From Interactive Journalism:
Hispanic Corona demographics are changing rapidly. Traditionally an Italian, Colombian and Dominican neighborhood, it now hosts large communities of Ecuadoreans, Mexicans, and Guatemalans. “La Chola”, “Antojitos Colombianos Bakery” and other signs in Spanish set the scene. It smells like tacos and rubbish, depending on what street you’re on.
Despite the economic downturn and the lack of jobs, more undocumented immigrants keep on coming to Corona. Some neighbors complain the place is getting too crowded. As many as several families living in a small apartment, Father Villegas of St. Leo Church said. Some others complain because crime rates are increasing, and the hood is not the safe place it used to be.
“Close to the subway in Roosevelt there are drug traffickers, and men selling illegal green cards during the day and naked women during the night,” ex-resident Josefina Joniaux said. Her auto insurance shop was robbed some years ago, as was the nearby Bravo Supermarket, just four months back.
...many Corona residents have packed and moved somewhere else, but return here for jobs that tie them to their old neighborhood. A sort of an exodus at a time of a constant influx of newcomers. “More than 90% of the population is undocumented here. We don’t have enough resources, there’s a lot of work to do with this community,” Villegas said.
What an honest assessment of Corona!
One thing's for sure: Almudena Toral will never make it as a Queens weekly reporter...