New York City Cultural Clubs and Organizations

There are so many groups and cultural exchanges in New York City. Here are just a few of them:

  • 92nd St Y: 92nd Street Y; community and cultural center; Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association; provides classes, events, lectures in arts, humanities, family, Jewish Life, fitness, and learning
  • Amateur Radio ES: New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Service; provides auxiliary radio communications to agencies and organizations for a variety of emergency situations and special events; part of the American Radio Relay League
  • Animal Adoption: Bide-A-Wee; companion animal welfare society with no-kill adoption centers; provides temporary shelter and finds homes for unwanted pets; provides adoption, shelters, pet tips, events
  • Arm Wrestling: The New York Arm Wrestling Association; organizes events, promotes arm wrestling as a spectator, competitive sport
  • Art Dia: Dia Art Foundation; visual art organization that supports, presents, and preserves art projects and promotes interdisciplinary art and criticism
  • Art Kitchen: The Kitchen–art center for video, music, dance, performance, film, and literature; promotes the growth of artists and audiences
  • Art MAS: Municipal Art Society; a private, non-profit membership organization that encourages a more livable city through urban design, planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation, and public art
  • Art YANY: Young Audiences New York; promotes artistic development of New York City public school students by bringing students together with professional artists to create and participate in the arts
  • Arts Alliance: Alliance for the Arts; research and advocacy for the arts community and cultural guides and calendars for the public (
  • Asia Society: fosters understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific; art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications, Web sites and assistance to the media
  • Bars: Shecky’s Bar club and lounge guide
  • Beer: New York City Beer Guide; information about the beer community in New York City, including brewers, brewpubs, stores, and beer tastings
  • Better NY: Association for a Better New York
  • Bird Companion: New York Companion Bird Club of Manhattan; works to inform and influence people toward a more humane consideration for avians presently in captivity; supports efforts to preserve parrots and birds in the wild
  • Blood Ctr: New York Blood Center; provides blood and blood products for transfusions; serves hospitals and people in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; home to Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, center for basic and applied research in hematology and transfusion medicine
  • Brooklyn Artists: Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition; connects working Brooklyn artists with the community at large through shows, education, and an image library
  • Brooklyn Br Pk: Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition; a coalition to support the development of this park
  • CityKids: CityKids Foundation; programs that help young people ages 13 to 19 to use their voices for positive change
  • Clubbing: Club Planet night lifestyle; covers clubs, live music, nightlife
  • Commuting: CommuterLink; provides free transportation information and assistance to both businesses and commuters traveling in the New York City area; works for congestion reduction to improve air quality and area mobility
  • CSV Ctr: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center; nurturing and developing Puerto Rican and Latino arts in the Lower East Side
  • Culture Trash: New York Trash; “the lowdown on the lowlife in the big rotten apple”
  • Dancing: NYC Dance Connection; information about ballroom and Latin dance in Manhattan
  • Explorers: The Explorers Club; promotes exploration and field sciences; founded in 1904, serves as a meeting point for explorers and scientists
  • French: French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York; promotes French arts and the teaching of French
  • Fun: NYC Fun; a very brief list of ideas for New York shopping, restaurants, and unique activities
  • Fund: Fund for the City of New York; a private operating foundation launched by the Ford Foundation in 1968 with the mandate to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers
  • Garment: Garment Industry Development Corporation; a consortium of labor, industry and government dedicated to strengthening New York’s apparel industry and keeping jobs in fashion
  • History: Gotham Ctr; Gotham Center for New York City History; at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, aims to boost the visibility of New York’s historical assets
  • Imagine NY: Imagine New York; conceived in the days following September 11, 2001, to provide opportunities for meaningful public participation in the rebuilding process; planned and supported by numerous civic and cultural organizations, as well as government agency representatives
  • Internet: Internet Society of New York; promotes the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet and its related internetworking; chapter of the Internet Society
  • Irish: American Irish Historical Society; center of scholarship and public education
  • Japan Society: Art, Culture, Education
  • Jewish History: Center for Jewish History; holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings and textiles; a partnership of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history and art: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • LGBT Ctr: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center; works to support the LGBT community and culture
  • Neighborhood Link: searchable directory of neighborhoods and clubs; find local neighborhood, club, and nonprofit group information; see listings by zip code or by link to borough
  • New Visions: New York New Visions; coalition to help rebuild lower Manhattan; includes architecture, planning, and design organizations
  • Night Culture: Clubs, fashion, culture, events
  • Nightlife: Promo New York; guide to nightlife–guestlists, nightclubs, reviews, bars
  • NYFA: New York Foundation for the Arts; helps artists turn inspiration into art by giving more money and support to individual artists and arts organizations than
  • Poetry: Poetry scene; calendars, links, reviews
  • PC Users: New York Personal Computer User Group; supports users of personal computers with meetings, classes, events, and information
  • Red Cross: American Red Cross in Greater New York; helps people avoid, prepare for, and cope with emergencies; promotes self-reliance and concern for others
  • Science: New York Academy of Sciences; promotes science and technology and their essential roles in fostering social and economic development
  • Shorewalkers: Walking and environmental group; annual Great Saunter
  • Singles: NYC Personals; connect with your soulmate or date in New York
  • SysAdmin: New York Systems Administrator Association; New York area system administrators networking organization
  • Tenants: Resources for residential tenants; focuses on New York City and New York
  • Tech Comm: Society for Technical Communication Metro chapter; serves the members of the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for technical communication interests
  • Theater Dev: Theatre Development Fund; known for its TKTS discount booths in Times Square and South Street Seaport; provides audience development and financial assistance programs that encourage production of new plays and musicals
  • Transit Alt: Transportation Alternatives; group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, fewer cars, safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks
  • TV Audience: Studio tours and free TV show tickets in LA and NYC
  • United Way: United Way of New York City; mobilizes community partners to help New Yorkers in need lead more productive, self-sufficient lives
  • Volunteers NYCares: New York Cares; mobilizes volunteers to address social problems that challenge New York City.
  • Writers NWU: National Writers Union; union for freelance writers working in US markets
  • YMCA: YMCA of Greater New York; service organization that builds spirit, mind, and body
  • -USA Directories-: NYC is home to thousands of organizations; search for associations, societies, and nonprofits in NYC covering many interests; many of these are based in NYC; these directories help you locate an organization

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