Nick The Tile Man – Brief History

Nick the Tile Man             917 865-8693

What would make me different from a handyman or another Tile Repairman? What would you think? Well for one thing I am a third generation New York City Tile Repairman and New Tile Installation Specialist. I learned from my father who started working as a tile setter at age 16 and finally quit at age 79. He was strong as a bull. I do not have his stamina but I do have his tile repair knowledge and tile installation know-how.

It all started with my grandfather who arrived in America in the 1900’s. He lived in Brooklyn New York where he worked as a tile setter. Things were rough in those days and my father was the oldest son of nine children. At age 16 my father had to quit school to work with my grandfather to help support his large family. As time passed on, my father and grandfather worked as tile setters and started installing tiles for the train subway stations being built throughout Brooklyn and New York City.

As my father grew older, he was approached by a man who had an idea of selling hot dogs and fries by the beach in Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York. He wanted his restaurant to be outstanding from any other hot dog place so he hired my father to install tiles on his walls, floor and ceiling of what is known today as the Original ( first store) Nathan’s of Coney Island. That tile job lasted over 80 years until super storm “Sandy” destroyed the entire area. Not too bad for a tile installation job that lasted all that time!

My father Nick, the original tile setter.
My Father Nick Senior, the original Tile Setter from Brooklyn New York.

When my father started repairing tile and installing tile at age 16, there were no showers yet! As time passed, shower bodies were installed, giving the home owner the option of taking a bath or shower. The problem with a shower is water splashing all over; and the steam vapor from a hot shower forming water on the walls and ceiling. This situation caused mold and mildew to form on the ceiling and walls around the tub area. So dad had an idea. He would lower the ceiling above the tub area and install tiles on all the walls going up and around the tub and on the ceiling in the tub area. This would make it easier for the home owner to clean the bath tub area after each shower and prevented mold and mildew from forming on the plaster painted walls.

Dad was a great man in the tile repair and installation business but he never wanted to work behind a desk. He was an hands-on person who loved to take his artistic abilities and convert a bathroom into a showcase beauty.

So now I come along, a third generation tile repair man. I learned from the best and I have my father’s tile repair and installation artistic abilities. In order to have knowledge, you have to learn knowledge from a source. That is the difference between a handyman and a tile repair specialist. I’m Nick the Tile Man, originally from Brooklyn New York and now living in Queens New York.

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35 thoughts on “Nick The Tile Man – Brief History”

  1. Recently had tile work done in my bathroom by Nick and I couldn’t be more pleased, Nick and his crew was polite and on time every day. My bathroom looks great and the price was well worth it. Congrats on a job well done Nick. Thanks Lou.

  2. Nick and his team did an excellent job to replace my second floor leaking shower. They were very professional, and easy to work with. Now the shower looks beautiful, and everything was done perfectly. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs tile work done.

    Nick, the best tile man.

  3. Punctual, professional, neat and excellent tile work!! Thank you for renovating my 86 year old mom’s bath with minimal disturbance for her..Nick, Jerry & Joe, it was greatly appreciated!! Highly recommended!!

  4. Nick,

    I wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did on my client’s bathroom. As an interior designer, I have dealt with many contractors and some of the stories I have are nightmares. Working with you on the other hand was a complete breath of fresh air. Your communication on all details were above and beyond. I would HIGHLY recommend you for any tile job and plan to hire you for all tile jobs I work on in the future!

    All the best,
    Charli – August Black Interior Design

  5. We had to open an existing tiled bathroom wall to replace a complicated shower system. The really big problem was that the tiles we used were discontinued and we did not have extra tiles. Nick and his assistant Jerry were able to completely salvage all the tiles before the plumber came in to work and use the existing tiles to close the wall back up. The job looked better than when we first had it done. They worked with the plumber and had the entire job done in two days. Left the place spotless. They were prompt, extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. This is the third time we have used them. We would highly recommend Nick The Tile Man. A true professional; you don’t find many like him anymore.

    Fran and Bob

  6. When I decided to renovate three of my bathrooms, I wanted a superior tiler, and my only choice was Nick. Nick helped me select complementary floor tiles for the wall tiles I chose. After Nick and Jeremiah worked so diligently to turn my bathrooms into works of art, I just had to get them to do my fourth bathroom. The wood-looking porcelain floor tiles Nick picked got rave reviews. I marvel at the beautifully executed work every time I walk into my bathrooms. It is truly life transforming considering what I had before. I am forever grateful to Nick and Jeremiah for their work ethics, cleanliness, and excellent tile work. Also much thanks to Vinny the plumber and Manny the electrician for making everything work so well. This team deserves my highest recommendation

  7. Nick did a wonderful job revitalizing our tiles both in the bathroom and on our kitchen floor. He also installed new tiles and they look fantastic! He is fair, reliable and he does excellent work. Thanks Nick!

