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Corona Professional Review and Guide
"How did Corona become the crown jewel of Queens? Well, it isn’t. Some say proud residents who thought it was a crown jewel proposed the name. Others say it came from Italian immigrants who moved in when the area was being developed by a company named Crown—Corona in Italian. Regardless of how the name originated, the neighborhood did deserve its own identity, as it had been called just West Flushing previously. Corona was served by the Long Island Rail Road until 1964, but the transit connection that made the biggest difference in its growth was the subway, which was extended to Corona via the elevated line now known as the 7 in 1917. Once predominantly Italian and Jewish, Corona today has the largest Latino population in the borough and has been represented in the State Assembly by Francisco Moya, the first Ecuadoran American ever elected to public office. This is the Corona that Paul Simon sings of (“Rosie, the queen of Corona”) in “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”"
--Adrienne Onofri, Walking Queens (Wilderness Press).
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