About Our Neighborhood

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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  • 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. 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.

  • Jazz Saturdays
    Jazz Saturdays on Arthur Avenue

    We’re enthusiastic to about introducing Jazz Saturdays to the summer months. Each Saturday, a jazz band will perform on East 186th Street at Arthur Avenue to brighten up the neighborhood and provide lively entertainment. Some tables and chairs will also be set up so you have the opportunity to relax from the hustle and bustle. The schedule of performances is as follows: Ron Petrides – July 8, July 29, & August 5, A Touch of Jazz – July 15 & August 12, The Louis Pettinelli Jazz Group – July 22 & August 26, and B.D. Lenz Trio – August 19.

  • Art Show 2017 2
    3rd Annual Art Show

    On, Saturday July 15th from 1:45-5PM 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.


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