The understated war memorials inside a private Central Park South club

The New York Athletic Cub on Central Park South might sound like a strange place to honor Veterans Day. But if the doormen let you take a look around this “Italian Renaissance Palazzo style” club founded in 1868, wander through the cavernous lobby.

On the right amid the club chairs and lounge areas is an entire wall with a plaque dedicated to the New York Athletic Club members who served in World War II. Within the plaque is a list of men who make up their “honored dead.”

World War II isn’t the only war worthy of a memorial. Besides the WWII wall are smaller plaques honoring those who died in Korea and Vietnam.

To my knowledge, the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq don’t have their own monuments inside the building—which opened in 1930 at Seventh Avenue on the former site of the magnificent circa-1880s Navarro Flats, one of the city’s most spectacular apartment complexes.

But there is a plaque commemorating the event that started those wars, listing the names of club members who were killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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2 Responses to “The understated war memorials inside a private Central Park South club”

  1. Harvey Poris Says:

    The War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn has a bronze plaque inside with the names of over 11,000 Brooklynites who died in World War II. The building is currently under renovation.

  2. Fenella Saunders Says:

    Hi Ms. Crain, can you tell me how we can reach you with a press permissions request for an image on your blog?

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