Dress Code

The City House of the New York Athletic Club is an elegant, formal building in the grand tradition of New York City. When visiting the City House, members and guests will be expected to dress, at all times, in a refined and appropriate manner using "Professional/Corporate or Evening Wear" as the standard.

Attire and personal appearance shall be in good taste and mindful of the Club's traditional ambiance. The Club strives for a refined and elegant appearance at all times. Members are required to ensure their guests comply with the Club's dress code.


Outer coats, raincoats, hats, umbrellas, backpacks or other baggage must be checked in the lobby check room, locker room, or other check facility. Business cases are not permitted in any restaurant, bar, or athletic area. Hats are not permitted in any area of the club unless worn for religious purposes.

Men's Attire
Permitted attire means a business suit and tie, sport jacket with slacks and tie, or sport jacket with slacks, collared shirt, turtleneck or mock turtleneck. A tie is always appropriate, though not required. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, gentlemen may dispense with jackets. Permitted attire during this summer period includes slacks, a dress shirt or golf shirt (with collar) and dress shoes.

Women's Attire
Permitted attire refers to business suits, tailored pant or skirt ensembles, and dresses. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, casual attire, comparable to the gentlemen's dress code and in keeping with elegance of the NYAC, is permitted. Open midriffs and extremely short hemlines are not permitted.

All footwear must be dressy or corporate. Recreational or casual footwear, such as "flip-flops"', sneakers, clogs, and canvas boating shoes are strictly prohibited in all areas of the City House. Athletic footwear is restricted to locker rooms and the athletic areas of the City House.

Informal Attire
Denim clothing is not permitted in the City House. Informal attire or casual wear such as sneakers, sweat suits, leggings, jean cut pants, shorts of any kind, and T- shirts are prohibited in all areas of the City House except athletic areas. Members and guests in informal attire or attire otherwise not in conformity with the Club's Dress Code including athletic attire must enter and exit through the 58th Street entrance and use the "C" stairway to the athletic elevator on the third floor.

Athletic Attire
Suitable athletic attire and footwear are required for members and guests utilizing athletic facilities. Members and guests in abbreviated dress, such as swim suits, must wear a bathrobe while using the athletic elevator or public halls in the Club.

Children's Attire
Members and guests are responsible for ensuring that their children, ages 8 years or older comply with the Club's dress code. T-shirts, athletic attire, sweats, or jeans are inappropriate except in athletic areas. Sneakers are permitted for children under the age of eight.

Club staff and security attendants have been instructed by the Board of Governors to refuse admittance to anyone not dressed according to the these rules and to direct persons in "casual attire" to the "C" stairway leading to the Athletic Elevator. The staff is authorized to report violations. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action.

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