36 Hours in Lower Manhattan

36 Hours in Lower Manhattan

You’ve stayed in midtown, maybe even in Upper West Side – hell you might have rented a 200 sq. ft. studio in Chinatown for the experience but have you stayed in the Financial District in New York City? Lower Manhattan holds the most history, offers some of the best shopping in town and borders the Hudson Harbor providing some of the island’s best views. Here is a guide on how you should spend your weekend getaway in Downtown NYC: Friday Visit the monuments, 3pm. Start your adventure at the iconic Charging Bull (between Broadway and Morris Street).  After taking a few pictures for your Instagram, head towards Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty in sight and enjoy a nice leisurely stroll through the park. Lower Manhattan is particularly serene during the warmer months (June – October), especially alongside the water. Ariel views of Lady Liberty, 5pm. Enjoy 15 minutes of never-been-seen views of NYC and the Statue of Liberty with New York Helicopter Rides. Check out what Ellis Island looks from above while passing from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Happy hour then dinner, 6pm. The Dead Rabbit, one of lower Manhattan’s most iconic bars, offers libations and an assortment of small and large plates. Enjoy live performances every Friday night from 9pm to 2am. Saturday Coffee and pastries, 9am. Visit Black Fox Coffee Co., the Australian owned coffee bar, on 70 Pine Street for a robust cup of joe and a delicious pastry. World Trade Center, 10am. Spend a bulk of your morning touring the memorial site where the Twin Towers once stood tall. Now, One World Trade Center,...
KidTripster: Top 10 Hotels for Families in NYC

KidTripster: Top 10 Hotels for Families in NYC

10/Q&A Residential Hotel 70 Pine St. I am a big fan of sites like Airbnb and VRBO that let you rent a residence and live like a local.  But while I love the convenience of having more space and my own kitchen, I often miss things like daily housekeeping, complimentary breakfast, and concierge service.  That’s why I love this hotel with a funny name.  The Q&A Residential Hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District is half condos, half hotel – giving you the best of both worlds.  Located in one of the city’s great vintage, Art Deco skyscrapers, which just got a $50-million makeover, you get a fully-furnished apartment but with hotel amenities like a fitness center, concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, and housekeeping.  It also offers grocery delivery, if you don’t want to eat out all the time.  Starts at $215/night. KidTripster Tip: Best bookings for families are the 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom + office and 2-bedroom apartments.  Teens may want to check out SoulCycle FiDi around the corner, while toddlers will want to hit the Pearl Street and Imagination Playgrounds, each within a two-minute walk of the hotel....
Guide to New York Film Festival 2016

Guide to New York Film Festival 2016

The 54th annual New York Film Festival is approaching and this year’s theme is quite appropriate for NYC – Studio 54. From documentaries and avant-garde poetics to contemporary cinema and experimental narratives, the critics cannot stop talking about this year’s lineup. Here are some helpful tips for navigating the 2016 New York Film Festival: When is the New York Film Festival? This year’s festival starts Friday, September 30, 2016 and ends Sunday, October 16, 2016. During the week, screenings begin at 6:00pm and end at 9:30pm. On the weekend, show times start anywhere between 11:00am to 12:30pm and end between 9:00pm to 9:30pm depending on the day. Where is the New York Film Festival? All Main Slate titles have initial screenings at the Lincoln Center’s upscale Alice Tully Hall, located at 1941 Broadway. Other venues include the Walter Reade Theatre, located at 165 West 65th Street, as well as the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located a few blocks away at 144 West 65th Street. How do you get tickets? For most screenings, anyone can purchase tickets from the official website. Rush tickets are released daily so if you’re the cost conscious buyer be sure to check the website every morning. What should you see? See it all! We’re kidding – you’d have to quit your day job for two weeks. Critics are raving about the following movies: Eric Kohn’s The Human Surge, The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman and Dane Komljen’s All the Cities of the North. Whether you’re interested in how Adam Driver is taking on a new role or curious about Kristen Stewart’s latest debut –...
U.S. News & World Report: New York City Hotels Where History Was Made

U.S. News & World Report: New York City Hotels Where History Was Made

Q&A Residential Hotel It may not have the same recognition of Park Avenue, but Pine Street in Lower Manhattan is one of Manhattan’s oldest streets. Rising 950 feet and 66 stories, 70 Pine St. was once the third tallest building in the world. In 2011, the property’s exterior and interior – featuring ornate art deco carvings – were designated historical landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Today the building is home to the Q&A Residential Hotel. The property’s themed suites honor some of the greatest inventions and visionaries in recent history with larger-than-life art installations of patents for everything from windshield wipers to the blueprints of the 1906 aircraft flown by the Wright Brothers. Source: http://travel.usnews.com/gallery/new-york-city-hotels-where-history-was-made/ By: Katie...