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Business Tips: How to Beat Jet Lag

Jet lag is for the birds! Whether you’re traveling domestic or international, if there’s even the slightest time differentiation, you’re guaranteed to be exhausted. Traveling itself already has its own side effects. You don’t want to add sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue to the list. Fortunately, there are a few ways to beat jet lag: First, try to jumpstart your new sleep schedule by changing your current sleep cycle. Sleep as if you were in the time zone you’re traveling to. Also, try going to bed a few hours earlier and waking up earlier, which may help with your energy level. Try your best to sleep during the flight. Pack an eye mask, ear plugs (or noise cancelling headphones) and comfortable clothes. Taking sleep medication can also help you achieve a restful flight.  If you don’t have a prescription, an alternative is natural supplements such as Melatonin. Skip dinner and a movie. Depending on the airline, generally the in-flight meal contains preservatives and is high in sodium which can cause bloating and ultimately discomfort. Eat a well-balanced, light dinner before boarding and kindly request to skip the meal service. According to sleep.org, the blue light emitted by screens actually suppresses the production of melatonin which helps you sleep. Therefore it’s best to choose a light read over a movie during your flight. A glass or three of wine will NOT do the trick. Avoid alcohol all together. Since alcohol dehydrates the body and acts a depressant, it can actually lead to the exact opposite of what you intended—a good night’s rest. At the end of the day, if you’re...

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...

Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Like a Local

From respecting your destination’s culture to saving money, there are many reasons to travel like a local on your next adventure. Tourist spots may still be worth checking out, but your greatest memories often come from full immersion in a new environment.  Here are 5 tips to get you started: Learn key phrases Learning key phrases is essential for navigating the city with ease. It can also help gain trust and respect from the destination’s residents. Download language apps like Google Translate or TripLingo for learning on-the-go. Identify appropriate attire for the destination In addition to researching the weather, it’s also wise to check for any followed dress codes or norms. You wouldn’t want to be traveling through a conservative country with only tank tops and shorts. Read fiction/non-fiction books about the city Give yourself the opportunity to fall in love with the city before you even visit. You’ll familiarize yourself with lay-of-the-land and iconic landmarks through a different perspective. Once you arrive, enjoy forming your own viewpoints! Rent temporary housing or stay in a bed & breakfast If you truly want to travel and live like a local, live with the locals! This option may not be for everyone, but home rental in the community and temporary apartment websites provide a variety of full residence and room-share options. Use public transportation Aside from saving money on cabs, public transportation will allow you to get to know  your surroundings a lot faster. Download travel maps before you depart for your trip and run a few searches. We recommend: CityMapper or CityMaps2Go. Ready to go? Leave those socks with sandals...

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...

3 Tips to keep up with fitness goals when traveling

It’s hard to find exercise time when scrambling to and from business meetings or hitting every major landmark in a city when traveling. You’re also constantly going out to eat, not paying attention to what you’re ordering and just living in the moment. Trying to stay focused on your 2017 fitness goals becomes an after-thought and sooner or later you’re right where you began on December 31, 2016. Here are three tips to stay on track with your 2017 exercise regimen while on the road: Calendar time to work out We’re so consumed by meetings, calendar invites, networking events, etc. that if we don’t designate 30 – 45 minutes in our calendars to work out, we’ll completely forget.  Set a calendar event either early in the morning or at the end of your day to exercise. Having a 15 minute reminder pop up on your phone will signal when your workout is about to begin. In-room workout gurus The internet is chock full of at-home workout videos. Just because you’re traveling and can’t find a local gym to utilize, doesn’t mean you can’t have a high intensity workout in your room. Search through hundreds of videos and vlogs to find the best virtual coach to guide you through your fitness challenges. If you need a recommendation, follow Troy Brooks on his Facebook or Instagram Booking your stay with a gym While there are many factors to consider when booking your hotel, try to find one with a gym. This way you don’t have an excuse not work out as there is already a fitness center right in your building. Packing...

