February 29, 2012 at 4:00 am

In addition to a career in medicine, Dr. Neal Baer has been an executive producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and now “A Gifted Man,” both television shows set in New York City. A major challenge of his job is finding shoot locations in the city that fit the script. Here are a few things he’s learned during his career overseeing large-scale television productions in and around New York.

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February 27, 2012 at 4:00 am

Deborah Feldman was born into Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidic community, a tight-knit enclave where she never felt comfortable. After her marriage at age 17 to a man she barely knew, she entered college in Manhattan. When Feldman finally decided that her only option was to leave the community, she was surprised to find how fully she could reinvent herself just one borough away.

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