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Don't pretend you haven't noticed. There are pregnant women and babies everywhere you look. It's like a walking advertisement of "I know what YOU DID LAST FALL!". We pretend to coo and smile at your love bugs and belly, but we're really smirking, you nasty thangs, you!
Still, for those of us who have babies and toddlers to schlepp around, the number one pain-in-the-ass is the stroller. (The car seat gets a close second). It's all, folding, un-folding, lugging, latching, and then the folding again. And that's for a basic model. We're counting down the days until we never have to travel with a stroller again. (We've got about 600 or so to go.)
Mercifully, hotels are starting to come to our rescue by offering strollers for guests to use during their stay.
And in Manhattan, The Mark on the Upper East Side has upped the ante by pairing up with high-end stroller brand, MacLaren, to create a super stylish Mark Hotel Baby Stroller that's done up in the Mark's signature black and white stripes. This stroller is Bergdorf and Madison Avenue shopping ready.
Yesterday, we were a little conflicted. On the one hand, we felt lucky to get to explore The Mark New York's brand new shoe shine kiosk. On the other, we showed up like idiots without any leather shoes to get shined! Drat! Fortunately, local gallerist (and three-time repeat customer) Ryan was already in the chair getting his shined, so we just photographed him.
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, adjacent to the lobby, The Mark Shine by John Lobb is a quaint, yellow-and-brown-themed room—with a big Hermès leather armchair smack in the middle of it. Asked if locals have been responding well to the neighborhood addition, shoe shiner Jamel responded: "A lot of people do double-takes. They walk by, see it, make a mental note, and then come back later in the week.". Mind you, the shop's only been open since August, but people seem to like what they're doing.
The Surrey Hotel, the oh-so-pretty new addition to the Upper East Side, soft-opened its guestrooms to family and friends yesterday and while we gave you a sneak peek at the rooms the other week, we thought it would be good to tell you What's on the Block. And if you're looking to experience a day in the life of a rich Upper East Sider, then you're in luck.
Stepping out of the hotel and taking a left on 76th Street will lead you right to Fifth Avenue and an entrance to the always magical Central Park. On the way to the Park, you'll notice an exclusive private school, The Hewitt School, where nannies will wait about with strollers waiting to pick up their privileged charges.
Stepping out of the hotel and taking a right will lead you to Madison Avenue with high-end shops like Michael Kors, and our fave, Christian Louboutin, right there on the block. The further down Madison you stroll, the more designer shops you will find. Just don't expect a Starbucks. There is no Starbucks for about 20 blocks on Madison Avenue.