3. The Harmonie Club (1852)

The Harmonie Club, the second oldest of NYC's private clubs

The Harmonie Club, founded in 1852, is the second oldest private club in New York City. Originally called “Gesellschaft,” it was created by a group of six German New Yorkers after they were denied admittance to the Union Club. The membership base of the Harmonie Club is made of men and women who are prominent leaders in the worlds of business and finance, law, science, medicine, arts, and all walks of life.

The gorgeous Beaux Arts building that houses this club was designed by noted architect Stanford White in 1905. It was the second clubhouse. While a basement bowling alley and upper-floor bedrooms have been removed, the building still retains the original dining room designed by Stanford White, as well as other impressive Club facilities.