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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Headed to Sotheby’s? Stay at The Mark Hotel

Below you’ll find an upcoming auction at the famous Sotheby’s, which has an outpost here in New York just a short walk from The Mark. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you’re here for an auction, look no further than the luxurious and comfortable rooms of The Mark, a hotel that cares about visual aesthetics just as much as you do. Let us do your bidding while you do yours. The Mark is centrally located between Sotheby’s, Christies and Philips de Pury. The Gagosian Gallery is our next door neighbor, and while you’re here, you can also take in a day at The Whitney, The Met, Guggenheim, The Frick and more – all located within walking distance of our hotel, where all the guest suites are designed by Jacques Grange. What are you waiting for? Book today.

Latin American Paintings


Session 1: Tue, 16 Nov 10, 7:00 PM, Lots 1 – 66

Session 2: Wed, 17 Nov 10, 10:00 AM, Lots 70 – 261


Sotheby’s November Latin American Art sale features an exceptional survey of paintings by Wifredo Lam, one of the most important artists of the Surrealist movement. Some are re-discoveries such as Untitled (lot 8), unseen by the public since it was purchased in his historic 1945 exhibition. The cover lot, the monumental Les Abalochas Dansent Pour Dhambala dieu de l’unité, was one of Lam’s favorite works and graced the salon of his Italian home in Albissola. Other major surrealist works are lot 10, Leonora Carrington’sOccult Scene (Jacob’s Ladder), Augustin Cardenas’s wood sculpture L’Histoire n’est pas Finie I (lot 23), Matta’s Children’s Fear of Idols II (lot 25) and Wifredo Lam’s Figura Vegetal (lot 35).

There is an exciting selection of works by the pioneers of abstraction – several wonderful paintings by Joaquín Torres-García, Alejandro Otero’s pivotal 1956 Coloritmo 9 (lot 38), Brazilians Sergio Camargo (lot 37), Frans Krajcberg (lot 40) and lot 43, Abraham Palatnik’s rare 1965 Progressao 42-A.

Honoring the Mexican Revolution’s bi-centennial is a selection of works from the Colonial to contemporary highlighted by Miguel Cabrera’s cycle of eight paintings of the life of the Virgin Mary which has been hidden in a U.S. Convent since the 1920′s (lot 48) and an exceptional collection of 19th century Mexican works from the collection of Vera da Costa Autrey as well as masterworks by Rufino Tamayo, Pedro Coronel and Gunther Gerzso.

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Madison Avenue Shopping Map

New to the New York shopping scene? Never fear – here’s a list of the must see stores along Madison Avenue, where luxury comes standard. You’ll also find a map of where the stores are located, so that you don’t get lost en route to Prada and end up at Gap.

Ann Taylor, 645 Madison Ave.
Baccarat, 625 Madison Ave.
Bally of Switzerland, 628 Madison Ave.
Barney’s New York, 660 Madison Ave.
Bottega Veneta, 635 Madison Ave.
Calvin Klein, 654 Madison Ave.
Christofle, 680 Madison Ave.
Coach, 710 Madison Ave.
Crate & Barrel, 650 Madison Ave.
DKNY, 655 Madison Ave.
Dolce & Gabbana, 825 Madison Ave.
Emanuel Ungaro, 792 Madison Ave.
Erica Wilson, 717 Madison Ave.
FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Avenue
Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Ave.
Georg Jensen, 683 Madison Ave.
Gianni Versace, 815 Madison Ave.
Giorgio Armani, 760 Madison Ave.
Joan & David, 816 Madison Ave.
Krizia, 769 Madison Ave.
La Perla, 777 Madison Ave.
Madison Ave. Books, 833 Madison Ave.
Moschino, 803 Madison Ave.
Peress, 739 Madison Ave.
Peter Fox, 806 Madison Ave.
Pierre Deux, 625 Madison Ave.
Polo, 867 Madison Ave.
Polo Sport, 888 Madison Ave.
Prada, 841 Madison Ave.
Pratesi, 829 Madison Ave.
Sherry Lehman, 679 Madison Ave.
Suzanne, 700 Madison Ave.
Timberland, 709 Madison Ave.
Valentino, 747 Madison Ave.
Yves St. Laurent, 855 Madison Ave.

Looking for a great place to stay while you visit New York for the holidays? The Mark Hotel is luxurious and comfortable, and is perfectly located just steps from all the shopping destinations mentioned above.

