The New York Athletic Club, founded in 1868 as an all-male gentlemen's club dedicated to excellence in amateur sports, has an iconic city clubhouse at the southern tip of Central Park and a waterfront summer home on Long Island Sound. Its members have won hundred of Olympic medals, and the club roster includes historic and celebrated names, not made public. Today the club accepts women, minorities and members of all faiths, but it is still a tough ticket; the NYAC does not publicize how to become a member, and the process is both confidential and subjective.
Network with NYAC members from your prestigious university, your profession, your amateur athletic activities or your social circle. Broach the subject of membership in the NYAC only when you are confident that the members are strongly supportive acquaintances or good friends who know you well. You need at least two sponsors to put up your name for membership, in most cases.
Conduct your business and personal life in a manner that is above reproach and maintain generally courteous and agreeable relationships with any club members in all your dealings outside the club. Your application for membership is subject to scrutiny, and existing members may raise objections to your acceptance. It's best to avoid any animosity.
Meet with the membership board, who will interview you to determine if you would be a good fit with the other members.
Accept a proffered invitation and pay your initiation fee and annual dues.
The NYAC contains a fitness center, gymnasium, squash, racquetball and handball courts, a rooftop track, an aquatic center, numerous training classes, a fencing program and a storied commitment to yacht and powerboat racing. Your own involvement in sports and fitness will work in your favor if you want to become a member.
A private social club is an investment that should pay you the dividend of facilities that cater to your interests and, in the case of the NYAC, your sport or fitness activity. In addition, membership usually confers significant networking and career advantages. Make the commitment after careful consideration of whether the NYAC is a good fit for you. Then observe the club's rules to safeguard your continued membership.