Join Jersey City

Furnished Quarters is a local company with global reach. We provide the best temporary furnished apartments available, whether you need accommodations across town, across the country, or across the globe.

That’s why when it comes to some of Furnished Quarters’ featured locations in the Northeastern states of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, we hold a soft spot. And we’re devoted to the ongoing recovery efforts needed in these regions post-Hurricane Sandy.

While Sandy’s devastating effects may be fading in the memory of those who only witnessed them on television, for those living in the hardest-hit areas, the need for help is ongoing.

On Thanksgiving, Jersey City Sandy Relief Volunteers posted the following message on their Facebook page:

Superstorm Sandy took a tremendous toll on our City. Weeks later, so many residents struggle to rebuild and restore all that was lost. Yet, amidst the challenges, there you were, and still are, inspiring one another, offering hope amidst so much loss and suffering.

Every single volunteer is a testament to the greatness of Jersey City. The people who rose to this unprecedented challenge with acts of brotherhood, neighborly kindness and outright compassion are the spirit of Thanksgiving.  

This week, needs for volunteers continue around the clock in Jersey City, with United Way leading the charge. Here are details from the organization about upcoming assistance needed:

What: New and gently used winter clothes and goods await help to be sorted and delivered before winter weather arrives.

When: Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Weather permitting, the sorting will be held in the parking lot of the old Naval Readiness Center located at:

22–66 S Hackensack Ave

Kearny, New Jersey 07032 

If inclement weather, volunteers will meet at United Way of Hudson County’s offices at:

United Way of Hudson County

857 Bergen Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306

Contact: To volunteer, please contact Kim MacConnell O’Casey, (315) 727-6954, kimokc@hotmail.com

If you don’t have plans yet this holiday season, why not give back to those in need and make a real difference in people’s lives?

Wherever your travels take you and your family this season, you can count on Furnished Quarters to provide you with top accommodations in temporary furnished apartments. Contact us for our Winter Specials in Jersey City and throughout the areas hardest hit by the storm.

Autumn Outings in NYC

As Furnished Quarters continues our focus on fall fun in the Northeast, we can’t forget the Big Apple. Though Hurricane Sandy affected many parts of Manhattan, the city that never sleeps can’t be stopped. There are still countless holiday events taking place across New York City that are worth packing your bags for:

Union Square Holiday Market

December 1 – December 24, Union Square, 14th to 17th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South

More than a hundred vendors showcase their wares at this annual outdoor market in the heart of the city.

Lord & Taylor Holiday Window Display

November 21 – December 31, Lord and Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue, between 38th and 39th Streets

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit faster than a glimpse into the world-famous windows of Lord & Taylor at Christmastime. This year is the 75th anniversary of these annual creative displays—the theme for 2012 features Santa on his day off.

The Nutcracker

November 23 – December 30, David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd Street

The New York City Ballet performs George Balanchine’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker, featuring a one-ton Christmas tree and an unforgettable snowstorm.

Ice Skating at Bryant Park

November 21 – March 3, Citi Pond at Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets

Enjoy some free family fun at Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink (skate rental is extra but there’s no charge to use the rink if you bring your own skates). If skating isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the rinkside restaurant or shop at the holiday vendors circling the park.

As always, remember Furnished Quarters when you’re staying in New York City. We’re the largest provider of furnished apartments in Manhattan, offering affordable luxury accommodations throughout the city and beyond. And don’t forget to ask about our Winter Specials through December 31st.

Helping Out Hoboken

Furnished Quarters continues its ideas for ways to help the restoration efforts after Hurricane Sandy. One of the areas hardest hit by the storm was Hoboken, New Jersey, where over 50 percent of the city was flooded and left without power, and floodwaters took over a week to recede. 

Although power has been restored to many Hoboken residents, some are still displaced, have lost their belongings, and need to rebuild their lives. Consider lending a helping hand to Hurricane victims in Hoboken by getting involved with one of the following organizations:

Heal Hoboken

Heal Hoboken, initiated by the NJ Tech Meetup community in Hoboken, has pledged to raise over $100,000 to help repair the damage done to the city of Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy.  Those who donate also receive a Heal Hoboken hoodie or t-shirt.

Rebuild Hoboken  

The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund was established by Hoboken’s Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, with assistance from local organizations and charities. Donations to the fund will provide immediate help to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey Relief Fund
NJ Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie have created a relief fund to “aide, comfort, and rebuild New Jersey” in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. You can visit the website at the link above, or send donations to:

Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Relief Fund,P.O. Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095.

You can also text NJ to 41444 to donate.

Wherever you choose to focus your relief efforts in the Northeastern region, remember Furnished Quarters to help you stay safely.

Helping After Hurricane Sandy

Sometimes the unthinkable happens—like Hurricane Sandy. If you’ve been following Furnished Quarters through social media on Facebook and Twitter (@FurnishedQ), then you know that we, like so many in New York City and throughout the Eastern seaboard, have been greatly affected by this natural disaster.

