Corona in Queens NY

Corona was one of the old towns of Queens, which included Long Island City, Jamaica, Newtown, and Flushing. The LeFrak City housing development is located within the boundaries of Corona.

Over the last 30 years corona has seen a few ethnic demographic turnovers. In 1970's what was prodomintly an Italian American neighborhood began to give way to a very large influx of Dominicans. Some parts of Corona, However remained a strong hold for italians, (South East Corona). Only until the late 1990's did a new wave of hispanics from Mexico and to some extent from equador almost entirely poppullate Corona. Today, Corona's Hispanic community consists of Mexicans, Dominicans, Colombians, Guatemalans, Bolivians, Peruvians and Ecuadorians. Significant numbers of Asian Americans, (particularly Koreans, Filipinos Chinese) and Pakistanis, as well as African Americans and Italian Americans also consider Corona as home.

Corona is bordered on the east by Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, one of the largest parks in New York City and the site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. Located within the park are Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA National Tennis Center, where the U.S. Open in tennis is held annually.

Queens Zoo located in Corona Park

This small zoo, opened in 1992, evolved from one that was part of the 1964 World's Fair, the grounds of which became Flushing Meadows Park. While locals flock to the area for a wide variety of activities, many are unaware that this outpost operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society - also responsible for the facilities in Central and Prospect Parks - even exists. It's home to more than four hundred animals of some seventy species, all indigenous to North and South America, living in wild habitats fashioned after the Great Plains, the California coast, a Northeast forest, and the like. Among those on view are bison, mountain lions, sea lions, bald eagles, elk, and spectacled bears, endangered natives of the Andes. One of the most popular residents is Otis, a coyote rescued from Central Park in 1999. Of special note is the aviary, a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. Considerably smaller, but a lot less crowded, than the Bronx Zoo, this is definitely worth a visit, especially in the autumn or spring.