by Michael Hsu, 04/24/2013
(From left) Italian ices at The Lemon Ice King of Corona photo by Will Steacy • Flushing Meadows–Corona Park photo by Laura Miller
The fast-growing and incredibly diverse population of Corona, Queens, makes it one of the City's most vibrant neighborhoods. The residents here hail from far and wide, creating a rich, dense social fabric that gives the area its unique energy and fascinating history: the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Malcolm X settled down here, and as far back as 1893, this was where Louis Comfort Tiffany produced his world-renowned glass. (TV-trivia mavens will also tell you that the neighborhood was most likely the humble backdrop for the Bunkers in All in the Family.) There is a range of authentic ethnic foods here, including empanadas, Italian mozzarella and sweet ices—and, fittingly, Corona is also one of the best places to burn off calories. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park has one of the City's best public recreational facilities, with an Olympic-size swimming pool and an NHL-regulation ice rink, as well as paddleboat rentals. So hop on the 7 train, and be sure to bring your appetite and your sneakers—there's a lot to explore.