By now, we all know the answer to the question, Who runs the world? These female-only spaces are helping to keep it that way, offering all New York City women and gender nonbinary the chance to gather, learn from one another, and continue the femme-forward revolution. Ladies first!
Surround yourself with future female leaders, executives, and CEOs of tomorrow at the Wing, a women-only work space dedicated to supporting and empowering today’s professionals. Having a multipurpose (and superstylish!) spot to network and make long-lasting connections might be the only perk you need, but each of the Wing’s three NYC locations offers its own additional benefits: a scenic rooftop in Flatiron; SoHo’s Little Wing area where moms can drop off the kids; and podcast and wellness rooms in Dumbo. Speaking of podcasts, we chatted with the Wing’s in-house historian, Alexis Coe, who likes to dish on “the rule breakers of yesteryear” in her podcast, No Man’s Land. 45 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South), Flatiron; 52 Mercer Street, 5th Floor (between Grand and Broome Streets), SoHo; 1 Main Street, Dumbo
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With more than eight million people living in New York City, finding friends here should be a snap, right? Well. Yeah. Enter the Camaraderie, an NYC-based social group making it a lot easier to meet new people thanks to monthly cocktail hours and regularly scheduled get-togethers and events—including a laid-back Saturday brunch and a monthly book club. After moving from Australia to New York at age 18, founder Jane Taylor found it difficult to adjust to her new home, so she took action. Now her female-forward group eliminates the stress and pressure of meeting people through organized gatherings, workshops, and more.
The waiting list for this invite-only community might be long, but given the chance to join a group of inspiring women and establish valuable connections—what do you have to lose? HER Global Network hosts various events for female professionals, inviting them to listen and learn from leaders in their respective industries. You can find HER groups all around the globe, where members attend intimate gatherings and meet influencers, CEOs, and top industry players in tech, travel, marketing, fashion, wellness, finance, and much more.
If you’re a gym newbie, working out in a new environment can feel a little awkward. The machines are unfamiliar, the weights are daunting, and what exercise move do you try next? You can relax, because ladies-only fitness studio Uplift is here to empower your inner fitness guru and get you to a place where you’re feeling good physically, mentally, and emotionally. The coaches are here to erase all of your exercise insecurities with both high- and low-impact training classes, as well as plenty of post-workout gatherings (Uplift encourages strengthening your friend network as much as it does your body). Members can also sign up for the gym’s Female Society events, which include hikes, weekend retreats in the Hamptons, and fitness conventions. 24 West 23rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Flatiron
A spa, a beauty loft, and a fitness studio are housed in this tranquil women-only space. Try one of the Gyrotonic or yoga classes to work on your rhythmic breathing and core strengthening, then cool down those hardworking muscles with a massage therapy session (or a detoxifying moor mud wrap to awaken your lymphatic system). Bring your day full circle with a mini facial and professional makeup application so you can walk out of there looking and feeling like a boss. Best of all, each of the available services can be adjusted to fit your personal needs: Have a specific fitness goal? Looking for a daytime glam look? Ask and you shall receive. 119 Mercer Street (between Spring and Prince Streets), SoHo
Join the 2,800 members of this women’s nonprofit organization to help make a positive change in your community. The New York Junior League is the oldest (founded 117 years ago!) and largest of its kind, grooming future activists and leaders through volunteer events that focus on adult education, child welfare and education, and the arts. Its most recent endeavors include creating a team for the TCS New York City Marathon, running a Leadership Day workshop, and hosting an ’80s-themed charity benefit. 130 East 80th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), Upper East Side
What once started as a 30-day pop-up back in 2016 is now a thriving volunteer-run organization and safe place for those who identify as women, queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming (you too, men—unless projects are specified otherwise). The mixed-use space can be used for just about anything: events, performances, retail, work. However you choose to express your creativity, NWS is the best spot “to meet, connect, and start new conversations.” 188 Woodpoint Road, East Williamsburg
If you want to learn how to throw a good punch, consider taking lessons from a former heavyweight who has trained more than 1,000 ladies in the ring. In 2007, coach Reese Scott founded Women’s World of Boxing Club, but fulfilled her dream of opening New York’s first women’s boxing gym just last year. And not just any boxing gym: Scott designed hers to be the “real deal,” with a ring where women train for both competitive and noncompetitive levels. Additional mentoring programs offer a safe space for female athletes to learn proper boxing techniques, hone their skills, and prepare for a fight in (and out of) class. 2147 Second Avenue (between Tito Puente Way and East 111th Street), East Harlem
This one is for the future leaders of the world. The 35,000-square-foot East Village community center is teeming with state-of-the-art equipment to teach middle- and high school–grade girls lessons in science, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Learn to code in the Maker Shop; produce your own music in the Sound Studio; study the stars inside the 30-foot dome planetarium—no challenge is too great at New York’s most innovative girls’ club. 402 East 8th Street (between Avenues C and D), East Village
Underrepresented, emerging, and risk-taking female artists bring their vision to A.I.R., an artist-run organization and gallery space in Dumbo. In addition to showcasing hundreds of women artists each year, A.I.R. hosts various events and lectures that focus on feminism, plus programs that help support the next generation of cutting-edge creators. 155 Plymouth Street, Dumbo
This is not your ordinary knitting club. We Are Quilt is a community of women who gather in homes—yes, regular homes—to converse, cowork, and caffeinate! Find gatherings near you to meet people and engage in one-hour conversations about thought-provoking topics, like women’s mental and physical health with the Good Kind founder Anna Poulsen or how to be financially fit with Financial Gym trainer Georgina. Not sure you can fit eight women in your tiny apartment? Host a Quilt Chat, where you can meet outside your abode.