2015-11-04 / Book Review

Discover Corona’s History in New Book


Corona: The Early Years by Jason D. Antos and Constantine E. Theodosiou Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, $21.99, 128 pages, softcover; Available: December 7, 2015. Corona: The Early Years by Jason D. Antos and Constantine E. Theodosiou Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, $21.99, 128 pages, softcover; Available: December 7, 2015. Telling a story in pictures is Corona: The Early Years, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local authors Jason D. Antos and Constantine E. Theodosiou is set to release on December 7, 2015. The book boasts almost 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Nestled between old Newtown (today’s Elmhurst) and the village of Flushing in the borough of Queens lies Corona. Blessed with an enchanting landscape, the area attracted development as early as 1854, when the West Flushing Land Company sought to create a suburban residential neighborhood in its midst. For Corona’s cherished way of life, represented by Colonial-era farms, dirt roads, and gaslight streetlamps, this marked a distinct break from the past. Developer Benjamin Hitchcock’s novel installment plan system helped place Corona on the map for good by 1870, laying down a historical precedent for later communities like Forest Hills and Jackson Heights to take shape. Before Mets baseball and the US Open were fixtures on the local scene, New Yorkers flocked to the National Race Course, one of the first such complexes in the entire country, for an exciting day at the races. Meanwhile, in its Corona-based factory, the Tiffany Glass Company forged distinctive lamps and glassware that in time would become world famous.

Corona: The Early Years includes:

•Rare images of old establishments that have been lost to memory for decades.

•Archival photographs of the old homesteads and family photos of Corona’s earliest residents.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. For a look at the catalogue of publications, visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Jason D. Antos, journalist and author of five well-received books on the borough of Queens, and veteran educator and history writer Constantine E. Theodosiou previously coauthored Images of America: Jackson Heights with Arcadia Publishing.

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