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4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan This October 2017

October brings us plenty of exciting things: cooler weather, pumpkin-flavored foods, Oktoberfest, Halloween and more. Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the colorful foliage at these fun fall activities in and around Lower Manhattan. Beer & Cider Fest October 18, Eataly Downtown Celebrate Oktoberfest at an Italian-American establishment in Downtown Manhattan. Choose from over 20 different beers, ciders and brew-inspired food stations at Eataly Downtown. Purchase tickets online for $50 or grab them at the door for $60. Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton October 27 – January 7, 2018, The American Stock Exchange Building The traveling Louis Vuitton exhibit is coming to New York City for the very first time. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition showcases the history of Louis Vuitton from 1854 until now. Explore how this iconic brand has stood the test of time throughout the centuries. Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla October 29, 4pm; Central Park, Harlem Meer Celebrate the changing of the leaves at the best place in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. Throughout the event you can listen to ghost stories, see a costume parade and exercise your inner pumpkin-carving skills. After the evening’s festivities, Central Park Conservancy will launch the traditional Pumpkin Flotilla, where 50 gourds will take sail across the Harlem Meer at dusk. Garden Bar Through October 31, Seaport District, Fulton and Front Street Before it shuts down for the season, stop by the Garden Bar nestled between Fulton and Front Street in the Seaport District. Catch sunset views after work or stop by for a refreshing beverage while observing passers-by on the weekend. If you...

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...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

NYC Tips: 4 Ways to Get Around Downtown Manhattan

How to Get Around Downtown NYC Getting around New York City can be very easy, especially with its sophisticated subway system, until you venture Downtown. Downtown, or more specifically the Financial District, is known for its winding streets—ones that deviate from the beautifully simplistic grid system of Midtown and Upper Manhattan. Don’t fret. Here are a few tips to travel like a native New Yorker. Walking When in doubt, walk it out. Walking is the best way to get to know the streets of Manhattan.  Still unsure about where you’re going? All you have to do is download the app City Mapper and enter in your destination. It will give you step by step instructions and even follow your steps with a pin on the interactive map. If you have a foreign phone carrier, download City Maps2Go and pre-download NYC’s map while connected to WiFi. The location services will still work when you’re off WiFi. CitiBike Following in the footsteps of other international cities, such as London and Barcelona, NYC’s latest phenomenon is providing public bicycles for daily or monthly use. Simply locate the station closest to you by downloading the CitiBike app or visiting their website, purchase the 24-hour access pass and peddle on! It’s also a great way to ensure you are exercising while traveling. Subway The Subway is NYC’s greatest claim to transportation fame! Download the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) app or visit MTA’s website to receive up-to-date information about how to get where you need to go. Want to explore Brooklyn? Take the A, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train toward Brooklyn. If you’re looking...

Where to Dine in NYC’s Financial District

The Financial District is full of top-notch restaurants offering an abundance of spots to satisfy food-loving visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a memorable dinner, here are our top 7 spots that we think you’ll love. Toloache Taqueria, 83 Maiden Ln. Enjoy upscale Mexican fare at this quick-concept outpost. Julian Medina’s Toloache empire is known for fresh food and strong flavors. Ramen Co., 100 Maiden Ln. This noodle shop from Keizo Shimamoto (the chef behind the popular Ramen Burger) serves traditional Japanese soups and bento boxes. The Growler Bites & Brews, 55 Stone St. For a cozy restaurant that offers delicious American eats, The Growler is a Financial District staple. Visit for craft beer and late-night bites as The Growler serves food until 3AM. Blue Smoke, 255 Vesey St. Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s BBQ joint, Blue Smoke, is the FiDi restaurant for southern hospitality. Blue Smoke celebrates the American South and honors its culinary traditions through its ever-changing and delicious menus. Luke’s Lobster, 26 S. William St. Known for its fresh Maine lobster and shrimp rolls, Luke’s Lobster has numerous locations throughout the city–including a restaurant in the Financial District. Who says you need to travel to Maine for a fresh lobster roll? The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water St. The Dead Rabbit is a two-story spot that embodies old New York and Irish-American tradition. The restaurant is perfect for vintage cocktails, small plates, and savory dishes–think homemade gnocchi to a lamb shepherd’s pie. Crepes du Nord, 17 S. William St. This snug French-Scandinavian eatery and wine bar turns out fresh farm-to-table crepes...

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...

Get to Know South Street Seaport

Tucked away in downtown Manhattan where Fulton Street meets the East River lays the South Street Seaport. The historic Seaport district neighbors the Financial District and contains some of the oldest architecture in Manhattan and the most relevant culture of today. The Seaport features a cultural experience for tourists and locals alike, including malls, restaurants, nightlife, and a stunning view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Seaport’s culture district has been going through a transformation with a series of activations developed by eight cultural partners, including Eyebeam, Art Star, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and HarperCollins Publishers to name a few. From art installations, exhibitions, and projects, the Seaport has over 100 free public programs. The Seaport also hosts numerous events throughout the year, including outdoor farmers markets, crab festivals, and an upcomingtree lighting ceremony. On the retail front, the Seaport has implemented Seaport Studios, a retail concept store by Howard Hughes. The studio partners with independent brands to showcase their designs in a curated retail space via storewide takeovers, installations, and events. If you’re in the mood to dine in the area, satisfy your appetite at a wide array of restaurants, from great views and Mexican food at El Luchador NYC, rich Southern Italian cuisine at Il Brigante, to a New Zealand bar and grill offering cocktails and dishes at Nelson Blue. The Seaport district has something for everyone–and even better, it’s right by Q&A Residential Hotel. Explore More of Downtown Manhattan Although the South Street Seaport is within walking distance of Q&A Residential Hotel, getting around to visit the rest of the city can be a task if you...

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...