Yes, yes, we know.  The Core Club is an incredibly exclusive, fabulous place where patrons polish their monocles and burn thousand-dollar bills to light their cigars. But when most young, creative professionals can't even afford a pack of cigarettes, let alone Core's (at least $50k) initiation fee, there have just got to be other options. Here's our list of the best New York social clubs that won't cost you a year's private college tuition. There are hurdles to jump, of course.  Names to drop, sponsors to find, college degrees to tout.  But we'll leave that part up to you!

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