In the Boogie Down, Part I

Posted on: December 29th, 2008 at 12:23 pm by

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My sixth birthday present was an HO gauge electric train set, and from then I was hooked. By middle school, this railroad set evolved into an intricate setup with a scaled model landscape – truss bridge, mountain tunnel, and miniature town. Why bring this up, you ask? Well, each winter, the New York Botanical Garden [link] in the Bronx plays host to a wildly popular holiday train show. So naturally, the tourist in me thought it a great idea to mosey uptown and finally catch a glimpse (finally because a few years back, I couldn’t get tickets).

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After waiting in an unorganized line for over an hour, I finally gained entry. Simply put, the exhibit is an elaborate sprawling layout of figure-eight tracks and hand-crafted models of iconic NYC structures. The most incredible is that each model is built with all natural goods – predominantly wood and bark from various trees.

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