Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was constructed as the site of the 1939-1940 World's Fair, and hosted the event again from 1964-1965. It is home to the most famous landmark in Queens, the Unisphere: a 12-story stainless steel globe constructed during the 1960s World's Fair to symbolize the shrinking globe at the dawn of the Space Age. The park also contains Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the U.S. Open tennis tournament. These big attractions, as well as the park, are enjoyed by locals as a place for a nice afternoon stroll or picnic.
The Lemon Ice King of
Ask any local where the best place is to get a cool treat and they will not hesitate to tell you to go to The Lemon Ice King of Corona. Crowds have been flocking to the small window for fruit flavored shaved ice treats for over 60 years. Originally lemon was the only flavor offered, but since then the offerings have expanded to over 40 varieties to choose from, including rum raisin and cantaloupe. The Lemon King's signature is putting real chucks of fruit into the icy treats, but everyone agrees that the tradition is more important than the icy treats themself.