As the holidays draw near, the excitement in the City grows. November begins with the inspiring New York City Marathon, whichs wends through all five boroughs. Laugh it up at the citywide New York Comedy Festival, featuring more than 200 comedians. New exhibitions include a massive Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney and a downtown celebration of NYC kings of cool The Velvet Underground. Late in the month, the holiday festivities start in earnest: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, holiday train shows at the New York Botanical Garden and Grand Central Terminal, and The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet. For details on these and many other happenings, read on.