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.
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.
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.