New York’s Private Clubs
“Hey, I wonder what’s behind that door?”
New York City, a concrete jungle of neatly placed skyscrapers, a city of dreamers, lends inspiration to everyone from aspiring artists to future business tycoons. As you walk around the city, you pass by buildings and question what lies behind those doors. Some of these doors lead to luxurious apartments while some, are home to the most exclusive private clubs in New York City. So join us for a look and..that's it！
Address: 101 East 69th Street
Famous Members: John Jacob Astor IV, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ulysses S. Grant.
Fact: The Union Club is the oldest club in New York and the third oldest club in America.
The Knickerbocker Club
Address: 2 East 62nd Street
Famous Members: J.P. Morgan
Fact: The Knickerbocker prides itself on being one of the most private clubs in the world, therefore they have no website and reveal zero information about their members.
Address: 38 East 37th Street
Famous Members: Chester A. Arthur, George H. W. Bush, Herbert Hoover, J.D. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt.
Fact: When Theodore Roosevelt first applied to become a member in 1881, he was denied because his mother had been a Confederate sympathizer.
Address: 25 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn
Famous Members: Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy.
Fact: The Montauk Club currently holds parties on November 11th (11/11) in honor of “National Corduroy Day.”
Address: 15 Gramercy Park South
Famous Members: Mark Twain, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, Uma Thurman.
Fact: The Club was founded by Charles De Kay, an art critic at The New York Times, as a way of bringing together artists and art-lovers, and membership is still predicated upon an interest in art to this day.
Address: 111 East 54th Street
Famous Members: Fred Astaire, Michael Bloomberg, John F. Kennedy, John Jacob Astor IV, William K. Vanderbilt II.
Fact: The Brook, like The Knickerbocker, is incredibly private and little is actually known of the club. One famous rumor is that the club was founded by two former members of the Union Club which were expelled after trying to poach an egg on a bald member’s head.
Address: 46 East 70th Street
Famous Members: Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Walter Cronkite.
Fact: The Club is legendary for its member’s “famous firsts” including the 1969 moon landing, the first summit of Everest, and the first trips to both the North and South Poles.