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Spring Recipe: One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard

The farmer’s markets are setting up their stalls; the new seasonal vegetable are arriving; and the temperature outside is finally warming up. Now it’s time to switch out those hearty, healthy winter meals to light and fresh spring delights. What’s for dinner? Something easy and fresh with seasonal veggies—one-skillet steak and spring vegetable covered with spicy mustard that serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless New York strip steak, patted dry Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 5 garlic cloves, 1 grated, 4 thinly sliced ⅓ cup Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces Preparation: Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Whisk grated garlic, mustard, vinegar, honey, cayenne, ⅓ cup oil, and 1 tbsp. water in a medium bowl to combine; season spicy mustard with salt and pepper. Heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Rub steak all over with 1 tbsp. oil and cook, turning every 2 minutes or so for 10 minutes until medium-rare for 10 minutes. Transfer steak to a plate to rest. Pour off oil from skillet, leaving crispy bits behind. Heat remaining 2 tbsps. oil in same skillet over low heat and add sliced garlic and all but about 2 tbsps. scallions (save those for serving) and cook, stirring often, until translucent and softened for about 3 minutes. Add peas and a splash of water and cook, stirring and mashing to break up...

4 Fun Things to Do In Lower Manhattan this April 2017

The snow has finally melted, the air is warm and the trees have started to blossom. It’s officially spring in New York City. Take a break while spring cleaning your apartment and go outside to discover these fun city-wide events happening this April: Tribeca Film Festival (Locations vary, April 19 – 30) Fans of cutting-edge cinema, it’s that time of year again – the Tribeca Film Festival and this year they added new technology – an app! Available for Android and iPhone, check out line-ups, celebrity talks and more. Check out Cate Blanchett’s 90-minute feature of her 13-character art installation previously displayed at the Armory or the second sequel to 2010’s food-and-celebrity impressions, The Trip. New York International Auto Show (Jacob Javits Center, April 14 – 23) Whether you have a need for speed or are looking for the latest environmentally-friendly automobile, the New York International Auto Show has it all. Visit the Jacob Javits Center and see Lincoln’s latest model or Honda’s newest plug in vehicle. Cherry Blossom Viewing (Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn; Now until April 30) Nothing says spring has sprung better than the blossoming of soft pink petals falling from hundreds of cherry trees. Spend an afternoon meandering around Brooklyn Botanical Garden viewing dozens of vegetal exhibits and the cherry blossom trees. Before planning your adventure, visit their website to track the blooms. Wine on Wheels 2017 (City Winery NYC 155 Varick Street; April 29, 1pm) Join many others on April 29th for the Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting event and Silent Auction! This event features over 200 wines served by as many...

Discovering NYC Series: South Street Seaport

In 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the South Street Seaport. What was once the cornerstone of social and business gatherings was completely washed out. Over the past few years, the Seaport District has reinvented itself by bringing back the classics while adding new life to the area. Here’s everything you can sightsee while visiting: Explore: Discover the rise of New York as a port city and learn its crucial role in the development of our beloved country at the South Street Seaport Museum. Attend public workshops hosted by Bowne Printers throughout the year. Watch: Experience movies like you haven’t before at iPic Theatre at Fulton Market. Choose from their chaise lounge seating or premium plus sections and order dinner and drinks while watching the latest blockbuster flick. Shop: Shop till you drop! From fresh food and handmade goods at the Fulton Stall Market to custom leather jackets from New York City-based fashion designer Christian Benner, you won’t leave empty handed. Be sure to stop in to Emily Thompson Flowers for unique floral arrangements and unconventional, yet wild, materials. Eat and Drink: First, stop in Dorlan’s Tavern and Oyster bar for a dozen oysters and round of drinks. Then head over to the Italian bistro Barbalu, formerly known as Barbarin— one of the few groundbreaking restauranteurs that refused to let Superstorm Sandy stop them from doing business. While there are many things to do right now at the South Street Seaport, there is so much more to come. Momofuku, ByChloe, and Jean Georges are just a few exciting neighborhood entrants on the horizon. Keep an eye out of a number of...

