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What is a homework club?

Homework clubs offer a place for your child to work in a supportive environment out of school hours.

Why choose a homework club?

Some children are so self-motivated that they’re able to work diligently on homework and ignore the distractions of normal family life, but not everyone finds it so easy.

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Doing homework requires a quiet space to work at home and support from you. If your job or other children make it tricky to provide those things you might want to consider the option of a homework club.

Who runs homework clubs?

Schools and many public libraries offer them, usually after school finishes for the day. Check what’s available with your school and local authority. The biggest advantage of a school-based homework club is that it’s on the same premises, so children don’t have to travel to the club.  Familiarity with teachers is also a plus point, and your child is in an environment where they are already relaxed.

If your child would prefer a change of location at the end of the school day a library homework club might be the answer. They usually run from 4pm to 6.30pm and sometimes for a few hours on a Saturday morning. “We find that children start getting more homework from the age of nine onwards so our clubs are of most benefit for eight to 14-year-olds,” says Lucy Love, manager for children and young people at libraries run by Enfield Council. “Under-eights can come to the club but a parent or carer must be with them.”

What benefits do clubs offer?

“The great thing about library homework clubs are the homework centre assistants – while they don’t do the child’s work, they have the knowledge and experience to guide them to the relevant books or online resources such as encyclopaedias,” explains Lucy. “We encourage children to use online data, as it’s usually the most up-to-date, and can offer equipment such as protractors and SATs papers. Homework clubs are also a great way of helping the child’s transition to secondary school.”

What to do after homework club

  • When you get home, ask your child to explain what their homework is – this will show you they have understood it properly themselves.  
  • Help your child to settle down and concentrate by making sure there are no distractions around them when they go over their homework with you.  
  • Encourage your child to check their work to reinforce the learning they have done.

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How to Set Up a Homework Club

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Homework clubs can be a fantastic way for students to get together, help each other, and stay motivated to complete their school assignments. If you’re considering setting up a homework club, here are some steps to guide you through the process.

 Define the Purpose and Goals

Before you start a homework club, it’s important to determine why you’re starting it and what you hope to achieve. Do you want to provide a quiet space for individual study, or are you aiming for collaborative learning where students help each other? Setting clear goals will help guide the structure of your club.

 Choose a Location

A suitable location is critical. This place should be quiet, have enough space, and be easily accessible to students. Libraries, community centers, or empty classrooms are excellent places as they provide a formal atmosphere conducive to studying.

 Set a Schedule

Decide on the days and times that the homework club will meet. It’s important to consider when students are most likely to attend — after school or in the evening. Be consistent with the timing so that students can build it into their routine.

 Gather Materials

Make sure you have all the materials necessary for effective studying: textbooks, reference books, stationary supplies like pens and paper, computers with internet access if possible, printer/scanner facilities, etc.

 Establish Rules and Structure

Creating a set of rules helps to maintain order and focus within the group. For instance, settle on rules regarding noise levels, toy usage during club time (like phones), or bringing snacks. Additionally, decide how the time will be structured—whether there’ll be a quick briefing at the start of each session or if students break off into groups.

 Recruit Members

You’ll need to promote your homework club to gather members. You can do this by creating flyers and posters to advertise around your school or local community centers. You could also use social media or word-of-mouth to get the word out there.

 Find Supervision

Having an adult supervisor like a teacher or parent can help oversee the club activities. This person can provide homework help if needed or mediate any disruptions that arise during study time.

 Secure Funding if Necessary

If you require funds for materials or snacks, look into potential sponsorships from local businesses or educational grants available in your area that support after-school programs.

 Monitor Progress and Solicit Feedback

It’s important to keep track of how well the homework club is meeting its intended goals. Ask for regular feedback from members and adjust your strategies accordingly. This ensures that the club remains effective and continues to meet student needs.

With careful planning and management, a homework club can be an invaluable resource that fosters community support among students as they work towards academic success.


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What Is Homework Club?

Homework club is an after school club for students to complete homework/school work. Students report to a specific classroom and are supervised by a teacher. The teacher will offer assistance and check on students to make sure they are completing school work. The length of homework club will vary by school but usually lasts for about an hour after the school day ends. 

Who Is Homework Club For?

Homework club if for students that struggle to complete school work and homework. 

Students that attend homework club benefit from a quiet place to complete work after school. 

Homework club is usually available to all students but often students with a 504 or an IEP will get first consideration.

In my school we have limited spaces in homework club so it’s up to us, the teachers, to choose students that will benefit from it the most.

If you need a description of what homework is then I answered that in this article .

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How Often Is Homework Club?

How often a school has homework club really depends on the school and the district. 

First of all not all schools have the means to offer homework club to students.

Because the teacher that supervises the students in homework club needs to be compensated and some schools don’t have the money to pay them. 

For schools that do have the money to pay a teacher to supervise homework club they may offer homework club every day or only a few days a week. 

The middle school I work at offers our students homework club two days a week. 

Is Homework Club Effective?

Whether or not homework club is effective depends on two things: the teacher supervising and the students. 

If the supervisor engages with the students and sets expectations for work completion then the club can have an impact.  

However, if the supervising teacher is not engaged then the students will not get as much work done. 

In my experiences I have seen homework as beneficial to students but have also had students that attend it and it doesn’t seem to impact their grade or learning at all.

Often the students that are in homework club are students that struggle with work completion and organization.

This is why the teacher that supervises them really needs to have them set daily or weekly goals to ensure that work completion is taking place.

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January 8, 2022 by Jill Shafer

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Hello, friend!  Let’s talk about homework club and what it looks like in our classroom.

I have used THIS with students in grades three through five but, like with anything, tweak it to meet the needs of your kids .

Disclaimer to start: I’m not here to argue for or against homework.  We have a district responsibility and understanding that homework is a component of the day and not to exceed a certain length of time.  For us, it’s ten minutes per grade level so by fifth grade, no student should be spending more than 50 minutes on homework each evening.

I will, obviously, modify homework for students, as well as provide time in class for homework completion.

Homework is never anything new; it is always review and for us, it’s very predictable, which I’ll share below.

