By Yvette Brown
North Corona is mainly known for the jazz legend, Louis Armstrong, who would fill the area with his music when he lived there.
Armstrong lived at 34-56 107th Street right off of Northern Boulevard and he lived in the red-brick, two-story house with his wife, Lucille, in 1943. Although they had no children, the couple was often referred to as “Aunt Lucille” and “Uncle Louis” by the neighborhood kids. Armstrong found joy in serenading the kids from his front stoop and was often seen as a positive role model for them.
He was also seen as an outspoken symbol of the civil rights movement. Armstrong made a goodwill tour to western Africa and did not partake in patronizing New York clubs, even though he was excluded from them.
He lived in North Corona until his death in 1971 and his wife stayed in the house until her passing in 1983. The house is now a national historic landmark as well as a New York City landmark and a museum, which has been opened to the public since 2003.
Other museums in North Corona include the New York Hall of Science on 111th Street in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which is the only hands-on science and technology center in NYC. The Queens Museum of Art is also located in North Corona on the border of Corona and Flushing by the Grand Central Parkway.. The museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is the only surviving building constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair. From 1946 to 1950, the building was home to the U.N. General Assembly. The Queens Museum of Art is mostly known for its Panorama of NYC. It’s a big architectural model that shows every building, in all five boroughs, constructed before 1992. The panorama has been renovated a few times to accommodate for the changes that have been made to different structures including the area around the World Trade Center.