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The island of Manhattan is home to the greatest concentration of private clubs in this country, and no, we are not talking about the velvet-roped doors of the Meatpacking District. These elite institutions date back to the early nineteenth century, modeled after the gentlemen's clubs of London and retain the codes of behavior from that era. The buildings are reverent but nondescript, the fees are astronomical, and the dress code is de rigueur. Here are 7 members-only clubs, where the upper echelon of New York Society can freely mix business with pleasure.
Last night, Cliff Watts' Wood Water & Rock Gallery opened at Milk Studios, Tilda Swinton and Waris Ahluwalia attended the premiere of short film "Here", The Knocks spun at the Darby Downstairs and so much more. Last night's parties were all about the arts. More»
Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Keith Richards graced the red carpet for the premiere of The Rum Diary, the CFDA and Donna Karan held a cocktail hour for its new members, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mayor Bloomberg attended the Reopening Gala of the NYC Center, Racked had it's first fashion awards and so much more. Last night's parties were all about fashion (and rum). More»
Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz took the carpet for the premiere of Bad Teacher; De Beers launched their book with a fancy party; the Standard got Creative with Kalup Linzy; the Public Theater held a gala for Shakespeare in the Park and more! Last night's parties decided it was better to be than not to be. More»
Membership dues are in the thousands of dollars, clubhouses are often unmarked, membership lists kept top secret. The New York Social Club is still going strong after 174 years, unhurt by recessions, depressions, and even (gasp) the admittance of women. Some of the clubs aren't so secret anymore (ahem, Soho House), but that doesn't make it any easier to obtain membership... More»
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