NYC Tips: 4 Ways to Get Around Downtown Manhattan

NYC Tips: 4 Ways to Get Around Downtown Manhattan

How to Get Around Downtown NYC Getting around New York City can be very easy, especially with its sophisticated subway system, until you venture Downtown. Downtown, or more specifically the Financial District, is known for its winding streets—ones that deviate from the beautifully simplistic grid system of Midtown and Upper Manhattan. Don’t fret. Here are a few tips to travel like a native New Yorker. Walking When in doubt, walk it out. Walking is the best way to get to know the streets of Manhattan.  Still unsure about where you’re going? All you have to do is download the app City Mapper and enter in your destination. It will give you step by step instructions and even follow your steps with a pin on the interactive map. If you have a foreign phone carrier, download City Maps2Go and pre-download NYC’s map while connected to WiFi. The location services will still work when you’re off WiFi. CitiBike Following in the footsteps of other international cities, such as London and Barcelona, NYC’s latest phenomenon is providing public bicycles for daily or monthly use. Simply locate the station closest to you by downloading the CitiBike app or visiting their website, purchase the 24-hour access pass and peddle on! It’s also a great way to ensure you are exercising while traveling. Subway The Subway is NYC’s greatest claim to transportation fame! Download the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) app or visit MTA’s website to receive up-to-date information about how to get where you need to go. Want to explore Brooklyn? Take the A, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train toward Brooklyn. If you’re looking...
New hotels are about to flood downtown Manhattan

New hotels are about to flood downtown Manhattan

By David Caplan New York City is in the midst of a hotel boom, with Lower Manhattan — notably the Financial District and the Lower East Side — fueling the surge, as developers flock to its underserved neighborhoods. “Overall, the city is undergoing the largest hotel boom in its history, adding over 18,000 rooms since 2010, with another 36,000 rooms in the pipeline and 12,600 of those rooms currently under construction,” says Mark VanStekelenburg, managing director of PFK Consulting USA’s CBRE Hotels division. And Lower Manhattan is the darling of the statistics. “Lower Manhattan hosted 6,300 of these new rooms, a 28 percent increase, since 2010, with another 10,700 room in the pipeline, of which 5,600 are under construction, representing 26 new hotels,” adds VanStekelenburg. The downtown hotel boom took root over a year ago, when InterContinental Hotels Group debuted in October 2014 the tallest Holiday Inn in the world, the 50-story, 492-room Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at 99 Washington Street, managed by Virginia-based Crescent Hotels and Resorts. Last year, the Lower East Side welcomed the April arrival of the hipster-friendly 11-story, 50-room Orchard Street Hotel at 163 Orchard Street, from owners Nico Moinian (son of real estate tycoon Morris Moinian) and Nader Ohebshalom. Furnished Quarters also headed to Lower Manhattan, opening in November its first-ever Q&A Residential Hotel, at 70 Pine Street, a 66-story art deco historical landmark. Restaurateur Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield will also debut a four-level restaurant and bar atop the 132-room property in 2017. Steve Brown, CEO of Q&A Residential Hotel and Furnished Quarters says, “The Financial District has always been a...
6 Perks of Staying at Q&A

6 Perks of Staying at Q&A

Furnished Quarter’s latest innovation-Q&A Residential Hotel-makes for a truly unique experience you can’t get anywhere else. So what are some of the biggest perks you get by staying at Q&A Hotel? Here are a few benefits: Space! It isn’t fun to live out of your suitcase. The apartment-like suites at Q&A are full-sized and feel more like a home rather than a hotel, with huge closets and lots of room to move around. Ranging from 500 to 1,400 square feet, the spaces have features from fully equipped kitchens to in-home offices. Unpack, kick back, and relax! Timeless Building. The space is wonderful, and the actual building is even better. Historic and iconic, 70 Pine is a landmark Art Deco skyscraper that offers a new and unique standard of living in the Financial District. At your service. Q&A guests have access to traditional hotel services, such as complimentary morning treats including a coffee/muffin/croissant assortment, housekeeping, concierge, use of a fitness center, business center, valet, dry cleaning, and rooftop lounge and restaurant (coming Winter 2016). Q&A also offers free Wi-Fi all throughout the building, which isn’t normally provided gratis in many hotels. On-site gym. LA PALESTRA (opening late January 2016), 70 Pine’s dedicated on-site gym, is complimentary for all Q&A guests. The fitness center isn’t like other hotel gyms, though. LA PALESTRA is super high end and features stat-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, a yoga and Pilates studio, and on-site personal trainers and wellness specialists. Furry friends allowed. Q&A understands that the chances of being homesick, especially with longer stays, include missing your pets. Because of that, Q&A is pet-friendly and...
Where to Dine in NYC’s Financial District

Where to Dine in NYC’s Financial District

The Financial District is full of top-notch restaurants offering an abundance of spots to satisfy food-loving visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a memorable dinner, here are our top 7 spots that we think you’ll love. Toloache Taqueria, 83 Maiden Ln. Enjoy upscale Mexican fare at this quick-concept outpost. Julian Medina’s Toloache empire is known for fresh food and strong flavors. Ramen Co., 100 Maiden Ln. This noodle shop from Keizo Shimamoto (the chef behind the popular Ramen Burger) serves traditional Japanese soups and bento boxes. The Growler Bites & Brews, 55 Stone St. For a cozy restaurant that offers delicious American eats, The Growler is a Financial District staple. Visit for craft beer and late-night bites as The Growler serves food until 3AM. Blue Smoke, 255 Vesey St. Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s BBQ joint, Blue Smoke, is the FiDi restaurant for southern hospitality. Blue Smoke celebrates the American South and honors its culinary traditions through its ever-changing and delicious menus. Luke’s Lobster, 26 S. William St. Known for its fresh Maine lobster and shrimp rolls, Luke’s Lobster has numerous locations throughout the city–including a restaurant in the Financial District. Who says you need to travel to Maine for a fresh lobster roll? The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water St. The Dead Rabbit is a two-story spot that embodies old New York and Irish-American tradition. The restaurant is perfect for vintage cocktails, small plates, and savory dishes–think homemade gnocchi to a lamb shepherd’s pie. Crepes du Nord, 17 S. William St. This snug French-Scandinavian eatery and wine bar turns out fresh farm-to-table crepes...
Hot Openings: Short-stay apartment experience in NYC

Hot Openings: Short-stay apartment experience in NYC

By Brittany Farb on 1/13/2016 Furnished Quarters in November opened Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City’s Financial District at the former AIG world headquarters. Designed by Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team led by Steve Saide, in collaboration with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the hotel aims to be a solution for business and leisure travelers seeking a home-away-from-home experience. The lobby at Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City Q&A Residential Hotel includes 132 apartment-sized suites featuring full-sized kitchens, bespoke furniture, smart TVs and king-sized beds. Suites are available for up to 30 days and range in size from 500 square feet (152.4 square meters) to 1,400 square feet (426.72 square meters). Other amenities include a La Palestra fitness and wellness, an artisanal Australian coffee shop called Black Fox Coffee, and a 13,000 square feet (3962.4 square meter) urban market serving gourmet prepared foods. Restaurateur Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred Chef April Bloomfield are also confirmed to open and operate a four-level dining and drinking complex atop the building. – See more at:...