Visiting One World Trade Observatory

Our ever expanding Q&A Perks Program recently added One World Observatory as a new partner! As a “welcome to the relationship”, our hotel marketing team was invited to experience this amazing new landmark first hand. Here is everything you need to know before checking out the most remarkable views of Manhattan and beyond: Fun facts Opened in May 2015, One World Observatory has hosted over 3 million visitors thus far. That’s just about 95 thousand guests every month! When walking through the ground level exhibits, you can’t miss the glorious LED screen display and special program, Voices, which pays homage to all of the construction workers who assisted with the project. The average construction worker spends anywhere from 3 to 6 months on a project, but the majority of construction workers for One World Observatory spent nine years lending their skills. Also fascinating—a number of these workers’ parents helped with the construction of the original World Trade Center! For another interesting fact, did you know there’s enough concrete in the building to lay sidewalk from Manhattan to Chicago? On your way up Pay special attention on your way up because it’ll be over before you know it! It takes approximately 47 seconds from the ground level to reach the 102 floor. One World Observatory hosts the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere traveling at 28 mph. While you’re traveling up, the floor to ceiling screens show a variety of NYC attractions from all sightlines. Visit during the day AND night The best time to visit One World Observatory is about an hour before sunset. This way you can see...

4 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in New York City

Well… you’re in the center of it all. The mecca for New Year’s celebrations; New York City! Depending on who you are, this could be extremely exciting or the worst news you’ve heard in a while. Fear not – we’ve researched 4 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Manhattan (for all personality types). Party Animal Release your inner party animal and go forth and fiesta! Start in the mix of it all by watching the ball drop from right in Times Square then head over to Copacabana, a large 3 level nightclub in Midtown, and continue the party. If you would like a decent spot to watch the ball drop, make sure you get there by 3pm or earlier and prepare for a crowd! If you still want to party but Midtown isn’t your scene, visit joonbug.com for all the popping NYE events around the city. Fancy Frolicker If you got it – spend it! Enjoy an evening with Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band at the Edison Ballroom. Every ticket includes a four-course meal and the opportunity to practice your best dance skills surrounded by tuxes and gowns in a luxurious Art Deco ballroom. Tickets range from $250 to $350 dollars. Bar Hopper Start at MACE located in Alphabet City on 9th Street and travel down Avenue A, B or C stopping in bars along the way. Some of our favorites include: The Wayland, The Summit Bar, Cienfuegos, Drexler’s and Manitoba’s. These are just a few out of dozens of bars located in and around Alphabet City. Quiet Mouse Don’t feel like going balls-to-the-wall to...

Discovering NYC Series: Best Holiday Markets in NYC

‘Tis the season to get together with friends, family and loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. ‘Tis also the season to buy everyone gifts for the holidays! Instead of dreading mall crowds or busy streets in SoHo, adventure to one of the many holiday markets in New York City. Here are our top favorites and what each has to offer: Winter Village at Bryant Park (Now until January 5th; Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, New York) Probably one of the most iconic and picturesque markets in New York City, Bryant Park’s Winter Village not only provides a variety of shopping stalls but also free ice skating ($20 rental for skates), food and warm beverages to soothe your holiday soul! Union Square Holiday Market (Now until December 24th; Union Square at 14th Street, New York) Spend an entire day here at this funky, European-styled winter market full of local and national goodies. Whether you need leather goods, artwork or something sparkly for that special someone, Union Square Holiday Market has it all. Stop by Momofuku Milk Bar’s stall for a quick snack break. Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market (Winter season; Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue, New York) While the Artists & Fleas Market normally resides in Williamsburg, every winter season they take over a portion of Chelsea Market to spread the holiday cheer, Brooklyn-style. Shop for a variety of unique craft items—perfect for that quirky friend. Columbus Circle Holiday Market (Now until December 24th; West 59th Street and Broadway, New York) After perusing through Central Park’s wintery sights, head over to the...

