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Michele Halpin Named General Manager of Furnished Quarters' First Q&A Residential Hotel

132 Key Q&A Will Open At Manhattan’s 70 Pine This Spring

New York, NY, December 15, 2014Furnished Quarters, the largest provider of temporary furnished apartments in New York and Boston, announced today that it has selected Michele Halpin to act as general manager of Q&A, the company’s new residential hotel. Halpin will assume her role immediately, and Q&A is set to open in spring 2015 at the iconic 70 Pine in Manhattan’s Financial District.

“Michele is a seasoned hospitality executive who has launched and managed many successful properties,” said Steve Brown, CEO of Furnished Quarters. “I look forward to her contributions as we introduce this exciting new residential hotel concept.”

Halpin, 33, began her hospitality career in 2003 and has held leadership roles with such brands as Hilton, Intercontinental and Marriott. She has a proven ability to market properties, secure and sustain sales, and to maintain a high level of guest satisfaction. During her career, Halpin has opened various Marriott properties in the northeastern United States. A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas College, she received high honors and holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy. Halpin has completed studies toward a master’s degree in social work at New York University.  

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to introduce and manage Q&A in Lower Manhattan,” said Halpin. “With the recent influx of companies to the Financial District, there is a need for extended stay hotel options. Q&A could not be launching at a better time.”

Furnished Quarters created Q&A to pay homage to creativity and innovation while providing solutions for today’s business traveler.  Each of Q&A’s 132 suites will be full-sized, furnished, turnkey apartments — most with separate office space. Q&A derives its name from questions posed by corporate travel managers and business travelers — how can I be more productive? How can I save money for my firm? How can I stay in an apartment in NY for less than 30 days? Q&A puts forth the answers with its new residential hotel solution.

Ranging from 450 square feet to 1,400 square feet, Q&A’s suites will be more than twice the size of a typical New York hotel room and each will contain a fully equipped kitchen. Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz — the designer behind the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York and the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles — in conjunction with Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team, is responsible for all facets of Q&A’s interior design, blending contemporary décor with custom furnishings that inspire thought and imagination.

Q&A at 70 Pine will comprise four floors of the historic Art Deco skyscraper in studio, one- and two-bedroom configurations. Hotel services at the location will include complimentary continental breakfast, concierge services, and preferential access to the exclusive rooftop lounge and signature restaurant. Guests will also enjoy entry to an on-site luxury fitness and wellness facility, a fully equipped business center, both shared and private work and conference spaces, and valet laundry and dry cleaning services.

Rose Associates, the New York-based, full-service real estate firm, is developing 70 Pine Street with DTH Capital. Q&A will be an integral element within the building, occupying four contiguous floors of this soaring skyscraper. In addition to the hotel, more than 600 rental apartments as well as restaurants and retail will occupy this mixed-use building.

About Furnished Quarters
Furnished Quarters is an independently owned and operated provider of stylishly designed and fully equipped temporary furnished apartment rentals, both nationally and globally, and the largest provider of temporary furnished housing in New York City and Boston. Furnished Quarters also provides a diverse portfolio of temporary furnished apartments in Cambridge, New Jersey, White Plains, and Connecticut. Established in 1998, Furnished Quarters offers one-call access to over 10,000 furnished short-term apartments worldwide. For more information visit furnishedquarters.com.

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