Sunday, December 31, 2006



The annual Holiday Train Show at the
New York Botanical Gardens is spectacular. Here's a brief video blog. Below is the transcript of the video, with additional links.


Hi. Here at the Enid Haupt Conservatory, this is Eric from QPORIT, posting from the New York Botanical Gardens -- which hosts the annual Holiday Train Show. It is quite amazing. There is a delightful collection of trains and trolleys, models of period houses and bridges, scaled natural scenery, and incredible model trains, that fascinates both children and adults.

Here is a model of a building – a mansion – built in 1764, that once stood on the corner of 91st and Columbus. Other landmarks, like City Hall and Gracie Mansion, New York Skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty and the Little Red Lighthouse, do still exist and these little models make you want to visit the originals. The exhibit is detailed, fun… and huge. Leave time to take it all in, and even visit other parts of the Gardens.

The Wave Hill mansion, here – in the Bronx -- is currently a site for concerts and special exhibits.

The 250 acres of the Botanical Gardens, of course, are host to beautiful exhibits and gardens throughout the year. There’s an Orchid Show coming in February, Caribbean Colors in the spring.– And there’s miles and miles and miles for leisurely walking. Check the website for what’s in flower… And the Conservatory, where this train show is held, is always full of special plantings.

Here’s the Little Red Lighthouse. To see the real Little Red Lighthouse -- it’s tucked under the GW bridge – go to the boat basins on the Jersey side and look across the Hudson River.

I love this little winter train. The trains run – till the 7th of January – this year. And if you’ve missed it, or want to revisit, it’s worth remembering to make a trip here next year – especially with a child who loves trains, nature, or New York City.

We have all the links -- to the Botanical Gardens and the other sites we’ve mentioned -- on our website, QPORIT. . Come visit us.

And finally, to conclude this preview, lets return to the model of the Conservatory, host to the Holiday Train Show.

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