Neighbor Spotlight: Denise Pease Remembers “Uncle Louis”

Denise Pease has been a resident of Corona for as long she can remember. The familiarity that Louis sparks in her comes from her memories gathering on Louis’s stoop with other children hoping to get the usual 50 cents Louis handed each of them for their college savings–which always ended up at the closest bodegaContinue reading “Neighbor Spotlight: Denise Pease Remembers “Uncle Louis””

“Our Neighborhood”: Louis Armstrong and Queens

The question is always asked: why Corona, Queens? Louis Armstrong could have lived anywhere–so why a working class neighborhood in the largest borough of New York?  The person most responsible for choosing Corona was Louis’s fourth wife, Lucille Wilson Armstrong. When they married on October 15, 1942, Louis was living out of the Hotel OlgaContinue reading ““Our Neighborhood”: Louis Armstrong and Queens”

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