Vacation Practice Present on the New York Botanical Gardens – Bronx, New York
Every year from mid-November to In mid-January, an extraordinary train yard will be built at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.
The artist Paul Busse and his team from Applied Imagination in Kentucky have been responsible for creating buildings, bridges, gardens and a boardwalk on Coney Island since the exhibition began in 1991, and New York Place (some old, some still with us) the annual tradition is now over 150 landmarks strong.
The twist is that everything is made of organic materials. Nuts, seeds, leaves, mushrooms and twigs are used to create the miniatures of the smallest angels above a door. They even use tree sap for window glass.
The 2016 show (Holiday Train Show number 25) includes nearly half a mile of track that runs through the city scenes. If you were to ramp that up from the G scale, it would be more than 11 miles (18 km) of clicking sound in real life.