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

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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!.


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 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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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

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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 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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