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Clean the World

According to the World Health Organization, millions of lives could be saved with access to soap and proper hygiene education. In fact, pneumonia and diarrheal disease are two leading causes of death among children ages five and younger.  Every day over 2 million partially-used hotel soap bars are thrown away in the United States. Clean the World aims to save the lives of many by hygienically recycling soap and other related products discarded by hotels. In November 2016, Axel Fischer, General Manager of Q&A Residential Hotel, started a new green initiative by partnering with Clean the World (CTW). While serving as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal Hotel, Axel was first introduced to CTW. “It was a no-brainer when I came onboard at Q&A to partner with a charitable organization such as CTW, especially since I had already worked closely with them at my previous hotel. They’re well organized and exceptionally professional,” said Fischer. During the first four months of the program, Q&A has donated roughly three full totes of discarded soap. At Q&A, we collect the leftover soap bars from departing rooms, package them, and ship them to CTW. Our housekeepers and staff members are aware and excited to participate in this amazing program. “Our guests expect green initiatives and it is in our corporate DNA to be socially responsible and engaged in good causes,” Fischer emphasizes. Q&A hopes to continue working with CTW and other impactful non-profit organizations. Next time you visit Q&A Residential Hotel, located at 70 Pine Street in Lower Manhattan, ask any of our team members why they’re delighted to be part of such an...

Winter Recipe: Skillet Mix with Sweet Potatoes, Chorizo, Black Beans and more

Picture this: you’re cuddled up on the couch wearing your warm, fuzzy socks with a great flick on the TV. OR, you’re rushing home through a wintery-mix after a long work day, it’s practically bed time but you’re famished. What‘s for dinner? Something hearty, healthy yet easy to make; enter skillet mix with chorizo, black beans, kale and more! Here’s how you can warm you foodie soul without having to spend hours in the kitchen or compromising your diet: Ingredients 3.5 oz of chorizo 15 oz can of black beans (rinsed) 1 large sweet potato (1.5 in. cubes) 2-3 large leaves of kale (green or purple, can also substitute spinach) 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 small onion, chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 tsp of cumin ½ tsp of cinnamon Small handful of queso fresco (or mozzarella) Pinch of salt and pepper Preparation Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cubed sweet potato on a flat cooking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes. Place 2 tbsp of EEOO in large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from chorizo, place in pan and break up into small crumbles using the back of the spoon. Add onions and cook until tender (3-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Remove the ribs from the kale and loosely chop. Add to skillet, then top with cinnamon. Cook down kale for a minute. Add the beans but before mixing them in, top with cumin. Finally, add the sweet potatoes (with a little bit of the leftover oil drippings if you’re using kale)....

Q&A Residential Hotel One Year Anniversary

Wow!  November 25th will mark the one year anniversary of Q&A Residential Hotel’s official opening. Where has the time gone? New to hotel management, Furnished Quarters used its local knowledge of Manhattan and its 19 years of expertise as the city’s leading provider of temporary furnished apartments to imagine a very different type of New York City hotel.  Unique and inventive, Q&A Hotel definitely amazed guests with its fully equipped kitchens, modern ambience and ability to offer travelers an actual apartment (vs. a small hotel room) for extended stays. As a celebration of this achievement, we’re going to list out a number of the INCREDIBLE highlights we experienced over the past 365 days. First month… Little did you know, we were still unpacking boxes and setting up the first floor of apartments the day before accepting guests! Without our amazing staff members, we’re not sure when the hotel would have actually opened. Solving the Rubik’s Cube… Our dear friend and one of our favorite guests, Lukas, solved our Rubik’s Cube located at the reception area in less than 2 hours! Another special guest, Zhu, solved a different cube just a few weeks later. Love from the community… We can’t thank our guests enough for sharing their kind words all over the internet. Because of them, Q&A Hotel is ranked #24 on Trip Advisor out of 476 hotels in New York City! Not only are they talking about us online, but also in-room on our famous owl chalk board: Love from our guests… From knitted hats to chocolate owls, our guests LOVE Q&A Hotel! Check out these wonderful tokens of...