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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...

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

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...

Discovering NYC Series: Best Places to Relax in Lower Manhattan

New York City is constantly buzzing with people, construction, traffic and other everyday noise. Finding a moment of solace can be nearly impossible, especially for visitors who aren’t familiar with Lower Manhattan. We’ve scouted the most tranquil places in Downtown NYC that are perfect for achieving your inner Zen amid the mayhem New Yorkers call “city life.” Elevated Acre Overlooking the East River, Elevator Acre is known to be a ‘‘retreat in the middle of a concrete jungle.’’ Benches and tables  line the outer edge of the park facing the waterfront, providing the perfect spot for a mid-day breather. To access this lofted grassy knoll, look for the street-level escalator at 55 Water Street. Museum of Jewish Heritage If you haven’t visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage, here is yet another reason to do so. The Garden of Stones by Andy Goldsworthy is a living memorial garden of trees growing from stones planted by Goldsworthy, Holocaust survivors and their families in 2003. A place meant for contemplation, this outdoor oasis also provides stunning views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty. Irish Hunger Memorial Located between Vesey Street and North End Avenue, the Irish Hunger Memorial is a peaceful enclave in Battery Park representing rural Ireland. Walking through the area feels like you’re on a stroll through Dublin’s land. The memorial is meant to raise awareness of the Great Irish Famine of 1845-52. Teardrop Park South Connected to the Irish Hunger Memorial and south of Teardrop Park itself, you’ll find a small hidden area complete with lush foliage, two peaceful fountains and plenty of seating. Teardrop Park South is...

Labor Day in Lower Manhattan

The end of summer is finally here. For those who didn’t make arrangements to get out of New York City for Labor Day Weekend, there are plenty of exciting things to do around town. Why stress over the traffic when you can stay where you are and enjoy Lower Manhattan? Best of all, many locals leave the area for the holiday so it tends to be a quiet weekend in the city. Here are four things to do in and around Lower Manhattan over the long weekend. Have a Picnic Battery Park is the perfect place to host a picnic. Grab your best lawn blanket, snacks, beverages and good company for an afternoon in the sun. With unmatched views of the Statue of Liberty, plus the Brooklyn and Jersey City skylines, there’s no better place for such an outing than along the water in Lower Manhattan. Head to Governors Island Don’t forget about Governors Island, just a quick ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan. In celebration of summer, the Island stays open to the public until 10pm on Fridays. Head over to watch the sunset and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors into the night. Also worth checking out is the NYC Unicycle Festival, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. For other fun activities and things to do on the Island, check out our recent blog on visiting Governors Island. Museum Hop A majority of museums in NYC are open on Labor Day and may even host special events. Head over to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and take a ride up One World Trade for 360-degree...

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...

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC 2017

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC – Rain or Shine The weather isn’t looking great, but there are plenty of things to do in and around New York City this Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’re staying local or getting out of dodge, here are a few things to consider when solidifying your weekend plans: If the weather is nice… Head to the beach! All public beaches will open this Saturday for the season. Depending on the type of crowd you want, there’s a beach for everyone. If you’re looking for a party, head over to Rockaway Beach Surf Club for live music, a DJ performance, tacos and margaritas! Alternatively, have a picnic. There are plenty of parks located in Manhattan. Grab a blanket, snacks, beverages, a good book and a few friends.  Then,  choose from one of many parks located in and around NYC. For a complete list of parks closest to you and what they feature, visit the NYC Parks & Recreation website. If the weather is not so nice… Go to the movies.  Cozy up in one of iPic Movie Theatre’s comfy chairs for an afternoon outing or date night plan. From Beauty and The Beast to the new Alien flick, there’s a movie fit for all ages. New York City offers plenty of museums and art galleries suitable for all interests. Stop by the Museum of Modern Art and meander through hundreds of galleries with art ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s. Or, wander around Chelsea and stop in any of the open art galleries. For a complete list of galleries and their hours of operations,...

Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

What was once deemed a place for youngsters to gather for music events, has now turned into a must-see New York City attraction. Governors Island’s rich historical past and incredible views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have gained the attention of both locals as well as travelers visiting the city. From now until October 1, 2017, escape the midtown crowds and plan a day trip to explore Governors Island. Here is everything you need to know to plan your trip: How to get there: There are two ferries that will get you to get to the island. If you’re coming from Lower Manhattan, head over to the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street and catch the ferry. The Manhattan ferries run Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday / Sunday from 10am to 7pm. On weekends, you can venture out from Brooklyn and take the ferry direct from Pier 1 right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as there are times you can even ride for free! What to do while you’re there: So. Many. Activities! With over 172 acres, there are infinite things to do. Consider these fun activities: Have a picnic on The Hills—offering breath taking views of Lady Liberty. If you didn’t pack a bite to eat, head over to Liggett Terrace Food Court, offering plenty of scrumptious treats. Slide down Manhattan’s longest slide. Use your Citi Bike pass to ride around the island. Take advantage of Free Bike Mornings with Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals from 10am until noon. Explore the rich history of Fort Jay...

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...

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan March 2017

We’re just as shocked as you are that it’s already March! Time flies when you’re having fun and enjoying everything New York City has to offer? Before we dive into spring, here are a few farewell-to-winter celebrations we suggest to round out the cold season: Orchid Show (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx; Now until April 9) It’s that time of year again and this year’s Orchid Show theme is Thailand. Travel to Southeast Asia to discover beautiful blooms without actually traveling there! Be sure to visit their website for special events and more details on Orchid Evenings. St. Patrick’s Day There’s nothing more exciting than celebrating Irish heritage with green beer or jumping into a parade! From Sunnyside to Midtown, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. For more St. Patty’s Day happenings, visit TimeOut New York’s complete synopsis on all Irish-related events. Sunday Brunch at the Met (Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, 30 Lincoln Center, New York; Now until May 7) The Met is now open on Sundays and this season opera fans are invited to explore the facility and enjoy an afternoon meal with a show! The $39 Prix Fixe includes an Endless Mionetto Prosecco cocktail and a performance by rising Met stars. NYC Craft Beer Festival (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York; March 24 – 25) There’s only one place to sample an extensive and diverse offering of craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits and that’s at the 2017 NYC Craft Beer Festival! Whether you love beer or cocktails, there’s something for everyone....

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...

Eataly Downtown

Fear not! You no longer have to travel to Midtown’s Flatiron District to explore Eataly’s greatest wonders—there is a new (ish) Eataly in FiDi. Located on the third floor of World Trade Center Tower 4, the 40,000 square-foot space offers a mix of new services, including breakfast, and a variety of the classics, like their renowned cheese and meat counters. It has been said that one can spend an entire day there from breakfast until dinner. Well, we challenged this notion and did so ourselves! Here are a few exciting things you can do while exploring Eataly Downtown: Grab some juice. Eataly added a popular breakfast option! Juice Bar serves a selection of freshly-pressed juices and smoothies. Full of flavor, each drink is packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables that are sourced from sustainable regional farms. Shop until you drop. From meats to cheese, chocolate to coffee and beer to wine, everything you ever need to stock your pantry and refrigerator is sold at Eataly. Keep in mind, the theme for the FiDi location is bread so there are a few more counters available to satisfy your warm, fluffy yet crunchy cravings.. Eataly’s wood-burning oven was brought over from Spain and assembled on location brick by brick. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Learn something new. Aside from the variety of cook books and kitchen guides, Eataly also provides cooking classes and demonstrations. Sign up and attend any of the foodiversita classes, their free food “university” courses. Learn how to shape gnocchi or taste the difference between Tuscany and Sicily extra virgin olive oil. Classes are daily and...

