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.
You’re running to an appointment at an obscure address but your smartphone’s dead and there’s not a subway map in sight. Looks like you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Here are a few rules of thumb to help you navigate the city when your technology fails you.
Some of New York’s fading wall murals advertise cure-all tonics and horse carriage repairs from as far back as the 19th century. One photographer has documented these historic ads for 15 years, and sees them as an analogy for life in the big city.
In Manhattan, one in two households are occupied by singletons. Have Carrie and her supposedly independent “Sex and the City” girl gang taken over? Or is some other social meme at work…
A South Bronx high school teacher explains how building an “edible wall” of produce transformed his students from “super-sized and under-credited” to healthy graduates.
That Duane Reade across the street just might have been a slaughterhouse and your corner Starbucks, well, that was likely a grain storehouse, or maybe the local malt house…The New York Public Library has digitized nearly 10,000 historical maps of the city. Have a look at what the city of yore looked like.
City Journal’s Steve Malanga critiques Cuomo’s plan to build a convention center in Queens, a tactic he says has failed to grow business in other cities and ultimately leaves taxpayers on the hook for ballooning costs.
Despite how little most people know about the complex process, nothing has played as dramatic a role in shaping the city as zoning regulations — particularly under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.