4 Best Bars on Stone Street

While many believe Lower Manhattan is strictly business, there is actually a thriving bar scene – you just have look past One Wall Street and Deutsche Bank. Aside from the lively South Street Seaport, Stone Street is full of happening bars and restaurants. One of the oldest streets in New York City, it has survived colonization, World Wars, the Great Fire and Great Depression but don’t let its antiquated namesake fool you—Stone Street is a hot spot with youthful crowds. Here are four bars we recommend: Stone Street Tavern (52 Stone Street, New York) Tucked away in the heart of the bustling Financial District, Stone Street Tavern’s charming old world ambiance is a pleasant view into the past and something a little less stuffy than what you might normally find in the Financial District. Their house beer, Stone Street Tavern Pilsner, is light and crisp in flavor and pairs well with the Crab Cake, made of lump crabmeat, corn succotash with roasted jalapeno remoulade. The Growler Bites and Brews (55 Stone Street, New York) A new addition to the historic Stone Street, The Growler Bites and Brews occupies an 1837 Dutch Revival building; however, their beverages are far from pre-historic. From housemade grenadine to earl grey infused Tanqueray gin, do not underestimate their craft cocktails that are unique to the area. Our personal favorite is The Chili Chuhuahua made with Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila, grapefruit soda, chili salt and a splash of lime. Wintry Wine and Whiskey (57 Stone Street, New York) Ever torn between spending an evening at a wine bar or a whiskey joint? You’ll never need...

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan During November 2016

The holiday season is the best time to visit New York City. Bryant Park Holiday Shops are open, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is welcoming skaters and Macy’s is preparing their seasonal displays. While all of this is exciting, there are a lot of cool new and fun things going on in Lower Manhattan! Here are 4 ways to spend the month of November without ever leaving the Financial District: Apple World Trade Center (185 Greenwich Street, New York) The largest Apple store in New York City is now open in the Westfield World Trade Center Mall! Located on two levels of the mall, venture through dozens of the latest and greatest tech gadgets and accessories. While you’re there, check out the other recently opened shops in Westfield Mall or take a walk around the Oculus. iPic Movie Theater (11 Fulton Street, New York) One of the first of its kind to come to Manhattan proper, iPic Movie Theater is more than just a night out at the movies, it’s an experience. Aside from popcorn and candy, order a meal or a few beverages while relaxing in their extra-cushioned leather seats or ‘sinfully decadent’ reclining chairs. Canstruction (Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, New York) Canstruction, a surprising annual design competition located in the heart of Brookfield Place, challenges teams or architects, engineers and contractors to build sculptures made of canned food. After the art installation, everything is donated to City Harvest to distribute to those in need. While you’re visiting this charity exhibit, knock out some holiday shopping or grab a bite to eat at Le Bar. Fulton Stall...

Discovering NYC Series: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The leaves are changing colors and the crowds are starting to die down – it must be fall in New York City. Before the wintery weather takes over this concrete jungle, spend a few days outdoors visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  When is the last time you took the opportunity to explore our nation’s gateway to culture and immigration? Here’s what to expect when visiting: Statue Cruises is the official provider authorized by the National Park Service to take visitors to and from Liberty and Ellis Island. Through their official website, you can purchase different levels of tickets from visiting both of the islands’ grounds to making your way up to the crown. Every ticket includes a pass to Ellis Island Museum. Statue of Liberty Take a stroll around the grounds of Lady Liberty and then, depending on the type of ticket you purchased, head into the pedestal. The pedestal was actually constructed and paid for by the American people and is roughly half the height of the entire monument. Pedestal tickets allow visitors to access the museum as well as the Fort Wood Level. From the pedestal you can take the stairs or elevator to the top of the Statue. You can experience 360 degree views of Lower Manhattan by walking around the crown. Self-guided, as well as Park Ranger guided tours, are available for purchase. Ellis Island Ellis Island was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. Before heading into the museum, walk along the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and search for your family’s name....

