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Audra McDonald
"It’s a microcosm of the world. It’s a great way to learn how to be tolerant of other races and creeds and religions. It’s a wonderful place to raise kids."

Audra McDonald’s New York

The six-time Tony winner is currently playing Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' on Broadway

What do you love about New York City? 

1. Inwood Hill Park is an undiscovered park. It’s not as crowded as other parks, it’s beautiful and right at the tip of Manhattan.

2. The people. I love that everywhere you look there are seventy-five thousand different races and creeds and colors. There is every single, possible, creed and race and color. New York is the great equalizer. If you know how to cross a street, you can make it in New York. If you can cross a street without getting hit by a car in New York you can make it. For me, especially raising children here, I think it’s wonderful. You see the whole world. It’s a microcosm of the world. It’s a great way to learn how to be tolerant of other races and creeds and religions. It’s a wonderful place to raise kids.

3. Times Square, because that’s where Broadway is. I first experienced Times Square in 1987. I was here with my show choir and we were performing around. We all got to go see some Broadway shows. I got the see Starlight Express. We walked around in Times Square and I thought, “This is where I want to be. This is what I want to do.”

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