NYBG Train Show

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The annual New York Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Train show is a delight for both children and an architecture junky like me. Over 150 scaled historic, iconic New York buildings and bridges are recreated by Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination with stunning detail in leaves, twigs, nuts and bark, set amongst the tropical landscape of the Enid Haupt Conservatory.


It’s really quite magical. This year for the first time, I attended one of the Bar Car Nights – strictly adults only!

My friend and I arrived shortly before 7.00 pm and were luckily let in almost right away.IMG_5540

We grabbed our complimentary cocktails (Box Car Punch for me, Streamliner Sangria for her) and stepped inside to an enchanting scene: 19th Century row houses, robber baron mansions, New York City bridges and historic buildings like (the demolished) Penn Station, The Guggenheim, Chrysler building and Yankee Stadium, set amongst flowers…

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Author: Tarley Jordan

Tarley has been an AWNY volunteer since 2012. She is award-winning marketer from Sydney (with stops in Brisbane and Rockhampton), who moved to New York after meeting her husband in a typical New York chance encounter. Find her on Instagram: @tarleyj

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