Carol Cain

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Carol Cain is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a travel and food blogger who shares her adventures at GirlGoneTravel.com. Originally from Brooklyn, Cain has studied and lived abroad, experiences that have nourished her wanderlust in and out of NYC, with or without her three boys in tow. Her travel stories have appeared in publications for MasterCard, Expedia, American Airlines and Lifetime Digital Media, as well as New York Family magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

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  • On June 30, 2013
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    What is New York City's cultural scene like?

    The wonderful thing about NYC is that you can find anything and everything to appeal to whatever you tastes and hobbies are. The neighborhoods vary enough to easily find one that perfectly suits your taste, but also appeal to your desire to try something different. Upper Manhattan still holds a lot of the original flaire of NYC, but is slowly feeling the effects of gentrification bringing more upscale housing as well as shops and restaurants to the areas.

    Artistically, NYC has always been the place where aspiring artists from painters to those in the eprforming arts comes to live out their dreams, or at least try to, making it a mecca for those who love to take in the scene.

    Food-wise, the diversty of the city's culture is reflected in many of the dishes serves at the various restaurants in town. From Asian to Caribbean, there are so many options to choose from.

    To experience the culture of the city one need only take a walk and observe. The diversity it everywhere, seen easily on the people one passes by. There truly is no place quite like it.
  • On June 30, 2013
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    Where can I go to watch sports in New York City?

    You can still enjoy the game surrounded by the excitement of fellow fans even if sitting for hours in a main sports arena is not your cup tea. One of the trendiest spots to watch sports in NYC is Jay Z's very own The 40/40 Club. This upscale sportsbar is 12,000 Sq Ft and has four 165 inch state of the art video walls. It is also home to a one-of-a-kind jersey Hall of Fame. It has five VIP lounges available for private events.

    For those who still prefer the sports arena feel, but want the services of an upscale sports bar, then consider the 40/40 club's other option: Barclay's Center located in Brooklyn.
  • On June 30, 2013
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    What are the most convenient beaches to New York City?

    Long Beach, NY is an option for those who don't want to drive, don't want to get stuck in the traffic to Jones Beach and who would want to reduce the number of commute transfers should they want to take the train. Long Beach has an great boardwalk and is a small beach town community.  You can walk to local pizza places, and mingle with the friendly locals. It’s quiet and clean, and if you get there early enough in the day, it’s just stunning.
    A short walk from the LIRR’s Long Beach Station. Those wishing to drive would find it easy to park earlier in the day. Hourly service is available from Penn Station, Brooklyn and Jamaica; with direct weekend service from Penn Station. Weekday service begins late June and continues through early September. The LIRR also offers discounted rail and beach admission passes. For more information on the wonderful discounts and great beach getaway destinations offered through the LIRR please visit their website.
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best festivals in New York City?

    Warm days in NYC are so much fun, and to complement it all are the festivals which range from weekend street fairs to more elaborate events that the entire family can enjoy. Some festival to keep an eye out for:

    Museum Mile: called NYC’s biggest block party, this festival shuts down Museum Mile (5th Avenue) and opens its doors to the public for free access to the best museums in town. From learn all about NYC’s history at the Museum of New York City, connect with Spanish Harlem and its culture in the Museo del Barrio, or get lost in the fabulous exhibits frequently on display at the world famous Guggenheim. Every year, one weekday in June (see website for specific date) from 6-9pm, rain or shine.

    Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center: an almost 3-week celebration of music, dance, and other performances that welcomes the community to join in. Passes to join the dance floor vary in price, but whether on the dance floor or on the sidelines, fun is guaranteed.

     

  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the most romantic restaurants in New York City?

    Finding a private, intimate dining spot in a city where it seems dining out is a sport everyone participates in, can be a challenge. But not an impossibility. Here are some romantic spots:

    King's Carriage House is located in a European-style two-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. The decor is elegant with its various paintings, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers. The cuisine is one of the best, but what guests looking for an intimate experience most enjoy are the choices in dining room areas. From the Willow Room, which seats no more than 22 guests and hosts a collection of antiques, to The Hunt Room which seats no more than 16 guests, surrounding them in painting and decor reminiscent of the Irish countryside.

    Per Se, located in the Time Warner Building, makes it on the list of one of the most romantic restaurants because of what it offers its guest, not just in food or wonderful location (near one of the most iconic spots on NYC) but in what a visit to Per Se is: a journey, a culinary experience and worthy of celebration. Especially one worthy of sharing with someone you love.
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best kids activities in New York City?