  8. We were victims of Hurricane Sandy. I had done business before w/ Nick and his assistant, Jerry. They were at the top of my list to help me get back into my home this time. They gave me a very fair price, worked very hard and efficiently. The end result was a truly beautiful job on 2 bathrooms, as well as floors in my Dining Room, Kitchen and 2 small Hall Ways.
    Every other subcontracter I hired gave Nick and Jerry rave reviews on their work in my home. These included liscenced Plumbers, Carpenters and also the Kitchen Design Supervisor for a major Home Improvement Center.
    Thank you, Nick, for the professionalism, talent, work ethic and “T.L.C.” you put into your work.

  9. Nick and his partner Jerry gave us a fair price and stayed with the terms of our agreement. They removed a veneer in a walk-in shower in our older home. They were able to match the original tile where tiles had to be replaced. They regrouted the shower and two additional tub enclosures and made them look like new. They were prompt, courteous and cleaned up thoroughly after themselves.Nick obviously knows his tile! We recommend them highly and would use them again.

  10. Hurricane Sandy certainly left her mark in Howard Beach. After seeing our downstairs carpet and flooring in ruins we decided the new replacement would be tile flooring, and so we called Nick. Showing up promptly at the appointed time, Nick assessed our situation and came up with several suggestions that best fit our needs, which was no small feat. Work began with over 650 square feet of a mud job and then the installation of the tile. As with any house today, no room is in total square or level, and for one reason or another the job does not always go smoothly. Nick and his (invaluable) assistant Jerry took all of this in stride and came up with solutions for all of these problems. Neat and clean work; reliability and professionalism; along with a healthy sense of humor is what was delivered day after day until the job was completed. Nick’s finishing touches really completed the job, we are extremely pleased with the work that Nick has done and highly recommend his services. This was one of the good things that came out of the storm! (Really loved the steps Nick – thanks again!)

  11. Nick and his assistant, Jerry, did a wonderful job cleaning and regrouting the tiles in our bathroom shower stall and floor, as well as the rest of the bathroom tiles on the wall and floor. They also replaced our old shower doors with new ones. In addition to the terrific work, they show up on time and leave everthing immaculate. Nick is very reputable and even came back the following day to do some minor touchups that we requested. We would strongly recommend Nick for all your tile work – you will be very pleased.

  12. We would like to thank Nick and Jeremiah for the fantastic istallation of new tiles to our bathroom walls and ceiling. Two of the nicest people I have ever met! It was a wonderful transformation. They cleaned, regrouting and caulked around our shower/bathtub, it didn’t look this good when it was new!
    They are responsible, punctual, quick and clean workers. We could not be more pleased with their skills and work ethic. They work carefully with you, and together you decide on the best approach for your needs. This is how a business like this should be run. Nick the tileman is easily the best tiling expert in town, and it would be a mistake not to hire him. It is our pleasure to recommend Nick.

  13. We recently did a complete remodel on our kitchen. Nick did our floor tile. When the contractor came to install the cabinets he asked me if his company did the tile job. I told him Nick did it and he said he did a beautiful job. I thoroughly agree. Nick you did a beautiful job. Thanks a million!!!

  14. Nick The Tile Man is the man!! He totally gutted our main bathroom to the beams
    everything was redone, electric, plumbing, floor, walls and ceiling. We now have a bath
    were proud to show to guests. He also regrouted our shower in the master bath, and
    freshened up our 1/2 bath with new floor. I am very pleased with the way all his work
    came out and will recommend him to others..

  15. Thank you so much Nick. My bathroom showers were in terrible shape–the grouting was all coming out and they needed alot to bring them back to great condition. You made that happen. I can’t thank you enough. they look great!!!!!!

  16. Nick the Tile Man to the rescue !!
    It was 2 weeks before Christmas and there were a few loose tiles in the dining room. With 15 people coming for Christmas Eve dinner, I call Nick to do a repair job.
    WHAT A SURPRISE when I was told the entire floor was loose & had to come up & be re-installed.
    Nick got it done & saved Christmas !!!! Thanks Nick

  17. Great job by Nick and his assistant. Repaired my shower floor and regroutted. As good as new but actually better.

  18. Nick,
    We would like to thank you for the great tile job that was done in our foyer and kitchen. If you like to come back a take a picture to post on your website for everyone to see the result of your great work, let us know.

  19. My Fiancee Bill and I wanted to have a new floor put down in our kitchen and our hallway. We went to a place and picked out porcelain tiles that we thought would look nice in our kitchen. We went online to find someone that would be able to install them and found Nick. We called him and set up a meeting with him. After meeting with him, we decided that we were going to book him to install our tiles. Work started shortly after that meeting and all I can say is what a superb job he and his partner George did. They were punctual, honest, neat, professional, reliable, and did a fabulous job. I recommend both of them very highly to anyone that wants a job well done. We are planning on buying a new vanity for our bathroom and will definitely hire Nick and his assistant to come in to install it. They are both very talented and gifted in their field.

