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.

  • On January 25, 2013
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    What are the best bars in New York City?

    Carol Cain, GirlGoneTravel.com The bar scene in NYC can be as high scale or as casual as you would like it to be. Personally, there are two bar experiences visiting friends enjoy the most: the Irish Pub scene and the Jazz Bar scene.

    Irish Pubs

    1. McSorley's is as old-school Irish as it gets in NYC. In 1943 essayist Joseph Mitchel referred to it as the oldest bar in the city in his New Yorker and they only started accepting female patrons in the 1970s. With house brewed beers, light and dark, at only $5, this isn't the most upscale bar experience in the city, but it certainly is one to remember.

    2. Paddy Reilley's Music Bar offers guests live performances from award-winning Irish bands and musicians, whether traditional or Celtic rock, while serving a hearty pint of Guinness.

    Jazz Bar

    1. The Village Vanguard which has been a staple in the NYC jazz scene for over 70 years and is where many jazz legends still come to perform.

    2. Blue Note in NYC's Greenwich Village is where jazz performers set shop for six-day runs for guests to enjoy. One of the most iconic jazz venues in the city, it is the favorite of celebrities from Liza Minnelli to Stevie Wonders.
  • On January 25, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best bars in New York City?

    Carol Cain, GirlGoneTravel.com The bar scene in NYC can be as high scale or as casual as you would like it to be. Personally, there are two bar experiences visiting friends enjoy the most: the Irish Pub scene and the Jazz Bar scene.

    Irish Pubs in NYC are found everywhere, but some offer a true Irish feel more so than others. My favorites:

    1. McSorley's is as old-school Irish as it gets in NYC. In 1943 essayist Joseph Mitchel referred to it as the oldest bar in the city in his New Yorker and they only started accepting female patrons in the 1970s. With house brewed beers, light and dark, at only $5, this isn't the most upscale bar experience in the city, but it certainly is one to remember.

    2. Paddy Reilley's Music Bar offers guests live performances from award-winning Irish bands and musicians, whether traditional or Celtic rock, while serving a hearty pint of Guinness.

    NYC is the center of the world's jazz scene, thus an evening in a NYC Jazz Bar is an opportunity to enjoy anything from the music of up and coming talent to world recognized musicians performing on a stage where they were once discovered. My favorites are:

    1. The Village Vanguard which has been a staple in the NYC jazz scene for over 70 years and is where many jazz legends still come to perform.

    2. Blue Note in NYC's Greenwich Village is where jazz performers set shop for six-day runs for guests to enjoy. One of the most iconic jazz venues in the city, it is the favorite of celebrities from Liza Minnelli to Stevie Wonders.
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    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best attractions in New York City?

    Carol Cain, GirlGoneTravel.com

    There is a reason why we call NYC the city that never sleeps. The list of attractions is extensive and can take weeks to explore. But of all the things there are to do in the city, my favorites are the free attractions. Here are three you can’t miss:

    1. Museum Mile: Fifth Avenue, running from 82nd to 105th streets is home to some of the city's best museums, many which offer discounted or free admission on certain days of the week (check their websites for more details). The Museum Mile Festival takes place every June, where speakers, music, and free admission is offered to all.


    2. The Parks: We’ve all heard of the magnificence found along the 843 acres of Central Park. Shakespeare in The Park at the Delacorte Theatre and the Summer Concert Series are two of the most popular free events during warmer months, while ice-skating at Wollman Rink is a family favorite in the winter. But between May and September, I enjoy leaving the city behind and taking the free ferry over to Governors Island, where free entertainment can be found as well as plenty of space for lounging and picnics. A small fee for a bike rental will allow you to take in the amazing views around the small island, a unique NYC experience.

    3. Audience Seats for TV Tapings: NYC is where most of my favorite American shows are filmed, from cooking talk shows like The Rachael Ray Show to comedic icons like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live. The process to request tickets is listed on the show’s website and through an online reservation system. Take note: the demand for these shows is high, so plan far in advance and put in your request early, as the wait can be long (but not impossible).

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