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The 2016 Great Street Award has been given by the American Planning Association to Arthur Avenue. It is the first time a Bronx community has received the award.

Courtenay Mercer,  APA Board of Directors Region I comments, “Great places in America have exemplary character, quality and planning. Arthur Avenue was recognized for its rich streetscape with shops, grocery stores, and restaurants that promote Italian heritage. There is no better place to sample delicious specialties, the well maintained streets and sidewalks support a constant flux of residents and visitors, finally it’s the community that makes this a great place – the people that live and work here.”



The American Planning Association notes “New York City may seem to be fast losing its diverse flavor…but Arthur Avenue is standing up against the tide….if you ask real New York City insiders where to find Little Italy, they won’t point towards lower Manhattan. Instead they will direct you to the Bronx, where Arthur Avenue serves as the central artery for one of the city’s major ethnic enclaves…nearly every shop is an institution, passed down through generations of families that have lived in the neighborhood…Zagat Survey readers repeatedly give “Best Buy” status to more Arthur Avenue shops than in any other neighborhood in New York City….”

For the “Great Streets” category, the APA weighs how a given area is laid out to encourage activity and interaction, reflect local culture and history, and create a memorable and lasting impression to visitors.

Arthur Avenue, known for its old world charm, encompasses an almost half mile stretch between 184th and 187th Streets beyond St. Barnabas Hospital in the Belmont section of the Bronx, within walking distance of the Bronx Zoo.

“Anyone who has walked, shopped or dined on Arthur Avenue appreciates its unique qualities as an al fresco shopping bazaar. We hope the gracious recognition we received today will inspire many more and future generations to come find out what makes Arthur Avenue such a special place,” said Peter Madonia, Chairman, Belmont Business Improvement District and Owner, Madonia Brothers Bakery.

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  • Art Show 2017 2
    3rd Annual Art Show

    On, Saturday July 15th from 11AM-4PM the Belmont BID will host its 3rd annual art show! Join us for an afternoon filled with art from dozens of local artists and live entertainment. Come get inspired by the works of art that are on display and then shop and dine on world famous Arthur Avenue! The day is sure to be a Saturday well spent. If you’re an artist who would like to be featured in the show please fill out an expression of interest form by April 7th.

  • Car Show 2017 2
    Third Annual Car Show

    Get ready, get set…go! On Sunday, July 9th, the Belmont Business Improvement District will host its third annual Car Show! The past two years have been so much fun we just had to do it again. Join us for a day filled with classic and exotic cars, trophies, prizes, live entertainment and more! If you’re interested in participating in the car show please complete and submit a registration form by Friday, June 30th. Special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible, SPMG, New Rochelle Chevrolet, and Gillin Auto Interiors. The rain-date for the event is Sunday, July 16th. If you have any further questions please email [email protected] or call 718-294-8259.

  • St. Anthony Feast 2017
    The Feast of St. Anthony

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Presents The Feast of St. Anthony in the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx. The Feast will take place from Wednesday, June 7th thru Sunday, June 11th. There will be games, rides, raffles, amusement and delicious food. There will also be live music and entertainment every night. For more information please call Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 718-295-3770.


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