Let’s be real here, who doesn’t want to be a part of a secret club? Weird handshakes, elaborate passwords, hidden doors - I can’t get enough of them. Recently, I rounded up a few secret (and not so secret) clubs here in New York City to sneak a peek into. Maybe one day, I could even start my own, right?
A self-proclaimed "club for the curious" - The Norwood Club is a five story brownstone in the heart of Chelsea. Inside is a perfectly preserved 1847 mansion with 13 fireplaces, huge mahogany doors and intricate plaster crown molding. With it's incredible interior - it's no surprise that almost all of the members are from the arts.
Generally speaking, most of us can only dream of the chance of being a member of such an incredible clubhouse - because The Yale Club is restricted almost entirely to Yale University alumni. It's the ultimate boys club, and you can find references to how opulent it is in The Great Gatsby, American Psycho and the oh-so-fancy Gossip Girl. A fun fact: during prohibition - it was able to stock up enough liquor to see the club through the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
The Explorers Club is straight out of a Wes Anderson film. The club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by it's members. One step into this place would give anyone immediate and serious case of wanderlust. Here are 11 awesome things you will see in building, including a yeti scalp and a stuffed whale penis.
Have you ever been a member of a secret club? Your backyard playhouse counts! Let me know in the comments - xoxo.