New York Athletic Club

The New York Athletic Club is a private social club and athletic club located in New York. Established in 1868, the club has a membership of around 8,600 and two facilities The City House, located at 180 Central Park South in Manhattan and Travers Island in Westchester County. Membership is by invitation only.

The club has many different sports, like rowing wrestling, boxing fencing, judo basketball, swimming, rugby union, soccer handball, tennis, squash, snooker, lacrosse , and water the game of water polo.


The City House, located at 180 Central Park South, is an impressive, cavernous structure built in the early twentieth century. It offers sweeping views at Central Park. It was designed through the eyes of Charles W. Clinton, the building has 24 floors and includes two restaurants, a bar and library, a ballroom, billiard room, meeting rooms roof solarium, as well as eight floors of guest rooms , for members and club members. The floors for athletic training include the pool along with basketball courts and boxing rings, as well as a fencing and wrestling room and judo mat, as well as squash courts.

Named in honor of Wall Street businessman William R. Travers who helped arrange the purchase in 1886. Travers Island is the NYAC’s summer camp located on Long Island Sound. It is comprised of the main house as well as other facilities and buildings set on 30 acres (120,000 sq m) of manicured grounds. It is centered around it is Main House, the Olympic-sized salt water pool and accompanying cabanas, Travers Island extends the range of NYAC sports to include rowing, tennis yachting, outdoor swimming , diving, a day for children, camp and soccer, as well as rugby the croquet game, lacrosse, and croquet.

Travers Island is located in Westchester County, New York It is located in Westchester County, New York. It borders the counties of New Rochelle and Pelham Manor located between Neptune Island, Glen Island as well as Hunter Island.


On the 8th of June in 1866 William Buckingham Curtis, Harry Buermeyer, and John C. Babcock established a gymnasium on the corner of 6th Avenue and 14th Street in their New York City apartment, following a discussion on the rapid growth of athletics organized in England. Interest in their gym grew as did the group of three who decided to establish the New York Athletic Club on September 8, 1868. The club was modelled after London Athletic Club. London Athletic Club. Their goal was to sponsor sporting events in New York. New York area, and to keep official records for various sports. The NYAC was founded on September 8 1868. Its Constitution and Bylaws were adopted in December 1868. In the beginning there was no charge for joining however, there was a $10 fee during the first month dues.

Let’s have a look at different types of sports and their rules.

The Mott Haven grounds that had a the track made of cinder were acquired through the clubs in the year 1875. They also had a cinder track. Mott Haven facilities were utilized to host several national athletic competitions.

In 1879, at which time there were 170 members It published rules for various amateur sports, including fencing, sparring, as well as Greco-Roman wrestling. The NYAC can be described as the basis for amateur athletics within the United States. The NYAC was the very first organisation to develop and enforce an official code of conduct for the government of athletic meetings and was the first organization to provide prizes for open amateur sports and the first to organize an amateur championship.

NYAC members have been awarded 119 Olympic gold medals as well as 53 silver and 59 bronze medals. At present, the NYAC has top competitors in judo, wrestling, rowing, fencing, water polo and track and field, among other sports. Forty NYAC members competed for three countries in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won 16 medals.

From 1896 to 1912 (a period that spanned 16 consecutive seasons) the New York Athletic Club had teams that were part of the American Amateur Hockey League and played their games within the St. Nicholas Rink at 69 West 66th Street in Manhattan. The NYAC hockey branch earned league championships four times: in 1896-1997, 1897-1998, 1908-09 and 1909-10. Canadian Hockey player Tom Howard, who won the Stanley Cup with the Winnipeg Victorias in February 1896, played four seasons for the team from 1899 until 1903.

Mercury Cup series

The NYAC’s Mercury Cup series is the premier regional fencing event across North America. It includes a range of sabre, epee and epee tournaments that conclude each season with the “Epeepalooza” and “Sabrage” events. Contestants earn points according to their the final results of each tournament, with the champion being the fencer with the highest ranking at the end of the season.