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More Importantly, Where Did Celebs End Up After the Storm?

November 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

A bearded Russell Crowe waltzes off to his uptown hotel...

So far, we've brought you Sandy-related reports on pressing matters like price gouging, the Park Hyatt's rogue crane and the surge in hotel cancellations. But moving on to the real question on everyone's mind: how have celebs managed to cope since Sandy hit the Big Apple?

Quite well, as a matter of fact. While plenty of downtown New Yorkers were busy digging out candles from kitchen cabinets and wearing blankets to compensate for lack of heating (actually, some downtown hotel guests were doing the same thing), a flock of A-listers were ditching their power-less TriBeCa, SoHo and Greenwich Village apartments for a plush uptown refuge, where the electricity flows like honey and the shoe shine kiosk stays open all night long.*

Yup, we're talking about The Mark.

The New York Post reports that a whole bunch of celebs (Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Anna Wintour, Russell Crowe, Marc Jacobs, Emma Stone, Kelly Ripa, Jonah Hill) were all spotted bustling about in the lobby and bar. And having walked around in the Upper East Side hotel a few times, we can assure you, if money was no object, we wouldn't mind a little staycation there ourselves. (Hello, gorgeous Art Deco bathrooms!)

Oddly, the Post is also saying Mr. Andre Balazs himself was spotted at the hotel bar. Um, Andre? Don't you have your own hotels to worry about downtown?

Meanwhile, other uptown hot spots were on the receiving end of the upper crust exodus: Sarah Jessica Parker headed for the Plaza Athenee; creepy couple Mary Kate Olsen and Oliver Sarkozy showed up at The Carlyle; and Alec Baldwin made a beeline for his old favorite, The Lowell.

And there you have it. You're all caught up. Now you can go back to more immediate concerns like, where the heck are you gonna sleep tonight?

*No, the Mark's shoe shine kiosk isn't actually open all night. Though how cool would that be? Rooms are currently sold out at the hotel, though we did find rates starting at $725/night for the week after next.

[Photo: Pacific Coast News / Zimbio]

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