8. New York Athletic Club (1868)

New York Athletic Club
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The New York Athletic Club was formed to bring order and regulation to the world of sports. Shortly after it was founded, the Club organized the first US championships in boxing, swimming, wrestling, and track & field, bringing standardized measurements and official record-keeping to those sports.

There are two locations for the club, one in Manhattan at 180 Central Park South, and another in Travers Island, in Westchester County. The Manhattan clubhouse, completed in 1930, boasts a wide variety of athletic facilities, from a swimming pool and basketball courts to a yoga studio and dojo for practicing Judo. In addition to the sports facilities, the clubhouse has bars, restaurants, banquet facilities, and overnight guest rooms.