annually => November – February
Choo! Choo! Trains everywhere!
Like trains? Well, if you coming to New York City during the Winter Holidays you can enjoy Vintage Train rides and a host of miniature train shows like the annual Train Show presented by the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Station in the Museum Gallery, Annex and Store
Although New York City Subways was not the first laid down, it is very popular among its citizens both young and old and tourist from all around the world.
It is after all the fastest and cheapest mode of transportation between boroughs for more than a million people daily with a history both fascinating, thrilling and experiences that are unique!
The New York Transit Museum does a great job of keeping the history alive with seasonal train rides using train cars from as early as the 70’s but one of the greatest thrills is their miniature annual presentation of the model railroad exhibition featuring the Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout and Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene. Vintage trains from the museum’s collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama’s North Pole.
The Museum’s store also offers great gifts for your holiday shopping where you can recreate your own miniature world with trains or buy a train monopoly game or shop online from the comfort of your home.
The exhibition is free, so if you are a big child or have children take their imagination to a place found to be therapeutic for all, especially those who are autistic or ADHD. There is an inner peace awaiting you amidst the Husserl and bustle of the Metro.
This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view.
ARTISANS from all over with their one-of-a-kind creations have gathered again at Grand Central Terminal’s for the 17th annual Holiday Fair – the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors. So cozy!
‘This season, the Fair will fill Vanderbilt Hall with 76 vendors for six weeks each offering a wonderful array of holiday gifts for all your loved ones including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.’
If you are searching for something special, unique, found no where else – this fair is for you. It has evolved into a New York destination – a must-see for international travelers, major luxury retailers and even popular among celebrities!
Best service, unique, outstanding merchandise with the spirit of Christmas and price points for all from $10 and up.
It is the best environment of safety, lights, entertainment and dinning! What more can you ask for!
Don’t linger too long and miss out on those delicious holiday treats just an eye throw across.
If we knew then that this Tramway had two breakdowns in 2006, I don’t know if we would have taken this 4 minute ride over to Roosevelt Island. However, if we didn’t we would have missed out on the beautiful city views only affordable at a peek of 250ft high above NYC for the cost of only Metro or free with your metro card transfer.
Besides, this was before it’s $25 million dollar renovation in 2010. Now, the 110 people capacity cars are equipped with blankets, water, food, and a toilet with a privacy curtain. Car attendants will carry cell phones with their radios.
This aerial tramway was one of the first in the world and was featured in over 15 films and TV shows including opening credits of City Slickers (1991).
The most popular scene was “a climactic battle in the 2002 film Spider-Man, in which the Green Goblin throws Mary Jane Watson off the Queensboro Bridge, and Spider-Man must choose between saving her or passengers on the tramway. Shooting of this movie caused the Tram to be out of service for weeks.
If you are planning a trip to NYC Roosevelt island has 1201 hotels in its area with ’98 5-star hotels with an average price of $194 per night’ or for a budget of under $100 you can choose from over 600 hotels.
While you are there you can enjoy the escape from NYC Highrises only an eye throw across the East River while experiencing a ‘A Day Away from the City Without Leaving the City’ or take the ride across to visit some museums, parks (Central Park), shopping centers like Macy’s, Barney’s, Tiffany & Co., Time Warner Center and Macy’s. Visit them before they close down like the famous Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square.
Some top places to visit in the area include: