They re-create various buildings from NYC out of plant parts: sticks, wood, bark, seeds, pinecones and fruit. Between all the buildings are train tracks with about a dozen different toy trains running. It's pretty amazing!
Macy's - this was in the queue line just to get in the building
With the train conductor
The first room is part of the queue - it's a little tropical paradise, which felt great because the day was a bit rainy and yucky! There are no trains here, but some really great buildings.
The old TWA terminal (and planes) at JFK. Jet Blue now occupies part of this famous structure.
Almost time to go in!
Some of the buildings we recognized, but many we didn't. There were signs in front of them all, saying what they were and where they were.
Hell Gate Bridge - this one is really close to our house
The NY Public Library (the big famous building) is the structure in the back, the arch is from Washington Square Park.
A bit blurry, but they even recreated the lions in front of the library!
The old Penn Station (it was sadly destroyed)
If you've been to NYC, you might think this is the Post Office across from Madison Square Garden, but it's not - it's the old Penn Station, same architect. Very similar buildings!
I love the detail on the roof of this one.
There was a small exhibit on the side that showed how the artists created these buildings - and had a few non-NYC buildings as well.
Second step and some materials
Viola! Easy, right???
Okay-that one is from NYC... :)
Coffee pot gas station (I cannot recall where it was from), and the cool train that was going around these buildings.
Sorry about it being rotated - I did fix it in my photo program...hmmm! Anyway, I was excited to see this one! It's a replica of that hotel shaped like an elephant, which they also have a replica of in Boardwalk Inn lobby at Walt Disney World!
This is Nebraska, I've seen it! I think it might be "Dunn Bros" now though if I remember correctly
Another train going around
Pretty flowers....after all we were at the Botanical Gardens!
Henry in front of the skyline
Famous buildings of the skyline - Empire State, Chrysler, Rockefeller, NYSE...
I love this - Rockefeller even has the angles and Christmas tree up!
Thomas! In January they change out all the trains to be Thomas and friends.
The building we were in at the moment. Kinda cool!
Harlem - the Apollo
The old Yankee Stadium - the lights worked and it played music
Natural History Museum
Back outside we walked a bit over to an area they had set up for kids called Gingerbread Adventures
A little maze for the kids
Kid-size gingerbread house
There were a few of these cool guys around
Inside one of the buildings they had set up stations to learn about the spices that go into gingerbread. The first thing they got was a booklet they could design with glue and seeds.
We then went to various stations where they would learn about a spice and glue some into the booklet.
At the end there were a few gingerbread creations by various bakeries
It was a cute area, and maybe he learned something... :)
Back outside we went to the gift shop before we had to get on the train - just enough time for me to buy an ornament!
Inside the gift shop - yummy gingerbread cookies
Candy canes, my favorite
Ornaments - you might not be able to see if very well, but we got a little snow globe one with a train in it.
I thought these were cute.
Then it was back on the train and home. We really enjoyed the Train Show and I'm glad we went! I don't think we will go every year, but, it was something new and different!