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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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New York, NY
Joel Holland
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We treat ourselves to a few Broadway and Off-Broadway shows each year, and often find discounts. Last season we saw The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at the New Victory Theater, which is geared toward kids. Willa's read a few of his plays in school, so it was fun for her to see them brought to life. It served as an easy introduction for Matilda.

When the weather is nice we head to Madison Square Park to brave the legendary long lines at Shake Shack. The popular burger joint (a favorite of Big Mike from last season's American Idol) is literally a shack on the edge of the park that serves burgers, hot dogs, fries, and frozen custard. Waiting is part of the experience—it can easily take an hour—and even New Yorkers are willing to do it for the amazing food.

Originally published in the November 1, 2010, issue of Family Circle magazine

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