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The Union League Club is a not just a nouveau-club, but one that dates back to a political movement of the 1873 and the time of the Civil War. Located in New York City, this private social club is the fourth of its kind with its sibling clubs also existing in Chicago and Philadelphia. It was designated a New York City Landmark status in 2011. Although mainly an exclusive club, non-members are privy to a few limited services. The Union League Club houses within its confines a library, sports and fitness facilities, dining halls, conference rooms and an art gallery.
Formerly the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, this is a wonderful example of late 18th century New York City architecture. Built in 1799, the building began as a private residence. The Colonial Dames came into possession of the building in 1924 and restored the interior to its original Federal style. The public can now admire the 19th century furniture and decorations.
Stellan Holm Gallery contributes to the vibrant contemporary art movement in New York. A former art dealer, Stellan Holm opened the gallery to encourage upcoming modern artists. The gallery also holds exhibitions on leading masters such as graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and pop artist Andy Warhol. The displayed works are often highly stimulating. The gallery also offers consultancy services on buying and selling of artworks.
Formerly known as L&M Arts, the Mnuchin Gallery continues on in its legacy under the guidance of Robert Mnuchin. After the departure of the gallery's second founding partner, Dominique Levy, Mnuchin renamed the gallery and soon joined hands with a new found partner, Sukanya Rajaratnam. The gallery is renown in the art world as one of the leading voices when it comes to contemporary and post-war artwork. Mnuchin and Rajatraman together curate exhibitions that showcase work that depicts a turning point in the artist's career. Both partners work closely with the artists they represent and blue-chip art collectors seeking out the most exclusive pieces for their private collections. Housed within an Upper East Side townhouse, the gallery has exhibited artwork created by artists like El Anatsui, Morris Louis and Simon Hantai, alongside topical exhibitions like Casting Modernity: Bronze in the XXth Century.
With an aim to support and curate up-and-coming artists, musicians, film makers and other individuals in the creative arts field, Loft 227, owned by Robin Sokoloff, is a space which welcomes art in all its forms. The space can be rented by film makers for shooting a movie and by music bands for hosting a gig. Parties and private events can also be held in its high-end, elegant spaces. Visitors to Loft 227 are also welcome. The 14th floor terrace and the glass enclosure on the 12th floor, with their beautiful views of the city skyline, are worth visiting.