Corona, like much of Queens, originated as farmland that was radically transformed by first the Flushing Railroad, and then later by the subway, into an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood. Originally hosting a primarily Italian community, it has since welcomed significant Latino and Asian populations.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in Corona is Flushing Meadows Park, home to both Shea Stadium and the annual U.S. Open, which forms the eastern border of the neighborhood. For those who aren’t sports fans, the Queens Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, the Queens Theater in the Park, and the Queens Botanical Garden can also be found within the neighborhood. Jazz fans can visit Louis Armstrong’s restored home, which operates as a public museum.
The main commercial thoroughfares are Junction Blvd, Roosevelt Ave, and Corona Ave, and feature diverse shopping options and several restaurants offering the unique combination of “Chinese-Spanish” food. Despite the urban feel on the bustling main avenues, the majority of Corona is more suburbanly oriented. Serviced by the 7, R, V, and G subway lines, Corona residents can make into Manhattan in under 20min.
Residential areas are a mix of detached single/multi family homes, and larger apartment buildings located near the main avenues. The median sales price is $600K, but money goes a long way in terms of space. Though Corona has less rental apartments than home sales listed, you can still find a studio for about $1100/mo or a 1Br for $12-1400/mo.