For our room, here’s what is assigned:

-Reading Plus (a program used district-wide): Our fifth graders are responsible for completing three SRs and three RA assignments each week.  They can work at their own pace but we HIGHLY encourage doing at least one each evening.  This is OFTEN done in class but takes anywhere from five (the vocabulary assignments) to twenty minutes.

-Language: There is either a brief spelling activity (first semester) or Wordly Wise activity (second semester). This should take about ten minutes.

-Math: Students are assigned 6-10 review problems, which come straight from their workbooks.  This is usually content that was taught in class about a week ago.  We are constantly spiraling to review.  Once a week, students are asked to do only Jiji, another district-wide math program.  They do this in lieu of a workbook page that night.  Regardless, it takes about twenty minutes.

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Okay!  So with that said, homework is always on our May Do board, meaning that if all their other assignments are completed, they can go ahead and work on their homework.  They may not know the math workbook page that night but they can always do Reading Plus, Jiji, or Wordly Wise.

We fill out our planners every afternoon, right before we clean up to go home (our district provides students in grades three through five with the same planners and I model it every single day under the document camera).

I am well aware that students go home to varying levels of parental support and I do not ever want a child to leave feeling like the homework is unattainable.  I am always available to help, whether that’s checking in after-school or being available before school.

Additionally, math in our room is never graded for correctness.  Student get their point if it was completed and effort was shown.  After our math warm up, we go over answers and students will ask for certain problems to be worked out together.

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I have homework checkers (two students) that go around during math and star the page if work is shown and the problems are completed.

For Reading Plus, spelling/Wordly Wise, and Jiji (ST Math), I do not check for completion until Friday morning. This gives students an opportunity to practice daily habits (math workbook) with time management throughout the week (reading and vocabulary).

Now, on Friday, if all assignments have been completed, this is where the homework club kicks in.

During soft starts (you can read more about that HERE ), I call students up.  ALL students get called up one by one.  We either go over missing assignments OR they get a punch for their card.

These cards are kept in pencil boxes and treated very seriously.

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The resource contains so many different options but I like to use these, pictured.  In order to get a punch (I have some fun ones in HERE ), all assignments must be done.

Missing one or two?  It’s okay.  We talk a lot about the reasons why it might have happened, what we can do next time, or how we can reach out for help if needed.

Not all kids get their cards punched every week and that’s okay.

We celebrate homework club every six weeks.  This gives kids a chance to “catch up” if they missed something one week.

Coming to homework club means they have their card with all their punches and they’re ready to celebrate!

Homework club can look a hundred different ways and I try to switch it up so that it stays exciting and motivating.

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Here are some ideas we’ve done in the past:

-Eat lunch with the teacher

-Muffins/breakfast before school

-Trade your homework club card for a homework pass

-Lunchtime movie or craft (they LOVE the crafts and I’m always looking for inexpensive ideas on Pinterest)

-Board game tournament after school or at lunch

-Special games at recess (I’ll get out THESE things and they’ll play together)

-Popsicles after school

-Trade your homework club card for a small surprise (they love fidgets, puzzle erasers, play dough cans, slime, fun pencils; I have a ton in HERE )

You really can modify it to work for YOU and your class but it’s another little layer of motivation.  It also gives me an opportunity to talk to kids about time management skills.  My kids leave elementary school and head off to middle school, which is a new ballgame with changing classes and having multiple teachers.

So, I try to keep homework doable and relevant, accessible and meaningful.  Homework club is just a little bonus!

Any questions?  Ask below!

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January 23, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Hi Jill! Thanks for the blog on homework. I’ve been wanting to spruce up my program, and I even looked for homework ideas on here last summer. I do similar stuff with math review, spelling, and book talk prep. I do have a question… what kind of planner do you use? I think I’ll start using planners next year, but I wonder if there are really simple, cheap ones out there. Also, have you had kids lose their planners? Right now, we use homework folders, and I have three kids who are always misplacing their folders and needing a new one. Those repeat offenders are working on responsibility and organization 🙂 and they’ll get it eventually. Thanks again for all of the great ideas. I may even implement a homework club soon! Andie

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Kids Enjoy Working in Groups

Pupils figure out how to obtain a feeling of achievement when they’ve complete the tasks they’ve been set. This is something that helps to generate good study habits in students. In these groups, pupils are matched well with their coaches to help them in their weak areas.

Many schools provide homework clubs, but you may, at times, never hear about it. It is always worth asking what’s available as homework clubs are a secure environment where students can get their work done with no distractions. Also, with the advantage of getting aid there in the shape of managers or teachers should they want it.

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There might be people in the homework club, who may help in a manner that parents might not have the capability to. It’s an environment that’s ideal whenever kids are out of their school environment to be in to perform work.

Provides Extra Motivation

Children feel comfortable and happy being a part of something, such as a homework club. It highlights to students at a young age the value of working hard to find and the importance of homework. But a homework club may be a social place and time where pupils have the chance to grow further in their research in addition to developing their communication abilities.

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The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) has been a long-time partner of the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) and the giving community. The Homework Clubs program is made up of more than 350 Homework Clubs across Victoria catering to 6000 students weekly.

Homework Clubs, put simply, are after-school programs providing kids from ages 6 to 18 with a space for learning, building social connections and finding the joy in learning.

Since 2016, a total of $1,113,765 has been distributed to Homework Clubs in Victoria through the ACF giving community, funding which has been facilitated by the Homework Clubs Partnership Fund.

Emily Wraight, the Education Program Officer at CMY, recently shared her reflections on how the Homework Clubs have flourished since their beginnings in 2016, what has kept them going throughout the pandemic and the road ahead.

“Our vision overall is to really empower young people from multicultural and refugee backgrounds to be able to fully participate in life, education and society,” explains Emily.

At CMY, this vision is pursued from a few different angles: “Right from the direct casework with young people through to research, advocacy and policy development.”

For Homework Clubs, the focus is on the students’ experiences and how these shape their education.

“The social connections that they develop in the Homework Clubs is a hugely important factor,” Emily explains.

“They feel relaxed, they feel safe, they feel, you know, heard and valued in a place, so then they can actually engage with what’s happening.”

“I’ve actually seen a number of projects that have done really great family engagement work and have been able to empower parents to feel like they can be supportive of learning at home, despite the barriers they might face.”

