Enjoy all the romance of train travel you don’t get to enjoy on a rush hour subway ride with a visit to New York City’s holiday train shows. Little eyes will pop when they catch a glimpse of the New York Botanical Garden‘s setup in the Bronx, which renders New York icons like Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the old Penn Station into elaborate bark and twig miniatures. This year’s show opens Saturday, November 15. On Sunday, November 16, Grand Central adds some tiny trains to its fleet with Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, and subway lines circling city icons at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex holiday train show. If your kids aren’t all trained out, the New-York Historical Society also hosts a vintage scene, with pieces from the world’s greatest toy train set. Starting Friday, November 21, the Jerni Collection’s cache is augmented by soundscapes, lightscapes, and landscapes, transforming the museum’s ground floor into a Lilliputian transit hub, complete with crawl-throughs and popups for maximum kid access.
Friday, November 14 is the anniversary of the 1851 U.S. publication of Herman Melville’s immortal Moby-Dick. To celebrate, literary lights from Joshua Ferris to Téa Obreht to Elif Batuman will be reading the book cover to cover across three days and three venues in Manhattan (where the novel’s beginning is set).
Then again, maybe your idea of endurance test involves negotiating a circuit of downtown bars. The New York City Beerathon kicks off at noon on Saturday, November 15, highlighting serious suds from local heroes like Bronx Brewery and Coney Island Brewing and ringers like Abita and Kona Brewing Company. Running shoes are definitely optional.
The timeless style of the Greek isles comes to Rockefeller Center with a spinoff of Long Island’s Limani Restaurant. A classy, roomy interior accents immaculate whites with some ocean blues, setting the mood for charcoal-grilled octopus, lobster, and the catches of the day.