The Lemon Ice King of Corona
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A cheap summer treat
Everyone all over the world is crazy for gelato. Even NYC has succumbed to the craze and now artisinal gelatos can be found all over the city for close to $5 a serving. But long before gelato reached these shores, poor Italian immigrants were bringing a different kind of summer treat and making it a staple of New York summers, the slushy concoction known as an Italian Ice. And no one does them better than the Lemon Ice King of Corona, Queens. A small is less than $2 and for that you get a small paper cup with no spoon--the technique is to squeeze the sides of the cup and slurp up the slushy mixture. Pistachio, lemon, and mint chip are the classics. It's great on a summer night on the way to Flushing Meadows for a baseball or tennis match.
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