4 Fun Things To Do In Lower Manhattan During January 2017

Give yourself a pat on the back – you survived the holiday season in NYC! While you may have thought the plethora of things to do in this great city peaked with the celebrations of November and December, there are still plenty of new and exciting things to do to kick off the new year! Whether you’re looking for an educational walking tour or something new in the performing arts scene, there are a host of exciting activities happening in New York City this January: 2nd Avenue Subway OPEN (72nd Street Station, 86th Street Station and 96th Street Station on Second Avenue, New York) After nearly 100 years, the 2nd Avenue Subway is finally open! An extension of the Q train, riders are able to access the Upper East Side with ease. The MTA also commissioned various local artists to design each station. Check out the stunning mosaics by acclaimed artist Church Close at the 86th Street Station. Phantom of the Opera (January 9 – June 17; Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th Street, New York) Spend an evening watching the timeless yet tragic love story, Phantom of the Opera. Based upon the tale of a masked man who’s obsessed with a well-known Paris Opera House performer, the evolution of this dark,  jaw-dropping, performance will leave you wanting more! Discount tickets for $89 are available Monday through Thursday. Jewish Film Festival (January 11 – 24; Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York) The New York Jewish Film Festival is back and this year’s line-up of films and documentaries are even better than last. The Jewish Museum...

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...

Staycation: Labor Day in New York City

Staycation or vacation? While some may struggle over which to choose, we recommend enjoying the fruits of your labor and not traveling for a day! Whether you want to stay in your humble abode or venture out into the concrete jungle, here are the best things to do in New York City this Labor Day. The Waterfront in Lower Manhattan Spend the afternoon into evening in Downtown Manhattan by the waterfront. You’ll feel as if you’re on vacation with the cool breeze and seagulls in the distance. Whether you want to explore by foot, or take a leisurely ferry ride, there are plenty of things to do while staying close to the Hudson. Treat yourself to a cool cocktail at Grand Banks, the floating bar and restaurant! West Indian Day Carnival and Parade (Monday, September 5th, 11am – 6pm; Eastern Parkway between Schenectady Avenue and Grand Army Plaza, Crown Heights) You don’t have to travel to the islands to experience the culture of the Caribbean. Watch over 1 million sequin and feather covered citizens as they celebrate to the sounds of soca, salsa, calypso and more! Rockaway Beach (Beach 9th to Beach 149th Streets) Still looking to improve your summer golden glow? Pack your beach towel, sunscreen, some snacks and take the A train towards Rockaway Park and get off at any of the beach stops. If you’re a surfer or want to learn how to surf, surfing is allowed between Beach 67th and Beach 69th streets—rental short and long boards are available.  Be sure to grab a cold one at Rogers Irish Tavern, one of the oldest and...

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...

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...

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...

Black Fox Coffee is Open

Black Fox Coffee, the Australian-owned artisanal coffee shop, is officially open! The first of its kind; Black Fox Coffee’s flagship store sits in the heart of Lower Manhattan at 70 Pine Street, conveniently in the same building as Q&A Residential Hotel. Black Fox’s rustic décor compliments the building’s art-deco interior and its tranquil atmosphere, and perfectly contradicts the noisy, frantic vibe of Wall Street. Regardless of Black Fox’s serene environment, the coffee is more than your average cup of joe. Its smooth, rich taste has the perfect balance of robust roasted flavors with sweet earthy notes. Their baked-on-the-premises almond croissant is one of the many food items that make the café so attractive. Think buttery flaky layers of pastry perfectly sweetened with almond paste cooked right inside—delicious. We sat down with Daniel Murphy, CEO of Black Fox Coffee, and asked him why his coffee is so damn good! Why is your coffee so **** good? Daniel: We source our coffee from roasters, generally small, independent farmers with minimal processing in their farming techniques, who we believe share our approach to the industry quality, freshness and seasonality. The roasters we partner with are Heart from Portland, 49th Parallel from Vancouver, Ruby from Wisconsin, Parlor from Brooklyn and Small Batch from Melbourne, Australia (where we are all originally from). We prepare our coffee in a variety of ways; these include espresso-based drink offerings, batch brew, cold brew and pour over. Wait, there’s more? Daniel: We also have a full breakfast and lunch menu which ranges from Avocado Smash (avocado and feta with pickled mustard seed onions and micro greens) to French...

