The Mark Takes a Special Look at the Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows

The Mark is undoubtedly inspired by the roaring ’20s with our Neo-Deco style. So when Bergdorf Goodman revealed that their Holiday Windows were inspired by the lavish performances of Ziegfeld Follies and Vaudeville revues, we jumped at the opportunity to take a look. Bergdorf’s have recreated the glory and excess of the Jazz Age, think diamonds, champagne and shimmying showgirls. Designed by Bergdorf Goodman’s Senior Director of Visual Presentation, David Hoey, the windows took a year to produce and are on display until January 3, 2013. This beautiful display of both creative ingenuity and designer wears is not to be missed.

Act I: Tuning Up – Inspired by “Some Like It Hot” and the all-girl orchestras of the 1920s, the first window of the display features dresses by Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim and many more. The mannequins have been set from an aerial perspective, against an Art-Deco black and white checkered floor.

Act II: Rhapsody in Feathers – Literally created out of millions of feathers, this dramatic window includes six white feathered birds and peacocks. Inspired by Hollywood burlesque, with Art-Deco chandeliers and large feather fans, the elegant mannequin wears a short fringed dress by Marchesa.

Act V: The Mirror Kaleidoscope – The Grand Finale of the Bergdorf Goodman windows, twin showgirls pose while a mirror star rotates behind them. This display features thousands of beveled mirrors creating a kaleidoscopic effect. The mannequins wear specially commissioned gowns by Naeem Khan.

The various BG Follie Acts continue from 57th Street, 58th Street and across Fifth Avenue to the front of the Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store. For more information and to view the full 2012 BG Follies display head to:  http://blog.bergdorfgoodman.com/

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Talking Truffles with The Mark Restaurant By Jean-Georges Executive Chef, Pierre Schutz

With truffle season now in full swing, The Mark-Restaurant by Jean-Georges is offering truffle enthusiasts the option to host a private event of up to 20 people with a specialized truffle menu. We spoke to Executive Chef, Pierre Schutz about where he sources his truffles, how he infuses their flavors and why these small, somewhat disagreeable looking fungi, are coveted by culinary connoisseurs around the world.

You currently have a specialized truffle menu for guests who wish to book a private truffle dinner. Can you tell us about the dishes you have selected and why they are significant?

We worked with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to create a menu that drew inspiration from his signature dishes we also worked with ingredients that we felt would infuse and reveal the flavors of both black and white truffles. We are in the middle of peak truffle season so we wanted to offer guests, who opted for this special menu, a real taste of the unique flavors that truffles can offer depending on what they are served with. The menu includes both your classic, big, dishes like Tournedos Rossini with foie gras and black truffles alongside more modern dishes such as Diver Scallops served on warm black truffle toast.

Where do you source your truffles from?

It really depends on the season. Our white truffles come from Alba and the Umbria region in Italy while our black truffles come from Provence or Burgundy in France.  At the moment white truffles are just about to come into season but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to get them as it depends on the quantity that is found, the price and the demand.

What affects the price of Truffles?

The price depends on the type of season we are having. There are so many elements that effect the growth of the truffles, for example the weather and climate. That is the beauty of the truffle, it is not something that can be farmed, people have tried but ultimately truffles have to be organically grown. Farmers use specially trained hogs and dogs to sniff the truffles out from underneath trees and then dig by hand to get the truffles. It is a very delicate process and very natural in a way. Ultimately the price of the truffles depends on the market; they can range anywhere between $560 per pound to $900 per pound.

What do you think is the appeal of the truffle?

I think they are special because they cannot be farmed. It is this ancient process of finding the truffles, like buried treasure, and hand picking them that makes them so unique. But of course, the flavor and the delicacy of the truffle are also very appealing. White truffles, for example, cannot be cooked because cooking them will kill the flavor. Truffles must be nurtured and used in the right way.

To book your private truffle event please contact Adina Goldman at adina.goldman@themarkhotel.com or (212) 606-3182.

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The Mark Recommends: Must Do Activities of The Season

Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

Since 1927, on the night before Thanksgiving, New Yorkers have flocked to the Upper West Side to watch the magic of the Macy’s parade balloons be brought to life. Between 77th and 81st streets, close to the American Museum of Natural History, the enormous balloons slowly take shape from 3pm to 8pm.

Walk The Highline on Thanksgiving

The Highline is open on Thanksgiving day. After a glutinous lunch, with your belly full of turkey and cranberry sauce, walk off those seasonal delights with a leisurely stroll along The Highline. This beautiful park glows in the Fall, auburn and chartreuse leaves speckle the trees and crisp air rolls off the Hudson; you are guaranteed to feel revived on this special holiday.

The City of Lights – NYC at Christmas

New York City is famous for its lighting displays at Christmas. The sidewalks glitter, the windows sparkle and around every corner is a beautiful tree, lit to melt the snow. We suggest a stroll along Madison in early December to see the retailers dress their windows and a visit to The Bronx Zoo which has over 1000 lights and 150 lighted sculptures on display.

Central Park in the Fall

We don’t think there is a better time to see Central Park than in the Fall. So what better way to explore our wondrous back yard than with our Bespoke Bikes and The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges picnic pack?

Christmas Shopping in Bryant Park and Skating at Wollman Rink

Before the end of Fall, Bryant Park creates a wonderland for NYC residents and tourists. Take your family ice-skating at Citipond ice rink and fit in some last minute Christmas Shopping at the Bryant Park Holiday Shops. With over 100 local designers, decorations and decor you’re sure to find something special for that someone special these holidays. While the traditional Wollman Rink in Central Park is open to all to pull on their skates and take a twirl around the ice.