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice skating is one of those activities that you assume is limited to small towns with hometown hockey teams and their corresponding hockey rinks – but it turns out, there are plenty of places to ice skate right here in New York City. Soon after Thanksgiving, the city goes into full on holiday mode, and one of the perks (besides the famous Rockefeller Center tree, the holiday store window displays and the amazing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall) is the plethora of ice skating rinks that open up around Manhattan.  Some of the more popular rinks include Wollman Rink in Central Park, the rink at Bryant Park, and of course, the rink at Rockefeller Center, below the giant Christmas tree.

Says the Central Park website of Wollman: “ Skating on Wollman Rink is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike – so many people have tied up their skates for the very first time on this very ice. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition here in Central Park – as old as the Park itself. The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. That same winter, it filled with skaters. Soon after, skaters filled the 59th Street Pond as well. A century later, these water bodies closed to skaters. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman. With its romantic backdrop, Wollman Rink puts visitors beneath the magical New York City skyline by day, and its twinkling lights by night. You can see why Wollman has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity.”

Wollman is certainly one of the more famous rinks in the city, and for good reason, but the Bryant Park rink isn’t too shabby either. The Pond at Bryant Park, as this rink is called, is Manhattan’s only free place to skate. One of the city’s most treasured destinations, this rink spends the entirety of the holiday season twinkling with Christmas lights, encased by the beautiful Public Library. The Pond also boasts a Christmas tree around holiday time, and performances on the ice are a popular activity for families and visitors alike.  

Last but certainly not least is the rink at Rockefeller Center – this too is a famous rink. The rink at Rockefeller Center typically opens Columbus Day weekend and stays open through early April. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a quintessential New York City winter experience. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center first opened on Christmas Day in 1936. The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center can accommodate approximately 150 skaters at a time and the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.

While ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an experience that many New York City visitors desire, keep in mind that you’re paying a premium to be able to say you ice skated at Rockefeller Center — despite the small ice skating surface and the often crowded atmosphere.

Looking for a great place to stay while you visit New York for the holidays? The Mark Hotel is luxurious and comfortable, and is perfectly located just steps from Central Park’s Wollman rink and all the shopping and dining that the Upper East Side has to offer.

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Holiday Season at Rockefeller Center

New York City during the holidays is a gorgeous, romantic and glorious place to be. The city that never sleeps kicks into even higher gear come Thanksgiving, and being here over Christmas is positively magical. One of the most famous Christmas sites in New York is that of Rockefeller Center, where the large Christmas tree is a favorite holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. The first Rockefeller Christmas tree was put up way back in 1931 by the construction workers who were in process of building the complex. The first official tree-lighting ceremony took place in 1933, and the rest is history. These days, the tree is the most famous Christmas evergreen in the United States. Each year, the manager of Rockefeller searches near and far for the perfect tree. With over 30,000 lights to be hung, the chosen tree is usually between 75 and 100 feet tall, towering above pedestrians and spreading Christmas cheer to all those who come to see it.

The tree has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season in New York. It’s lit during an official tree lighting ceremony shortly after Thanksgiving every year and generally stays lit through the beginning of January. However, the tree is really just the centerpiece of the action. Rockefeller Center is also decorated with herald angels, the wire-sculpted angel pictures that have decorated the landmark since 1954. Of course, you’ll also find a plethora of lights and the picturesque scene of the ice skaters just below the tree.

Looking to visit New York during the holiday season? The Mark Hotel offers luxurious, comfortable accommodations on the Upper East Side, just steps from all the action that the city has to offer. Book your room today – the holidays will be here before you know it!

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Polo Ralph Lauren Flagship Store Opens on 72nd and Madison

After two long years of construction, Ralph Lauren’s 22,000 square foot, four story flagship store at 72nd Street and Madison is finally open, and boy, it is a sight to behold. The store, which has been built to resemble a mansion, will be the brand’s largest women’s sore and will feature not just clothing but also jewelry and lingerie. In addition, the top floor of the building will feature a home section, gloriously presented in the form of a modern luxury apartment. Lauren himself has openly stated that one of his main goals was to create a spot where tourists could shop, opining to the New York Times, “Big cities have international people. Tourists come wanting to buy souvenirs.” Those looking for a sartorial slice of Americana will not be disappointed with the store’s offerings – but while there are $159,000 necklaces to satisfy the wealthy, the brand has not forgotten it’s bread and butter – the polo and khaki folks.

