4 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan This December

4 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan This December

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there are plenty of festive activities happening in and around Downtown NYC. But what if you’re not feeling festive and want to do something other than stare at a well-lit tree or ice skate in the middle of a crowded Midtown park? Rejoice, as there are still plenty of exciting, non-holiday themed happenings all around the city.   Robert Kelly at Gotham Comedy Club (December 22-23, Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street, New York) You don’t want to miss stand-up comedian Robert Kelly’s honest, abrasively funny standup centered around deep-rooted life issues and failed relationships. Why not spread the holiday cheer with actual laughter?   New York Islanders Hockey (Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) There are a few games left in the month as we head toward the end of the holiday season, so head to the rink and catch some Islanders hockey. Visit the Barclays Center event page for more information on games and ticket prices.   Holiday Train Show We may have said no holiday-related activities, but you can’t be a scrooge all season. Spend an afternoon walking through enchanting model trains as they zip through a collection of displays recreated with real natural materials. While you’re there, peruse the New York Botanical Garden’s winter collection.   iPic Theatres Stroll through the Seaport District and have yourself a movie night at iPic Theaters. See what’s playing and grab yourself a ticket. Be sure to go hungry, as there’s a full-service restaurant on premise ready to serve you during the flick.   Where do I discover other...
Business Tips: Business Travel in the Winter

Business Tips: Business Travel in the Winter

Work never stops, it is always constant. Whether you’re traveling during the height of summer traffic or schlepping your way through snow in the dead of winter, business will always continue. If you’ve ever traveled before, you’ve most likely been stuck in an airport or two due to inclement weather conditions. Fortunately, whatever the weather, there are precautions you can take to avoid headaches during your next trip this winter season. Here’s what we recommend. Avoid connecting flights There’s nothing worse than making it halfway to your destination only to find out your next flight is cancelled.  What’s even more unsettling is dealing with last-minute hotel accommodations, rebooking flights and rearranging your schedule if you planned on going to work the next day. If it’s within your control (and budget), avoid reserving flights with connections. Non-stop flights may be more expensive, but in the grand scheme of things, it can end up being cheaper than getting held in a city overnight due to weather complications. If you have no choice but to connect, give yourself enough time between flights. On average, the recommended time between connecting flights is 3 hours. If you’re worried about missing your connection, notify the gate agents and/or flight attendant and they may be able to make arrangements to have your next plane wait. If there are multiple people on your first aircraft that are traveling to the same destination, the power of numbers will be to your advantage. The next plane will be more willing to wait if there a number of delayed passengers from the same destination. First is not the worst Waking...
We’re turning two!

We’re turning two!

Can you believe it’s been two years since we first opened our doors to the public? We can’t! In honor of this special event, we’d like to recap all of the amazing milestones and new initiatives Q&A Residential Hotel began this year.   Opening of City Acres Market In August, City Acres Market officially opened for business! Providing guests and 70 Pine residents with a fully-stocked, organic market and grocery store, this place is perfect for food shopping without ever leaving the building.  Don’t feel like cooking? Stop by any of the vendors located in the food court.   Julianne M Lewis, Director of Sales Julianne started at Q&A the beginning of 2017 and was recently promoted to Director of Sales. With a background in hospitality, she brings fresh new ideas to the team and has increased our presence as a new hotel amongst the travel industry.   Hotels.com top 15 New York City Hotels Q&A Hotel was revealed as one of the top 15 ultimate hotel hotspots this year according to Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards. With a 4.7 star rating, travelers love staying at our hotel.   Top 25 NYC hotels on Trip Advisor Ranked 21 out of 469 hotels in New York City on TripAdvisor, Q&A would like to thank all of our past guests who took the time out of their day to rate their stay. We hope to see you again soon!   Still the LARGEST hotel apartments in NYC Without a doubt, Q&A still holds the title as largest hotel apartments in New York City. From 400 to 1,100 square feet, you can...
Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in New York City is a magical time of year.  From joining the crowds to watch the parade to hitting up a holiday market to purchase artisanal gifts, there are plenty ways to take advantage of your holiday trip this season. Whether you’re in the area for business or pleasure, here’s how you can make the best of spending Thanksgiving in NYC.   Watch the parade For those who are crowd-averse, this may not be the best option. However, if you’ve always dreamed of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, now is your chance. Review the parade map and determine the most optimal viewing point for your comfort level. If you have portable lawn chairs handy, bring them. Make sure to layer up with comfortable, warm clothing and head out earlier in the morning.   Volunteer Plenty of nonprofit organizations are gearing up for the winter season by setting up clothing drives, soup kitchens and more. Feeding NYC is looking for volunteers the days leading up to Turkey Day to help prepare, package and deliver holiday meals to more than 35,000 families in need. If you’re looking for something else, visit New York Cares and see which organizations need help this holiday season.   Run a 5K What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by burning a few calories before you ingest thousands more at the feast? Join hundreds of locals on Thanksgiving Day for the annual New York City Turkey Trot, starting at 9am in Prospect Park. It’s not unusual to see participants running in turkey or pilgrim costumes, so wear your Thanksgiving-themed gear if...
Discovering NYC Series: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown NYC

Discovering NYC Series: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown NYC

Here’s an ode to joe: the giver of energy, the provider of good conversation and the fuel to start our day. While a Starbucks may be located on the corner of every block, there’s something special about a boutique coffee shop, and there are plenty of them in Downtown Manhattan. We hit the grounds (get it?) and searched every corner in the neighborhood for the perfect cup of java, and here’s what we found.   Voyager Espresso, 110 William Street Located on the lower level of 110 William, on the way to the subway you’ll find Voyager Espresso.  The spacecraft-inspired space seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, yet serves specialty drinks and lightly roasted coffees with locally-sourced dairy. If you’re hungry for a snack, try any of their quirky toasts.   Black Fox Coffee, 70 Pine Street Nestled in the heart of 70 Pine you’ll find Black Fox Coffee, an Australian artisanal coffee shop offering not only some of the best coffee in Downtown NYC, but sandwiches and pastries as well. Order any of their available coffees, but be sure to try the almond croissant – it’s to die for.   Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, 200 Broadway, New York Known for their locally-sourced, fair trade beans, Irving Farm has a number of locations throughout NYC and Long Island. We recommend the Fulton Center spot in particular, for a few reasons. First, the Fulton Center’s atrium provides a visually appealing light show, especially during certain times of day when the sun hits the 952 aluminum panels. Second, the people-watching is something out of a movie. Lastly, it’s a...