About Our Neighborhood

MY ARTHUR AVENUE

Since its founding during the earliest days of our nation, the Belmont section of the Bronx, fondly known as Bronx Little Italy, has been critical in the development of the borough and city. An economic and cultural engine, Belmont hosts hundreds of thousands of shoppers, food connoisseurs, and tourists every year, making it one of the most visited neighborhoods in the entire city!

The authentic Italian culture found in the vibrant community of Bronx Little Italy sustains a thriving business district that includes world-class restaurants, high-quality artisanal food shops, and specialty stores carrying superb handmade local and imported items that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Charming old-world ambiance emanates from the generations of Italian families who give the area a welcoming small-town character unique for an urban setting. Among the notables born and raised here are actors Anne Bancroft and Chazz Palminteri, author Don DiLillo, and rock star Dion DiMucci, whose group, Dion and the Belmonts, is named after the local street Belmont Avenue. Joe Pesci began his acting career after being discovered by Robert DeNiro at a local neighborhood restaurant, where Pesci worked as the maitre’d.

Most of all, it is Arthur Avenue’s high-class dining experience that delights visitors year after year. Where else can you take a short walk and discover such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian delicacies at your fingertips? Within the space of a few footsteps in this beloved New York neighborhood, you can revel in some of the most authentic cuisine, culture, and commodities outside of Italy. Guests from across the globe come to sample the tastes and traditions of this community, home to shops and businesses that are still owned and operated by the same families that started them nearly a century ago.  There truly are impressions of family and remnants of a shared history everywhere you turn.

No other neighborhood can boast all we have to offer on just a few short blocks – but it’s not just the food, it’s a way of life; a sense of kinship and partnership inherited from the past that is seldom seen today. All who explore the neighborhood will encounter an eclectic mix of inviting shops, friendly faces, and a pervading spirit of communal living, common ancestry, and inter-generational cooperation.

                Whether you come to the area for shopping, a meal, one of our exciting events or after a visit to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, or Yankee Stadium, the Belmont Business Improvement District promises that it is worth the trip!

 

Upcoming & Recent Events

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  • Tree Lighting 12.17
    Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2nd from 4-6pm at Ciccarone Park! Celebrate the holidays with us and listen to holiday music as you enjoy Italian cookies and hot chocolate. Santa will also be stopping by! Our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by Artuso Pastry Shop, Cerini Coffee & Gifts, Love Holds Life and Madonia Bakery.


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  • Columbus Day 2017
    Columbus Day Festivities

    Spend Columbus Day on Arthur Avenue! Explore all the food, culture, specialty products, and wonderful people that make up our unique neighborhood. From 12-4pm Gene DiNapoli will be performing classic hits on East 186th Street at Arthur Avenue. Tables and chairs will be set up so bring on over a sandwich, cannoli, or cappuccino and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


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  • Ferragosto 2017
    Ferragosto 2017

    The Belmont BID is set to host its annual FERRAGOSTO festival that draws thousands of visitors from the tri-state area and beyond to the intersection of all-things-Italian at world-famous Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street on Sunday, September 10, 2017. This ancient Roman festival dates back to 18 B.C. when the gathering was created in honor of the emperor, Caesar Augustus. For the past 20 years, the merchants of Bronx Little Italy have banded together to keep this lively Italian tradition alive by engaging visitors in Italian culture, traditions, music and of course, the greatest food. The Ferragosto event continues to grow each year with an average of 20,000 – 28,000 guests who travel from near and far to make it part of their family tradition. Attendees love to explore the Italian culture and experience all the fun, food and music the festival has to offer. Ferragosto is a chance for people to experience first-hand the neighborhood’s old-world charm and tradition of good taste, including our fine-dining restaurants, our hand-made and imported Italian products and so much more. Scheduled to perform this year are: Elio Scaccio, The 70’s Project, Natalie Pinto, and Bob Bisaccia. Commedia Dell’Arte will also be performing comedic acts throughout the festival. Stan’s Pepper Steppers, a world champion Queens based Double Dutch, will also be performing at Arthur Avenue Floral located at 615 East 187th Street! For more information please visit the Ferragosto website.

    Parking available at Fordham University 685 E Fordham Road for $10 – there is a free shuttle to and from Arthur Avenue.


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