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during October 2016

Guten Tag! October is here and now is the time to drink a lot of beer! We’re just joking – partially! From pumpkin picking to Halloween celebrations, there are plenty of things to do in New York City to keep busy this October. Here are some city-wide event suggestions: Oktoberfest at Bierhaus NYC (Now until October 31, times vary, Bierhaus, 712 Third Avenue, New York) Oktoberfest is not over yet! Bierhaus NYC is celebrating all month long with events ranging from Kidtoberfest to National Bratwurst eating contest. Don’t feel like celebrating? Just stop by and try their selection of imported German beers. New York Comic Con (October 6 – 9, times vary, Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York) Don ye best cosplay costume for this year’s Comic Con! Whether you dress up, or are just there to observe, you’ll feel as if you landed in one of your favorite comics. Tickets are limited on the official website, however other vendors such as StubHub are still selling tickets. New York City Wine & Food Festival (October 13 – 16, times vary, locations vary throughout NYC) The most awaited booze and food festival is back and tickets are selling like hotcakes! From tastings to intimate dinners, classes and late night parties, there’s an event for everyone. Visit your favorite Michelin-starred chef or check out the latest fresh talent. The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (October 22, 12 – 3pm, Tompkins Square Park, 500 East 9th Street, New York) Three words: dogs in costumes! From noon until about 3pm watch hundreds of pooches parade around Tompkins Square...

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,...

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 –...

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during September 2016

Students are back in school, vacations are coming to an end and the humidity is finally taking its seasonal break. Even though summer is winding down, the fun doesn’t have to end! Here are four events this September that will keep your spirits high and your calendar full: Broadway Week (September 7 – 18, times vary; locations vary throughout NYC) Have you been dying to see Chicago but couldn’t bring yourself to spend over $100 per ticket? Well, great news – it’s Broadway Week! Enjoy 2-for-1 deals starting September 7th through the 18th on select shows. Be sure to enter BWAYWK in the verification code box before selecting your seat. Coca-Cola Generations Jazz Festival (Now until October 2, times vary, Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle) From now until the end of the month enjoy unlimited nights full of jazz at Dizzy’s Club. This month long event features over 200 musicians spanning three generations honoring iconic musicians and composers as well as emerging artists and bandleaders. For more information about artists and performances, please visit the website. New York Fashion Week (September 8 – 15, times vary; locations vary throughout NYC) The models are back; the designers are panicking; and the public is eager to preview next season’s latest and greatest for Fall Fashion Week! While some events are invite-only, there are plenty of pop-up and open to the public shows scattered across New York City. Visit New York Fashion Week’s website for show times and locations. San Gennaro Italian Festival (September 15 – 25, 7 – 10pm; Mulberry Street between Canal Street and Houston Street, Little...

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during August 2016

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, spend the last month of summer discovering amazing events New York City has to offer. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here’s how to make the most out of your stay at Q&A Residential hotel this August: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (August 6 – 7, 10:15am; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens) Visit Hong Kong without leaving New York City at the 26th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Watch 180 teams race long boats while paddling to the beat of their boat’s drummer at this cultural festival inspired by Chinese tradition. NYC Restaurant Week (Through August 19; Various participating restaurants in NYC) Are you dying to try Empire Steak House’s famous Filet Mignon? Well, now you can because NYC Restaurant Week is back and this year’s participating restaurants are better than ever. Choose from a variety of restaurant options for lunch ($29 for 3 courses) or dinner ($42 for 3 courses). Battery Dance Festival (August 14 – 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm; Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Park City) Formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival, this free celebration showcases dances from India, Austria, Turkey and New York. Enjoy five evenings of live entertainment while overlooking the sparkling New York City harbor. Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (August 26 – 28, Friday at 7pm, Saturday – Sunday at 3pm; Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park West, Harlem) SummerStage Festival 2016 continues to provide Manhattanites with epic summer concerts and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is one to remember. Head over to Harlem and spend up to three days listening to amazing...

