Things to do in New York this week: Critics' picks

Find this week's best events, activities and things to do in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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"Mac Conner: A New York Life"

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The career of illustrator McCauley (“Mac”) Conner helped to define the look of midcentury America. One of the original Mad Men, Conner's style was crisp and refined and very urban; life in the big city was a frequent theme. His work, which was published in such magazines as Redbook and

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Mon Jan 19
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Barneys New York holiday windows

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Walk by Barneys New York for a holiday view of fluffy woodland creatures and fantastical snow owls from the creative mind of writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin.

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

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This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store's exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop's holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive

  1. Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows

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The iconic luxury retailer celebrates this year's holiday window unveiling with a live performance by Broadway songstress Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables) and 10 percent off all store merchandise (6–8pm). Prior to the reveal of the high-fashion displays, Téa Leoni will light

  1. Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Jan 7
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Macy's holiday windows

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Boasting a "Santa's Journey to the Stars" theme, Macy's 2014 holiday windows depict a young boy's magical Christmas experience when he's gifted a paranormal telescope from Santa Claus. He's taken into a mystical world with his dog, Bella, and later lands back on Earth at the Thanksgiving's Day

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Thu Jan 1
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Bloomingdale's holiday windows

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Join Tony Award–winning actor and singer Idina Menzel in feting the unwrapping of the holiday windows at Bloomingdale's. Menzel will sing selections from her new album, Holiday Wishes, just before the big reveal. This year's high-tech windows feature interactive games and features that allow you

  1. Bloomingdale's 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St, 10022
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Tiffany & Co. holiday windows

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Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany's conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn

  1. Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, 57th St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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The trees change, but the annual sense of wonder remains the same. A chance to gawk at this year’s 76-foot-tall behemoth, decorated with 45,000 LED bulbs, is well worth the fighting the crowds.

  1. Rockefeller Plaza Fifth and Sixth Aves, between 48th and 49th Sts
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Jan 7
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once and given an hour and a half to glide. Through April. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Bobby
Bobby

FREE: MGMT 'The Optimizer' event at Brooklyn's The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11! New album will be played in its entirety along with a visual optimizer produced by MGMT. Free pizza and drink specials!

Sophia Ojha Ensslin
Sophia Ojha Ensslin

For your events calendar, please consider the LIVE MUSIC event of THE WILHELM BROTHERS @ THE PATH CAFE, NYC on Monday August 26th, 2013 at 8pm FREE ADMISSION The Wilhelm Brothers – Indie Folk Rock which is insightful and infectious. The professional and full-time Asheville NC-based group combines the singer/songwriter talents of Chris Wilhelm with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Cristof Ensslin. Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences. The music is infectious and insightful. CONTACT: Sophia Ojha Ensslin 828-398-4701 Thank you

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia

Hello, I am the marketing coordinator at John Jay College and I'm interested in submitting an event to be added onto your events calendar. Is it possible I can get the contact information of the calendar manager? Thank you so much for your time. Maria Garcia 212-621-3753