    Summerstage, GirlGoneTravel.com Exploring the city with kids in tow can be a fun learning experience for both the adults and the children, and with so much going on for kids, you need not step foot in a playground the entire time if you don’t want to.
    Here are some fun activities to do with kids in tow while in NYC

    Museum Kids Programs: Almost all your favorite city museums, from The Met, to the MoMA, to El Museum del Barrio, offer family activities, often times during the weekend and for members, before the museum is even open to the general public. Some events are free of charge, while others require a small fee. Check out your favorite museum and see what they have going on for families. No better way to take in the art scene than together.

    Summerstage in Central Park: is a great way to take your older child or teen and enjoy some of your favorite bands. If you are willing to get up super early and stand on a line for entry, then you can get into see some of the hottest bands and performers. Nothing says “bonding” more than rocking out to the tunes of Green Day or The Black Eye Peas with your teen – all free of charge.

    Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a a way to take in the fair without having to leave the city. From rides to entertainment, even event space for birthday parties, you can do it all.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best kids activities in New York City?

    Summerstage, GirlGoneTravel.com Exploring the city with kids in tow can be a fun learning experience for both the adults and the children, and with so much going on for kids, you need not step foot in a playground the entire time if you don’t want to.
    Here are some fun activities to do with kids in tow while in NYC

    Museum Kids Programs: Almost all your favorite city museums, from The Met, to the MoMA, to El Museum del Barrio, offer family activities, often times during the weekend and for members, before the museum is even open to the general public. Some events are free of charge, while others require a small fee. Check out your favorite museum and see what they have going on for families. No better way to take in the art scene than together.

    Summerstage in Central Park: is a great way to take your older child or teen and enjoy some of your favorite bands. If you are willing to get up super early and stand on a line for entry, then you can get into see some of the hottest bands and performers. Nothing says “bonding” more than rocking out to the tunes of Green Day or The Black Eye Peas with your teen – all free of charge.

    Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a a way to take in the fair without having to leave the city. From rides to entertainment, even event space for birthday parties, you can do it all.
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best indoor activities in New York City?

    As fun as it is to walk around NYC, on rainy or cold days, it’s nice to find a place to hover in for warmth. Luckily, as much as the city has to offer outside, it has even more fun to offer indoors.

    Some of my favorite places to spend inside:

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art can consume an entire day, easily. Between their permanent installations, galleries, and temporary exhibits, all which never fail to be stunning, one can get lost in time with each visit. Visiting The Met store, even if only to browse, is a favorite pastime all on its own. The Petrie Court Café serves European-style lunch and afternoon tea. Its grand glass window brings the views of Central Park in, but leaves any harsh weather out.

    An evening at Lincoln Center, whether it be taking in a theatrical performance, the ballet, or the opera, is a true NYC experience no matter the season. Once you walk past the iconic Revson Fountain (and maybe pose for a picture or two), the beauty of the various stages in this performing arts center is one not to be missed.
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What restaurants have the best views in New York City?

    Loeb Boathouse Central Park When it comes to restaurants with great views, the list is long. You can check out my list of al fresco dining options for a few choices that offers amazing views, but here are a couple more that offer the NYC views that make your heart skip a beat.

    The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is just what the doctor ordered on a beautiful, sunny NYC day. Few places provide all the elegance and visuals that help to show why we love this city so much. Enjoy a late brunch while watching the row boats go by. Take in the park and pond views while surrounded by a relaxed ambiance in one of NYC’s most iconic destinations.

    To get a view of the city from across the water, you have to leave Manhattan and head on over to Brooklyn. The River Café was affected by Hurricane Sandy unfortunately. But the Terrace Room is open for hosting events, and they are expected to reopen to the general public late summer of 2013. Contact them for further information and once they are opened for reservations be sure to snag one, as they can be hard to come by!
  • On May 27, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What restaurants have the best views in New York City?

    Loeb Boathouse Central Park When it comes to restaurants with great views, the list is long. You can check out my list of al fresco dining options for a few choices that offers amazing views, but here are a couple more that offer the NYC views that make your heart skip a beat.

    The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is just what the doctor ordered on a beautiful, sunny NYC day. Few places provide all the elegance and visuals that help to show why we love this city so much. Enjoy a late brunch while watching the row boats go by. Take in the park and pond views while surrounded by a relaxed ambiance in one of NYC’s most iconic destinations.

    To get a view of the city from across the water, you have to leave Manhattan and head on over to Brooklyn. The River Café was affected by Hurricane Sandy unfortunately. But the Terrace Room is open for hosting events, and they are expected to reopen to the general public late summer of 2013. Contact them for further information and once they are opened for reservations be sure to snag one, as they can be hard to come by!