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    Double Take installation opens at the MetroTech Center

    Wed Nov 11

    Because there can never be enough offbeat things to see in New York, today the Public Art Fund debuted a brand-new series of fantastical art at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. Dubbed Double Take (because that's exactly what these works will make you and your kids do), the installations are surprising, illusory projects by six emerging artists. Among the oddities on display, you'll see a ghost, a strange chain-link fence, a flameless bonfire and a very funny lamppost bending into the ground. You and your brood can check out all the outdoor works from dawn until dusk every day though September of next year. MetroTech Center, Myrtle Ave between Jay St and Flatbush Ave, 718 488 8200.

    Wednesday's pick of the day: Meet author Margaret Hyde

    Wed Nov 11

    Head to the Tribeca Barnes & Noble today for a reading by the author of the Mo's Nose series, Margaret Hyde. Her latest installation, Mo Smells the Holidays , focuses on the hard-to-learn lesson that giving is better than receiving, which can serve as a gentle reminder as the present-giving—and greed-inducing—season approaches. Looking for more Veteran's Day fun? Check out our roundup of events to celebrate the holiday with your family.

    2009 Hess toy truck starts its engines Friday

    Wed Nov 11

    Even though our all-female staff doesn't quite get this holiday tradition, we know that many families enjoy collecting Hess toy trucks . (Any of you dads care to explain?) The newest model hits the market this Friday, November 13, and it actually isn't a truck; it's a race car (the first car featured since Hess's 1993 patrol car). For secret compartment fans, it features a door that opens to reveal a miniature race car inside. You can pick up the hot rod at any area Hess location for $25.

    Free snacks, readings and more at Indie Book Week

    Wed Nov 11

    Independent book shops can't get enough attention as far as we're concerned. Show them some love at the city's first Indie Bookstore Week , which begins Sunday, November 15 and runs through Saturday, November 21. There are plenty of children's events; highlights include: Brooklynites Randall and Peter de Sve present their picture-book collaboration The Duchess of Whimsy at Greenpoint's Word (Sunday, November 15 at 2pm) and grilled cheese—a key plot point in the story—will be served; arts-and-crafts time at Dumbo's powerHouse Arena with Alex Beard , author-illustrator of The Jungle Grapevine (Sunday, November 15th at 4pm); and a Bank Street Bookstore reading by Thad Krasnesky (Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30pm), author of a book about a power-tripping three-year-old called I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way. Bet that sentiment sounds familiar.

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