Located along the 7 subway line, which is being extended to Manhattan’s far west side this month, Corona is the perfect neighbourhood to explore while in Queens. Corona is featured in a short documentary film highlighting locals’ recommendations on the must-visit places in this bustling neighbourhood. To view the documentary and neighbourhood highlights including a map, visit nycgo.com/insiderguides.
“Whether tennis fans are in Queens for the US Open or looking to experience one of the City’s most diverse neighbourhoods, we’re sharing with them the best restaurants and attractions that locals love and return to again and again,” said Marty Markowitz, NYC & Company’s Vice President of Borough Promotion and Engagement. “Visitors shouldn’t miss out on the neighbourhood’s incredible eats, world class cultural organisations or premier events.”
Lemon Ice King
Experience Corona Like a Local
- Arts & Culture: The Queens Zoo, which spans 11 acres is home to pumas, parrots, Andean bears, bison, sea lions and more. Steps away from the Queens Zoo, the New York Hall of Science is a hands-on science and technology centre enjoyed by kids and families for its innovative, interactive exhibits. Located nearby the landmark Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,Queens Theatre showcases a range of performing arts including theatre, dance, concerts and cultural programming. The recently renovated Queens Museum is home to a diverse collection of art, plus Robert Moses’ Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs. The Louis Armstrong House Museum, where the jazz legend and his wife lived for almost 30 years, pays tribute to Armstrong’s public accomplishments and contributions to the
world of jazz.
- Dining: Leo’s Latticini (aka “Mama’s”) is an 80-year-old, three-storefront neighbourhood establishment known for its friendly owners, delicious sandwiches, fresh pasta and handmade mozzarella.
The vibrant Tortilleria Nixtamal boasts authentic Mexican food with tortillas made daily in the kitchen. For visitors looking for authentic Cuban food, Rincon Criollo is a family restaurant serving traditional Cuban dishes from its original location in Havana. With more than 20 different empanada fillings, Empanadas Café is the place to go for the crispy delicacy. A trip to Corona is not complete without enjoying dessert at El Hornero Bakery, a Colombian bakery, or the Lemon Ice King of Corona, where visitors will find Italian ices made from real fruit and offered in approximately 40 flavours for more than 60 years.
- Outdoors & Recreation: One of the largest parks in NYC, Flushing Meadows Corona Park was the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The Queens Botanical Garden, at the eastern end of the park, is a local favourite for its 39 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and gardens. Made famous for hosting the US Open Tennis Championships every summer, theUSTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center also holds smaller tournaments throughout the year. When tournaments are not in play, tennis fans can rent courts for their own use.
With a variety of hotel options to choose from throughout Queens at every budget level and style, travellers looking to spend more time in Corona or its surrounding neighbourhoods can stay longer and explore more of NYCGO’s Insider Guide highlights. For the best available rates, visit nycgo.com/hotels and reserve through NYC & Company’s exclusive hotel booking partner,Booking.com.
Louis Armstrong House, Corona, Queens
To view the documentary and neighbourhood highlights including a map, visit nycgo.com/insiderguides.