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Stay Social with The Mark

Welcome back to The Mark Blog! We’re very excited to be back after a very long break. We have much to tell you about – new guest services, features and improvements that we’ve added to our guest experience. You will find updates on all of these great aspects here, plus a renewed stream of authentic content – a unique story from us at least once a week – featuring:

  • Behind-the-scenes looks at the hotel and restaurant operation
  • News and events in our Upper East Side neighborhood
  • Stories about the people who make-up The Mark

In addition to subscribing to our blog, we invite you to stay in touch through on any of these online sites and communities:

We look forward to staying social with you, and look for our next post soon – featuring a special look at the Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Mark is Two!

The Mark is now celebrating it’s second Birthday and we want to celebrate with you!  Book a stay of 2 nights or more in any room or suite with us until September 5, 2011 and receive 22% off your room rate each night!


Room rates as low as $355 per night plus taxes.  Based on availability and valid now until September 5, 2011.  GDS Rate Plan: $13.

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Fashion Talks 2011 with Pamela Golbin

This year’s Art de Vivre series at the French Institute Alliance Francaise will be hosted by Pamela Golbin, the Chief Curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre Palace,  presenting three very different fashion figures with iconic signatures.

Tomorrow, March 16, Art de Vivre will be kicking off the series at Florence Gould Hall with Tory Burch.  The American designer will be speaking about the significance of personal style and how she was able to expand her business from an accessories brand into a global fashion brand after working with the likes of Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Narciso Rodriguez.

The following sessions will be hosting one of the most talented jewelry designers and current Art Director for Louis Vuitton’s haute joaillerie, Paris-based Lorenz Bäumer on March 30, and the one and only, renowned couturier Oscar de la Renta on April 4!

For more information or to purchase tickets to these events, visit fiaf.org.

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Museum Highlight- Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Newly opened exhibit, Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, The Whitney Museum presents a selection of works from the historic gift of art pledged to the Whitney in May 2010 by longtime Museum trustee Emily Fisher Landau.  Emily is considered to be one of the preeminent collectors of postwar art in the United States.  This exhibit showcases ideas, particularly since that 1960’s that have preoccupied American artists after the era of Minimalism.

Mark Tansey (b. 1949), Valley of Doubt, 1990. Oil on canvas

Artists that are showcases in this exhibit include Carl Andre, Neil Jenney, Barbara Kruger, Agnes Martin, Susan Rothenberg, Mark Tansey and Peter Hujar.  Other artists highlighted that Emily Fisher Landau seemed to have a high interest in and collected in depth are Richard Artschwager, Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha. This inspiring collection, that runs through May 1st, showcases her commitment, dedication and relationships with these artists and passion for art with each piece.

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In the Art of New York

The Mark Hotel has partnered with the Neue Galerie New York to provide exclusive tours and benefits off the tourist track.

Appealing to serious art lovers and novices alike and available exclusively to guests of the Mark, this offer enables guests to visit the Neue Galerie on closed days as well as before and after business hours.  Guests will also enjoy a number of benefits of museum membership, including advance reservations at Café Sabarsky, exclusively available to museum members and access to Neue Galerie members’ programs including special lectures, gallery talks, exclusive breakfasts and Members’ Thursdays which provides extended viewing hours.

Located on the historic Museum Mile – just a few blocks from the hotel – the Neue Galerie is a museum of German and Austrian art founded by businessman, philanthropist and art collector Ronald S. Lauder and art dealer and museum exhibition organizer Serge Sabarsky.  Together they have turned a former Vanderbilt townhouse into a splendid home for their phenomenal collection of early 20th century Austrian and German art and design.

Rates for the “In the Art of New York” package start at $800, each additional night at $600 for a Superior Courtyard King room (valid until April 24, 2011).

The package includes:

-Daily continental breakfast for two

-A private tour for two people outside of business hours or on closed days (Tuesday and Wednesday)

-A reservation at the exclusive Café Sabarsky

-A complimentary copy of the book “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer”

-Access to Members’ lectures, gallery talks, breakfasts and monthly Members’ Thursday which provides for extended viewing hours

-A 10% discount in both the Design Shop and the Book Shop

-A welcome package in your hotel room from the Neue Galerie

For further information and reservations, please call 212.606.4520 or email the hotel at reservations@themarkhotel.com.

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24-Hour Check-in Service Now Available!

Arriving from Sao Paulo at 6am or taking the red-eye from LAX landing at 5am?  The Mark has created a 24-hour check-in service for your convenience so that you never have to worry about whether or not your room will be ready when you arrive.  We know that is the last thing you want to worry about after a flight, so your room will always be ready and waiting for you.  Check-in any time of day or night–it’s guaranteed at The Mark!.

SPECIAL OFFER!

Book two nights at The Mark and the third night will be complimentary!  This offer will include daily continental breakfast for two. 

This offer is valid now through April 24, 2011.  Call 212.606.4520 (Toll Free 866.744.4300) or email themarkhotel.com/reservations to book your room.

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Google’s “Art Project”

Today was the launch of Google’s “Art Project”, which showcases 17 art galleries from around the world, including our very own MoMA, The Frick Collection & The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  These NYC museums are being showcased among the elite, like London’s National Gallery, the Palace of Versailles, the Van Gogh Museum, Freer Gallery of Art & Museum Kampa, just to name a few.

Through this program, visitors of the site have the ability to view masterpieces in each museum’s collection.  The really unique part of this, is the detailing that you can see when you zoom in; the brush strokes, canvas textures & cracks due to aging.  Next to visiting the museum in person, this is a truly remarkable way to view each piece of work.

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