Guide to NYC Pride Week 2016

The very first pride march was held on June 28, 1970 in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Fast forward 46 years, here we are celebrating LGBT Pride Week in the heart the Modern Gay Rights Movement in New York City. Pride week is a weeklong celebration full of vivacious, entertaining extravaganzas coupled with informational and pivotal events designed to celebrate equality. We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite events to attend during NYC Pride Week: Broadway Bares 26; Monday, June 19 Featuring over 150 dancers from the Great White Way, this unofficial kickoff event for Pride combines jaw-dropping burlesque with the glamour and vibrancy of Broadway. Located at the Hammerstein Ballroom, tickets range from $50 – $3,000. For more information and ticket sales, please visit their website. Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park, Pier 63; Tuesday, June 21 Spend a relaxing Tuesday evening under Manhattan’s bright lights watching the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story. Doors open at 7:30pm and the move will start at 8:30pm. This event is free however there are tickets for premium seating. Gay History Walking Tour of the West Village; Saturday, June 25 Learn more about New York City’s gay history on a walking tour of the West Village. The tour will began at the Stonewall Inn and then make it’s way through the heart of Greenwich Village educating attendees on the history before the Stonewall riots as well as after. Did you know Walt Whitman would read his homoerotic poems to his friends at a bar on Broadway? The tour begins at 6pm and tickets are $25 per person. NYC Pride March; Sunday,...

Q&A Hotel Out & About: What to Do in NYC during June 2016

Spring was short-lived and summer has arrived! Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover and experience exciting citywide events during the month of June. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out your stay at Q&A Residential Hotel. Blue Note Jazz Festival (Through June 30, Times vary; Locations vary) This June welcomes the return of the Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring over 150 talented performers. Spend your summer evenings or weekends listening to renditions of the classics or some of the latest productions. For more information about the festival and participating venues, please visit the website. Gay Pride NYC (Through June 30, Times vary, Locations vary) Let your rainbow-flag fly and celebrate all month long for Gay Pride NYC. From Dance on the Pier to various VIP Rooftop Parties, there are endless events occurring city wide for the entire month of June. Check the link for more venue and event details. Shakespeare in the Park (Through June 26, 8pm; Delacorte Theater in Central Park) Two words: Free Shakespeare. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday starting at 8pm from now until June 26. For tickets, you can either line up in front of the Delacorte (first-come, first-serve) starting at noon; occasionally vouchers are distributed in each of the five boroughs between 12-2pm, visit Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the park webpage or enter the online lottery by creating account on their website. Manhattan by Sail (Through October 9, Times vary; Battery Park, Battery Place) Escape the summer heat on a luxury sailboat sightseeing the waterfront of Manhattan. Choose from a...

Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial celebration of the start to summer. Pools will open, rooftop restaurants will flourish and beaches will welcome the masses. You don’t have to travel far to celebrate this grandiose event just because you’re residing within the concrete jungle. Here’s a guide to fun, easy-to-access, activities in and around New York City this Memorial Day Weekend: Go to the beach. New York City is an island and islands have beaches, right? Yes! There are plenty of beaches all within an hour’s train ride to and from downtown Manhattan. Depending what type of crowd you are looking for, there’s a beach for everyone. Want to be surrounded by dozens of Manhattanites celebrating a paid vacation? Venture out to Jones Beach on Long Island. Looking for something relaxing and away from the hustle and bustle of NYC? Head over to Fort Tilden Beach in Queens near Far Rockaway and rent a bicycle to access the premises. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, head down to Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey. Go to the park. Manhattan has over 28,000 acres of municipal parkland. We’re not asking you to trek through all of 28,000 acres but grab a towel (or blanket), snacks, beverages, a good book and some friends (if you’re feeling social) and choose from one of many parks located in and around NYC. For a complete list of which park is best or closest to you, visit the NYC Parks & Recreation website. Go to the parade(s). Truly celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who sacrifice their lives while serving this country. Choose...

