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Gentlemen’s Clubs in New York City

Members only private clubs in the Big Apple

by Sara Cervo
March 20th, 2015

You can look, but don’t touch’ could be the motto of the private clubs that sprang up in the 19th and 20th centuries in New York, which are still famous today, and are the setting for parties and meetings for members only.

There are high society clubs where entry is impossible, like “The Brooks”, founded in 1903, and which since 1925 has been housed at 111 East 54th Street in Manhattan in a building designed by architects Delano & Aldrich, who were also responsible for the Union Club on Park Avenue and the Knickerbocker Club.

After the economic boom in Brooklyn, the area saw the birth of the Montauk and the Union League Club. The latter was so exclusive that it even denied entry to Theodore Roosevelt for political reasons. And, finally, there is the National Art Club, founded by Charles De Kay, a New York Times critic, to bring together artists and art lovers, and the Explorer Club, reserved for scientists.

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