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Who Am I? A Holiday Train Show Building Quiz

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 18 2013, by Ann Rafalko

I am one building out of many that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous cultural attraction in an historic kingdom in an ancient land. Rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer, I was originally established as the capitol of a civilization that controlled an important trade route, which was subsequently diminished under Roman rule. An ingenious system of water management allowed me to thrive, but these systems were damaged by an earthquake in the fourth century, which accelerated my decline. My facade is pockmarked by bullet holes because I was rumored to hold riches within my decorations.

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Picture Perfect at Bar Car Nights

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 12 2013, by Ann Rafalko

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 11.26.02 AMThey say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at all these smiling faces!

Bar Car Nights is your chance to see the Holiday Train Show in an adults-only setting, cocktail (or mocktail) in hand. Thousands of twinkling lights set the scene for a festive evening with friends or family (or even soon-to-be family, we’ve heard tell of an engagement or two!).

This Saturday’s signature cocktail combines a few of the iconic flavors of the season; ginger, apple, and something that is really more of a sensation than a flavor, bubbles! Called the Winter Intensive, this festive libation combines Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur with hard apple cider, and a sparkling topper. It’s the perfect way to warm you from the inside out!

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Who Am I? A Holiday Train Show Building Quiz

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 11 2013, by Ann Rafalko

If you follow Broadway north from the Battery until it turns into New York State Route 9, and keep going to a town in Westchester, you will find me by taking a left and heading for the river. I was the home of a famous author, synonymous with New York City and New York State whose extensive travels influenced his most famous work and my architecture. I was once one of the most famous houses in all the land because of my beauty and my owner’s fame, but now I slumber until the spring when perhaps a spectral game of nine-pins will awaken me for the tourist season once again.

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This Weekend: Cheers!

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 6 2013, by Ann Rafalko

barcar1It’s time for Bar Car Nights! Bar Car Nights are your chance to see the Holiday Train Show in a sophisticated, adults-only setting, cocktail in hand.

Starting tonight and happening again tomorrow, Bar Car Nights are a festive, sparkling, cheer-filled opportunity to embrace the holidays while indulging the kid inside you. The Holiday Train Show is a must-see for architecture buffs, train enthusiasts, and anyone who loves New York City.

See all your favorite New York-area landmarks recreated in miniature using only plant materials under the dazzling domes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory while indulging in a signature cocktail designed just for us!

Bar Car Nights are a great date night, a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with your friends, or a chance to see one of New York City’s most enchanting holiday experiences in a sophisticated, child-free setting. Cap the night off with dinner from one of our exclusive partner restaurants or nosh your way around our new Holiday Dining Pavilion: Streets of New York, Stephen STARR Events’ dining experience that celebrates everything delicious about historic NYC street food.

A very limited number of tickets are still available for tonight and tomorrow, so snap them up as quickly as you can and join us for this enchanting evening!

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The Train Show in Real Life, This Sunday in Queens

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 5 2013, by Ann Rafalko

Bowne House
Bowne House

This weekend you have a great opportunity to visit some of the buildings of the Holiday Train Show in real life, as the Queens Historical Society hosts the 26th annual Queens Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, December 8.

The participating houses are: The Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Bowne House, and new this year, the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Start your tour at any house, and then hop on a trolley and head to the next destination! Each location will offer special activities, delicious refreshments, and a glimpse at what life was like during the holidays decades, or even centuries ago.

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Who Am I? A Holiday Train Show Building Quiz

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 4 2013, by Ann Rafalko

I am a beloved New York City museum, famed for my collection of old masters and important furniture. I am currently riding a wave of popularity based on a coincidental association with one of the year’s most popular novels. I am located on the Upper East Side, was once owned by a prominent American industrialist, and I am home to one of the world’s premier art research facilities and libraries. Who am I? whoami-1

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Raise a Glass to the Holidays

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 2 2013, by Matt Newman

Holiday Train ShowEverything’s that much better under a twinkling glow, and the Holiday Train Show is no exception. On Friday and Saturday nights this week, December 6 and 7, we’re turning down the lights and turning up the festivities with the first of this season’s Bar Car Nights. And if you’ve never been to one, just think of it as a chance to experience our dozens of miniature landmarks and model trains in an entirely new atmosphere—one highlighted by the cocktails and mellow tunes that make for a perfect evening in New York.

