Visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum and a Taste of Corona Queens

For people who wish to travel together from Manhattan, meet me at 11:15am inside the large public atrium across from Grand Central Terminal at the Southwest corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

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Louis Armstrong— one of the fathers of jazz and the world’s most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere.  He was born in New Orleans. 

Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime. Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis’s longtime home. On the tour, audio clips from Louis’s homemade recordings are played, and visitors hear Louis practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, or talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis’s life and legacy, and the Armstrongs’ beautiful Japanese-inspired garden.

https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/

After our visit stick around for a stroll around Corona Queens which has a distinctive Latin flavor and some of the city's vest authentic (and very inexpensive) Mexican food atTortilleria Nixtamal.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Marjorie and Lisa: great yammy photo shoots. Super-duper tour - thanks a lot, Hank!

    March 6, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Thanks Marjorie and Lisa for posting the photos!

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • A'gota / A.

    I was in the waiting list and I didn't see until Sunday I became in the list. Sorry I couldn't make it.

    March 2, 2014

  • Paulette

    A fascinating step back in time, delicious food, wonderful people and the greatest tour guide anywhere! It was such a perfect day, I didn't want it to end!

    March 2, 2014

  • Rubi

    Hank's meetups are the best!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Marjorie

    I enjoyed that a lot!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • EZ R.

    Excellent

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • georgia

    Great time

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Lisa D

    Thanks Hank for organizing this very nice afternoon

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Hank O.

    If you have a friend meeting you after the museum tour, have them call you or I as I am not 100% sure where will be a specific time.

    March 1, 2014

  • Hank O.

    #7 is now running from Manhattan to Queens so if meeting me first, no later than 11:10am please at the indoor atrium, southwest corner of 42nd Street & Park Avenue. My cell is[masked]-3005. Please change your RSVP status if you are not attending. Thank you!

    March 1, 2014

  • Kindra

    I would love to attend this.

    March 1, 2014

  • EZ R.

    Hank:
    where will this tour end? Is it at a restaurant?
    My friend may miss the museum and have to meet us at the end point.

    March 1, 2014

  • Hank O.

    For those wishing to travel with me from Manhattan to Queens on Saturday to get to our destination, location is the same except meeting earlier at 11am, leaving by 11:05am sharp. Street level indoor atrium at the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, across from Grand Central. Note #7 train not running to Queens so the 4,5,6 up to 59th Street, than the the N, R or Q to Queensboro Plaza for the #7. You can also take the E or F to 74th Street in Queens and then change for the #7 to 103rd Street - Corona. Allow extra time.

    By Subway: Take the 7 train to 103 St-Corona Plaza. Choose the exit on the north side of Roosevelt Avenue, and then take the stairs on your left. Make a right (north) onto 103rd Street. Walk two blocks and make a right onto 37th Avenue. Walk 4 short blocks and make a left onto 107th Street. The Museum is on the left side, 1/2 block north of 37th Avenue.

    For additional subway info, refer to:
    http://mta.info/weekender.html

    My cell:[masked]

    February 28, 2014

    • Marjorie

      Hank, it looks like the 7 is running on its normal route this weekend.

      March 1, 2014

    • Marjorie

      (I think they just made the change a little while ago. )

      March 1, 2014

  • Paulette

    As I interpret the 7 line update on the MTA weekender page construction on that line - which WOULD have cuased a service interruption - has been HALTED this weekend and posponed until NEXT weekend...so it seems that people WILL be able to take the 7 at Grand Central.

    What I'm a bit confused about is that when I used the MTA's Trip Planner to get directions to go to the Armstrong House the "itinerary" they gave me told me to take the (7) train to the 111th Street STATION! Hmm...

    For details on the 7 delays - please see:
    http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/7Line2014/MakingProgressin2014.htm

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Marjorie

      I think you're right. It looks like they did cancel the service change because of the weather -- so the 7 should be going on its normal route this weekend.

      March 1, 2014

    • Marjorie

      Re the MTA itinerary -- the Louis Armstrong House is on 107th Street, so it's probably midway between the 103rd and 111th Street stations. I'm going to use Hank's directions (going from the 103rd Street station), which are very detailed and clear.

      March 1, 2014

  • Paulette

    Since we're no longer getting together at the Atrium across from Grand Central has another 11:15 a.m. meeting point been decided upon - for those of us who want to travel together from Manhattan to the Armstrong Museum?

    February 28, 2014

  • Aurelia S.

    Hank, if the 7 is not working from Manhattan to Queensboro Plaza, then you should consider another location to meet the people. the trains you listed do not stop in Grand Central.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Correction and update on travel plans for Saturday, March 1 to Queens! No 7 train service between Times Square, Grand Central and Queens. You have to take the N, R, Q or E or F to get to the #7. Will provide more details via email or go to the MTA weekender site.

    Thanks!

    February 28, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Please note the museum opens right at 12 noon on Saturday and the maximum number allowed on a group tour is 30 people. Please be on time and let me know in advance if you want to to travel together from Grand Central at 11:15am meeting inside the public atrium space at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and42nd street. Please have $6 ready for the tour and cash for lunch.

    Otherwise see you there!

    My cell is[masked]

    February 28, 2014

  • Joe C.

    I canceled my wait list. Other commitment that afternoon......but I LOVE Louis!

    February 23, 2014

  • Aurelia S.

    I just opened the email about this event and it stated "You'll be able to RSVP starting on February 1,[masked]:00 PM. But you only have until February 27,[masked]:00 PM to RSVP!", so I thought I would read more about it and there are already 30 persons on the list. I don't understand why it was opened prior to 2/1. Hopefully you can explain. I went on the wait list, just in case these reservations are valid.

    2 · January 30, 2014

    • EZ R.

      Are we getting the Group Rate?

      February 17, 2014

    • Hank O.

      yes $6.00 group rate, payable in cash upon arrival.

      February 18, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Is the Japanese Garden enclosed? Can we view it in the wintet?

    February 17, 2014

  • Kindra

    I would love to attend this.

    February 5, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Sorry for any problems with the RSVP timing. Whatever happened I can assure you I did not mean to create confusion. For the first few on the waiting list there's an excellent chance you will be able to attend as the group averages a good 20% drop off prior to the date of the meetup.

    January 31, 2014

  • georgia

    Is there a link to purchase tickets, or I we paying at the door? Looking forward to seeing all of you.

    January 30, 2014

  • EZ R.

    Can we meet you at the museum?
    What time?

    ADMISSION
    Adults: $10
    Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7
    Group rate: $6
    Children under 4: Free
    Members: Free

    The price of admission includes a guided historic house tour and access to the exhibit area and garden, which can be viewed before or after your tour.

    January 30, 2014

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