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Bela, the Forgotten War Orphan
Ruth Saperstein Jaffe with evidence of her former life as Bela Raphael, the orphan saved by Sergeant Bert Simons.

Ruth Saperstein Jaffe with evidence of her former life as Bela Raphael, the orphan saved by Sergeant Bert Simons. Andy McMillan for The New York Times

By KEREN BLANKFELD
The remarkable tale of a 3-year-old whose parents died in Auschwitz, and the soldier who worked to get her out of occupied Berlin.
At Farm.One, a hydroponic garden in TriBeCa, red-veined sorrel is prepared for a delivery.
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By ALYSON KRUEGER
A hydroponic garden in a TriBeCa basement is growing rare herbs and edible flowers, and many prominent chefs are flocking to it.
Anna Zuccaro, left, 26, and her sister, Mia Merrill, 30, petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to rethink its display of the painting Thrse Dreaming by the painter known as Balthus.
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Big City
By GINIA BELLAFANTE
The Metropolitan Museum declined to rethink its display of the artists painting of a girl in a sexualized pose, even as the culture grapples with the issues it presents.
Sunday Routine
How Peter Zaharatos, Chocolate Artist, Spends His Sundays
By ARIELLE DOLLINGER

The owner of SugarCube, a dessert shop in Long Island City, shops for Greek ingredients and plays violin with his children in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Neighborhood Joint
The Birkin Bag Mechanics
By CHARLES CURKIN

Artbag, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has been where old handbags and luggage are taken for a tuneup since 1932.

Day Trip
Literary Ghosts and Lobster Rolls (Hold the Mayo)
By JULIE BESONEN

Westport, Conn., where the Long Island Sound meets the Saugatuck River, provides a maritime escape for seafood lovers who appreciate a nice stroll.

I Was Misinformed
We Apologize if This Holiday Preview Brings You Pain
By JOYCE WADLER

Holiday movies, updated: Daddy Warbucks, sexual predator; Bob Cratchits lawyers accuse Scrooge of toxic work environment; George Bailey dogged by harassment claims.

F.Y.I.
Different Boroughs, Different Library Systems
By KEITH WILLIAMS

There have been attempts to merge Brooklyn and Queens libraries into the New York Public Library system. But there are practical reasons for not doing so.

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