The annual New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show opened this weekend and it is truly a must-see beautiful creation.  The amount of detail in each piece is very impressive and the atmosphere is magical.  From toddlers to adults everyone will enjoy this event.
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I brought my niece (9) and nephew (6) to the show and though they were impressed all around they were mostly in love with the different trains roaming around the mini NYC.
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I mostly enjoyed looking at the gorgeous architecture and recognizing the landmarks, most of which have evolved over time.  I can’t exactly explain why but being there gave me a sense of pride and joy and made me feel very lucky to be a New Yorker.  I’ve built so many memories in pretty much every corner of this city, whether it was my first PR internship by Grand Central, or my two favorite New York bridges, the George Washington Bridge (I had a view of it from my room growing up) or the stunning Brooklyn Bridge (which I crossed every day to get to my first leased apt to/from work) or the beautiful Central Park, which no explanation is needed just great memories.

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory which is inside the NYBG was probably my favorite work. (this is my dream wedding venue!)

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Followed by the George Washington Bridge.

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And then I arrived at this gorgeous landmark and couldn’t recognize it until I read the label.

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That’s because it was demolished in 1963, this is the original Penn Station. Why on earth anyone do that?!

I highly recommend going to see this for yourself.  Entrance is free with membership and preview members-only days to this and other special events are included. A couple of weeks back I blogged about this NYBG event where I mentioned that Antonio and I signed up for a family membership.  We applied the total tickets cost purchased through a second party discount website towards the cost of the membership, the difference came to about $65, and it has been well worth it.  For non-members tickets are about $28 for adults and $16 for kids  on the weekends that’s a lot of loot when you add it up!

If you don’t live in New York or don’t mind seeing spoiler pictures, go ahead indulge through this slideshow:

How many landmarks do you recognize without reading the labels? Name them in the comments below.

Xo, Leslie


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