New Hub for NYC Activities Announced

Brandeis alumni have a new home away from home in New York City. The Office of Alumni Relations has entered into a partnership with the Penn Club (pennclub.org), giving alumni access to facilities and activities at the popular Midtown club. Located at 30 W. 44th St., the 13-floor Penn Club features dining rooms, a fitness center and massage room, meeting spaces, banquet facilities, 39 overnight guest rooms, a living-room library, and a business center.

Penn Club memberships, now available to all Brandeis alumni, include access to more than 150 reciprocal city and country clubs around the world. Membership fees are determined on the basis of the member’s age.

Brandeis alumni have long expressed interest in obtaining a meeting space in this coveted university-club neighborhood, university officials say.

“I am pleased we can now offer alumni an elegant landing place conveniently located in Midtown,” says Patsy Fisher, vice president for alumni relations. “The Penn Club will allow us to host events and professional gatherings to accommodate our growing alumni community.”

The agreement comes a few months after the university announced it would sell Brandeis House, a five-story townhouse located at 12 East 77th St., given to the university in 1960 by the family of Nate B. Spingold, a motion-picture pioneer and Columbia Pictures executive. Since 1970, Brandeis House has served as a center for the university’s New York City alumni activities, hosting everything from fundraising events to classes.

In a Sept. 24, 2014, letter to the Brandeis community announcing the decision to put the building up for sale, President Frederick Lawrence said the significant expansion of Brandeis alumni services and programming in NYC necessitated a venue that has larger rooms, better technology setups and improved accessibility for visitors with mobility challenges.

The money realized by the building’s sale, Lawrence said, “will be invested in the university’s endowment, where it will support current and future generations of Brandeis students.”
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