November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017 Website
The New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show features major landmarks of New York, all made of natural elements such as leaves and twigs. The firm Applied Imagination is their creator. Many of the replicas on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, itself a NYC landmark, represent beloved buildings that have dearly departed the city, including the old Penn Station.
Two of the finest works in the show are bridges - the George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge - which, of course, are very much with us. The Hudson River Valley is well-represented, too, including painter Frederic Church's home, Olana. The biggest surprise in the 2015 iteration of the show is an elegant recreation of buildings from the 1964 World's Fair. The old Penn Station and the replica of the modernist fair anchor the story of this train show. 1964 was the year McKim, Mead & White's palace of train transportation was demolished, making way for the current Madison Square Garden.
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The Holiday Train Show continues through January 18, 2016. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Dining options include the Pine Tree Café, Frosty's Schnapps Haus, the Gingerbread Café (sponsored by MasterCard), and the more formal (and worthy) Hudson Garden Grill. More info at the NYBG website.
After the show, enjoy a long walk in the gardens and into the woods.
|In the Thain Family Forest, the Haupt Conservatory appears far off in the woods.|
Penn Station rides again.
Images and video by Walking Off the Big Apple from December 10, 2015.