff with a substantially larger chunk of the fee than most firms do. He’s also an actor—with the inevitable Law & Order credits to prove it—and often hires others of his ilk. Thus staff members will occasionally quit abruptly upon getting a TV deal. But at least you’ll get a great cocktail-party story if that happens: “That guy on CSI? Used to clean my tub!”
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).