We’ll have a professional photographer on hand to capture some memories (because who wants to carry a point-and-shoot when clutch real estate comes so dear?), and new this year, you’re welcome to head outside to the Conservatory Courtyard for a live ice carving demonstration from Okamoto Studios. Their expert artists join us to turn enormous blocks of ice into all manner of holiday art, from trains to Garden landmarks and more.

Across the way in the Holiday Dining Pavilion, Stephen STARR Events will be cooking up a storm from a New York-themed menu celebrating everything delicious about historic NYC street food. Though if you’re looking to make the night last even longer, hold onto your Bar Car Night ticket stub: we’ve got partnerships with a number of gourmet restaurants offering discounts and bonuses for those who join us, all of which you can find listed here.

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Bar Car Nights: The Spirit of the Season

Posted in Holiday Train Show on November 21 2013, by Ann Rafalko

barcar1One step into the magical world of the Holiday Train Show should convince you of its heartwarming magic. It is a delight for children of all ages! But, should you have an interest in enjoying the Train Show‘s many splendors alongside children above a certain age, we have you covered there, too. Bar Car Nights are an adults-only way to see the Holiday Train Show at night, when the lights are twinkling and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory‘s domes are aglow, cocktail in hand.

And this year, due to the overwhelming popularity of these delightful evenings, we are offering more Bar Car Nights than ever! Bar Car Nights are the perfect date night, or, come as a group and celebrate the season as a unique alternative to a more formal holiday party! Bring your friends, your adult children, or just come as a couple and enjoy a festive evening out. Bar Car Nights are the perfect way to indulge in the spirit of the holidays as an adult!

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Treasures of New York Spotlights the Holiday Train Show

Posted in Holiday Train Show on November 19 2013, by Matt Newman

Holiday Train ShowIt’s been over two decades since we first introduced New York City to the Holiday Train Show, and in that time we’ve pieced together one of the most impressive collections of miniature architecture ever seen—a cityscape of over 150 cherished landmarks hosting a constant parade of large-scale model railway trains. But the buildings don’t come ready-made out of a box; the bridges aren’t raised overnight, and the tracks can’t find their way without helping hands. It’s an enormous undertaking to unveil this seasonal treat each year, and thanks to our friends with THIRTEEN NY, the premiere of Treasures of New York: Holiday Train Show is throwing a well-deserved spotlight on all that hard work.

From American steam engines, subway cars, and modern freight trains to the natural architecture itself—each building painstakingly assembled using natural components like leaves, twigs, and bark—Treasures leads the viewer on a tour through the entire holiday production. You’ll join artist Paul Busse in Alexandria, Kentucky, where his Applied Imagination workshop has been crafting uncanny models of New York’s famous buildings since the Holiday Train Show first opened in 1992. Back then, our collection of models barely made up a tiny neighborhood—a far cry from the dozens of models that now call the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory home, surrounded by over a quarter-mile of G-scale train tracks.

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It’s Opening Week for the Holiday Train Show!

Posted in Holiday Train Show on November 13 2013, by Matt Newman

The Holiday Train ShowThe hum and clack of miniature trains fills the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory right now. Familiar bridges made of branches and vines arch overhead, and miniature manors ring the walkways with lights glowing in their tiny amber windows. Okay, so that’s a little bit purple, but how else can you possibly describe our favorite winter exhibition? The Holiday Train Show is just about ready to throw open its doors this Saturday, November 16, and we couldn’t be more ready.

Ivo recently had a chance to peek inside and get a glimpse of the arrangements ahead of the weekend, so I thought I’d pile together some of the photographs he collected in the Conservatory and share them with everyone! With more trains than ever before, a fresh “Streets of New York” dining experience taking place in our Conservatory Tent, and all the ambiance of a perfect holiday season, you don’t want to miss this. (And did I mention Bar Car Nights are back?)

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