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during July 2016

While many Manhattanites escape the city’s humidity for cooler, more serene beach towns, we recommend discovering all the summer fun that 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 July: New York Asian Film Festival (Through July 9; Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street) Celebrate the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival screening everything from mainstream blockbusters to cult classics. Preview never-been-seen Asian cinematic productions during their North American debut at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information about movie schedules and theater locations, please visit the festival’s official website. Pinknic (July 9 – 10, 12pm – 6pm; The Play Lawn, Governor’s Island, NY) Catch the ferry at the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) and head over to Governor’s Island for two days of the largest rosé- themed picnic and music festival. Enjoy a notable selection of still and sparkling rosés and pre-order a special Pinknic Basket crafted by acclaimed chef Chris Santos. Guests have the option to bring their own picnic baskets and are encouraged to adhere to the weekend’s dress code of pink and white. Get Low (Every Tuesday until fall, Locations vary in Downtown Manhattan) Downtown Alliance presents their latest effort in bringing the hype back to FiDi—Get Low. Experience the food scene in Lower Manhattan through discounts, freebies and other exciting giveaways every Tuesday this summer. Visit their website, enter your email, and receive your FREE Get Low offer code. Seaport Smorgasburg (Through the fall, 11am – 9pm; Fulton Stall...

Discovering NYC Series: July 4th Fireworks

July 4th is here and summer is in full swing! While many residents leave to escape the concrete jungle of New York City, others stay to watch the world-known Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display. Here are our top picks for the best places to catch a glimpse: South Street Seaport: Festival of Independence Since half of the fireworks will blast from two barges located south of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Seaport offers some of the best views of the show. While the official viewing spot is located near Peck Slip, there will be a number of other events happening throughout the day (and the day before). For more information about performances and other Seaport District events this weekend, please visit their website. Empire State Building For $325 and an up close and personal view of this year’s show, the Empire State Building offers tickets for those who wish to see Fireworks from an elevated level. Be prepared to stand for a few hours and pack your best camera for this one-of-a-kind experience. Tickets include light refreshments and snacks. FDR Drive There are plenty of parks and grassy knolls located along the East River perfect for laying out on a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Venture through the East Village and Alphabet City for a light dinner; then make your way towards the river for the show. Be sure to get there early enough to grab a spot. Brooklyn Heights Promenade Head over to Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an ‘unofficial viewing’ of this year’s spectacle. Conveniently located between Joralemon Street and Grace Court, you’ll avoid tourists and have a...

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....

Discovering NYC: The High Line

Now that winter has finally past, it’s time to get outside and start discovering some of New York City’s greatest offerings and outdoor parks. The High Line, one of the city’s newest parks, is the perfect place to visit during the spring. Stretching from 34th Street all the way down to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, there is a lot to see along this journey. Here are a few exciting features about the High Line: We recommend starting your journey at the 34th and 11th Ave. entrance. The park is open daily from 7am to 10pm. After June 1st, the High Line will stay open until 11pm. As you head south, you will pass the Interim Walkway, which showcases blooming self-seeded plantings, and then the Pershing Square Beams, a unique structure revealing the original framework of steel beams and a fun place for children to climb and play. For safety, the surface is coated in silicon. After passing through the beautiful magnolias and sprouting serviceberry trees in the Falcone Flyover, you will come to the High Line’s only lawn covered area that stretches for over a block. Next, take a break at the 10th Avenue Square and Overlook where you’ll have the opportunity to watch Manhattan’s denizens in action. If you’ve worked up an appetite, under the Chelsea Market Passage you will find food carts and an open-air café. Take one last break and soak up the Manhattan sun on a lounge chair at the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature. Finally, end your journey in the Meatpacking District where you can either stroll around and window shop...

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...

