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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New York Fashion Week

The excitement for Fashion Week is upon New York City, with the Spring 2011 Couture shows already underway in Paris.  The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week-Fall 2011 shows mark the second season being held at The Lincoln Center, with the following designers presenting for the first time: Behnaz Sarafpour, Callula Lillibelle, CHRISTIAN COTA, VACCA, Elene Cassis, Frank Tell, G-Star RAW, GUiSHEM, Helen Yarmak, Jen Kao, Joy Cioci, LUBLU Kira Plastinina, MANDY COON, Porter Grey, Sachin + Babi, Son Jung Wan, and Tess Giberson.

Just a 5-minute cab ride through Central Park, The Mark is in the hub of the Upper East Side shopping area-perfect for last minute fashion emergencies that many of you Editors may know a thing or two about. Valentino, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Christian Louboutin, Hermes and YSL are just a few in the neighborhood.  Nicholas K Studio will be the first to kick off the shows at 9am on February 10th, don’t miss out!

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The Mark Honored as One of the “Top 10 Business Hotels in the World”

Fortune and Wallpaper have organized a team of well-traveled judges for the third year in a row and ranked the “Top 10 Business Hotels in the World”, from our very own New York, all the way to Abu Dhabi.  The Mark ranked in at #2, topping the likes of The Jefferson in Washington D.C., Le Gray in Beirut and the Soho House in Berlin.

The Mark Hotel boasts 150 rooms and suites, starting at $495 a night, finished in ebony, sycamore and nickel, with fine Italian linens and bedding by Quagliotti. The rooms are spacious, with the entry-level Superior Courtyard Queen clocking in at 400 sq ft. Touch-screen Crestron panels control temperature, entertainment, shades and lighting. The 32-in HD television, audio system, MP3 and laptop are all by Bang & Olufson, while the bathroom includes a mirrored flat-screen television, so you need never miss a moment of CNN.

Business amenities include 24-hour business center; complimentary Wi-Fi and local calls and morning delivery of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The two meeting rooms are supported by the office/business center, with an iButler available to resolve all inconvenient IT problems.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has a private dining room for up to 18, while The Mark Suites caters for small gatherings.  The space has been re-imagined by interior designer Jacques Grange and hotelier James Sherwin, with a light French vibe, bold geometric shapes, commissioned artwork and comfy over-sized furniture.

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Concierge Spotlight

We recently sat with Isabelle Hogan, Chief Concierge, for a first hand account of what makes The Mark Hotel stand out from the rest.  Here is what she had to say!

How long have you been the Concierge at The Mark Hotel? I have been Chief Concierge here at The Mark Hotel since October 2009.

What services do you typically offer? We offer every and any services such as Transportation services, Tickets to shows/concerts, restaurant reservations, Spa services, All Tour services, VIP tickets to museums such as The MOMA and The Metropolitan Museum…. pretty much any services that would make our guests stay more enjoyable.

What is your favorite part about being the Concierge? My favorite part of being a concierge is to see my guests happy after having organized their whole NY experience. Everyday is a different journey and dealing with my guests everyday and trying to make the impossible possible is what makes me proud of being a Concierge.

What do you think separates The Mark Hotel from all others? The Mark Hotel is located in a wonderful Upper East Side neighborhood surrounded by museums, Madison Avenue Stores and Central Park. The Mark Hotel is a wonderful boutique hotel with an exceptional service, beautiful rooms and suites and amazing bathrooms and of course the Best Concierge services.

Name one service you offer as a concierge that you think makes a guest’s stay all the better? The services where a guest does not have to leave his room such as in-room massages, In-room manicures and pedicures. If he needs a tie or shirt we would go and buy it for him, anything is possible and we make it happen!

What service do you provide that guests may never think of? If a guest forgot his tickets to a Broadway show in his room, we would jump in a cab and meet them at the Theatre with the tickets.  Or, if they forgot their passport in the safe and are on their way to the airport, we would take a car and meet them at the airport with the passport and a big SMILE : )

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Exhibit to See: “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures”

Currently on display through March 21, Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures is being projected in a gallery setting for visitors at the MoMA-The Museum of Modern Art. This selection of silent films, some considered among his most daring & experimental, include “Eat”, “Kiss” & “Screen Tests”, which reveal his obsession & fascination with the cult of the “celebrity”.

These non-narrative, silent, and black-and-white films were shot between 1963 & 1966, though, it will be viewed at 16 frames per second, a style dating back to the films of the early 1900’s.

If you are a Warhol fan, this is definitely an exhibit that you don’t want to miss- it’s only a short walk (or very short cab ride) away! For more information or for viewing hours, call (212) 708-9400 or visit Moma.org.

