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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...

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...

What is an Aparthotel?

Question: What is an Aparthotel or Apartment Hotel? Answer: Well, it is exactly as it sounds: an apartment that uses a hotel-style booking system and has the great amenities you’ll find at a hotel. Instead of staying in a 325 square foot room with a bed, a desk and (if you’re lucky) a kitchenette, you’re staying in a fully equipped apartment. We understand in New York City some may try to sell you a closet and call it an apartment; however this is not always the case. At Q&A Residential Hotel, we’re offering much more. Here are some of the advantages you will find when you stay at an aparthotel like Q&A: Aparthotel Advantages Size: Aparthotel suites are much larger than hotel rooms, offering more room to live rather than just sleep. For example, at Q&A Hotel, residences start at 500 square feet and expand up to 1,400 square feet in studio, one or two bedroom configurations. To put that in perspective, most suites are around three times the size of a typical Manhattan hotel room.  Every apartment is also equipped with a full sized kitchen that is stocked with all the necessary cookware and utensils you would find in your home. Stay: A guest can stay anywhere from 1 to 29 nights. Unlike typical apartments or corporate housing, there is no need to fill out any contracts or leases while booking. An aparthotel has the exact same booking system as a hotel available for all last minute reservations or requests. Amenities: Amenities at an aparthotel are the same as a hotel. Guests can take advantage of concierge services,...

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...

6 Perks of Staying at Q&A

Furnished Quarter’s latest innovation-Q&A Residential Hotel-makes for a truly unique experience you can’t get anywhere else. So what are some of the biggest perks you get by staying at Q&A Hotel? Here are a few benefits: Space! It isn’t fun to live out of your suitcase. The apartment-like suites at Q&A are full-sized and feel more like a home rather than a hotel, with huge closets and lots of room to move around. Ranging from 500 to 1,400 square feet, the spaces have features from fully equipped kitchens to in-home offices. Unpack, kick back, and relax! Timeless Building. The space is wonderful, and the actual building is even better. Historic and iconic, 70 Pine is a landmark Art Deco skyscraper that offers a new and unique standard of living in the Financial District. At your service. Q&A guests have access to traditional hotel services, such as complimentary morning treats including a coffee/muffin/croissant assortment, housekeeping, concierge, use of a fitness center, business center, valet, dry cleaning, and rooftop lounge and restaurant (coming Winter 2016). Q&A also offers free Wi-Fi all throughout the building, which isn’t normally provided gratis in many hotels. On-site gym. LA PALESTRA (opening late January 2016), 70 Pine’s dedicated on-site gym, is complimentary for all Q&A guests. The fitness center isn’t like other hotel gyms, though. LA PALESTRA is super high end and features stat-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, a yoga and Pilates studio, and on-site personal trainers and wellness specialists. Furry friends allowed. Q&A understands that the chances of being homesick, especially with longer stays, include missing your pets. Because of that, Q&A is pet-friendly and...

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

January Out & About Welcome to your monthly “Out & About”. Stemmed from Furnished Quarters’ Out & About e-franchise, the Q&A Out & About reports on local events and happenings in the New York City area on a monthly basis. Whether you’re traveling for work or leisure, get the scoop on what to do on the first Tuesday each month. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out of your stay at Q&A. Gallery Tour: The Studio Museum in Harlem (January 10, 1PM – 2PM; 144 W. 125th) Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day uptown at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition “Black” showcases the various ways that contemporary artists of African decent have considered the possibilities of “black” through their work. Pia Camil: A Pot For A Latch (January 13 – April 17; New Museum, 235 Bowery) Spend a chilly day inside the New Museum viewing a new exhibit. Mexican art star Pia Camil will be filling the lobby of the New Museum with a sculptural installation. Winter Jazzfest 2016 (January 13 – 17, multiple venues) Celebrate the season with Winter Jazzfest. This annual festival will feature over 120 different groups including more than 600 musicians over five days on 12 stages in and around Greenwich Village. BAM Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 19, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) Cross over the river into Brooklyn to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at BAM’s 29th year of hosting a program dedicated to the civil rights leader. Professor and activist Dr. Cornel West will...

