My NYC- Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens I don’t usually do two ‘My NYC’ posts in one month but, but the Holiday Train Show was too good to only share one picture.

People always raved about the Holiday Train Show, and I’ll be honest, I had no idea why, mostly because I had never been and didn’t know much about it. Well now I’ve been….and now I’m one of those people raving about it. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen! The creator, Paul Bussee, makes over 140 iconic buildings (scaled down) out of all kinds of things from nature- rocks, pinecones, wood, dried flowers, etc. These “buildings” are then set-up among the gardens in the Conservatory building. Oh ya, and there are few model trains zipping around in there too ;)

I cannot put into words how jaw-droppingly incredible this exhibit is. If you are able to go, I highly, highly recommend it. But until then (or for those of you who don’t live in the area), I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Do you spy the Statue of Liberty?}

NY Botanical Gardens train show

{St. Patrick’s Cathedral}

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Macy’s}

Train show at Botanical gardens {Guggenheim}

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Brooklyn Bridge at Botanical Garden train show Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens holiday show at NY Botanical Gardens Penn Station, train show at NY Botanical Gardens {Penn Station}

Paul Bussee train show {Some famous buildings around the city, including Flatiron, Radio City, and Rockefeller Center (complete with the Rock Center Christmas tree)}

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My NYC- Christmas in the City

Christmas Lights in NYC

I could live in NYC forever, if only for how beautiful Christmas time is here. There really isn’t much to say other than it’s glistening, sparkly and magical (case in point-the above picture I took last year outside Bergdorf’s). If you haven’t experienced it, put it on your life priority list ASAP.

Radio City

Christmas in NYC

Here are some of my favorite things to do in the city during this festive time of year-

To See

To Eat

What I’m Looking Forward to Trying This Year….

What are your favorite holiday activities where you live?

My NYC- Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

I’m a huge fan of zoos and I had been itching to go to the Bronx Zoo since we moved down to New York. After almost three years, we finally made it happen (you probably already saw a few snaps over on my Instagram and in this ‘Happy Hour’ post). With my first PSL (pumpkin spice latte for those of you not in the know) of the season and warm, sunny weather, it was the perfect day for the zoo. A few things to keep in mind for those of you wanting to make a visit to the Bronx zoo-

-There is street parking but it appeared questionable so in my opinion the zoo parking lot is worth the $15 splurge.

-You can NOT go in and out of the zoo so make sure you bring everything you need from your car (Mr. RC’s backpack came in handy for this one).

-We didn’t go into any of the special exhibits or stop for lunch and still took about 5 1/2 hours to get through the zoo, so make sure you arrive early.

-Speaking of special exhibits, they all cost extra money, FYI!

-Wear really comfortable shoes…like really, really comfortable.

-Heading to the zoo is certainly no budget friendly activity, but on the bright side, they let you bring in your own food. We brought water, snack mix, toast with peanut butter, fruit and granola bars. Seeing that most of the zoo’s food options were fried and over-priced I’m really glad we went the brown-bag route and I would definitely recommend others to do the same. They did have good ice-cream cones though :)

flamingo baboon red beetles wild bird pink tropical bird seals zebras tropical bird tiger lemurs {All photos taken by Mr. RC, who I’m pretty sure should be photographing for National Geographic, but maybe I’m just biased ;) }


My NYC- Brooklyn Bridge Park

statue of liberty at sunset

Earlier this summer, when I accidentally stumbled upon the Brooklyn Bridge Park, I undoubtedly made one of the best discoveries since moving to the city. Of course, I knew of and had visited the park directly under the bridge by Jane’s Carousel. But what I didn’t know was that it extended all the way down along the water, included a beer garden and a pop up pool, and had lots of fun summer events (like sunset Pilates and kayaking). City views, park greenery, on the water….yup, this is where I will be parking myself until it starts snowing (and possibly even after).

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My NYC- Flower Girl

Finding a florist for our wedding would have appeared to be an easy task in a city like New York (I mean we have a, albeit dying, flower distract, right?!). But no one seemed to be able to get my vision…until I met Denise Porcaro, aka Flower Girl. When I walked into her magical space, it was as if I had stepped into a real life flower fairy kingdom (appropriate since I was slightly obsessed with these flower fairies as a child.) Gorgeous blooms, shelves lined with vintage tins, mercury glass galore, oh and did I mention Denise was sweet as pie?! I instantly knew that all my wedding flower wishes would come true (my bouquet is proof they did). Denise was kind enough to let me snap some photos of her enchanting space located on LES and share them with all of you. And because it wouldn’t be Runway Chef without a little food or fashion included, I had to ask Denise about her favorite food (artichokes..yum!) and favorite piece of clothing (well-worn and well-loved vintage cut-offs from the 70′s handed down by her Mom).

Pop into the Flower Girl shop at 245 Eldridge St. between Houston and Stanton (maybe even take one of her flower arranging classes) and don’t forget to find Flower Girl on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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