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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...

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...

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....

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Top 10 Casual Restaurants in NYC’s Financial District

Top 10 Casual Restaurants in NYC’s Financial District Once you get settled into your extended stay in NYC at Q&A Residential Hotel, get to know the area. To help kick start your exploration, we rounded up some of the best places to eat in the Financial District neighborhood. Whether you’re meeting a coworker, a long lost friend, or you want to dine alone on a lazy weekend, the Financial District has everything to offer in regards to restaurants. Here is our very own list of top 10 restaurants in the Financial District of NYC. Bon appetite! 1. Luke’s Lobster, 26 S. William St.: Popular for its lobster rolls and about a 5-minute stroll from Q&A Residential Hotel, Luke’s Lobster joint is the perfect place to binge on seafood without shelling out the big bucks. 2. Smorgas Chef, 53 Stone St.: Situated on Stone Street – the oldest cobblestone paved street in NYC – and just a few blocks down from 70 Pine, this eatery specializes in unique “New Nordic Cuisine.” Swedish meatballs, anyone? 3. ISE Japanese Restaurant, 56 Pine St.: For those nights you’re craving Japanese food, worry not. This sushi bar is right down the street from Q&A Residential Hotel. 4. Toloache Taqueria, 83 Maiden Ln.: Get your Mexican fix at this mini-chain a couple of quick blocks away. Lunchtime margaritas included. 5. BLT Bar & Grill, 123 Washington St.: A notch up from your average American tavern, BLT Bar & Grill features high ceilings to add some airiness to a lively after-work scene with an all-American menu. 6. Felice, 15 Gold St.: If you’re looking for places...