1 Minute Meal: “Birth of the Cool” (plus the complete story of Corona Heights)

by James Boo on July 8, 2013 · 0 comments

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Episode 04: The Lemon Ice King of Corona. Corona, Queens, New York.
The latest episode of 1 Minute Meal heads to the heart of Queens, reaching back nearly 70 years into history for 1 minute with a New York food institution: The Lemon Ice King of Corona. It’s not summer in New York until you’ve had your first Italian Ice at this stand in Corona Heights, a relic of Old New York and a piece of post-war history.

1 Minute Meal: “Birth of the Cool” from James Boo on Vimeo.

Across the street from the Lemon Ice King is William F. Moore Park, home to one of the New York’s most cherished bocce courts and the subject of my latest long-form story for Narratively.

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Part of the online magazine’s “American Mashups” week, my piece delves deeply into the ever-changing tide of immigration that made Corona Heights one of America’s great Italian-American neighborhoods—and how the neighborhood has left that legacy behind, save an irregular patch of land known as “Spaghetti Park.”

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