Q&A Hotel Out & About: What to Do in NYC During May 2016

Now that May is here, it’s time to get out and explore more of what New York City has to offer this spring. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover and experience exciting citywide events. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out your stay at Q&A Residential Hotel. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (May 7 – 8, 11am – 6pm; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street) The 6th Annual NYC Vegetarian festival is back with over 120 health and wellness vendors, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, food and more! This event is perfect for all foodies, veggie lovers and non-meat eaters. America’s Cup (May 6 – 8, Times vary, Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street) New York City is hosting the America’s Cup for the first time since 1920. Head over to Brookfield Place to experience The Event Village featuring entertainment, food vendors, and sponsor activities. If you’re looking for better views of the race, make your way towards the Statue of Liberty any of the three days. Fleet Week NYC (May 25 – 31, Times vary; Locations vary) Fleet Week is back and it’s time to celebrate with over 1,500 service men and women of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Visit their website for more maritime-fun event information. The Butterfly Conservatory (Through May 29, 10:00am-5:45pm; American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, 79th Street) Venture over to the American Museum of Natural History and check out their most popular exhibition. With over 250,000 different species of butterflies and moths, you won’t want to miss...

A Guide to Downtown NYC Rooftop Bars

A Guide to Downtown NYC Rooftop Bars With the arrival of spring, it’s time to gather friends, family or coworkers and enjoy sunsets and outdoor spaces in New York. Despite Downtown NYC’s tall buildings and narrow streets, there are plenty of great rooftop bars that boast breathtaking panoramic views of the New York harbor and Hudson River. Here are a few of our recommendations: The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar (102 North End Avenue, New York) Located on the 16th story of the Conrad New York, this stylish venue offers amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. Known for their innovative, seasonal cocktails, Loopy Doopy’s equally impressive small plate menu is perfect for sharing. Try their Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail featuring a People’s Pop drowning in Prosecco or Rose. Watermark Bar (Pier 15, 78 South Street, New York) Situated on Pier 15, Watermark Bar presents unique views of Brooklyn, the Williamsburg Bridge and the East River. The sophisticated10,000 sq. ft. space is the ideal meeting spot or event location. Choose from a selection of burgers and bar bites with a cold beverage in hand while enjoying the view. W New York Downtown – Bar Terrace (8 Albany Street, New York) The outdoor terrace is a great spot to unwind after work and to get your weekend started. Open from late spring until mid-fall, the W’s Bar Terrace offers stunning views of Downtown NYC, fancy cocktails and lite bites. Be sure to stop by Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm for Sip Daily specials including $5 beer, $8 wine, $9 well drinks and $10 specialty cocktails....

Q&A Hotel Out & About: What to Do in NYC During April 2016

Welcome to your monthly “Out & About” where we report on local attractions and things to do in the New York City area. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover and experience exciting citywide events. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out your stay at Q&A Residential Hotel. Tribeca Film Festival (April 13 – 24, Times vary; Locations vary throughout NYC) Tribeca Film Festival is back and this year’s line-up is even better. From documentaries to short narratives, visit their website to see which new film may peak your interest. Bacon and Beer Classic (April 22 at 7pm or April 23 at 12pm; Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue) Enjoy over 50 varieties of bacon bites and 100 types of suds coming from all five boroughs of Manhattan. There will be plenty of adult-friendly games like giant Jenga, wiffle ball and an inflatable bungee run. NYC Holi Hai 2016 (April 30, 11am – 6pm; Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue) Celebrate the arrival of spring with the 7th annual Festival of Colors organized by NYC Bhangra. There will be food, live performances and of course, colors! Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty (Until July 24, 10:30am-5:30pm; MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street) Nearly 100 years after the revered French artist’s death, the MoMA is featuring Edgar Degas’ first solo show. This exhibition includes about 120 rare monotypes as well as 60 related paintings, drawings and more of Degas’ impression of urban life and depictions of the body. Where do I discover other area...