The benefits don’t stop with the students, however, there is an army of volunteers, coordinators, and of course families, that are involved in the program.

“Something that we don’t talk about enough is how Homework Clubs really work to engage families and the wider community to feel included and to feel supported.”

As the Homework Clubs program has taken off, “We’ve been able to home in on areas where there’s really high need, it’s really responding to things, areas where there’s high settlement, for example, or regional areas or growth areas,” Emily says.

“For the sustainability of this program, we need to be able to provide support across the state and help more programs to start in places where there is high demand.”

This is coupled with the need for ongoing, long-term support that can sustain the programs and those involved.

“What is also crucial is the program development and having the ability to dream and innovate and plan beyond 12 months.”

“The real work happens when you build relationships over many years. It can often take that long for a young person to feel comfortable in a program to feel connected and valued.”

“There’s a real shared understanding of the value of these programs across ACF and CMY,” Emily says, “It’s a very genuine partnership, and it’s reassuring that we’ve got the same reasons for driving it and making it sustainable, which I think has been a really key factor in the success.”

When Covid-19 hit, “Our coordinators had to do a huge amount of learning very quickly about what to do and how to do it. Then there was developing all the new processes and guidelines, training staff and volunteers. Of course, this was coupled with students, schools and families all dealing with their own, you know, transitions.”

While this was a whirlwind at first, “We’re finding now in the second lockdown that clubs are more settled and more setup for virtual learning.”

It wasn’t only the Homework Clubs acting with agility, “A lot of clubs in the ACF program reallocated their funding to be able to provide food or material support for families as well during this time. I think that speaks to this idea that Homework Clubs are not just about the learning support.”

Although, much like with regular schooling, the Homework Clubs met new challenges with virtual learning. “We definitely noticed the digital divide. We heard a lot from schools as well about large families from migrant and refugee backgrounds, with, you know, six or seven kids all sharing one device and then the priority of course, goes to the eldest sibling; those kind of situations are very common.”

“For the students it’s been a really important way of staying connected to their peers and tutors, who they’re used to seeing every week in person, so it’s been an important way of maintaining those connections and a sense of continuity.”

Ursula Cliff, who is a Project Support Officer with CMY, says “Families have been struggling with distance learning, for a number of reasons – lack of access to technology, low levels of literacy which means they can’t help kids with schoolwork, communicating with schools – and Homework Clubs have been a crucial form of support for them.”

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Homework Clubs have soldiered on, stood by their students, and grasped the new virtual way of life with both hands.

“For all the things that we complain about in COVID, there are so many things that we should harness from this time,” Emily says optimistically, “Like getting Homework Clubs to have a wider reach online. We’re able to reach more coordinators and volunteers with our training and our support through an online format now, which we started doing as part of this process.”

Of course, this all comes back to Homework Clubs’ appetite “to innovate, to grow, to try new things and to reach more young people.”

“There’s a real opportunity right now for more investment in and capacity-building through the Homework Clubs. Something that we’re going to find – not just because of education, but also as more families struggle financially – is that we need the free educational support that the Clubs offer.”

Get in touch if you would like to discuss how you can support Homework Clubs into the future. You can also learn more about the Homework Club Partnership Fund in this comprehensive report .

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What is Homework Club?

Homework Club is an after-school program serving students from Elementary to High School, ages 5-18. Homework Club provides a quiet, structured, safe environment for students to complete their homework with the help of highly qualified instructors and mentors. We provide help and support in all school subjects. We strive to instill good work habits, organizational skills, time management abilities, and a sense of accomplishment in every student. We believe that every student is capable of high achievements with the proper help and support. While your child attends H.C., you can rest assured that ALL homework will be completed to its perfection and with the expectation that the student understands every subject matter. We take the time and make an effort to ensure that students understand every assignment they complete, even the ones that they struggle with the most.

Homework Club takes place throughout the entire school year, Monday – Friday. H.C. sessions begin right after school and ensure that students complete their assignments without stress and anxiety. Each Homework Club session is two hours. However, may add additional time to the schedule. Students who finish their work before the end of the session have an opportunity to take a little break or practice reading fluency, reading comprehension, practice basic math skills, or play organized educational games. We take the burden off families and allow the opportunity to have fun-family time every night, without stressing if homework is done or wondering if the child understood the work they completed. This program is for every student who wants to be successful in school and in future endeavors.

Homework Club vs. Private Tutoring

Private tutoring often ends up enabling dependency, which is a fancy way of saying that the tutor does too much of the homework and the student does too little. Our environment allows one to build the social and behavioral skills that contribute to classroom success.

Homework Club helps students with not just one subject but with all school subjects at the same time, and in just two hours a day. At Homework Club we strive to ensure that students do not struggle with any subjects, but if they do, we create pathways and explain them in ways they will understand. We go the “extra mile” to pinpoint and improve students' knowledge. The effects of the efforts result in students' improvement not in just one subject, but all at the same time. Best of all, most Homework Club students make new friends and learn to work together as a group, but with individual assignments.

Who Will Benefit From Homework Club?

Students who......

  • "Forget" to do homework
  • Refuse to do homework
  • Take "forever" to get homework done
  • Turn in homework late or incomplete
  • Seem confused and disorganized
  • Feel stressed and need further instruction and explanation
  • Lose interest in learning
  • Need extra support and clarification
  • Seem reluctant to talk about school
  • Support with different school subjects
  • Need support, encouragement, motivation, consistency and structure
  • Require an adult supervision and mentorship
  • Parents work long hours

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Additional learning or study support activities, offered on a voluntary basis outside school hours through the extended schools programme, take place before or after school, at lunch, break-times, at weekends and during school holidays. They can also be provided by schools which do not qualify for extended schools funding.

About study support

Study or learning support activities provided by schools, primarily involves the provision of breakfast clubs, homework clubs, additional literacy and numeracy or tailored subject support, and GCSE booster classes but can also include a range of other support activities and opportunities to pursue particular interests and develop new skills.

Study support, or out-of-hours learning, offers a safe place where your child can learn and have fun in a supervised setting outside of normal school hours.

