lionFrequently Asked Questions

The Penn State Alumni Association New York City Chapter is an affiliate group of the main Penn State Alumni Association in University Park, Pennsylvania. The New York City Alumni Chapter serves Penn State alumni and friends residing in and around the five boroughs of New York City.


Q: Do I need to be a Penn State alumnus in order to be a Chapter member?
A: No. Any supporter of Penn State can become a member regardless of their previous affiliations with other educational institutions.

Q: Do I need to live or work in New York City in order to be a member?
A: No. Membership is not limited to residents of New York City. However, a vast majority of our chapter events occur in the New York City area.

Q: I am interested in becoming a member but would prefer a paper application and the option to pay by check? What should I do?
A: If you are uncomfortable with submitting your credit card information on our website and would like to request a paper application as well as the option to pay by check, please contact the Senior Director of Membership for detailed instructions.

Q: I am a member of national Penn State Alumni Association. Does this make me a member of the New York City Chapter?
A: Unfortunately, it does not. We are a separate affiliate group of the University.

Q: I am a member of the Nittany Lion Club. Does this make me a member of the Chapter?
A: No. See above.


Q: I want to get involved but do not want to responsibility of a Board position. What can I do?
A: We are always looking for volunteers to assist our Chapter. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact the Chapter President for details.

Q: I want to offer a benefit or discount to your members. How may I do so?
A: If you have a valuable benefit or discount that you would like to extend to our members, please contact the Chapter President.

Q: I want to submit something for the chapter newsletter. How may I do so?
A: If you have an event or activity you would like the chapter to consider promoting, please contact the Senior Director of Activities If you have an item for sale (like football tickets), are looking ride or apartment shares, or have a general message you’d like to share with our members, please do so on our Message Board or post on our social media pages. For all other inquires or requests, please contact the Chapter President.

Q: I am a Penn State graduate and my child would like to apply to Penn State. Is there someone in New York they can speak with?
A: Please email the metro New York recruiter for Penn State at

Q: Where does the chapter watch football games?
A: Due to the overwhelming demand for space to watch Penn State football in New York City, our Chapter offers 6 official viewing locations:

Proper West

54 W 39th St @ 6th Ave

Nearest Subway: 4/5/6 - Grand Central; B/D/F/M - Bryant Park; N/Q/R - Times Square


Brother Jimmy's - Murray Hill

181 Lexington Ave (b/t 31st and 32nd) 

Nearest Subway: 6 - 33rd St


Jack & Fanny's

1591 2nd Ave (b/t 82nd and 83rd)

Nearest Subway: 6 or Q - 86th St


Common Ground Bar

63 Gansevoort St (b/t Greenwich and Washington)

Nearest Subway: A/C/E or 1/2/3  - 14th St


Mercury Bar West 
659 9th Avenue, between 45th & 46th
Nearest Subway:  A/C/E (42nd & 8th), 1/2/3 (42nd & 7th), N/R (49th & Broadway) 


Manhattan Proper

6 Murray St

Nearest Subway: A/C/E - Chambers St; N/R/W - City Hall; 2/3 - Park Place

For more information or suggestions regarding our football viewing sites, kindly contact our Chapter President.