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Corona is a small, densely-populated lower middle class neighborhood in Queens.Read more about Corona
It borders Flushing to the east, Jackson Heights to the west, Forest Hills and Rego Park to the south, and East Elmhurst to the North. It is directly adjacent to the heart of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Along with East Elmhurst, another small neighborhood, Corona is sometimes known as “Corona East Elmhurst.”
Like East Elmhurst, Corona has strong ties to the history of jazz music, and is the site of a number of historic African American landmarks, including the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona/East Elmhurst, home to one of the most comprehensive collections of African American art, music, and literature. Famous residents of Corona/East Elmhurst include(d) Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, and Malcolm X.
But Corona was also a historic Italian American community. In fact, “Corona” was the name Italian immigrants called the neighborhood because of the Crown Building Company. What started out as a residential development on the northeastern tip of the Town of Newtown (which became Elmhurst) became the site of the famous Fashion Race Course, the first field in the US to charge admission for baseball games between Brooklyn and New York all stars. In other words, Corona is the birthplace of the MLB. Appropriately enough, Citi Field (home of the Mets) is just a few minutes’ drive away in Flushing Meadows Park.
In the early 20th century a sizeable black, Italian, German, and Irish community dominated Corona. Since then Corona’s ethnic makeup has almost completely changed. It is now home to a majority Hispanic population (over 73% as of 2010), namely Dominican, as well as a significant Asian American community comprised of Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos. African Americans and Italian Americans still reside in Corona, but in much smaller numbers. Famous eats include Tortilleria Nixtamal (Mexican), Rincon Criollo (Cuban), Parkside Restaurant (Italian), and Empanadas Cafe. The Lemon Ice King in The King of Queens was set in Corona.
Corona is home to a number of private parochial schools and public schools, including the High School for Arts and Business. Antioch Baptist is a famous African American baptist church, and Our Lady of Sorrows is a famous Roman Catholic Church that was once predominantly Italian. Today it conducts most of its masses in Spanish. Queens Zoo, the Queens Museum of Art, Arthur Ashe Stadium (site of the US Open) and Citi Field are all in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Corona is served by the 7 train at 111th St, 103 St - Corona Plaza, and Junction Blvd. The Q23, Q48, Q49, Q66, and Q72 buses also run through the neighborhood. Major throughways include The Long Island Expy, Grand Central Pkwy, and Roosevelt Ave.