Study support activities take place mainly on school premises but may also include neighbouring schools or visits to other places such as libraries, sports grounds or clubs, museums and galleries.

Those schools which qualify for financial support through the extended schools programme are encouraged to provide programmes which focus on learning and improving educational achievement for children and young people. These aim for instance to improve literacy and numeracy and give children an additional boost in particular subject areas.

Schools may also offer a wide variety of other activities which aim to motivate and support children to reach their full potential including music, sport, languages, art, dance, drama, cookery or chess amongst many others. You can find out which activities are available in your area from the Education Authority in your region or your child’s school

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At a breakfast club your child can meet other children in a supervised setting before school. In most cases, breakfast is provided with children brought together around a table to eat.

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Skipping breakfast can mean poor energy and concentration levels in the first half of the school day. This can also lead to poor academic performance.

Often children compensate for the lack of breakfast by buying foods like crisps and chocolate and this encourages bad eating habits.

Breakfast clubs have been shown to improve levels of punctuality and attendance as well as performance in the classroom.

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Homework clubs offer a place for your child to work in a supervised and supportive environment out of school hours. Your child’s school or the Education Authority in your region can give you more information on these.

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We’d like to introduce you to BUA’s new Homework Club/BU Tutors program!

Similar to the POSH ( p roctored o pen s tudy h all) of the past, each Monday-Thursday , in SAO Room 251 (Arts Wing), from 3:30-5:30pm , BU Tutors will be available to:

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What Is the Homework Club?

The PLUS Programme Homework Club is a programme whereby UCC students volunteer to be placed in a Cork city secondary school to help students with their homework. Volunteers will help junior cycle students (1st- 3rd years).

The Homework Club aims to provide academic support to junior cycle students. It is envisaged that tutors will provide additional academic support to students in an encouraging, motivating and fun environment. The Homework Club aims to foster closer relations between UCC and DEIS-linked schools while encouraging students to consider progression to the third level, particularly where there is little tradition of progression onto higher education.

What Is the Time Commitment?

Tutors are asked to commit to one Homework Club School/time slot for the full duration (5-7 weeks) in Semester 1 and/or Semester 2

You will be assigned to a Homework Club at the same school, on the same day on either:

  • Monday  15:00 - 17:30 
  • Tuesday  15:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday  12:30 - 14:30 

Volunteers will remain in their assigned School & Day slot for the duration of the programme. We will do our best to offer students their 1st preference day/time slot; however, on occasion, it is not always possible.

Do I Have to Study the Curriculum Beforehand?

Volunteers do not need to know the Junior Cycle curriculum. The Homework Club's ethos is about showing students how to complete their homework correctly rather than doing the work for them. 

How Will I Get to the School I’ve Been Assigned To?

The PLUS Programme provides free coach transport and is available from UCC to the schools and back again from Gaol Cross.

Where Do I Find the Homework Club?

The Homework Club is located on the 1st floor, The Hub Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork, UCC .

Please contact [email protected]   with your full name, surname and student number if you have any queries and we will get back to you within 1-2 working days during regular daytime office hours.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the 'Children First' Tusla Training

Complete the online registration form

After submitting the online registration form, the PLUS Programme   will request that you be put forward for Garda Vetting. You will receive an email from GardaVetting once this has been done. (Please check your umail inbox and search your spam folder for the  search term [email protected] ) It can take 4 to 6 weeks to complete the Garda Vetting Process.

Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session. Training dates will be released closer to the start date via an email from [email protected]  

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The goal of this homework is to train a simple model for predicting the duration of a ride - similar to what we did in this module.

Q1. Downloading the data

We'll use the same NYC taxi dataset , but instead of " Green Taxi Trip Records", we'll use " Yellow Taxi Trip Records".

Download the data for January and February 2023.

Read the data for January. How many columns are there?

Q2. Computing duration

Now let's compute the duration variable. It should contain the duration of a ride in minutes.

What's the standard deviation of the trips duration in January?

Q3. Dropping outliers

Next, we need to check the distribution of the duration variable. There are some outliers. Let's remove them and keep only the records where the duration was between 1 and 60 minutes (inclusive).

What fraction of the records left after you dropped the outliers?

Q4. One-hot encoding

Let's apply one-hot encoding to the pickup and dropoff location IDs. We'll use only these two features for our model.

  • Turn the dataframe into a list of dictionaries (remember to re-cast the ids to strings - otherwise it will label encode them)
  • Fit a dictionary vectorizer
  • Get a feature matrix from it

What's the dimensionality of this matrix (number of columns)?

Q5. Training a model

Now let's use the feature matrix from the previous step to train a model.

  • Train a plain linear regression model with default parameters
  • Calculate the RMSE of the model on the training data

What's the RMSE on train?

Q6. Evaluating the model

Now let's apply this model to the validation dataset (February 2023).

What's the RMSE on validation?

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Why Members-Only Clubs Are Everywhere Right Now

By Emily Sundberg

Photography by OK McCausland

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Before I begin this story, I must disclose that much of it was written within the lacquered mahogany walls of Casa Cipriani New York, the 115-year-old ferry terminal turned members’ club next to where the Staten Island Ferry comes into Manhattan. My spot was a corner couch in front of the crackling fireplace, not because the club was a subject of this story but because I’m a member there and I like to watch the buzzing traffic of private helicopters and boats in the harbor. I would tell you about the characters I see in the Jazz Café on Thursday nights (often in sunglasses at 10 p.m.), and what I hear in the sauna on Tuesday afternoons (this town’s private schools are nuts)—I swear, sometimes it’s a full-Scorsese fever dream—but I can’t, because writing about the club’s members, along with baseball hats and photography, is not permitted.

I am not alone in warming up to the members-only experience. Since the waning of the pandemic, private clubs have proliferated in New York City. It is not a new phenomenon in major urban areas around the world, but this is the crest of a whole new wave of options in a city that has not regarded club membership as a signifier for cool in quite some time. Good for a Christmas party or a cocktail with your dad’s friend? Sure. But not cool. Even as nouveau members-only clubs, like Soho House, thrived in places like London (where it was founded) and Berlin and Mexico City and Bangkok, the sparkle of New York’s location came and went, due to the influx of bad start-up ideas and Allbirds sneakers. Now, though? Soho House’s cachet is back up, with three locations in the city. And pay-for-play social life is having its day. There are start-up clubs, eating clubs, coworking clubs, office clubs that become dance clubs, old blue blood clubs looking for new life, et cetera, et cetera. What happened?