Travel Tips: Best Publications and Sources for Travel Inspiration

Do you have that one friend who travels to the most obscure places you’ve never heard of? You sit there, vigorously sifting through their recent batch of Facebook photos, wondering how the *** did they come up with the idea of traveling to BLANK? Two words: travel inspiration. It’s everywhere; on the internet, on your social accounts, billboards and more. The trick is finding what source best works for you! Here are a few outlets we recommend for travel inspiration: Blog Inspiration Be My Travel Muse. We roll out the red carpet for Kristin. As a former investment banker from Southern California, she sold all of her belongings to travel the world. Kristin is also an advocate for solo travel, something many find imperative for self-development and discovery. But enough about how awesome Kristin is—her website and blog are truly informational and dare we say, inspirational. From tips on what to pack to properly to budgeting funds for a trip, she tells it all. Nomadic Matt is another great source for planning your next adventure. Once you land on his home page, click on Start Here and then Get Inspired. Matt takes a ‘no excuses’ approach to traveling and will answer any doubt or question you have about why you shouldn’t say ‘no’ to traveling. Media Inspiration Turn your attention towards the experts. From Conde Nast Traveler to Trip Advisor, there are literally thousands of articles sprawled across the internet waiting for you to digest their information.  Travel & Leisure supports anyone’s wanderlust. With slideshows featuring the most detailed photographs to pages of vacation ideas, spend hours perusing their...

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 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...

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,...

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...

Business Tips: 3 Best Credit Cards to Receive Travel Benefits

Choosing the right credit card is like choosing the right suitor. There are a few non-negotiable qualities one must consider before investing in a long-term relationship. For example, is this person willing to make compromises? This is similar to: does this credit card offer flexibility (more opportunities for redemptions – no blackout dates, multiple partners, etc.)? Or, does this person have good qualities that outweigh the bad qualities? This resembles: are the annual fees justified by the rewards and benefits? All are important points to keep top-of-mind when choosing your next credit card. Here are our top credit cards to receive travel benefits: Chase Sapphire Preferred One of the most alluring benefits for signing up with Chase is if you spend $4,000 within the first 3 months of opening an account, you will earn 50,000 bonus points. Another attractive benefit for travelers is there are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $95 annual fee associated with the card after the first year; however, when you calculate all the money saved using bonus points, the fee doesn’t alter your bottom line. Capital One VentureOne Rewards The first advantage for using the Capital One VentureOne Rewards card is there are no annual fees.  Next, you’re not limited to redeeming with one airline or hotel brand. Also, there are no foreign transaction fees and most importantly, you earn 1.25 miles per every dollar spent on any purchase! Depending on your credit, APR averages from 12.24%-22.24%, which kicks in 12 months after opening an account. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Aside from the most important benefit, no foreign transaction fees, Barclaycard...

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...

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,...

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...

Five Myths and Tips for Purchasing Cheap Flights

Myths and Tips for Purchasing Cheap Flights We’ve heard them all: the cheapest flights are sold on Tuesdays; the best time to buy a flight is at the last minute; clearing your browser’s cookies results in cheaper fares. Unfortunately, these myths are all FALSE. There is no specific day of the week to purchase a flight and airlines aren’t desperate to fill empty seats. Here are a few tips to help you find the best, most affordable flights for your next business trip or vacation at Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City. Tip 1: If it seems like a great deal, it is! Do not wait to purchase the flight because chances are the price will increase as time goes on. Tip 2: Book far in advance. Researchers discovered that on average a flight ticket will cost $200 more when booking within seven days of departure. The more time you allow between the date you purchase your flight to the date of your departure, the cheaper the tickets will be. Tip 3: Check other airline prices. Don’t be afraid to shop around as you may find a less expensive flight through another carrier. Skyscanner is a user-friendly, flight comparison website (for domestic and international travel) that won’t plague your computer with five pop-up windows. Tip 4: Flexibility is key. If you live in an area with multiple airports near you, research the cost of flying to your desired destination from each local airport. Or if you’re flexible on which dates to travel, choose a timeframe and browse various flights within those dates. Remember though, if you’re planning on flying to Florida...