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New York Athletic Club

New York Athletic Club
NYAC logo
New York Athletic Club logo
Abbreviation NYAC
Formation September 8, 1868
Founder John C. Babcock
Harry Buermeyer
William Buckingham Curtis
Type Private social club
Headquarters 180 Central Park South
New York, NY
Metropolitan New York
Website .org.nyacwww

The New York Athletic Club is a private social club and athletic club in New York City. Founded in 1868, the club has approximately 8,600 members and two facilities: the City House located at 180 Central Park South and Travers Island in Westchester County.

The club offers many sports, including rowing, wrestling, boxing, judo, fencing, basketball, rugby union, soccer, tennis, handball, squash, snooker, and lacrosse.


  • Facilities 1
  • History 2
  • Mercury Cup series 3
  • Other notable events 4
  • Sports Teams 5
  • Controversies over admissions 6
  • Presidents 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The City House, located at 180 Central Park South, is a large, cavernous building built in the early twentieth century which offers panoramic views of Central Park. Designed by Charles W. Clinton, the 24-floor facility includes two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, library, ballroom, billiard room, meeting rooms, rooftop solarium, and eight floors of guest rooms for members and club guests. The athletic training floors include a swimming pool, basketball courts, boxing rings, a fencing and wrestling room, judo floor, and squash courts.

NYAC headquarters in Manhattan

Named for Wall Street businessman William R. Travers who arranged for its purchase in 1886, Travers Island is the NYAC's summer facility on Long Island Sound. It consists of the main house, other buildings and facilities that sit on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of landscaped grounds. Centered around the Main House, the Olympic-sized salt water pool, and accompanying cabanas, Travers Island extends the range of NYAC sports to include tennis, rowing, yachting, outdoor swimming and diving, a children's day camp, rugby, soccer, croquet, and lacrosse.[1]

Travers Island is located in Westchester County, New York, and straddles the border of New Rochelle and Pelham Manor, between Neptune Island, Glen Island, and Hunter Island.[1]


Travers Island main house

In 1866,

  • New York Athletic Club (official website)
  • New York Athletic Club: Constitution, Amended February 3, 1917: By-laws, Amended May 15, 1917: House Rules, Amended May 22, 1917, New York Athletic Club (1918)

External links

  1. ^ a b "Travers Island".  
  2. ^ "A history of American amateur athletics and aquatics" by Frederick W. Janssen (1888), page 124
  3. ^ a b c Constitution, By-laws, Rules and Alphabetical Lists of Members – New York Athletic Club. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ [3], p. 51
  5. ^ Outing Volume IV Issue September 6, 1884
  6. ^ New York Athletic Club Journal, February 1905, Page 18
  7. ^ "CLUB HISTORY – The New York Athletic Club". Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "United States National Snooker Championship – Roll Of Honor". Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The New York Athletic Club – SPORTS TEAMS". Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "In Supreme Court Ruling-Ban on Exclusive Clubs Upheld". The Victoria Advocate. June 21, 1988. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Court Upholds Ban on Club Bias". The Milwaukee Journal. June 20, 1988. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
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  16. ^ Race Relations Law Reporter. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Newsletter". Indiana Fair Employment Practices Commission. 1955. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Negro Councilman Takes Fiery Blast at Athletic Club". Times Daily. July 11, 1956. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Private Club Policies Become Public". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 17, 1965. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ Henry Robinson Luce (1962). Time. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Mayor Wagner Quits N.Y. Athletic Club". Toledo Blade. February 10, 1962. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
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See also


In March 1981, prior to a press conference at the NYAC, Muhammad Ali picked up the microphone to test it out and said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Jews and niggers and all the other members of the NAACP welcome you to the NYAC."[36][37] In 1989, Olympic gold medal winner Antonio McKay became the first Black track and field athlete to compete for the NYAC.[38]

In May 1964, the club was picketed by demonstrators from the Congress for Racial Equality who shouted slogans calling for integration of Negroes and Jews.[28] In the late 1960s, The Olympic Project for Human Rights convinced black athletes to boycott events held at the NYAC on the grounds that the club excluded Blacks and Jews from membership.[29] Olympian Byron Dyce, with the NYU track team and most Black athletes, boycotted the NYAC Games at Madison Square Garden in February 1968 to protest the club's allegedly discriminatory membership policies.[30][31] A 500-600-person crowd protested the club's exclusionary practices outside the Games, with picketers charging police who swung their nightsticks at the picketers in reaction, with each at times knocking the others to the ground.[32][33] At the same time, fifty alumni of Notre Dame encouraged their fellow alumni to resign from the club unless it explained its exclusion of non-Whites and Jews.[29][34] In June 1970, columnist Nat Hentoff criticized Ted Sorenson, who was running in the primary election for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, because Sorenson had lived for a time at the NYAC, writing: "what kind of man would choose to live in one of this city's redoubts of bigotry?"[35]