First, obviously, the pandemic. Office life went away, restaurants and bars closed—I don’t need to explain the pandemic to you. But the long-tail effect in New York was not a hollowing out of Manhattan, as some predicted, but rather some real memory loss for how to hang out organically with friends, coworkers, and strangers. Into the breach stepped a slew of new clubs. As I started to get a taste of these clubs—the VC-backed, the university-backed, the birthright-backed—I started to realize that many new young members weren’t joining to connect over some shared value, but just to connect, period. It was easy, in the throes of COVID, to imagine that the absolute last thing that would ever return to New York City was a club where people would congregate to work. And yet here I am, by my new money fireplace.

Another big reason people are joining, it seems, is that, in 2024, it’s harder than ever to keep a secret in New York. If there’s an off-menu order that only regulars know about, some food writer is bound to divulge it for paid subscribers on Substack. Good luck having an affair without showing up in the background of your girlfriend’s favorite influencer’s Instagram story. And if you think you can go to a party at your buddy’s place without Find My Friends blowing the location, think again. Which leaves you with two options: Take all of your meetings in the back of a yellow cab, or join a photo-free club. In other words, many people seem willing to go to desperate lengths to retain the rush of privacy.

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At ZZ's, there's an original Warhol, seafood flown in daily from Tokyo, and ornately decorated rooms described as exhibiting “Medici opulence.”

Members’ clubs—golf, yacht, university—are nothing new for middle-aged New Yorkers with cash to spend. What’s new is the idea that private clubs, as opposed to Carrie Bradshaw–approved velvet-rope bars, are places for people who are under 40, single, and possibly not even New Yorkers, to spend their Friday nights. It’s like the Cadillac salesman says to Don Draper in Mad Men: This is the car that shows everyone you’ve arrived. Maybe some of these prospective members haven’t entirely arrived yet (the bonus still needs to hit the bank account, the shares still need to be cashed in), but they want to look like they have. After all, a few grand a year in membership fees is less than a Rolex, less than a Cadillac. As these clubs, new and renewing, cast their nets wider for members, will they catch what they’re looking for? And will the prospective members find sex, connection, and community all under the guise of private networking? These are the questions I ask myself while lying under a red-light therapy panel in the empty gym at Casa Cipriani.

This winter and spring, I visited all the clubs I could. I learned of: swimming naked with the boss, priests shooting guns, $200,000 initiation fees, real Warhols, fake names, taxidermy, and all the spicy rigatoni money can buy. Private clubs are weird, it turns out. But the rooms where photos were banned were often the most fun to look at. And beyond the many locked doors and many velvet curtains was an answer to whether club life is a fad confined to this strange period of city living, or if we’re in it for the long run.

In order to better understand the present of New York City club-dom, I figured I’d start in the past.

The burger was pretty good at the New York Athletic Club, which was founded in 1868 and has varying membership rates based on age and “heritage.” The friend I joined there didn’t use my real name on the guest list, to assure their membership wouldn’t be affected by the story. After downing a few Negronis in the company of barely-drinking-age men in Patagonia vests, we decided to explore the building, which truly smelled like chlorine and cash. This involved feeling around the walls in the dark for light switches, which then illuminated empty ballrooms and stately portraits of past NYAC presidents. Labels in the elevator indicated what activity each of the 24 floors were dedicated to—squash, judo, cards, swimming. Outside the elevators on each floor, there were stacks of pamphlets reminding members and guests of the dress code. My consensus was that the buzzing halls of NYAC were filled with people who love beer, hate halter tops, and want to flex Central Park vistas to their buddies.

I understood the universal appeal of having a Tom Collins with a view and signing a bill with a number, but I also understood that NYAC was not for everyone. It was the quintessential members-only club for trust-fund-clad analysts who like watching basketball while discussing Montauk share houses. The best of these concrete-jungle country clubs would endure—even among young New Yorkers—but the worst might fail long-term to attract new members to spend big money on…what exactly? A really nice apartment you can’t live in? Dubious of the pitch from some of the blue blood clubs, I called the youngest person I knew who might be in their thrall.

“The funny thing about the Racquet and Tennis Club” that friend told me, “is that you have to wear a tie in the front door but you have to swim in the nude.” The funny thing to me about the all-male Racquet and Tennis Club, which all of my sources said is the hardest door to get into, is how many people have seen their bosses naked. I learned more: about the Doubles Club, on Fifth Avenue near the park, which apparently still serves mayo salads and gelatin towers that look straight out of the ’70s—and whose application, I’m told, still must be handwritten. I learned about the Links Club, which is apparently exactly what it sounds like: old guys talking about golf. They’re old school, but they’re survivors.

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CORE: NEW YORK: This survivor of the early ’00s caters to a crowd that’s more interested in spa life than night life.

Next up was Core: New York, described by the Times as “New Age” in 2005. Though it belongs to the present century, Core lives beside Soho House as a sort of in-between era of NYC club-dom—the Gen X of NYC clubs—emerging well before the current wave, but enduring through the 2008 recession and the pandemic. Core was founded by CEO Jennie Enterprise, and takes up an expansive 60,000 square feet and four floors of Fifth Avenue. One of the most noteworthy features of the club, besides the 39-seat screening room and the 11 luxurious suites on-site, is the full-floor Dangene spa (run by Dangene Enterprise, wife of Jennie). Smiling practitioners closed each door as I passed through on a recent visit.

I think I’d buy anything Jennie Enterprise tried to sell me—she’s charming, blond, insanely driven, and looks like she was born to wear The Row sweaters over her shoulders. She built her first business as a teenager on Shelter Island—not a lemonade stand, but a tennis camp started with $150, which turned into $10,000 by the end of the summer. “I started to realize that this sort of sense of incrementalism is very important,” Enterprise said. “You have to be able to execute an ambitious vision by being an incrementalist, right?” Totally, I said.