In this sense, the flagship store has accomplished a multi-pronged approach. It’s glamour and design, as well as the architecture of the old-money mansion itself, will appeal to those visiting the city and hoping to obtain a sense of the brand’s bravado. Polo built the new store to resemble a classic New York mansion – a mansion of days gone by, the kind of private home you rarely see here anymore – and resemble a classic New York mansion it does. Polo has long had a store across the street at the Rhinelander mansion, but this new building gives the brand room to grow and expand. It also gives the tourists looking for a hint of American luxury the experience they’re looking for.

Those looking for the more attainable price point might be disappointed. The signature casual American style that the brand is famous for – the style that is carried in Macy’s and Lord and Taylor stores across the country, is nowhere to be seen in the store. The fourth floor is built out to resemble a model apartment, right down to the flower arrangements on the tables. The third floor houses casual lines not carried in department stores; the second, the Purple Label line, which offers runway clothes. The first floor is dedicated entirely to handbags, shoes and baubles. Nowhere will you find the chinos, sweatshirts and popped collared shirts with the famous Polo horse – these, after all, don’t offer the degree of luxury that the brand is hoping to convey in the new store.

Tourists visiting the city and hoping to do some serious retail damage on the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue will not be disappointed with the brand’s newest retail store. As every good flagship knows, it’s all about making a statement – and the statement here is that Americans can do luxury just as well as anyone else. If you’re looking to take home a piece of Americana, this is where to shop.

Looking for a convenient place to stay while you take Madison Avenue by storm? The Mark Hotel is luxurious, comfortable, and offers the perfect central location to all the best of New York City. Book your room today.

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Shopping on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

There’s really nothing like shopping in New York – especially on the Upper East Side. Long known as one of the most prestigious and charming neighborhoods in New York, the Upper East Side is full of luxury boutiques and big name department stores. You’ll find just about everything on Madison Avenue, from Michael Kors and Tiffany and Co.; Barneys New York to Bloomingdales. You’ll also find one of the coolest Apple stores around, as well as Hendri Bendel, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman…the list goes on and on. Those on a budget will appreciate big box fast fashion stores such as H&M and Zara, which can also be found on Fifth Avenue – but the real glee is to be found in wandering up and down Madison and Fifth window shopping. Even if you can’t afford anything inside, seeing the window displays are an experience unlike any other.

Below, just a few places we recommend.

  • Bloomingdale’s, 1000 3rd Ave. (☎212-705-2000;, at 59th St. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St. Founded in 1872 by 2 brothers, Bloomie’s is “not just a store, it’s a destination.” This huge high-end emporium—occupying 9 floors, 2 subfloors (with an entrance in the 59th St. station), and a full city block—invented the designer shopping bag (“big brown bag,” anyone?) in 1961. It turned Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Fendi into household names. If you can survive the mobs of dazed tourists and shoppers, you’ll love getting lost here. Personal shoppers are available for the financially endowed and the stylistically challenged. 40 Carrots Cafe offers a wildly popular frozen yogurt for $3.75. Open M-F 10am-8:30pm, Sa-Su 10am-7pm.
  • Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave. (☎212-826-8900;, at 61st St. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St.; N, R, W to 5th Ave./59th St. An exclusive department store known for finding relative unknowns and turning them into cutting-edge designers. Armani suits, Balenciaga bags, Prada galore—you get the idea. Barneys is hardly for the frugal shopper, though sales and markdowns do happen, and sample sales are frequent enough to tempt even the most stingy. Displays, done in a stark, minimalist aesthetic are practically works of art. Did we mention they have a spa too? Open M-F 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-7pm, Su 11am-6pm.
  • Encore, 1132 Madison Ave. (☎212-879-2850), at 84th St., 2nd fl. S 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. This magnet for discerning shoppers has been selling new and gently used designer clothing for 50 years. These are still not cheap clothes, but you might find a new $3000 Armani suit selling for $700, or a pair of Manolos for $100. Chanel suits from around $300, and designer denim from $14. Open M-W and F 10:30am-6:30pm, Th 10:30am-7:30pm, Sa 10:30am-6pm, Su noon-6pm; closed on Su from July to mid-Aug.
  • Jan’s Hobby Shop, 1435 Lexington Ave. (212-987-4765), betwen 93rd St. and 94th St. S 6 to 96th St./Lexington Ave. In the middle of the Upper East Side museum-and-clothing-boutique country lies an oasis of model airplanes, toy soldiers, kites, and remote control boats. These diversionary pleasures can be cheap (kites $5.50) or as expensive as the neighborhood (1/35th scale German, WWI era railroad gun, $800). Open M-Sa 10am-6:30pm, Su noon-5pm.
  • Argosy Bookstore, 116 E 59th St. (☎212-753-4455;, between Lexington and Park Ave. S 4, 5, 6, to 59th St. This 6-floor bookstore, established in 1921, specializes in old, rare, and out-of-print books. You’ll also find autographed editions, original letters by authors, Americana, book covers, bookends, and antique maps and prints (from $3). Racks of $1 books outside. Open Sept.-May M-F 10am-6pm, Sa 10am-5pm; June-Aug. M-F 10am-6pm.

