Founded in 1889 by Cornell grads as a bastion for their kindred, the club began renting out space for their gathering activities in 1900. After bouncing around midtown, they moved into its current home in the late 1980s. Today, the space serves as a comfortable spot to congregate with fellow alums. In addition to their restaurant, there is a gym, library, and overnight guest rooms for members.
Having spent much of my younger days on a sailboat, and experiencing motion sickness every time, it was with some trepidation that I approached the New York Yacht Club. Fortunately, this magnificent beaux-arts structure has been firmly anchored on 44th Street since its dedication in 1901. Although it no longer houses the coveted America's Cup trophy, the stern-like windows decorated with seashells and dripping seaweed on the facade, and the well-known Model Room on the inside, still provide enough attraction for mariners and landlubbers alike.
Alumni of not only Princeton, but also Columbia (212 719 0380) and recently, Williams College graduates (212 697 5300), are invited to be members of this private club. There is a vast library collection, squash courts, a gym, over night guest rooms, and of course, a restaurant.
I can attest to the immediate success of Carmine's on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the early nineties as my family and friends stood on the lines to get in on a number of occasions. Owner Artie Cutler's concept of serving large, family-style portions to guests, in a warm, friendly atmosphere connected with diners immediately. It did not take Mr. Cutler long to realize that he had a success on his hands and that it was time for expansion. In 1992, the theater district had another hit in Times Square, in the form of a grand, traditional Italian restaurant.
Teddy Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindberg are among the noteworthy clients that E. B. Meyorwitz & Dell has been crafting “made-to-measure” frames for since 1875. Today, be it in their New York, London or Paris shops, one can still be fitted for a pair of the same classy, high quality spectacles.