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    What to do this weekend: Nov 14-15 event picks

    Fri Nov 13

    It's not even Thanksgiving, but the December holiday season has (unofficial) arrived. If you're itching to get into the spirit, head to one of the seasonal shows ( Wintuk , White Christmas and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular all started this week), or click through our holiday section to see all the fun that lies ahead. Not quite ready to embrace Santa and his merry elves? There's plenty of great events happening this weekend, most of which are completely free—which means less spending, and thus more gift-giving next month. Stop by the Brooklyn Public Library for a party to kick off the commemorative Sesame Street 40th Anniversary exhibit ; a costumed Elmo will even greet little ones. If you find yourself on the Upper West Side on Saturday, pop into the JCC's open house , or take a listen to the Demolition String Band in Tribeca on Sunday. Looking for something a little more literary? Peek into the pop-up book party at Books of...

    Free entry to the Staten Island Zoo for kids under 14

    Fri Nov 13

    The Staten Island Zoo is offering a wild winter deal: Starting in November and continuing through the end of February, kids under age 14 get in free with a paying adult. If you decide to take advantage of the promotion on a cold or rainy day, check out one of the indoor exhibits, including the 13,500 square foot Reptile Wing, which houses more than 200 critters. If your youngster isn't into North American rattlesnakes, Pythons or Anacondas, head to the African Savannah area (also indoors) to view rare Amur Leopards. Visit statenislandzoo.org for more info.

    "Fantastic" Bergdorf Goodman windows

    Fri Nov 13

    Photograph courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

    Photograph courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

    On my way to the subway after a screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox (read the review here), I walked up Fifth Avenue and past the Bergdorf Goodman Men's Store, where the current window display features sets and stop-motion figures from the movie. If your kids turn out to be Fox fans, take them to check out Badger's office, the three scheming farmers and the underground feast scene up close. (Fun fact: That orange-Crocs-wearing rabbit should seem familiar to local foodies). Even if you don't make it to the flick, the windows are a visual treat of their own, and will be on view through January 4.

    Video tease: Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday windows!

    Fri Nov 13

    As you may have noticed, holiday season has arrived in Gotham (we even spotted our first Santa last week!). Window displays are popping up, with Cartier and Lord & Taylor already flaunting their festive decor. On Monday, November 23, Saks Fifth Avenue will debut its storefront, and we got a special behind-the-scenes peek at the creative process, courtesy of David Spaeth of Spaeth Designs and Saks fashion director for windows, Steve Swirczek.

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