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    Central Park: New York’s Green Oasis

    Central Park, otherwise known as New York City’s green oasis, is a sight to be seen. The park first opened in 1857 on 770 acres of land, long before New York became the urban playground that we know it as today. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve and expand the park. Construction began that year and was completed in 1873 – still long before the park began to resemble what it is today. Central Park was surprisingly not designated a National Historic Landmark until 1963. Today, it’s managed by the Central Park Conservatory under contract with the city’s government. The park, which receives a staggering twenty-five million visitors annually, is the most visited urban park in the United States.

    While the foliage in Central Park appears natural today, it is actually almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that were artificially created, as well as extensive walking paths, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool during New York’s scorching hot summer months) and more. There’s also a large area of natural woods, a 106-acre reservoir around which people can run (you’ve probably seen this in the movies), and an outdoor amphitheater that plays host to the famous “Shakespeare in the Park” festivals.

    There’s also the Belvedere Castle that also contains a nature center, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, as well as the historic carousel. You’ll also find tons of green grassy areas, which during the days are populated with playing pedestrians and sports teams. Central Park also boasts a number of enclosed playgrounds for young children. Automobile transport in the park is banned after 7PM, and during the day, the drivers share their lanes with bikers, joggers, and roller bladers.

    A visit to Manhattan without a visit to Central Park isn’t a complete one. For more information on Central Park, click here.

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    Upper East Side Museum of the Month: The Frick Collection

    When people think of museums on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and the famous “Museum Mile”, they tend to think of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – but there are a great deal of spectacular museums in the neighborhood besides the Met. Each month, we’ll highlight a great Upper East Side Museum to check out during your stay at The Mark. This month, we’re featuring the lesser known but just as incredible Frick Collection. The Frick, as many call it, is housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion of Henry Clay Frick (the building itself is a sight to behold) and offers the opportunity to view Frick’s personal collection within the confines of his former residence.

    Inside, you’ll find famous works by Renoir and Rembrant, as well as period furniture and sculptures. In short, a visit to The Frick is a change to get an inside peek at the life of a wealthy New Yorker. The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Avenue. To get there, take the 6 train to 68th Street. Walk west to 5th Avenue and then north to 70th Street.

    More about The Frick Collection

    The Fifth Avenue mansion that houses The Frick Collection was built in 1913 for Henry Clay Frick, a successful steel and coke fuel industrialist.  It was designed by Thomas Hastings, and was built at a time when almost everything above 59th Street on 5th Avenue was a private mansion. Located amidst the wealthy, Frick’s mansion’s goal was to be more opulent than all those around him – and he succeeded, with private gardens on both the avenue front and in an interior courtyard. Hence, the house alone is worth a visit.

    Today, The Frick Collection is one of the preeminent small art museums in the whole of the United States, thanks to its collection of old master paintings and fine furniture, which are housed in 16 galleries within the formerly occupied mansion. The paintings in many galleries are still arranged according to Frick’s design, though some new works have been purchased by the collection and arranged in a complimentary manner. The collection features many of the best known paintings by major European artists, as well as numerous works of porcelain and sculpture.
    Included in the collection are Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s masterpiece, The Progress of Love, three paintings by Johannes Vermeer including Mistress and Maid, and Piero della Francesca’s St. John the Evangelist.

    An audio of the building is included in the cost of admission, and is recommended, as it offers a wealth of insight into both the works of art and the mansion itself. With the audio tour, a visit to The Frick Museum will take around two hours.

    The Frick Collection Admission Price:

    Adults $15; seniors $10; students $5

    Pay what you wish Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Children under 10 are not admitted to the collection; children under 16 must             be accompanied by an adult

    The Frick Collection Hours:

    Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Closed Monday and holidays

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