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1. The Union Club

1. The Union Club of the City of New York
The first private social club to claim Manhattan was The Union Club, established in 1836 in a landmark building known for its opulence and details including five dining rooms, a humidor with 100,000 cigars, card room, library, lounge, and squash courts. Location: East 69th Street and Park Avenue Membership: This club is thought of as the most exclusive of the social clubs, refusing admission to the sons of some prominent members. However, they remain fiercely loyal to each other, even refusing to expel their Confederate members during the Civil War. Notable Members: Cornelius Vanderbilt, William Randolph Heart, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ulysses S. Grant. [Photo via]

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