We’d like to devote this week’s post to a list of ways that you can help in and around NYC in Sandy’s aftermath. Many organizations have rallied forces and funds, and there are countless opportunities to pitch in:

Food Delivery Services

· City Harvest is coordinating food donations for New York’s hungry in the wake of Sandy. To donate food, contact Racine Rodriguez at 646-412-0754 or rrodriguez@cityharvest.org. To volunteer to help with food delivery services, contact Brittany Erdman at 646-412-0738 or volunteerservices@cityharvest.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

· If you are a medical professional, The Red Cross seeks volunteer help with storm recovery assistance. Contact 1-877-RED CROSS.

· Staten Island Recovers is coordinating a number of volunteer relief efforts, including clean-up and food distribution. To reach the Staten Island Recovery Organizer, contact 347-934-9927.

· Occupy Sandy is organizing volunteers to help neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To get regular updates, text @occupysandy to 23559 or contact OccupySandy@interoccupy.net.

Donations for Sandy Relief

· Donate to City Harvest’s Sandy Relief Fund to help feed New Yorkers in need.

· To give a $10 donation to The Red Cross, text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

· Donate to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

· United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund is accepting monetary donations. You can also make a $10 donation by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000.

Now may be the most important time of all to spend time in New York. For a safe place to stay while you help out, turn to Furnished Quarters, your shelter after the storm.

More Kudos for City of New York’s Action Against Illegal Apartments

In September, we ran a post about New York’s crackdown on illegal hotel operators. We commended the City Council for substantially upping fines for building owners who convert permanent residences into illegal hotels.

This month, we have more good news about temporary housing in New York City. On October 23, as reported in the real estate magazine The Real Deal, the city filed a suit against an operator of short-term rental apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn for deceptive trade practices.

The Mayor’s Office reported that the suit targets Smart Apartments, which the city accuses of housing tourists in apartment buildings that have been illegally converted. The city seeks $1 million in restitution and damages for visitors who were affected. What’s more, the city has barred Smart Apartments from operating or advertising in New York City.

Earlier this year, the media reported that the number of penalties directed against illegal landlords has spiked dramatically since the passage of the 2011 statewide legislation that curbs illegal hotels. So once again, we applaud Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York for their attention and swift action against violators of this law.

The operation of illegal hotels and owner-rented properties is unsafe, and it jeopardizes the legitimate temporary housing industry. And as the Mayor’s Office notes, we’re nearing “another record-breaking year for tourism, [so] it is imperative that we are responsible in how we promote our City and welcome our visitors.”

Furnished Quarters is committed to helping to combat illegal hotel operations, and to providing top quality short-term rentals to offer tourists a wide range of premium housing choices. Contact us for the best short-term stays.

Furnished Quarters in the Fall

There’s no season quite like fall. With leaves starting to turn in the Northeast, it’s a great time to pack your bags for an autumn outing!

The next few blog posts will feature fun things to do in the fall in some key regions of the country. Let’s start with Boston…and remember Furnished Quarters for all of your temporary housing needs:

Boston Fall Events

16th Annual Fall Fringe Festival

Friday, October 26, 8pm

Boston University Theatre, Boston, MA

The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre provide a special collaboration of new or rare performances resulting in a unique theatrical experience.

Fall Wine Fest

Saturday, November 3, Noon

Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston

Taste wines from around the world at this fall celebration. Guests will receive a “Passport” to taste wines from different regions. Featuring music by DJ Karl.

Fall into Fall

Monday, November 12, 6pm

City Table, Boston

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Kitchen Cabinet offers two fall celebrations on November 12. The event starts with cocktails at City Table in the Lenox Hotel, followed by the Boston magazine Taste event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The event features top chefs and restaurants featured in Boston magazine in 2012.

Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest

Friday, November 30, 6pm

Space 57, Revere Hotel, Boston, MA

Fall and winter are a great time to enjoy hearty beer. At this first annual festival, brewers use seasonal ingredients to make warming, rich beers.

Once in Boston, Furnished Quarters offers a wide range of furnished apartments to satisfy your need for luxury on a budget. So enjoy a home away from home this fall—and please be our guests.

Top Customer Service Means Smooth Stays

When you’re looking for the right temporary furnished housing provider, it can be difficult to know which to choose. But one thing is for sure when it comes to furnished rentals: not all options are created equal.

At a bare minimum, state laws require property owners to provide adequate weatherproofing, heat, water and electricity. This means there should be no broken windows, leaky roofs, or stubborn plumbing. Your temporary apartment should always be safe and secure, with secure locks and smoke detectors, and it should be pest-free.

Unfortunately, though it may seem hard to believe, not all temporary housing providers ensure even these basics. It takes a reputable provider to guarantee customer satisfaction across the board.

If you’re wondering how to distinguish between those who claim to offer top customer service and those who actually do so, look to the CARTUS Global Network for guidance. CARTUS presents annual awards to service providers for outstanding achievements, innovation, and customer service.

For the third year in a row, Furnished Quarters won a Platinum Award from CARTUS Global Network. This Commitment to Excellence Award was bestowed on the company based on our exceptional customer satisfaction ratings, transparent communication, and attention to detail.

