The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is the perfect Christmas activity for everyone - for kids who will love the model trains zipping around and adults that will appreciate the replicas of NYC landmarks.
Here's the kicker: the replicas are entirely made of plant items like bark, leaves, pine cones, and nuts.
The show takes place in the garden's beautiful Haupt Conservatory, a Victorian glasshouse, and runs through January 16, 2012, so if you have a chance, get yourself to the Bronx to see it before it closes for the year.
I loved the replicas of famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge but was especially intrigued by stunning structures that have been torn down, like the old Penn Station and glorious old Fifth Avenue mansions and townhouses. I've studied a lot about the (awful! criminal!) decision to tear down Penn Station and the preservation laws that came out of the rubble in the 1960s.
Other favorites included Yankee Stadium and Washington Square Park. Don't miss this show!