Visiting the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

While exploring downtown, you may have passed a large white, rib-like structure buried in construction fences and wondered what could it be. On March 4, 2016 the $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Downtown Manhattan officially opened its doors to the public. Representing a child releasing a dove, this 911 memoriam stands over 160 feet tall nestled in the heart of the World Trade Center complex. Unlike your typical transportation station, the Oculus’ sleek modern interior is covered in white marble with steel beams all enclosed by glass creating an uplifting space full of light and movement. Inspiring hope to those who stand underneath this marvelous architecture, some have referred this space to the “public’s cathedral.” Designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, it is the world’s most expensive train station and by far the most unique. There are a few different ways to experience this marvelous structure. If you’re passing through WTC PATH station from New Jersey, as you leave your respective track, look for the long row of turnstiles near the central staircase to access the center of the Oculus. From the outside, head down Vesey Street towards the PATH entrance but before you enter the station, turn left down construction alley and follow the signs to the Oculus. Or, head underground through the West Concourse of One World Trade Center to the doors on the upper level marked “PATH Train: Fare Zone Only.” You will then notice turnstiles next to an elevator and staircase. Ascend down either and you will find yourself deep in the Oculus. This grandiose building not only serves as excellent Instagram...

Q&A Hotel Out & About: What to Do in NYC During March 2016

Welcome to your monthly “Out & About” where we report on local attractions and things to do in the New York City area. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover and experience exciting citywide events. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out your stay at Q&A Residential Hotel. 2016 Annual Art Exhibition (Now through March 31, Weekdays 2PM-4PM; Battery Park City parks Conservancy, 75 Battery Place) Take a break from the woes of your workday and stroll through various artwork on display in Battery Park City. This event is free and open to the public. Le Nozze de Figaro (Now through March 26, 1:00PM, 7:30PM or 8:00PM; The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza) Enjoy an evening at The Metropolitan watching one of the top ten most performed operas worldwide. Le Nozze de Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro, is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s immortal comedy of manner and morals that tells the story how servants Figaro and Susanna disrupt the plan of their employer, Count Almaviva, to seduce Susanna and ultimately succeed in getting married. The Orchid Show (Now through April 17, 10AM-6PM; New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard) Get in the spring spirit and venture through over 1000 displays of orchids. By day, experience dance performances, poetry reading, shopping and orchid care demonstrations; by night, enjoy music, libations and serene beauty. New York International Auto Show (March 25-April 3, Mon-Sat: 10AM-10PM, Sun: 10AM-7PM; Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street) Preview international auto maker’s sport and luxury concept vehicles for 2016 and 2017. Experience name brands such...

Guide to LA PALESTRA’s Facility – Q&A Residential Hotel

Guide to LA PALESTRA’S Facility The much anticipated day has finally arrived and LA PALESTRA at 70 Pine is open and ready for fitness! The bi-level, 21,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center has just opened its first floor doors to all Q&A Residential Hotel guests who seek a workout during their stay. Here we explain why LA PALESTRA is so unique and what it has to offer our guests. LA PALESTRA isn’t your average hotel fitness center, or gym for that matter. The lifestyle center was designed to blend preventative medicine and fitness—a need founder and president Pat Manocchia discovered from his years in the industry. The brand’s member base includes professional athletes, cancer patients, marathoners, and individuals seeking more than your average workout. Unlike other hotel gym facilities, LA PALESTRA has a full-time trained staff ready to assist their workout warriors with whatever their exercise needs require. Unlike other over crowded gyms, the layout of the fitness center is a balance of space and sophistication, specifically designed to encourage movement. While staying at Q&A Hotel, guests will be able to take advantage of the top-of-the line fitness equipment, weights, mats and steam room. The equipment found in LA PALESTRA was hand-picked by the founder for quality assurance. Premier brands include Cybex and Technogym. Guests will also have access to one of the latest workout machines not typically found in most fitness centers, the Sproing. This device resembles a backwards treadmill but instead of the rotating belt, there is a stationary pad giving the user the ability to work out at maximum intensity without aches and pains. It is...