  20. Nick just recently completed and laid new floor tiles in my kitchen and outer hallway…The job took approximately 1 week to complete..It was done with complete proficiency and the final product looks outstanding. Nick and his assistant were not only neat but were punctual, reliable , professional and above all courteous. I would highly recommend his services to anyone that is looking to have new tiles installed in their home.

  21. Nick, you revitalized our bathroom! We appreciate the fact that you really listened to what we wanted and still, with such apparent flaws in the tile work due to age and the workmanship of less competent tile guys you came through with a thoroughly professional and pristine job. It was a pleasure to have you and Jeremiah in our home. From our first meeting we knew you were the right guy. We now have a beautiful bathroom. Thanks so much and when we are ready for the complete reno you will be hearing from us. And, from my Mom and Dad, thanks so much. They never thought a “patch job” would look so good. You can’t even tell where the old tiles end and your work begins – except that the tiles in the entire shower stall are now even, beautifully grouted and immaculate. You’re the best. Ursula and Ben and Dom and Laura

  22. Nick, you and your staff did a great job in removing old tile and installing new porcelain tile in our kitchen and two hall ways.
    The work was done on time and with excellent craftsmanship.
    Highly recommended.

  23. We hired Nick for work on our bathrooms and were very happy with the outcome. He transformed our old outdated bathroom by regrouting and replacing the tile and some fixtures. We found him to be concencious, punctual and could see that he took great pride in the work he did. Nick is an old school gentleman and an pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great tile man.

  24. Nick,
    thanks so much for saving our kitchen floor. The floor is so beautiful and we are so happy with it just as you said we would be. the kitchen is finally done and we can say that working with you was the easiest and quickest of all the contractors involved. You showed us such kindness to us and are a true gentleman. We will be calling you for the bathroom real soon!
    People – this is the man for any tile work you need!

  25. If you are looking for an Expert Tile Man, you just found him. Nick did a wonderful job on our out dated bathroom. We are a couple that does not like change and have lived with our bathroom for a very long time. So it was a big decision for us to remodel. I’m glad we finally decided to make the change. After seeing the job Nick did for our friends Mamie and Stan, I knew we had found our guy and we were even happier that we found someone we could trust. Nick and his crew did a wonderful job. He completed the job in the time frame he promised and they were very clean & professional as they worked. Nick was also very patient when dealing with us and meticulous with his work; he made sure everything was always perfect. He made this remodeling project as easy as possible for my family. We love our new bathroom!

    Thank you Nick!!!!

    Bob & Cindy

  26. Nick did a fantastic job with our bathroom floors while me and my wife were at work. Not only is Nick professional, he is Trustworthy.

  27. Nick really listen to what I wanted, and kept me involved in adjustments that needed to be made as the job progressed. My new bathroom is beautiful and I get many compliments. Nick also made quality repairs to other tile work in my house. Thanks for a great job! Pat Howard Beach

  28. Choosing Nick to do our Bathroom renovation was one of the BEST decisions we have ever made. Leaks and age had turned our Bathroom into a nightmare, we truly did not know where to begin. Five minutes after meeting Nick we knew we had found the right man for this overwhelming job.

    Nick and his crew are polite and easy to work with, true to their word, clean and honest. Nick worked as if this was his home and his bathroom. Simply put if you need any type of tile work done Nick is your man.

    Thank you Nick.

    Mamie and Stan

  29. Everybody said they were experienced in fixing my tiles that were 24×24 in size I have to say Nick was the only one that would take this task on,He is a man of his word.
    Barbara & Larry

  30. Nick,

    Thank you for the great job you did in our bathroom. You are a true professional and very reliable. And most of all you stand behind your work and make sure your customers are satisfied! We would highly recomment you to anyone who needed work done in their bathroom.

    Carol & Dan

  31. The replacement of tiles & regrouting, along with the windoow frame work you did in my tenants bathrrom was excellent. You are honest, fair priced and did a excellent job. I tell everyone I have a great tile man if they need one.

  32. Dear Nick,

    Thank you for the superb job you did today. Our bathroom looks great! We appreciate the attention to detail and your good humor. We will recommend you to all our friends and neighbors.

    Ann & Mark.

  33. Nick, 11/17/08
    We are very satisfied with the work you did in our bathroom. You were very professional, easy to talk to and we will recommend you to our friends and family.

    Ida & Steve

  34. Nick,

    Thank you for the work you did in our bathroom. We are satisfied customers.

    John and family.
    Queens, NY

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