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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)....

Want to stay at Q&A for $11.25? Here’s the scoop.

Thanks for celebrating our one year anniversary! We have ELEVEN apartments for $11.25. Ready to book?   Disclaimer The offer will appear on the list of available rates once ‘Book Now’ is clicked. If the offer is not visible after 12:00AM EST on 11/25/16, all $11.25 apartments have been booked. Missed out? We still have Q&A apartments at special seasonal rates....

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...

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...

I Live NY: Debut of Q&A Residential Hotel Answers How

Hotel Business (NEW YORK, November 21, 2015)—Lower Manhattan’s Financial District is about to get more rooms inventory via a new brand from Furnished Quarters, a provider of temporary furnished apartment rentals. Beginning Nov. 25, business and leisure travelers can book a studio; loft with office; or one- or two-bedroom accommodations at the Q&A Residential Hotel, a 132-unit facility occupying floors three through six at 70 Pine St., the landmark Art Deco building built in the early 1930s for the Cities Service Co., and more recently known as the American International Building. The mixed-use building, owned by a joint venture between Rose Associates and DTH Capital, also houses some 600 luxury apartments, restaurants and retail. The new venture is the polar opposite of Furnished Quarters’ core model in terms of travelers’ length of stay. According to Steve Brown, CEO of Furnished Quarters, who started the company in 1998 with his brother, Gary, the existing Furnished Quarters model is geared toward stays of 30 days or longer. The brothers own some of the properties under G & S Brown Investments and, in other cases, net lease properties within buildings throughout the Northeast. “We sign leases with landlords and we go in and furnish the apartments. We’re basically responsible for paying the rent, so we find corporate tenants who stay with us for 30 days or longer. These are residential apartments; they’re not allowed to stay less than 30 days. It’s not really extended-stay, but a full-service, doorman building… We work with corporate customers, travelers and all kinds of market segments,” said Brown. In contrast, Q&A Residential Hotel allows guests to stay...