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Two hotel openings in New York – one grand, one boutique

The Mark gets an overhaul, and a new downtown hotel opens

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Two hotel openings in New York – one grand, one boutique

Image: Courtesy of The Mark

November 05 2009
Claire Wrathall

Jacques Grange, who created the exquisite interiors of Yves Saint Laurent’s Château Gabriel (see previous Travelista item), has recently turned his attention to the overhaul of The Mark (first picture; www.themarkhotel.com; doubles from $670) in New York, the latest grand hotel to open on the Upper East Side.

Those who’d prefer a boutique hotel, however, might do better downtown at the new 86-room Crosby Street Hotel (second picture; www.firmdale.com; doubles from $571), a block east of Broadway in SoHo. The first overseas outpost from English hoteliers Kit and Tim Kemp, it deserves to stand out, not least for its arresting use of colour and the Jaume Plensa installation in the lobby.

There are further examples of Plensa’s work in the city’s Museum of Modern Art, which marks the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus design movement’s foundation with a major retrospective. Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity (November 8 to January 25; www.moma.org) includes work by Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Vasily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy and Paul Klee Paul (third picture: Fire in the Evening, 1929), among others.