Woody Allen had a joke about a Jewish couple that was dressed as a moose and was shot and stuffed and mounted at the NYAC, with his punch line being: "And the joke is on them, because it is restricted."[25][26][27]

In February 1962, New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. quit the NYAC due to allegations that it barred blacks and Jews.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

There were also claims, over the years, that the club discriminated against blacks and Jews. In 1936, Olympian Marty Glickman was turned away in the lobby by the NYAC's Athletic Director when he sought to join his fellow runner and work out at the club. Glickman believed this was because he was Jewish.[13][14][15] In the mid-1950s, New York City Councilman Earl D. Brown, a Manhattan Democrat, refused to attend an outing at a NYAC facility, to protest the fact that the club: "discriminates against Negroes and Jews on its track team". The Race Relations Reporter reported that a spokesman for the NYAC, Mr. Alfred Foster, "admitted that the club has no Jewish or Negro athletes on its teams". However, they also reported the club secretary saying the club did have some Jewish members.[16][17][18]

The New York Athletic Club was once an all-male club. A New York City law was passed in 1984 requiring "the admission of women to large, private clubs that play an important role in business and professional life." In June 1988, this was unanimously upheld by the United States Supreme Court. After continuing to challenge the statute on the grounds that the club was not business oriented, the NYAC voluntarily admitted women members in 1989.[10][11][12]

Controversies over admissions

  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse
  • Platform Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Soccer (Men's, Women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Team Handball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Triathlon
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

The NYAC currently fields 22 different teams for the following sports:[9]

Sports Teams

In November 2003, the club was the site of a four-game chess match between Garry Kasparov and the computer program X3D Fritz. In June 2004, the club played host to the final play-offs of the United States National Snooker Championship.[8]

Other notable events

2005–2006 Épée series
Mercury Cup #1: Noah Zucker
Mercury Cup #2: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #3: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #4: Mykhaylo Mokretsov
Mercury Cup #5: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #6: Alex Tsinis

2006–2007 Épée series
Mercury Cup #1: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #2: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #3: Soren Thompson
Mercury Cup #4: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #5: Brendan Baby
Mercury Cup #6: Tommi Hurme

2007–2008 Épée series
Mercury Cup #1: Alexander Abend
Mercury Cup #2: Bas Verwijlen
Mercury Cup #3: Tommi Hurme
Mercury Cup #4: Jon Normile
Mercury Cup #5: Jon Normile

2008–2009 Épée series
Mercury Cup #1: Alex Tsinis
Mercury Cup #2: Jon Normile
Mercury Cup #3: Jon Normile

2007–2008 Sabre series
Mercury Cup #1: Sergey Isayenko
Mercury Cup #2: Ben Igoe
Mercury Cup #3: Sergey Isayenko

2008–2009 Sabre series
Mercury Cup #1: Ben Igoe
Mercury Cup #2: Ben Igoe
Mercury Cup #3: Daryl Homer

Individual event champions

Season Épée Sabre
2005–2006 Alexander Abend
2006–2007 Alexander Abend
2007–2008 Alexander Abend Sergey Isayenko
2008–2009 Jon Normile Ben Igoe
Mercury Cup champions

The Mercury Cup has proven successful due to the club's prestige, corporate sponsorship, and the event's extraordinarily high-level of competition.

The NYAC's Mercury Cup series is the premier regional fencing event in North America. The series includes a number of épée and sabre tournaments, ending each season with the famous "Epeepalooza" and "Sabrage" events. Competitors earn points based on final placements at each tournament, with the champion being the highest-ranked fencer at the conclusion of the season.

NYAC crew in 1911

Mercury Cup series

NYAC members have won 119 Olympic gold medals, 53 silver medals, and 59 bronze medals.[7] Presently, the NYAC has top-ranked competitors in wrestling, judo, rowing, fencing, water polo and track and field, among other sports. Forty NYAC members competed for three countries at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning 16 medals.

In 1879, at which time it had 170 members, it published rules in various amateur sports, including fencing, sparring, and Greco-Roman wrestling.[3] The NYAC can be considered the foundation for amateur athletics in the United States. It was the first organization to compile and apply a code of rules for the government of athletic meetings, the first to offer prizes for open amateur games, and the first to hold an amateur championship.[6]

[5] In the beginning there was no initiation fee, but $10 was required for the first six months of dues.[3] Their goal was to sponsor athletic competitions in the New York area, and to keep official records for different sports. The NYAC was established on September 8, 1868. Its Constitution and Bylaws were adopted in December 1868.[4].London Athletic Club The club was modeled after the [3] Interest in their gym grew, and the three men decided to found the New York Athletic Club on September 8, 1868.[2]

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