5 Best Breakfast Spots in Lower Manhattan

Where to Breakfast in FiDi  In an area heavily populated with corporations and mistakenly known for its empty streets, it’s difficult to find a great breakfast spot in Lower Manhattan. Fear not, there are 5-star reviewer-rated breakfast joints all within less than 10 minutes walking-distance of Q&A Residential Hotel. Here are some top foodie breakfast favorites: Pearl Diner, 212 Pearl Street, New York, NY Located 3 blocks from Q&A, this iconic diner serves traditional breakfasts such as western omelets or pancakes with bacon. Leo’s Bagels, 3 Hanover Square, New York, NY One cannot visit NYC and not have a classic, hand-rolled bagel with schmear. Leo’s Bagels is located right around the corner from Hanover Square. Whether you need something quick or you want to sit down, the aroma of fresh bagels will have you coming back for more. Les Halles, 15 John Street, New York, NY One of the two locations in Manhattan, Les Halles is conveniently located 7 minutes walking distance from Q&A Hotel’s front door. The fare is a compilation of the best classics from the brasseries in Paris making it the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy brunch. French Café Gourmand, 9 Maiden Lane, New York, NY Dine in or carry out, this French-inspired restaurant offers everything from croissants to Croque Monsieur. Head down Maiden Lane and you’ll find this hidden gem before you hit Broadway. George’s Restaurant, 89 Greenwich Street, Mew York, NY Just under a 10 minute walk from the hotel, George’s restaurant truly captures the atmosphere of the Downtown Manhattan area. With over 100 different egg dishes and their most notable ‘Croissant...

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...

Best Things To Do In NYC’s Financial District

Q&A Residential Hotel is home to NYC’s Financial District – along with a number of cultural institutions, historic sights, and noteworthy things to do. If you’re one of the many who’s traveling to New York—whether it be for work, leisure, or any other reason—it’s essential to spend some time in the FiDi area. If you’re into cultural learnings and destinations, the first thing you should do is visit the 9/11 Museum, the latest (and perhaps the most popular) addition to Manhattan in recent years. And tied to the area’s financial origins, The Museum of American Finance features exhibits on the financial markets, banking, and a series of timely rotating exhibits. The Financial District is also known for the Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and many other historically rich museums. After you explore the museums of the Financial District, take in the amazing sights of the rea. See Manhattan from the top of One World Trade Center, visit the Statue of Liberty by hopping on a ferry ride, or wave to Brooklyn from South Street Seaport. Sight seeing and playing tourist, although cliché, is a must in the Financial District. You’re most likely going to work up an appetite after a day of strolling around downtown Manhattan. Whether you’re in for a shameless hamburger from Shake Shack or a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, restaurants in the Financial District don’t disappoint. Learn More About FiDi! Now that you know some of the key places to visit in the area, here are some of the best Financial District eats. And for a nightcap, here’s a round-up of some must-visit...

Five NYC Holiday Traditions

New York City, a city so rich in culture, history, and tradition, is perfect for celebrating the holidays. Festivity is in the air. You see it from the ice rink at Rockefeller Center to independent boutique stores in Brooklyn. To help you get in the festive spirit, we have compiled a list of some of the best NYC holiday traditions: Origami Holiday Tree Now – January 10, 2016 Visit the American Museum of Natural History to see the Origami Holiday Tree, an annual tradition for more than forty years. The tree is decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Winter Antiques Show January 22 – 31, 2016 The Winter Antiques Show is a leading art, antiques, and design fair where curators, designers, and collectors compete for the best on the market, from Antiquity through the present. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Now – January 3, 2016 A holiday tradition for over 75 years, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a world-famous show. Join the Rockettes for a truly unforgettable stage show experience. Luminaries Now – January 10, 2016 Built on the season’s traditions of sharing and community, Luminaries immerses the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in a canopy of light with 650 hanging lanterns. Light up your night and experience choreographed light shows at Luminaries. Central Park Holiday Lights Now – end of the year The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center transforms into a winter wonderland each year. Visit the park to see holiday lights and enjoy other festive activities. Staying in NYC for the holidays? If you’re sticking around the...

