New York Botanical Holiday Train Show

By Sara Frantz

As a child, I spent many hours crafting fairy homes in the forest behind my house out of your basic fairy house building materials: moss, rocks, sticks, flowers, Elmer’s glue… 

Sara Frantz, 1999, age 10. Fairy home construction in Lee, MA.

Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination have envisioned and brought to life the ultimate fairy world at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show. 

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, built 1902. Designed by Lord and Burnham Co. designed after the Palm House at the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew and the Crystal Palace in London.

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of exploring the tiny, magical, all natural recreation of over 100 New York landmarks nestled in the beautiful jungle of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Built 1902, Bronx Park Road, Bronx, New York

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

½ a mile of train tracks run throughout the conservatory displaying a beautiful array of G-scale model trains.

The Original Penn Station, Built 1905, 7th Avenue and 34th Street

New York Skyline; Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Flatiron Building.

New York Public Library, Built 1895, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan

The Metropolitan Museum, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028.
Belvedere Castle, Built 1872, Central Park, Manhattan

Eden Musee, Built 1883, 55 West 23rd Street, Manhattan

Gracie Mansion, 1799-1804, Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan 

Mary Mason Jones House, Built 1867-1869, 5th Avenue and 57th Street, Manhattan

Willard Straight House, Built 1913 – 1915, 1130 5th Avenue, Manhattan

The Statue of Liberty, Built 1871-1886, Liberty Island, New York Harbor

Immigration Station, Built 1900, Ellis Island, New York Harbor

Olana, Built 1891, Frederic Edwin Church Residence, Hudson, New York

Various historic buildings throughout Manhattan

William Andrews Clark House, Built 1904, Demolished 1927, 5th Avenue and 77th Street, Manhattan

Park Avenue Armory, Built 1881, Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, Manhattan

Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York