The Private World for Only the Wealthiest New Yorkers

From a New York Times story by Eliza Shapiro headlined “Behind the Gates of a Private World for Only the Wealthiest New Yorkers”:

It’s a great time to be rich in New York City.

Everyday life is increasingly unaffordable for most New Yorkers, but a new class of private, members-only and concierge services is emerging as a kind of gated community within the city.

Ultraexclusive clubs, laundry specialists, on-demand helicopter rides and services that allow users to bid hundreds of dollars for a restaurant reservation are transforming how those with lots of disposable income eat dinner, work out, see the doctor, look after their children, walk their dogs and get around — all without really having to interact with hoi polloi.