New Year’s Eve Cocktail: Champagne Slushies

If welcoming the New Year with champagne is a tradition, shake things up for New Year’s Eve 2016 and try a new way to toast with midnight bubbles. Enter champagne slushies – a slightly sweeter version of traditional champagne brought to you from FreshDirect.com. Happy holidays! What You’ll Need: Champagne Sugar Peach schnapps 2-3 Peaches Ice What to Do: Slice peaches into small sections. Add peaches, an entire bottle of champagne, a few splashes of schnapps, and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar into a blender. Fill the rest with ice. Blend until smooth. Serve into margarita or champagne glasses and serve! If you aren’t a fan of peach, skip the schnapps and fresh peaches. You can substitute your favorite fruits like strawberries, and add a splash of fruit-flavored vodka instead. Add more sugar for added sweetness. Spending New Year’s Eve in NYC? Everyone knows that it doesn’t get better than New Year’s Eve in NYC. If you’re planning on ringing in the New Year in the city, check out some of the best ways to staycation in...

What’s Ahead for Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters

What’s Ahead for Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters Furnished Quarters’ first Q&A Residential Hotel opens tomorrow, November 25th, 2015 at 70 Pine Street in downtown Manhattan. Months of passion and hard work from the Furnished Quarters and Q&A Hotel teams have led to this pivotal moment when we officially open our doors. The hotel’s star feature is its huge suites, which are actual studio, loft, one and two-bedroom apartments. Each has its own full-sized and fully-equipped kitchen. Soon to come are exciting additions guests can look forward to for their next extended stay in NYC: La Palestra (Coming early December 2015) La Palestra is a state-of-the-art health and wellness center that shares the 70 Pine landmark with Q&A Hotel. Guests will have access to the 21,000-square-foot facility that includes the best strength and cardio equipment. La Palestra is more than just an attractive space—it’s designed for you to reach your top fitness goals. Black Fox Coffee (Coming January 2016) Nothing starts or concludes the day like a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Black Fox Coffee is an artisan Australian coffee shop offering everything from expresso to cold-pressed juices. Select pastries and sandwiches will also be available. Kick back with a cappuccino, croissant and a good book. Urban Market (Coming Spring 2016) Another great addition to Q&A residential hotel: the lobby will feature Urban Market, an organic gourmet market modeled after the Williamsburg, Brooklyn outpost. Here you’ll find all of your fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and any ingredients you’ll need to craft a delicious meal in your suite’s kitchen. It will be a welcome addition to the Financial...

Baked Acorn Squash Recipe for Thanksgiving

Although it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week, nothing says the holidays like last minute prepping – which is why we’re recommending this recipe from BlueApron.com. Celebrate the fall with a dish rooted in chestnuts, a Thanksgiving staple. This recipe for baked acorn squash with roasted chestnuts is a perfect side dish to try for Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays! Ingredients: ½ Pound Rye Bread 2 Cloves Garlic 1 Acorn Squash 1 Fuji Apple 1 Leek 1 Stalk Celery 1 Bunch Parsley 1 Bunch Thyme 2 Tablespoons Butter 1/3 Cup Roasted, Peeled Chestnuts 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Demi-Glace Instructions: Prepare the Ingredients: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut the chestnuts into thirds. Halve the acorn squash; scoop out the seeds. Trim the rounded sides of the squash halves so they sit flat on a sheet pan. Small dice the celery. Trim off and discard the roots and upper, dark-green leaves of the leek; halve the leek lengthwise. Thoroughly rinse the leek layers under cold water; small dice the leek. Pick the thyme and parsley leaves off the stems. Discard the stems; roughly chop the herbs, keeping them separate. Cube the bread. Peel, core and medium dice the apple. Roast the Squash: Place the squash halves on a sheet pan; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the squash halves, skin-side down, 22 to 24 minutes, or until the flesh is tender when pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and set aside. Toast the Bread: While the squash halves roast, place the bread cubes...