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New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu

If you are still deciding on where to go for New Years Eve this year, we have got you covered. The Mark Restaurant is going to be dishing out a luscious 4-Course Tasting menu for you to end the year off on the right note.

Surround yourself with elegance and enjoy world class masterpieces from Manhattan’s pre-eminent chef Jean Georges, like the Scallop and Winter Truffle Tartare or the Truffle Surprise to start the evening.  With a start like this, you really can’t go wrong.

For more information or to make a reservation, email reservations@themarkhotel.com or call Toll Free at 1.866.744.4300.  Your stomach will thank you!

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2010 Holiday Windows


In case you have not seen them yet, this year’s Department Store Holiday Windows are absolutely exquisite.  Creative Director Simon Doonan of Barney’s New York created replicas of famous male Chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri for the store’s “Have a Foodie Holiday” campaign.  While then menswear window is in an all out food fight, the Women of the food industry are staying warm in their Snuggies.

Bergdorf Goodman’s David Hoey created his ‘Wish You Were Here’ fantasy travel visions through a winged horse, a crystallized space odyssey with a crystal alligator, Roman mythology & 1940’s Hollywood musicals.

Saks Fifth Avenue takes us on a different road and tells us a story of a young girl that finds her way into her parents “cabinet of curiosities” and leads us through her imagination in each bubble & snowflake infused window.

With white & crystal adorned trees and ballerina’s hanging throughout the store, Henri Bendel channeled NYC’s very own The Nutcracker.  Bloomingdale’s, in retrospect, chose to feature an art installation with over 100 digital screens displaying the winter landscape and not one piece of merchandise.  Which is your favorite?

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Five Star Business Services at The Mark

As a businessman, you’re always looking to make your trip just a little bit easier. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice the creature comforts that make you feel at home. Here at The Mark, we believe in dotting all of our i’s and crossing our t’s – we want to make your stay as luxurious and comfortable as possible. Part of that means making sure our business guests have everything they need to stay on top of their work. Read on to see what our Five Star Business Services can do for you.

Five-Star Business Services

  • Basic internet service is complimentary, both hard-wired and wireless
  • Premium internet service
    • Access to 45 MB Ethernet connection
    • Dedicated public IP address for virtual private network (VPN) connection
  • iButler
    • A uniformed “Five-star Geek Squad” making “house calls.”
    • Offering IT assistance in person or over the telephone
    • Solve any PC or MAC problems, internet security, remote access to company or home office
  • Business Cart / Equipment Rental: MAC or PC laptops, multi-functional printers, Polycom video conferencing and game consoles (PS3, Wii and Xbox 360).
  • Local mobile telephones are available at check-in
  • Remote Confidential Printing
    • Print or receive documents securely at the Concierge Desk, from your room or your office
  • Blackberry Printing
  • Complimentary Business Center available 24 hours per day and includes desk-top computer, scanner, printing, facsimile, office supplies and local telephone calls.
  • Bang & Olufsen 32 inch HD televisions with orchestra sound speakers in all rooms and suites
    • Blu-ray DVD
    • Connection to any iPod, MP3 player, laptop, camera and video equipment
    • Access internet on the television with wireless keyboard
  • Automated centralized control by Crestron for each room and suite
  • VoIP telephones (Voice over I/P)
    • Complimentary local telephone calls
    • NEC 7 inch touch screen telephones
    • Access to private DID line with a 212 local telephone number
  • The Mark Hotel features two meeting rooms with a spacious office/business center in between located on the second floor overlooking Madison Avenue and Seventy Seventh Street.  The meeting rooms designed by Jacques Grange have a residential feel and are perfect for a business meeting or social function.
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Thanksgiving at The Mark Restaurant

Some of us love the tradition of cooking for a large group of loved ones on Thanksgiving – and others would prefer to leave the cooking to the professionals. If you’re one of the latter folks, consider Thanksgiving dinner at The Mark Restaurant. Let master chef Jean-Georges work his magic on your taste buds this Thanksgiving. See our Thanksgiving 2010 menu below.

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The Mark Hotel: Holiday Specials

Heading to New York City for the holiday season? Hurry up and book your stay at The Mark Hotel before rooms fill up!

We’re currently offering a variety of specials – tis the season! From November 18th through December 31st, 2010, purchase one of the package deals seen at right and enjoy “Tea for Two” in The Mark Restaurant by Jean- Georges (once during stay), American breakfast for two daily through room service or the restaurant and champagne and chocolates on arrival.

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