Bar Car Nights at New York Botanical Garden
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During Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show®, visitors can leisurely view this wondrous exhibition in the Botanical Garden’s Victorian glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, while sipping a complimentary signature cocktail. Additional beverages will be available at the cash bar, and dinner is available for purchase at the limited-run Holiday Dining Pavilion: “Streets of New York.” New this year, ice carvers from Okamoto Studios will transform giant blocks of ice into works of art, outside in the Conservatory Courtyard. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture this special grown-up holiday memory, with images available for download or purchase after your Bar Car Night visit.
Now in its 22nd year, the Holiday Train Show is an annual extravaganza showcasing model trains traversing replicas of New York landmarks from the Garden’s collection of more than 150 structures—all created from plant materials such as leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods. The Holiday Train Show features:
• The Artist’s Studio, which provides an insider’s look at how the replicas are constructed.
• The return of familiar favorites such as the original Penn Station (1910–1964) and Yankee Stadium (1923), the Brooklyn Bridge, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and The New York Public Library on 42nd Street.
• More than twenty large-scale model trains running on nearly a quarter-mile of track.
Additional Info: The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States. Home to the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Botanical Garden's curated living collections contain more than 1 million plants. The greenhouses and the conservatory -- a New York City Landmark -- is the largest Victorian-era glasshouse in America. Set apart by the beauty of its sprawling 250-acre landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science, its Children's Education program has been a pioneer in innovative, informal science discovery facilities and activities; and its scientific research on plants and fungi is unmatched in scale, depth, and authority. The Garden includes the most important botanical and horticultural library in the world and a wealth of programs, exhibitions, and activities for visitors to enjoy. The grounds display masterpieces, some dating to the 1840s, by many of the nation's most accomplished architects and designers, both past and contemporary.
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard in the Bronx, just 20 minutes from Grand Central Station on the Metro-North Railroad. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mondays, and may close early on other holidays. Grounds-Only Admission can only be purchased on site and fees are $6 for adults, $5 for adult Bronx residents, $3 for seniors and students with a valid ID, $1 for children 2 to12 years old and free for children under two years old. Grounds admission is free to everyone all day on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-12 pm. The New York Botanical Garden is committed to making its exhibitions, programs, and services accessible to all who visit. Wheelchairs are available to be borrowed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the Mosholu Gate Ticket Booth and the Leon Levy Visitor Center Information Booth. Reservations are not accepted and an ID must be left with Visitor Services for the duration of the visit.