Discovering NYC Series: Shopping in Lower Manhattan

Discovering NYC Series: Shopping in Lower Manhattan

While New York City is full of clothing retailers scattered across Manhattan, most believe Fifth Avenue is where to find the best shopping on the island. We’d like to challenge this notion. Fifth Ave is wonderful for those whose disposable income is without limits, but for the everyday shopper, Downtown NYC is the place to go. Here are our four top shopping destinations in the neighborhood: Century 21 Who needs the latest Max Mara blazer when you can shop last season’s classics at Century 21? Outfitted for those with champagne taste, Century 21 is the best way to purchase designer clothing at a reasonable cost. Westfield World Trade Center We’re still not sure if a mall surrounded by a major transportation hub is a good or bad thing, but hey, it’s certainly convenient! Whether you’re on your way home from work or looking for something to do over the weekend, Westfield World Trade Center’s impressive vendor list is vast and ever-growing. If you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by Eataly’s newest NYC location in Downtown Manhattan. Brookfield Place Brookfield Place is definitely a high-end shopping experience. From Burberry to Vince, Theory to Gucci, it’s one of New York City’s newest and most elegant luxury malls. Our favorite Brookfield Place attraction is their sophisticated food court. Say goodbye to dodgy Chinese food vendors and say hello to Chop’t. Seaport District As the South Street Seaport rebuilds itself, more local clothing vendors are moving in and creating a unique shopping destination. Stop by Rialto Jean Project, specializing in hand-painted vintage jeans, or Christian Benner, a local fashion designer who’s worked with...
City Acres Market Now Open

City Acres Market Now Open

The much anticipated organic market and food hall, City Acres Market, has finally opened its doors for business beneath Q&A Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Situated on the corner of Pearl and Cedar Streets within the 70 Pine building, this establishment will be your first stop on your way to work and the last on your way home. Outfitted to serve the needs of everyday grocery shoppers as well as the hungry business lunch crowd, City Acres offers both brand-name products as well as local goods. As you pass through the front entrance you’ll notice that every square inch is neatly occupied with either refrigerated beverages or mouth-watering food vendors. Here you can find popular New York-native restaurants such as Vanessa’s Dumplings or Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. There’s something for everyone at any time of day: grab breakfast at JuiceBrothers accompanied by a vegan donut from Cinnamon Snail; lunch from the City Acres deli counter with a side salad; and pick up dinner options at Vanessa’s Dumplings or grab a slice of the famous Artichoke Pizza. For those who are a little more daring, try the all-vegan sushi bar, Beyond Sushi. If you’re not in the mood to wait in line, you can also grab fare from a selection of City Acres’ hot or cold prepared foods. After you’ve indulged at the food hall, head downstairs to an expansive market to complete your grocery order. There’s a butcher, cheese shop, fresh produce section and aisles full of everyday household goods from familiar and local brands. The produce is locally sourced and reasonably priced. The cheese selection, curated by an in-house cheesemonger,...
Summer Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

Summer Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

It’s far too hot in the summer to prepare a meal that requires turning on the oven. Not to mention, who has time to cook for hours when you’re busy meeting friends or coworkers for happy hour in Lower Manhattan? The last thing you need is a heavy meal that leaves you feeling hotter than a summer afternoon in New York City. What you need is something quick, light, and easy to make, like this zesty shrimp scampi. Ingredients: 1 package of whole wheat pasta (substitute zucchini noodles if desired) 2 tbsp of olive oil 3-4 garlic cloves, minced ½ tsp of red chili flakes 1 cup of dry white wine 1 lb of shrimp (peeled and deveined) 1 lemon Salt and pepper Fresh chopped parsley (optional) Preparation: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. Add the garlic and chili flakes until fragrant – about 2 minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Add the wine and simmer for another minute or two, then add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side, adding the lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest after flipping the shrimp.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove the shrimp from the heat and garnish with the chopped parsley, if using. Serve immediately over the cooked whole wheat pasta or lightly sautéed zucchini noodles. Cooking with Q&A Residential Hotel The best part about this light, refreshing dinner is...
4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan this July 2017

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan this July 2017

Summer is officially here and so is the hot weather. While spending time indoors may sound most ideal, there are plenty of fun outdoor events happening in and around Downtown New York City. Here are four exciting things you should check out: GetLow (Various participating restaurants throughout Downtown NYC, Tuesdays until August 29) Tuesdays are the new Fridays in FiDi. Take full advantage of Lower Manhattan’s bustling food scene with discounts, freebies and other exciting surprises from the Downtown Alliance’s GetLow initiative. Visit their website or follow them on Instagram to see how you can GetLow. Don’t forget to hashtag #DOWNISWHATSUP if you post any of your drinks or meals to social media, and tag Q&A Residential Hotel! Lazy Sundays (Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, Sundays until September 24; 2pm – 5pm) Wrap up the week on a high note with waterfront views, cold beverages, tasty bites and plenty of people watching. All you need to do is bring yourself and a few friends, sit back and relax. Lowdown Hudson Music Fest (Waterfront Plaza Brookfield Place; July 18 & 19, 5pm) Arts Brookfield’s annual free summer musical festival is returning to Lower Manhattan for its seventh year in a row. This year’s headliners include rapper and producer Common and veteran rockers OK GO. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the bars located on the terrace and plaza. Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (Westfield World Trade Center; Now until July 23) Okay, it’s not the real Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, but from now until July 23rd you can view 34 reproductions of the Renaissance artist’s most famous frescos in the...
Business Tips: How to Beat Jet Lag

Business Tips: How to Beat Jet Lag

Jet lag is for the birds! Whether you’re traveling domestic or international, if there’s even the slightest time differentiation, you’re guaranteed to be exhausted. Traveling itself already has its own side effects. You don’t want to add sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue to the list. Fortunately, there are a few ways to beat jet lag: First, try to jumpstart your new sleep schedule by changing your current sleep cycle. Sleep as if you were in the time zone you’re traveling to. Also, try going to bed a few hours earlier and waking up earlier, which may help with your energy level. Try your best to sleep during the flight. Pack an eye mask, ear plugs (or noise cancelling headphones) and comfortable clothes. Taking sleep medication can also help you achieve a restful flight.  If you don’t have a prescription, an alternative is natural supplements such as Melatonin. Skip dinner and a movie. Depending on the airline, generally the in-flight meal contains preservatives and is high in sodium which can cause bloating and ultimately discomfort. Eat a well-balanced, light dinner before boarding and kindly request to skip the meal service. According to sleep.org, the blue light emitted by screens actually suppresses the production of melatonin which helps you sleep. Therefore it’s best to choose a light read over a movie during your flight. A glass or three of wine will NOT do the trick. Avoid alcohol all together. Since alcohol dehydrates the body and acts a depressant, it can actually lead to the exact opposite of what you intended—a good night’s rest. At the end of the day, if you’re...