Enterprise told me the club, which has initiation fees that run from $15,000 to $100,000, prides itself on curating a global community of people obsessed with “culture” and “changing the world.” The membership skews a little older, but Enterprise assured me: “We are absolutely interested in infusing and oxygenating the entire community everywhere with young leaders.”

In this way, the New York Athletic Club and Core appear to be finding ways to replenish their memberships. Other older clubs, it’s harder to say. People join the Yale Club because they want to eat the same BLT that their ancestors have been enjoying for a century; people join New York’s hottest restaurant club when they want tuna that was caught in Japan yesterday. To me, demand for the former seems limited. Demand for the latter, I’d find out, is infinite.

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One of the most noteworthy features of CORE is the full-floor Dangene spa.

Over the past decade, the folks at Major Food Group have opened restaurants that are in such high demand on a nightly basis that they struggle to accommodate their V-est of VIPs. No matter how much care they take with the reservation book at Carbone (in New York, in Miami, in Las Vegas, et al.), they’re always pissing off somebody who’s important to them. The solution? ZZ’s Club. Which includes the signature Japanese restaurant, ZZ’s, and the upstairs Carbone Privato. There are precedents globally, but there’s never been anything quite like ZZ’s Club and the spate of other members-only restaurants that have popped up in New York recently.

The ZZ’s in New York (there’s one in Miami too), which opened in late 2023, is located in a far-away land called Hudson Yards and takes up ​​25,000 square feet over two floors. Every detail in the club was designed by Ken Fulk, who has also worked on Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom’s house on Lake Tahoe and an “anonymous billionaire’s” private jet. There is an original Warhol, seafood flown in daily from Tokyo, and ornately decorated rooms upstairs that were described to me on my tour as exhibiting “Medici opulence.”

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ZZ’S CLUB: Can’t get into Carbone orany of Major Food Group’s other buzzy restaurants? You can always join ZZ’s Club—and have your table guaranteed.

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The food was great. I ate more Kobe beef in those two hours than I had in my first 29 years, and the surprising pours of Champagne every 30 minutes resulted in the hangover I’m experiencing as I write this. I learned from a ZZ’s Club member who approached our table that the club replaced the Tavern by WS, a restaurant for wine aficionados that the Times’ Pete Wells once called “better than it should be.” But, get this—that member, who works at Goldman and lives in the West Village, was grandfathered into ZZ’s because he was previously storing his wine at the Tavern. Besides Mr. Goldman, I saw a C-list MTV reality show star and an A+++-list stand-up comedian on my night.

Maybe you don’t want to spend $3,000 a year to chase daddies around the carpeted floors of one of the new social clubs on offer but would like to spend $30,000 (initiation for two, plus $10,000 a year) at ZZ’s Club to have Mario Carbone replay a fantasy of your actual daddy and the lamb chops he used to grill. “We’re the first private club ever to have something called a Culinary Concierge,” Carbone told me. “With as little as 48-hours’ notice, we can reimagine a diner’s favorite meal from when they were a child or make their mother’s chicken soup recipe.”

Before I left, I asked Carbone and his business partner Jeff Zalaznick how they researched the project to make sure there was a market for this kind of place. “We did what we always do,” Carbone said. “Spent a lot of time eating and drinking in private members’ spaces.” Reinspired, I did too.

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ZZ’s Club includes the signature Japanese restaurant, ZZ’s, and the upstairs Carbone Privato.

Tiro a Segno, the oldest Italian-heritage organization in the US, opened on MacDougal Street in 1888, and permits what most rooms in New York don’t: firing guns. (The club’s name literally means “target shooting.”) When members tell me about Tiro a Segno’s food, they focus on garlic and red sauce (there’s apparently no menu); when they talk about the room, it’s on the remarkably casual shooting range in the basement.

I called a friend’s dad’s best friend (of course, he’s a member), and when I asked his thoughts on the guns, he said: “You need some of that stuff in the city, whether you believe in it or not.” When I asked if you had to be of Italian descent to join, he said: “It would be nice to have some Italian roots, a DNA test or something…but anyone can join.” Other people I met who’d visited the club whispered of NYPD officers, priests, and sex workers who take selfies with firearms. When I called the phone number on the club’s site to ask some more questions, the woman who answered put me on hold with music playing. When she got back on the line she said, “You said GQ magazine? I’m sorry, he said we can’t because we’re a members’ club.” I never found out who “he” was, but it sounds like a couple of New York’s most talked about clubs were inspired by “him” and his club.

Scott Sartiano, co-owner of the downtown social club Zero Bond, said he’d be interested in buying Tiro a Segno one day. When we sat down recently on the fourth floor of his club on Bond Street, Sartiano couldn’t have been aware of the ways he shaped my early 20s. When I was a freshman at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 1 Oak, Up & Down, The Darby—all cofounded by Sartiano—were an extension of my Manhattan campus. The nightlife in the early 2010s felt pure, fast, and endless. Some of the nights I laughed the hardest were in bathrooms of 1 Oak with French skaters or finance guys, hiding from other college students who were only there to hook up with rappers or roll on Molly while dancing to Tiësto—and nobody’s phone ever died! I couldn’t tell you where to find a room like that in the city today.

By the time I’d graduated in 2016, the sparkly buckets of New York nightlife, served on ice, had melted. I often think about an April 2020 episode of the Red Scare podcast where actress and model Hari Nef (who happened to be an Up & Down hostess before appearing in The Idol and Barbie ) described what made the scene dim. “There stopped being secrets in New York after Instagram,” she said. “As soon as something was good, it was not only documented for clout; the clout was also always tied into an economic buy-in…. Eventually, you get something that is so watered down and divorced from its original state…even though it’s more accessible.”

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CEO Jennie Enterprise says Core, which has initiation fees that run from $15,000 to $100,000, prides itself on curating a global community of people obsessed with “culture” and “changing the world.”

There’s a strange storm brewing in New York right now: Late millennials who don’t want to grow up (usually men) are in rooms with Gen Z’ers who are growing up too fast (usually women). Is this a tale as old as time? Yes, I’m sure any Strokes concert had the same demographic breakdown. But now people are paying to join clubs that just hand them this experience—flirtation, sex, the performance of networking, status masquerading as power. And that’s just in the nightclubs. The city’s restaurant experience was killed by Resy. The city’s bar party scene was ruined by 9 a.m. Pilates classes. And then there’s the phones….

