While children and the young at heart would seem the obvious attendees at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, it’s actually a must-visit for architectural buffs. The whole show takes place within the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory amidst lush greenery and soaring glass ceilings. All of the city’s main architectural landmarks (current and long-demolished) are present and they’re all made from plant parts. New this year is the “Artist’s Studio,” showing just how each building is made by the Applied Imagination team led by David Hartman. Here’s a mini-tour:
Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center at JFK (Statue of Liberty looming behind it)
Immigration Station on Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
The original Pennsylvania Train Station, demolished.
The Central Park section, featuring the Belvedere Castle and other familiar landmarks
The Vanderbilt Mansion at 550 5th Avenue, now demolished
The Holiday Train Show will be on display until January 16th. Buy tickets in advance and it’s best to take public transit, as parking is $12!