by Michael Hsu, 03/17/2014 [Updated 09/09/2015]
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The 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 social fabric that gives the area its unique energy. Corona also has a fascinating history: the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Malcolm X have all lived here, and in 1893 the neighborhood was where Louis Comfort Tiffany produced his world-renowned glass. It's home to a broad selection of authentic ethnic foods, including empanadas, Italian mozzarella and sweet ices—and, fittingly, 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 pedal boat rentals. So hop on the 7 train, and be sure to bring your appetite and your sneakers—there's a lot to explore. To stay close to the action, book an NYC hotel in Queens.