|Enid A Haupt Conservatory|
Every winter, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York
Botanical Gardens is transformed into a miniature version of many well known
buildings of New York City, complete with trains running in and amongst them.
This year, the 27th Annual Holiday Train Show (which ran from November
through the end of January), was, again a wonderful and fantastical exploration
of the historic architecture of New York, along with a tribute to the buildings
of lower Manhattan.
When you enter the exhibit, you are first treated to a 10-minute
video about Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. You
can watch a time-lapse video of the show’s set up here.
Each structure is built out of natural materials, leaves, sticks, bark, even
fungi. They are used to create the wonders of the exhibit.
After the video, the doors open, and you enter a hall filled
with some of the largest models in the show. The original Pennsylvania Station,
Gran Central Station, and, of course, the Haupt Conservatory are all
highlighted. While you are enjoying the craftsmanship of the buildings, the
model trains are running over, under and sometimes through them.
|Grand Central Station|
From here, you enter into the conservatory proper. It is
filled with replicas of many of New York’s iconic buildings. From Yankee
Stadium to the old TWA Terminal at JFK, from historic colonial houses to Greenwich
Village row houses, New York’s history and architecture are on beautiful display.
And, as walk down the aisle, enjoying the presentation below, you will pass
under models of the city’s most famous bridges.
|42nd Street Library|
|The Apollo Theater|
|Trollies on the 59th Street Bridge|
|George Washington Bridge|
|Little Red Lighthouse|
|Hell's Gate Bridge|
|Park Avenue Armory|
|NYC Row Houses|
Finally, you enter the conservatory’s rotunda. Every year,
this space is dedicated to a particular part of the city. This year it was the skyscrapers
of lower Manhattan. In one section were the all of the classics, The Empire
State Building, The Chrysler Building and the Woolworth Tower are among those
on display. On the other side of the rotunda was a beautiful recreation of New
York’s Harbor, with the new 1 World Trade Center, the ferry terminals and the
Statue of Liberty all shown.
|Woolworth and Chrysler Buildings|
|Staten Island Ferry|
|One World Trade Center|
So, if you find yourself in New York during the early winter months,
come up to the Bronx, and enjoy this wonderful show.
The main entrance to The Gardens is on Southern Boulevard,
just north of Fordham Road. The Garden’s website offers good, detailed directions, but the easiest
way to get there by public transportation is to take the Harlem Line of Metro
North to the Botanical Gardens Station.
This show is different every year. There are many of the same structures (thankfully, because they are beautiful works of art), but also a new exhibit highlighting another aspect of NYC. This is a show for all ages and so many interests. This year we went with a horticulturalist who loved it. But there is something for the architect, landscaper, historian, miniaturist, train enthusiast, etc. Come and enjoy it with your own perspective.ReplyDelete