Steve Brown, CEO of Furnished Quarters, explains why the company stands out above the rest of the temporary housing providers in the country: “We work hard to differentiate our product and service to our guests, and our efforts have been validated again this year by winning the Platinum Award from CARTUS for a third time. This is a testament to the tremendous work done by the sales staff, as well as our field staff who take care of our guests’ needs daily.”

Thomas Pellegrini, Customer Service Manager at Furnished Quarters, adds that providing outstanding customer service to each guest is always the company’s ultimate goal: “We hope to create a new experience and reach a level of ultimate customer satisfaction for new guests, as well as continue to ‘wow’ our returning guests, providing an outstanding experience which they have come to expect from us.”

To reap the benefits of Furnished Quarters premier level of customer service, contact us for reservations and special offers.

In Transition? Try Temporary Housing

While you may think of temporary furnished housing as only for corporate executives, an increasing number of individuals and families on the move are finding what they need in furnished rentals.

In today’s housing market, you have to be ready to jump quickly when opportunities present themselves. Sometimes as a home buyer, you must try to sell your current house at the same time your purchasing your next one. In such cases, it can be difficult to get all of your ducks in a row in terms of timing—for example, if you’ve sold one property before your mortgage has been approved.

This is the perfect situation to let Furnished Quarters fill in the gaps. Temporary rental apartments offer many advantages over hotels or other types of housing situations:

·You avoid having to pay expensive broker’s fees.

·You don’t have to sign a long-term lease.

·You have flexibility—you can stay for 30 days or several months depending on your own needs and timing.

·You can manage your finances more precisely because you can move out mid-month.

·You can save money by avoiding having to move your own furniture just for a short-term stay.

What’s more, you can live like a local in your new neighborhood even while you’re still in transition. At Furnished Quarters, full amenities are part of the deal. You can cook in your own kitchen, do your laundry in your unit, and have separate rooms for the kids to stay. You’ll enjoy contemporary luxury in your choice of locations from coast to coast or even internationally.

So don’t let your transition be trying—let Furnished Quarters give you the right place to stay when you need it: 1-800-255-8117.

Special Occasions Call for Memorable Accommodations

When it comes to your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect. There’s no more important time to have every detail just right, from the music you choose during your ceremony to your honeymoon suite.

Whether your wedding plans take you across town, across the country, or across the globe, make Furnished Quarters your honeymoon headquarters. As the largest provider of temporary luxury apartments in New York City—with a growing portfolio of stylish residences in major metropolitan areas from coast to coast and internationally—we can make your wedding accommodations truly memorable.

When you want the right setting for romance, a hotel simply won’t do. We provide fully equipped private residences with all the comforts of home—plus many perks and luxuries.

Each Furnished Quarters’ residence is professionally styled by in-house designers who ensure that every detail—from furniture to artwork to housewares and linens—is just right.

Guests will receive extra pampering when they stay in our well-apportioned furnished apartments. While hotels are cutting back on amenities, we’re providing more of them—including luxury bath products from L’Occitane’s Verbena collection.

Our apartments also feature:

·Fully equipped kitchen, including refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishware, utensils, cookware, and supplies

·Bathroom and bedroom amenities, from full towel sets to extra linens

·Entertainment center, including flat screen TV, DVD player, stereo with iPod dock, and free Internet service

·Biweekly housekeeping services and laundry facilities

·Special offers with local merchants including Zipcar, chauffeured transportation, banking services, and restaurants

While Furnished Quarters offers much more than the average luxury hotel, our rates are between 30% and 50% less. So you can spend more of your honeymoon budget enjoying your special moment.

Contact us to learn more about how Furnished Quarters can make any special occasion more memorable for you and your loved ones.

City Council Cracks Down on Hotels’ “Vicious Vacancies”

An article in the New York Observer on September 12 reported on the City Council’s welcome decision to raise fines on illegal hotels. Some building owners in New York City have been found converting permanent residences into illegal hotels packed with bunk beds, charging more than $100 per night for a stay in the units.

The Observer reports that Speaker Christine Quinn “had seen ‘residents being pushed out of their homes’ by landlords eager to make more money, including whole buildings emptied of their tenants.”

The fine will be raised from $800 per violation to $2,500 per violation—and from $1,000 to $25,000 for repeat offenders. Approximately 1,900 illegal hotel operators received fines in 2011—more than twice the number fined in the previous year.

We at Furnished Quarters applaud Ms. Quinn in her efforts to curb the operation of illegal hotels in New York City. Since 2007, we have partnered with other reputable corporate housing companies, working together with the City of New York to legitimize the corporate housing and short-term rental industry.

By providing corporations and individuals a flexible, safe, and affordable option for housing in New York and other markets throughout the U.S., we have built an industry that continually produces jobs and revenue to the cities where we operate.

The Furnished Quarters’ hotel alternative is an integral part of the hospitality industry in New York City—and we must protect it. Reducing the number of illegally operated hotels will increase the well-being of travelers, residents, and the corporate housing industry alike.

We hope that other cities will take note of New York’s increased fines for these “vicious vacancies” and implement similar measures to deter illegal activity. We look forward to future measures to eliminate other forms of illegal housing—as well as regulations to curb websites that continue to provide these illegally operated residents a vehicle to advertise.