I raised this sense of a very different post-COVID landscape to Sartiano, who pivoted his focus from nightclubs to members’ clubs in 2020. Zero Bond, which has hosted everyone from Elon Musk to Taylor Swift over the past four years, describes itself as the piece you’ve been missing to perfectly complement your life living in the city. “I noticed young kids were kind of feeling differently about [clubbing], and the price of what you’re paying for went up, but the quality didn’t change,” Sartiano told me. “You were going to the same nightclub with the same sound system, the same furniture, same drinks, but the price went up 3x.” Sophisticated people (or those who identified as such), he continued, had no interest in waiting in lines outside of a club, let alone having Grey Goose poured in their mouth by a club promoter. “Getting jammed in a nightclub is not their thing anymore, which goes for all my friends, whether they’re 25 or 65. There was a huge demand in the market, and there was no supply.”

Sartiano is skilled at manufacturing “fun” for those who would rather pay someone to tell them how to live. Who want a sexy cool experience created for them rather than sought out and found. Some of the best nights I’ve had in New York have been because of happy accidents—staying too late at a restaurant and drinking after hours with the staff, giving someone my number in the sauna at the Wall Street baths, telling a joke to a group of women who were about to get up.

Another thing I noticed about these clubs crafted by the never-age generation of Gen X’ers is that the clubs don’t really end up being for the under-40 crowd—they’re better characterized as for the under-55s. Or in club years, the 34-year-olds who think they’re 25, the 44-year-olds who think they’re 27, and the 55-year-olds who are certain they’re 30.

When I asked Sartiano how many members Zero Bond has, he stared directly at me and calmly responded,“Just the right amount.”

Being a member here grants you access to this space and the people who are interested in the same things you are—exclusivity, privacy, culture, diversity (these words came up constantly while reporting on this story). He said there were “over 10,000 applications, and I don’t exaggerate my numbers.” This is in part because the $3,850 a year is on par with an Equinox membership. “I know I could charge more than anything if I wanted to, and succeed. I judge it based on how hard it is to get in here.”

“Look,” he continued, “there are a few things here that I’m really proud of. One is our art program.” By which he means the works he commissioned for decorating the place. I glimpsed the wall of sneakers created by a conceptual art collective in front of the club’s library (which appeared to have only Assouline coffee-table books) and framed prints of women in thongs in the Baccarat-crystal-filled Tast-ing Room, and I nodded along. I tried to picture Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson sitting in this room on their second date.

“The second,” he said, “is that we’ve had three couples who have met at orientation-member meetings get married. Or two married and one engaged.”

The third? “If you google ‘Zero Bond,’ I think there’ve been three instances in three and a half years of things being written of what supposedly went on inside. One of the three was partially accurate, and the other two were totally made up. And I’m so proud of that because it shows how much my members care and how they follow the rules. Because what’s gone on here is nothing I’ve ever seen in all my years.”

“I think they all respect Zero Bond,” Sartiano said, “and what it brings to their lives in a way that far exceeds hospitality.” Someone like Eric Adams, who has held court often at Zero Bond since being elected New York City’s mayor in 2021, can live life at the club like it’s pre-TikTok 2012—outside the gaze of cameras, possibly even with recent bachelor (and occasional Zero Bond guest) Tom Brady.

I asked Sartiano for an example of what someone has to do to get kicked out. He said, “Ask someone for a photo.”

This was getting exhausting. Whipping around the city all day, doing the Lord’s work. Good thing Casa Cipriani is encouraging of members taking naps beside the fireplace. I had to press onward.

A members’ club in Bushwick (a new borough has entered the conversation!) called 154 Scott opened recently in the SAA (Scott Avenue Associates) Building. “Bushwick is one of the last neighborhoods in New York where there is a genuine feeling of serendipity, where you could literally stumble upon anything,” the club’s creative director Gabriella Khalil told me. “Members’ clubs are a moniker that are commonly used right now—but ultimately, SAA is founded on community.”

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SAA: From the team behind Palm Heights—a hybrid workspace, play space, yoga space members’ club.

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Khalil and her husband also run the Instagram-famous Palm Heights hotel on Grand Cayman and the almost-Erewhon market on Canal Street, Happier Grocery, and the new Financial District “vertical neighborhood transforming space” WSA. WSA, a converted finance, insurance, and real estate office that now houses downtown creative businesses, is a throwback to Working Girl –era Wall Street–office grandeur. When I asked the team at 154 Scott the price of a membership, they said you have to apply to find out. The most information you’ll find online about them is that they’re hiring a scrub therapist and a sommelier.

Where else? Oh! Silencio. Shhh. The club closest in energy to Sartiano’s past projects (nightclubs) is down a narrow staircase on 57th Street. If you’re thinking, That must be named after the theater in Mulholland Drive, you’d be correct. The club’s original Paris location was designed by David Lynch; the New York location was designed by Harry Nuriev, and takes inspiration from Lynch’s Twin Peaks. On a recent night, the crowd was Dimes Square meets skater meets hip-hop meets “If you know, you know” older art world people. The thick red velvet lining the walls makes it a sexier option for those looking to spend money on a members’ club, and although it’s open to the public (albeit with a tough door), 1,200 euros a year gets you exclusive and priority access to Silencio locations worldwide and a coworking space in Paris.

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The thick red velvet lining the walls makes Silencio a sexier option for those looking to spend money on a members’ club; 1,200 euros a year gets you exclusive and priority access to Silencio locations worldwide.

Aman New York, which opened in 2022, can’t stay out of recent headlines. One of its full-floor condos sold this year for $61 million, the hotel rooms are among the city’s most expensive ($1,950 a night to start), and it has a members’ club with a $200,000 initiation fee. Members of Aman Club New York were the most skittish group I spoke to for this story—they did not want to even think about jeopardizing their memberships. So I went to the next best source: a friend who has been a few times. I asked him to set the scene for me.