Do Something! Unique Classes to Take in NYC

As you’re thinking of your New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better time than now to try something new. New York City offers classes in numerous fields, whether you want to learn how to trapeze, draw comics, whip up a tasty cocktail, or anything in between. Just in time for the New Year, we rounded up several interesting classes to consider taking. These off-the-beaten-path and truly unique classes prove that there’s really something for everybody in New York City. Floral Design Class, New York Botanical Garden Known as the concrete jungle, New York sure does love its flower markets and abundance of highly stylized terrariums. Whether you want to express yourself through a beautiful bouquet of flowers or understand the colors of floral design, learn how to design floral arrangements at the many New York Botanical Garden floral design classes. Cerebral Courses, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research For the intellects-this one is for you. The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research offers classes each season that range from “Plato’s Republic: Power and Happiness” to “Darwin: Genes, Generation, Genealogy.” Welding Class, Michael Daniel Metal Design Want to create something with your hands? Sign up for a welding class where you’ll be introduced to basic welding and metal sculpting techniques. As a bonus, you’ll end the class with a simple project to take home. Weaving Class, Loop of the Loom If you favor fabrics, the Loop of the Loom on the Upper East Side has classes in weaving, clothing, and more. The shop offers classes for adults and children–whether you want to do a single session, a one-month studio pass, or try an...

Best Happy Hours in New York’s Downtown

There’s nothing like looking forward to the end of a workday with a planned happy hour in sight. Happy hour is one of the most talked about activities in NYC – and for a good reason. New York has so many happy hour specials and amazing spots to go to after work. In honor of 5 o’clock cocktails, here are a few spots to consider next time you’re planning a happy hour. Fresh Salt Fresh Salt is a cozy spot by the South Street seaport that serves up sweet happy hour specials from 4 to 8 pm, with drafts and well drinks running only $4. Enjoy the outdoor seating when the weather’s nice, and you can also pair your drink with their signature sandwiches for an even better happy hour. Boilermaker If you’re looking for a classic downtown bar, the Boilermaker hosts killer happy hour specials from 5 to 8pm during the week. The Boilermaker is known for its classic cocktails – which are only $8 during happy hour. The Boilermaker also offers $7 wines, $4 beers, and $6 spirits. Relax at this dark, cozy bar with a few coworkers and a cold one. Schiller’s Liquor Bar This Lower East Side staple is a bustling nightspot with vintage décor and a continental menu. Although known for its steak frites, Schiller’s has extensive happy hour specials that are even better known, including $1.50 oysters, food specials, and half priced drinks on margarita pitchers and other frozen drink pitchers. The Happiest Hour This whimsical and tiki-inspired cocktail bar offers a happy hour that, as the name suggests, could potentially be the...

Best Bars in the Financial District

Financial District may be known as the economic center of the entire United States but the neighborhood is also lush with bars and nightlife. Whether you’re in for a relaxing evening over drinks with a pal or planning an evening full of bar hopping, FiDi (Financial District) won’t let you down. From places that thrive off boozy brunches to a beer snob’s haven, here are the best spots to order a tall one. The Dead Rabbit (30 Water St.) The Dead Rabbit – where “old New York” meets “Irish-American tradition.” The bar has a taproom offering anything from craft beer to various whiskeys of the world. Upstairs, indulge in 72 historic cocktails created by the 19th century’s most celebrated bartenders. Ulysses Folk House (95 Pearl St.) For a true happy hour experience, hop into Ulysses Folk House for a relaxed ambiance with delicious cocktails. And if you swing by on Tuesdays, patrons can try a selected “brew of the month.” Vintry Wine and Whiskey (57 Stone St.) Stone Street is known for loud pubs, but Vintry offers a change of pace with a candlelit and sophisticated atmosphere. Vintry is the perfect spot for wine and whiskey lovers alike with an extensive liquor menu, cocktail list, and wine selection. The Full Shilling (160 Pearl St.) A true Irish pub, the Full Shilling caters mainly to a lively after work crowd and “lunchers” in the Financial District. The Growler Bites and Brews (55 Stone St.) Located on bustling Stone Street, the Growler Bites and Brews is the perfect spot for a boozy brunch. Why? Many come for the $12 unlimited build-your-own...