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My Hometown: New York, New York

Liz and J.R. Tracy love the Big Apple's cultural diversity. They relish taking their daughters to local shows, an elevated park that's almost in their backyard, and the many famous sites in New York City.

By Caren Oppenheim

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The Tracy family: Liz; J.R.; Willa, 15; and Matilda, 11
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New York, New York

Population: 8,363,710

Locals love: The Union Square Greenmarket, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, has vendors from small regional farms selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat, and flowers.

Our New York family: Liz and J.R. Tracy and daughters Willa, 15, and Matilda, 11

My husband and I met as college students in Massachusetts and moved to New York City after graduation. Two years later his banking job took us to Chicago, then London, and back here. The idea of raising kids in the city was intimidating—we imagined we'd head to the suburbs in search of a quieter way of life. But Manhattan is the perfect playground for our family.

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