“When I walk in with my friend,” he texted me, “everyone knows his name. I’ve entered without him before and it’s all a bit drier. You go up in an elevator to a massive floor with high ceilings. There’s an outdoor area for smoking and they bring you cigars and little snacks. The olives are fire, actually. And some wasabi peas and nuts. They’re refilling shit constantly. Definitely more men than women. The men range from bankers to Long Islanders—I mean that, unfortunately, in a derogatory way.” This is where I tell you all I’m from Long Island. “The food is solid but unspectacular. And there’s a jazz club that is actually amazing, with a total of five people in the crowd. So it actually felt like a personal show.” It’s sad to think about a trumpet player absolutely shredding to a crowd of five, ​​but if these places are supporting New York’s jazz musicians? That’s a type of patronage I can get behind.

Around the corner from Soho House, in the Meatpacking District, is the home of a not-yet-open club called Chez Margaux. Chez Margaux’s website breaks down the membership fees ($1,800 a year if you’re 31 or under, $2,600 if you’re over), and guides visitors through watercolor illustrations and copy that personify Margaux (the club) as someone who “owns you before you ever knew you were for sale.” The primary selling point of Chez Margaux is a restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Michael Cayre, the landlord of the building, is the landlord of Soho House and Casa Cipriani. From what I’ve learned, where the general public of Manhattan sees just an empty building, Cayre sees a pile of cash.

All of these clubs have their acolytes and detractors, each solving for a different, somehow previously unmet need of New Yorkers. But will any last long-term? New shiny things come and go. But there’s one club, due to open later this year, that most people I spoke with are convinced might stick.

I’m talking about the East Coast location of San Vicente Bungalows, which is taking over the historic Jane Hotel property. SVB—not to be confused with the beleaguered Silicon Valley Bank—prides itself on attracting a community of “extraordinary individuals,” which includes 3,000 board-vetted members, from (supposedly) Steven Spielberg to Elon Musk. The success of the original LA edition, from hotelier Jeff Klein, accounts for the fact that there are rumored to be 10,000 people on a wait list for a club no one has seen yet.

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The team behind SAA also runs the Instagram-famous Palm Heights hotel on Grand Cayman, the almost-Erewhon market on Canal Street, Happier Grocery, and the new Financial District “vertical neighborhood transforming space” WSA.

Despite gossip being the glue that holds members’ clubs together, it’s strictly prohibited at the San Vicente Bungalows. Also prohibited are: taking photos, posting photos, smoking marijuana (cigarettes are fine in the Smoking Garden), and discussing what you “witness” at the club. The warm welcome I got as the guest of a member at the Los Angeles location recently was two green stickers—one for the front camera of my phone, and one for the back. I know more than one person who has been reported on and later kicked out of the club for taking photos on-site (a member told me that the security cameras are heavily used). A club wants to be as private as its most secretive member. But really, it’s only as private as its least secretive member.

How the West Village’s Jane Hotel—once known for its velvet couches, Italian-disco dance parties, taxidermy, and my first kiss with a Harvard student (who took a plane to New York with his final club for the night)—will be transformed is the burning question on the minds of the club-inclined. “The only reason I might join is based on what the space looks like,” a designer in New York told me. Rose Uniacke (whose client list includes the Beckhams, and whose husband, David Heyman, is the producer behind all eight Harry Potter films) is responsible for the interiors.

The opening date has slid back three or four times since I started reporting, and in a recent email, Klein told me, “We hope to open in August or September of 2024!” When I asked the team for more information, the following response was one of the many prompt, polite rejections I received: “We are due to open our doors in 2024 however we do not do any press. Wishing you all the best moving forward.” As these evasive emails piled up, I became a student of their butler-ish, at times ominous, copy.

San Vicente Bungalows West Village, in particular, represents the untested future of clubs in New York—a future fueled by the creative-celebrity culture that dominates so much of social media right now. Spaces like it are appealing to people who like to talk about money and be seen spending it—but who also want to feel like they had to earn their way in through their profession or lifestyle. Though privacy, privilege, and exclusivity are the thing you’re paying for anywhere, this kind of club is about being marked as a person of note in the high-end, bicoastal creative class. The Raya of IRL clubs. The blue check mark of memberships.

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When YOU finally do arrive, we can assume you’ve also left something else behind. After applying for the club, after sitting through interviews with strangers who are paid to quantify how interesting you are and to measure how much cool you can bring to a room—then what do you get? Gloved hands and glimmering smiles hiding the contempt of someone who knows they’d never be in the same room as you outside of their uniform? A social fortress filled with one hundred other people who have nowhere better to be on a Friday night? Delivery on a promise that you’ll always get inside the door? I learned that, for many people, that’s enough.

But there have to be members who look out the window on the drive home at night and think about the city’s other doors—the thrill of sneaking into a suite at Yankee Stadium, or going to an old bar with new friends who are down to slip a stranger their number, or taking shots and singing “Happy Birthday” to the manager at their regular restaurant after closing time. Resurfacing from the pandemic, we found we’d grown apart. Even now, it often feels as though we’re relearning how to connect. Some got rich (or richer), and are willing to crack open their purses and wallets to fast-forward through the boring parties, the loneliness, the uncertainty and discovery of finding solid footing. The unmarked doors are the most tempting to try to slip through. Not knowing precisely who or what is behind them is part of why we all still live in New York.

I heard the word no a lot more than yes while sourcing for this story. The institutions worked as designed: I didn’t belong there. All the responses taught me that these clubs fill voids, most commonly an almost juvenile yearning for friends under the guise of the word community. We’ve still got a long way to go before we reach peak club. A new West Village restaurant called Frog Club is costuming as a members-only club by putting stickers on diners’ phone cameras and limiting reservations to a word-of-mouth email address. And Sporty and Rich, an activewear brand that recently opened a store in SoHo, sells $190 sweatshirts for those who want to signal that they’re members of Sporty and Rich Country Club, which doesn’t even exist. But then again, San Vicente Bungalows West Village doesn’t exist yet either, and it still (supposedly) has 10,000 people refreshing their inbox, waiting for acceptance.

Emily Sundberg lives in New York and writes the “ Feed Me ” Substack.

A version of this story appeared in the Summer 2024 issue of GQ with the title “How New York’s Social Life Went Members-Only”


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