5 Things You Should Know About Q&A Residential Hotel

Furnished Quarter’s newest concept – Q&A Residential Hotel – is an option for extended stays in downtown NYC. The residential hotel allows you to settle in and go about your business in the city–all while having the ease and room to spread out at home (with some really great perks, too). Curious to learn about the suites, know more about the area, or just hear what Q&A has to offer? For those who are asking questions, Q&A answers. Here are five things you should know about the Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters: All About Location: Q&A is centrally located in Manhattan’s Financial District, featuring 132 suites that are housed within a sophisticated Art Deco skyscraper. Almost all subway lines meet here so it’s easy to get wherever you need to in New York City, and quickly! Home to many businesses, restaurants, shops and residents, the Financial District is a historic and exciting part of Manhattan to live in.   Kick Back, Relax: The suites at Q&A truly feel more like a home than a hotel. Ranging from 450 to 1,400 square feet and exquisitely designed, the suites average three times larger than a typical NYC hotel room. Each suite is a full-sized apartment and ranges from studio to one- and two-bedroom configurations, making it perfect for those with families or who simply desire the extra space.   Basics with a Bonus: Q&A goes above and beyond traditional hotel services, answering all of your questions. From free WiFi and complimentary breakfast, to smart TV’s for streaming, access to a luxury health and fitness center, and rooftop lounge and restaurant, the...

How to Amplify Your Exercise at LA PALESTRA

One of the (many) perks of staying at Q&A Residential Hotel is having access to LA PALESTRA, an on-site health and wellness facility at 70 Pine. It’s complimentary for all Q&A residents—perfect for maintaining your regimen during travel. The fitness center features a yoga and Pilates studio, strength and cardio equipment, daily classes, private massage and treatment rooms, and an endless amount of endorphins. Hectic schedules can make exercise a low priority for many, especially business travelers. We sat down with Pat Manocchia, the Founder & CEO of LA PALESTRA, to give us the scoop on the gym, staying active in NYC, and how Q&A residents can get the most out of their experience at LA PALESTRA. Tell us a little about LA PALESTRA. “After working with my own clients, I saw a need for both a place and a service platform that bridged a gap between medicine and fitness – a place that had education and community at its core where people could learn about the exercise they were doing and how to both take care of themselves and perform optimally. Ultimately, I wanted to make their life better.” So what makes LA PALESTRA different from any other gym guests can go to in the city? “Three things: One, a 360 degree health and fitness evaluation. Two, LA PALESTRA [only allows] a limited amount of members that provides both privacy and an un-crowded, user-friendly space. Lastly, programming expertise – we work with professional athletes, cancer patients, pregnant women and marathoners.” That’s amazing! If I’m crunched for time but I want to get a quick workout in, what do...

What’s a Residential Hotel? | Q&A

What’s a Residential Hotel? | Q&A It’s pretty easy to snag a hotel room in New York City. But finding a place to stay that’s a full-sized apartment available for stays of less than 30 days, is a completely different story. Enter Furnished Quarters’ newest concept, a residential hotel, called Q&A. This residential hotel offers a new option for extended stays in NYC, allowing you to really settle into a full-sized apartment instead of just an ordinary hotel room, for up to 29 days. The Concept Q&A is smack dab in the middle of Manhattan’s Financial District, featuring 132 full-size suites that are housed within a sophisticated Art Deco skyscraper. The full-sized apartments feel more like a home to live in rather than a hotel to store your luggage in. Ranging from 450 to 1,400 square feet, the spaces have a fully equipped kitchen (yes, that includes a regular sized fridge and dishwasher), allow enough space for your pet to stay in, and feature in-home offices. The apartment-style suites range from a studio to one- and two-bedroom configurations, making this residential hotel a perfect option for those with families or who just want the extra space. Q&A Perks At Q&A, guests will also experience traditional hotel services, including complimentary continental breakfast, free WiFi, housekeeping, a concierge, a fitness center, business center, valet, dry cleaning, and preferred access to the rooftop lounge and restaurant.  So if you’re visiting New York and are looking for an extended stay residential hotel, stay in a full-size suite at Q&A, enjoy many of the perks of typical hotels, and live like a local with...