Happening This Week and Continuing On

through January 15, 2018 – NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show  Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.  This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.  New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, the Bronx.

through February 4th, 2018 – Grand Central Holiday Train Show  – the Transit Museum’s annual display features Lionel trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout.  Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole, this year’s exhibition showcases our Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a cityscape backdrop designed by Brooklyn-based artist Josh Cochran.  FREE!  New York Transit Museum in the Shuttle Passage at Grand Central Terminal

through February 24th – Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection  Featuring hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection, the exhibition’s immersive scenes and displays transport young and old alike to a bygone era. Holiday Express begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens, and extends through large swaths of the first floor. New York Historical Society,  170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

Through December 27th – Halloween related events in NYC Parks – Find the Halloween themed events in NYC Parks in the 5 boroughs through the end of the year!

Upcoming Events

2018 (it’s closer than you think)

January 10th – February 4th – Coil Festival – Featuring works from the world’s most exhilarating and thought-provoking performers and interdisciplinary artists. Six projects will mark both the first performances in the newly renovated spaces at 150 1st Avenue and the final Coil program, which has been curated by former Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner for the last 12 years.

January 19th – Burns Night Celebration – now in it’s 23rd year, the evening will begin with a Reception and Whisky Tasting – together with Silent Auction.  Guests will then be piped into dinner where a traditional Burns Night Supper will follow.  The University Club, One West 54th Street.

January 23rd – Current / Bodies: Art and Action on The Waterfront – Brooklyn Historical Society and Underwater New York present six New York artists and writers whose works address the history and future of our waterways. Join photographer Chester Higgins, visual artists Barry Rosenthal, Nancy Nowacek, andFrancis Estrada, and poets Cynthia Manick and Wo Chan as they consider New York’s waterfront as a site of continuity and a threshold for political, social, and environmental change.  6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights.

FREE (and low cost) Events

Brooklyn Bridge Park

On the East River waterfront, you’ll find dance parties, opera, film, kids activities and great public art!  Not to mention a view of the NYC skyline like in the movies.  Brooklyn Bridge Park’s activities go through the end of October.  To see the full list, click here

Ongoing throughout the year, walking tours by the Historic Districts Council and the Municipal Arts Society 

Jocelyn Medina’s Sunday Vocal Jam Series – Each week showcases a different featured vocal artist in trio from 8-9pm followed by an open jam session till 11pm. Come early to sign up, stay late for the hottest build up of collective improv! Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome, house piano, amps, mics and drums available.  Luca’s Jazz Corner at the Cavatappo Grill, 1712 First Avenue (88th & 89th Streets)