The NYC Sports Club Above All Sports Clubs

West 67th street between Columbus and Central Park West is one of Manhattan’s prettiest tree-lined blocks, and was once home to one of New York City’s most venerable sports clubs, The Reebok Sports Club NY. I arrived at this club in late 2012 for the first time as a young Wall Street financial analyst. In keeping with the gym’s genteel old world meets new world character, nearly all of its male patrons wear a jacket and tie, and of course, so did I.

Now, this is something that I expect none of the young blood monkeys to understand. I am talking about a legendary place. In fact, gym isn’t the word, and neither is sports club. This place was special, and not just to me.

For $215 a month, some would consider it a steep price for entry, but certainly not to buy happiness,

As you walked through its gilded doors, awaiting you was a rock-climbing wall, tread-milling trophy wives, and a dizzying array of yoga classes. But what made this place special was indeed the details: The Audemars Piguet clocks that adorned the walls. The lightly lavender scented iced towelettes to cool your face after a jog. The executive dressing room at an additional $250 a month. And, of course, The Kiehl’s bath amenities.

Office Beautification Process

I once worked for a firm where the culture was borderline immoral. Between the everyday white lies to clients and an unusually heavy focus on production quotas, everything about the firm was off. Basically, I would rather be repeatedly kicked in the nuts than attempt to start my career there.

But every morning, I would quell my alarm and think of the one aspect of work that kept me clocking in on time: my downright beautiful coworkers.

The firm had a variety of women similar to PornHub’s categories section, it was truly a fantasy arrangement of women. I soon realized my sole motivation for work was a common ground for all my male colleagues. It then struck me- was hiring beautiful women planned by the firm’s overlords to keep revenue-producing employees engaged?

The 5 Most Common Regrets of Young Adults

While I understand that quoting anything from the Huffington Post causes me to lose credibility by the second, I do think that a recent write up by HBS alumni, Daniel Gulati, had an interesting premise.

Gulati apparently interviewed 100 young people between the ages of 25 and 35. Yes, that is not exactly what I would call an scientific sample size either. Nonetheless, Gulati asked these young people what they regretted the most. At the end of it all, he got some pretty deep answers. The introspection went something along the lines of these five most common regrets:

Dating While an Entry-Level Grunt

Just take a few seconds and peruse through Bain or McKinsey’s employee reviews on glassdoor.com. Indeed, it does not take long for one to realize that consultants work extremely hard, and often spend a majority of their time on the road. It’s also no secret that analysts and traders work a grueling shift- we’ve all heard of, and maybe even lived through the horror stories of sleep deprivation nightmares.

So say you’re in your final months of college with a relatively great offer in hand. Your parents are proud. You feel accomplished. The problem is, you’ve been seeing a girl that bakes pies like Paula Dean, but has the body of Kate Upton. So, my question is, Is it even possible to keep this near perfect 10 happy while you grind out your entry-level years? Or, should you cut your losses and avoid burning a bridge?

10 Tips to Bribe NYC’s Top Restaurants

Moderator Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 4/24/12
With full time recruiting well out of the way, I thought I would address a more pressing issue at hand- What are you going to blow all that front-office cash on? We all hear about the usual models bottles thing, but flashing coin in the club is so 2007.

I, for one, truly enjoy a great meal. In all honestly, I would much rather spend a few hundred on a dinner date than fist pumping with the boys at the club. So, how does a 20-something-year-old-analyst get into NYC’s top restaurants? Apparently, the answer is to bribe your way in.

4 Reasons for More Female Bosses

Look, I know there is enough machismo on this site to pump-up the whole New England Patriots locker room. But to be completely honest, I really enjoy working under women. On similar note, I also enjoy working in offices that have a higher female to male ratio. For whatever reason, when there are more women around, I tend to stay away from the usual office clicks and messy politics.

More importantly, all my female bosses have always been empathetic my all-nighters and even more motivating during those late-night, shiny-eyed hours. More than their male counter parts, I always thought that these women were able to demand high quality work without being complete dicks about it. Does anyone else feel this way?

Want 9% More Pay? Hit the Gym

We all know that some measures tied to pay are completely out of the control for even the hardest working analysts. Even in our somewhat meritocratic workplaces, its been observed that taller people get paid more. I also understand that there is definitely a “beauty premium” on both Main and Wall Street. I mean, who wouldn't pay a little extra to work with a tall and handsome lad like myself?

The story line has always been that endowed genetics enhances your paycheck, but is there anything that the unfortunate can do to boost their pay?

Just talk to Dr. Kosteas from Cleveland State University, who claims there actually is something we can all start doing today to see extra pennies in our paychecks tomorrow. According to Kosteas, exercising regularly can boost your pay anywhere from 6 to 9%, which should be more than enough to offset the cost of a decent gym membership.

The Models & Bottles Myth

With a handful of our certified users acknowledging that they are either cashing out or thinking about walking out the door, I thought this would be an appropriate time to remind everyone why we got into finance in the first place. Models & Bottles.

After acing our business classes and killing our interviews, NYC’s top clubs is our right of passage. We deserve this. Don’t we?

Sorry boys, but this models bottles mentality is nothing more than a misplaced dream.

I should not have to be the one to tell a bunch of over-qualified, finance graduates that spending a 20x multiple on a bottle of Grey Goose is a dumb idea. Though, the clubs certainly aren’t complaining.

Retail Hates The Middle Class

What will retail look like in 2020?

According to NYU Stern in a joint project with IBM, the retail landscape is on course to change dramatically. Following the paper’s train of thought, drastic change is nothing new for the retail industry. From the early department stores wars to Walmart’s discount kingdom, the retail industry will undoubtedly mold to fit the explosion of Internet transactions.

Though, what stood out to me in the whole report was the hourglass effect, a term that was originally coined by Bain & Company to describe the 2011 shopping holiday season.

[Quote= NYU Stern on Hourglass Effect]

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