Staycations: 4 Tips for Spending the Holidays in NYC

A staycation is the best way to unwind without having to deal with the hassle of holiday travels and there’s truly no better place to do so than in New York City. Known as a city with limitless places to go and things to see, here are some of the best ways to spend your holiday staycation in New York. Play tourist: This is crucial. Playing tourist makes you fall in love with the city more than anything. Go sightseeing, visit Staten Island, and plan visits to specific areas of New York that you’ve never been to before. Shop: You can do your shopping at all the popular retail store areas (think SOHO, Fifth Avenue, etc.), but for an interesting alternative visit the holiday markets around the city. The holiday shops at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, the Union Square Holiday Market, and the Columbus Circle Holiday Market are just a few that can help you with your holiday shopping list (or impulse buy!). Light up the night: There’s no quintessential holiday feeling in NYC like visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Whether you’re in the area for work, on the way to a Broadway show, or simply visiting Rockefeller Center for the Christmas tree, the combination of the people, lights and sights will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Ice, ice baby: If you haven’t hit an ice rink yet in New York, now’s the time. The city offers numerous rinks, including the rink at Rockefeller Center, Chelsea Piers, Bryant Park and Central Park. Strap on some skates and celebrate the season with all...

The Six Best Indie Theaters to See Films in NYC

With so many things to do in New York City, it’s sometimes easy to forget that going to the movies is an enjoyable option. There’s nothing like kicking back and relaxing in front of a huge screen. In NYC there are numerous theaters to choose from, including an abundance of independent theatres. If you’re in the mood to indulge in a foreign film or indie flick, here’s a roundup of top independent theatres in the city that frequently show these types of movies: Sunshine Cinema, Landmark Theatres, 143 E. Houston St., New York Sunshine Cinema by Landmark Theatres is a Lower East Side staple for diverse films in a sophisticated atmosphere. Ranging from independent and foreign film to 3D movies and avant-garde shows, Sunshine Cinema is one of the most well-known independent theatres in the city. IFC Center, 323 6th Ave., New York If you’re in the mood to see The Shining in a theatre at midnight on a Saturday, IFC Center’s your spot. In the heart of West Village, this indie cinema consistently screens documentary features to independent foreign films. IFC Center also has “Short Attention Span Cinema,” which features short films screening before every feature. Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., New York This tiny West Village gem shows independent features, documentaries, and foreign films. Its new offering, QUADflix, is the “ultimate Indie store,” offering film fans DVDs of the best indie films—start your own personal Indie film library. Brooklyn Academy of Music: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn Perhaps one of the best indie theatres in Brooklyn, BAM Rose Cinemas is part of a multi-arts...

A Rookie’s Guide to Riding NYC’s Subways

A Rookie’s Guide to Riding NYC’s Subways Welcome to NYC. You may have seen The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s etiquette campaign throughout the subway. It launched earlier this year with the aim of ending poor subway etiquette. From images illustrating “dudes manspreading” to individuals blocking the subway car door, MTA etiquette is definitely a hot topic for New York locals. For rookies who are new to the city, the MTA can definitely be intimidating. Not even in regards to knowing if the M train is running local next weekend, but in how to know if you’re blocking doors, “pole hogging,” or simply not up to par on MTA etiquette. If this is the case, we’re here to help. We broke down the mystery behind how to ride the MTA – so you can ride like a local and commute in confidence. Mapping is Key Make Google Maps your best friend. Simply put in your current location and desired destination and follow the directions. It’s as easy as that! And if you’re still unsure, asking people for directions is definitely not a crime. Don’t Eat Simply put – don’t eat. You’re already in a cramped space, and no one else on the subway wants to smell what you’re eating. Wait until you arrive home to bite into those leftovers or take-out. Seating Situations Although it should be common courtesy, if you see an elderly individual or a pregnant woman, offer your seat! And, getting up for parents with kids is also a kind gesture. Be Space Savvy Bottom line, when you’re on the subway, be mindful of the space you’re taking...