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.