Reciprocal Club: New York City

Options abound in New York City

Enjoy these university clubs—no degree required

By Amanda Brynn, Director Member Services

WAC members love visiting our reciprocal clubs, and one of the most popular is the New York Athletic Club. There’s no doubt it’s a great place and an iconic club. But in the Big Apple, our network stretches much wider than just the NYAC.

Five university clubs, all located within three blocks of each other in Midtown Manhattan, are worthy of your attention. Their boutique hotel accommodations, excellent work and meeting spaces, and exclusive dining options will make you feel right at home during your next New York sojourn.

Best of all, as a WAC member you don’t need an Ivy League degree to be welcomed. Here’s a breakdown of all five clubs.

What to do in Midtown

If you can only visit one section of Manhattan during your stay, make it Midtown. Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Madison Square Garden … the list goes on and on. The city’s tallest buildings, most expensive rent, and busiest streets are all right here. Plus, the Museum of Modern Art, fresh off a $450 million renovation,
is just a 15-minute stroll from all five WAC reciprocal clubs featured here. Happy travels!

The Cornell Club

6 East 44th St.

Hotel: 48 rooms
Dining: Yes
Dress: Smart casual.
No T-shirts or ball caps.
Pool: No
Fitness area: Yes
Perks: Peloton bikes. Complimentary breakfast with overnight stay.

The Yale Club

50 Vanderbilt Ave.

138 rooms
Dining: Yes
Dress: Business casual and denim in good repair. No athletic wear except in fitness center.
Pool: Yes
Fitness area: Yes
Perks: Suites for families up to six people. A staffed library that includes a children’s section.

Harvard Club

35 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

Hotel: 73 rooms
Dining: Yes
Dress: Business casual
Pool: No
Fitness area: Yes
Perks: 23,000 square feet of athletic facilities. Meeting and banquet rooms, including large event space.

The Penn Club

30 West 44th St.

Hotel: 39 rooms
Dining: Yes
Dress: Smart casual and denim in good repair. No shorts, T-shirts, or tank tops.
Pool: No
Fitness area: Yes
Perks: Benjamin Franklin library. A fully equipped business center with reservable conference room.

The Princeton Club

15 West 43rd St.

Hotel: 34 rooms
Dining: Yes
Dress: Business casual
Pool: No
Fitness area: Yes
Perks: More than 200 education programs annually.

Club reviews

WAC members must request a letter of introduction before visiting a reciprocal club. Log on to and visit your visit, tell us how it was! Visit to submit your review and help other WAC members. You can also view our reciprocal club map behind the member wall at

As published in the November/December 2019 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted November 29, 2019

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