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National Arts Club

Founded in 1898, this gorgeous Gramercy mansion is dedicated to the fostering of the arts. With incredible interiors such as Tiffany ceilings and an impeccable art collection, the club also has rotating exhibitions and lectures on an array of topics. Women have always been allowed- even since its inception in the turn of the century.  Alfred Stieglitz and Mark Twain were members, Martin Scorcese, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Robert Redford are members.

Like any good arts organization, there is of course scandal. O. Alden James was president of the club from 1985 to 2011- when a series of weird events happened including James’ twin brother being found of tax fraud in regards to the club’s non-profit status, the discovery of the twins hoarding in the upstairs apartments, an most strangely, dumping dead birds in the private Gramercy Park.

Get in if you can- although the lectures are in an unimpressive basement, the rest of the mansion is simply breath taking, packed wall to wall with incredible period furniture, busts, paintings and sculptures. The National Arts Club also sponsors contemporary artists, such as my friend Ryan V. Brennan, who won the Jonathan Madrigano Fellowship and subsequent exhibition. It is truly an glimpse of early 1900s decadence, situated on the exclusive Gramercy Park.

WhatNational Arts Club

Where: 15 Gramercy Park South

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