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for The Wall Street Journal: Manhattan’s Private Clubs Offer a New Social Lifeline to Remote Workers
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 19, 2022
Location: New York City
Members-only clubs are popping up across Manhattan, providing an alternative social hub and workspace as New Yorkers are spending less time in the office.

More than a dozen membership clubs have opened in the borough since 2003, including at least nine within the past three years, according to Zack Bates, chief executive of consulting company Private Club Marketing. Most charge $5,000 or less in annual dues, plus a smaller sign-up fee, though those at the top end can charge considerably more. Aman New York, a private club affiliated with the luxury hotel on Fifth Avenue that is opening in August, requires a $100,000 initiation fee and yearly dues of $15,000.            

That six-figure initiation fee gets members access not only to the plush club and spa but also tickets to major sporting and fashion events worldwide and private visits to artists studios, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Most new Manhattan clubs are geared toward dinner, drinks and networking as more than half of New York’s white-collar workers continue to avoid the office.

Photographed for The Wall Street Journal, with words by Kate King.
Manhattan’s Private Clubs Offer a New Social Lifeline to Remote Workers
Members-only clubs are popping up across the borough, providing an alternative social hub and workspace as New Yorkers spend less time in the office.
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