New York’s elite have long belonged to exclusive and closely guarded social clubs. But a new generation of social clubs has cropped up to replace stuffy mainstays like the Metropolitan Club and the University Club, and young people are flocking to them. From clubs centered on shared interests to social societies, these are the best private clubs in New York City for the young and fabulous.
If you’re a cool, rich, artsy New Yorker,Norwood Club might be for you.
The exclusive club opened its doors in 2007 at 241 West 14th Street. Membership is more based on who you know and how important you are, and attracts an international, art-centric crowd. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were rumored to be members.
The clubhouse doubles as a nightclub and houses a restaurant, three lounge bars, a 45-seat screening room and event space, as well as a private dining room for up to 24 people. There’s also a walled garden.
Although not limited to NYC, FoundersCardboasts a global membership of over 15,000 entrepreneurs.
In addition to a shiny card, the club hosts networking events in cities around the globe and offers deals from airlines and hotels like Virgin Atlantic and St. Regis.
FoundersCard says its members range from first-time entrepreneurs to the world’s best-known innovators.
Unlike most of the other social clubs,Montauk Club doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.
The club, which has been around since 1889, is an anti-elitist community that organizes a variety of events including monthly book, beer, and wine clubs, talks by locals authors, jazz shows, and themed cocktail parties.
Members can use the 19th-century Park Slope clubhouse at any time for personal or professional reasons.