4 Best Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Museums

4 Best Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Museums

Discovering NYC Series: Best Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Museums While summer is coming to an end, the hot, humid weather remains! Stay cool and discover something new in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn’s best museums. Here‘s our suggestions: 9/11 Memorial Museum A 10 minute walk from 70 Pine, explore the 9/11 Museum as it takes you on an emotional journey through archives, narratives, interactive technology and a collection of artifacts from 9/11. While you’re in the area, meander through the 9/11 Memorial and take a trip up 1 World Trade Center for one of the best views in Lower Manhattan. Museum of Jewish Heritage Explore multiple perspectives of modern history, life and culture within the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The museum’s mission is to educate people of all ages about the intricate details of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st century – before, during and after the Holocaust. Museum of American Finance Visiting the Museum of Finance isn’t like sitting in a college finance lecture; it’s about discovering what Manhattan was built upon. Learn more about how gold has influenced our lives from science and technology to entertainment and pop culture. Brooklyn Museum Head over the Brooklyn Bridge from Downtown NYC and visit the Brooklyn Museum. Located in a diverse, creative and exciting urban center, the museum offers a mix of collections that include ancient Egyptian artifacts, African art, European paintings and contemporary art. While staying at Q&A Residential Hotel, be sure to venture outside of our comfortable, fully furnished apartments and explore more of what Downtown Manhattan has to offer. If you’re looking to dine after sampling a...
Business Travel Executive: “Relief” From Proposals

Business Travel Executive: “Relief” From Proposals

Furnished Quarters’ Chief Sales Officer, Craig Partin, and Q&A Residential Hotel’s Director of Sales, Anna Gaffney, were quoted in Business Travel Executive (August 2016) in an article titled, Relief From Proposals. View their quotations and read the full article linked to below. “Craig Partin, chief sales officer for Furnished Quarters, a corporate housing operator, says, ‘In our markets (northeast), it’s more a matter of overbuilding than softening. Obviously, everybody is experiencing a pause in the economy and people are nervous about the presidential election. But we are not seeing some sort of drastic change,” Partin says. “And Anna Gaffney, who is director of sales for Q&A Residential Hotel maintains, ‘Every travel manager wants to lock in rates this year because it’s soft. From our perspective, however, we don’t know if we want to commit. Full article: http://www.bte-digital.com/aug2016#&pageSet=12...
Business Tips: 3 Best Credit Cards to Receive Travel Benefits

Business Tips: 3 Best Credit Cards to Receive Travel Benefits

Choosing the right credit card is like choosing the right suitor. There are a few non-negotiable qualities one must consider before investing in a long-term relationship. For example, is this person willing to make compromises? This is similar to: does this credit card offer flexibility (more opportunities for redemptions – no blackout dates, multiple partners, etc.)? Or, does this person have good qualities that outweigh the bad qualities? This resembles: are the annual fees justified by the rewards and benefits? All are important points to keep top-of-mind when choosing your next credit card. Here are our top credit cards to receive travel benefits: Chase Sapphire Preferred One of the most alluring benefits for signing up with Chase is if you spend $4,000 within the first 3 months of opening an account, you will earn 50,000 bonus points. Another attractive benefit for travelers is there are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $95 annual fee associated with the card after the first year; however, when you calculate all the money saved using bonus points, the fee doesn’t alter your bottom line. Capital One VentureOne Rewards The first advantage for using the Capital One VentureOne Rewards card is there are no annual fees.  Next, you’re not limited to redeeming with one airline or hotel brand. Also, there are no foreign transaction fees and most importantly, you earn 1.25 miles per every dollar spent on any purchase! Depending on your credit, APR averages from 12.24%-22.24%, which kicks in 12 months after opening an account. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Aside from the most important benefit, no foreign transaction fees, Barclaycard...
TrueViralNews.com – 7 Ways Your Hotel Stay is Changing

TrueViralNews.com – 7 Ways Your Hotel Stay is Changing

No. 1: Concierges Are Getting a Reboot A number of upscale brands are taking their concierge services digital, using texting, social media, and custom apps to help guests connect with the hotel. In some cases, they’re replacing people with technology altogether. It’s quite a change for this very traditional hotel role. And while it may dismay travelers who rely on concierges for assistance and advice, there are definite upsides for guests. Many of the new apps provide a central place to make various kinds of requests. At Conrad Hotels & Resorts, for instance, you can book a spa treatment and ask for restaurant recommendations with a few taps instead of multiple phone calls. You can even select your room and order a room-service meal before check-in, tasks that were challenging—if not impossible—at the hotel previously. Useful for those times when you’re away from the hotel but want a concierge’s local insights, Porter & Sail is a city-guide app used at independent hotels. It offers picks curated by distinguished locals (musician Moby, chef Alan Stewart), and is available at more than three dozen properties worldwide, including Soho Beach House, in Miami, and London’s Zetter hotels. Social-media addicts might appreciate that Hyatt has taken to Twitter—direct-message or tweet at the @HyattConcierge handle, and the 24/7 guest-service team will usually respond within 15 minutes. (It’s handy for quick requests, like extra pillows or a restaurant suggestion.) Guests of most Commune Hotels & Resorts don’t have to speak to anyone in person, either—they can use e-mail or SMS to communicate with the hotel, whether they want to inquire about a car service or...
4 Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC

4 Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC

The checkered table cloth is laid neatly on the wooden table, the homemade potato salad is chilling in the refrigerator and the brisket is almost ready after slowly roasting for 8 hours. An ideal setting for the perfect barbecue meal—if you live in the suburbs. Don’t fear! New York City, the food mecca of the Northeast, has plenty of barbecue-styled restaurants more than willing to satisfy all of your deepest beef cravings.  We’ve scoured the city to come up with New York City’s Best BBQ Restaurants. Here’s what we recommend: Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 West 26th Street, New York) Located in the heart of Flatiron District, Hill Country Barbecue is serving its patrons ‘hip BBQ.’ This cafeteria-style joint is known for their picnic sized tables, killer beer selection and OF COURSE mouthwatering Texas-style barbecue. Regardless of what meat you order, we highly recommend the mac & cheese as your side. Blue Smoke (255 Vesey Street, New York) Just a short walk from Brookfield Place, Blue Smokes’ swanky environment should not fool you for the low-country Louisiana barbecue they’re offering. From spare ribs and pulled pork to deviled eggs or hushpuppies, you’ll feel as if you’re in the south as soon as you bite down into one of their tasty menu items. Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (103 2nd Avenue, New York) Tucked away in the East Village, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ is known for their mix of Texas and Carolina style barbecue. Although there are multiple locations throughout the city, the 2nd Avenue location is by far the best. Don’t leave without ordering the mouth-watering, sweet bread pudding that is soaked...