About Our Neighborhood
The authentic Italian culture found in the vibrant community of the Real Little Italy in the Bronx, often known as Arthur Avenue, sustains a thriving business district that includes world-class restaurants and high-quality artisanal food shops and specialty stores carrying superb handmade local and imported items. We are also home to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the Enrico Fermi Italian Cultural Institute.
Generations of Italian families have given the area a special small-town character unique for an urban setting, while at the same time establishing traditions that permeate the neighborhood like the sweet smell of sausage and peppers. 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 a 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’s probably the dining experience that every year delights Arthur Avenue’s many visitors. Where else can you find such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian cuisine within a short walk through the neighborhood? Within footsteps you can experience the different tastes of the regions of Italy.
Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx is within 30 minutes of virtually any point in the New York metropolitan area. By car, highways from Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey connect to the Bronx River Parkway’s Fordham Road exit to Arthur Avenue. By train, the Metro-North Harlem River Line stops at Fordham Road. New York City MTA bus lines also serve the area. Seasonal bus service links the Metro-North station with Arthur Avenue, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. We are also walking distance to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, and only a ten minute cab ride from Yankee Stadium.
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Upcoming Events in Bronx Little Italy....
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
Bring your whole family to enjoy this exciting annual tradition at the Garden from September 20 - October 31. This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden combines the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26. Learn more about The Haunted Pumpkin Garden.
Sylph Chamber Music
The Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee presents Sylph Chamber Music. Come to the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center at 610 East 186th Street Bronx, NY 10458 on Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 P.M. for works for flute, oboe and piano by Italian composers Albinoni, Corelli, Sinigaglia, Tosti and Piazzolla.
Medallion back at the intersection of Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street
Have you seen the intersection of Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street lately? We are proud to announce that the medallion is back in the pavement. Around the Italian flag colors, it proudly reads: Little Italy in the Bronx The Good Taste of Tradition.
Arthur Avenue Performing Arts Center
For years neighborhood residents have known Rex Hall, whereas Fordham University students refer to it as the Arthur Avenue Ballroom. However, the soon to be non-profit organization, Belmont Society of Arts & Culture (BSOAC) plans to renovate this 4,000 sq. foot space and officially name it the Arthur Avenue Performing Arts Center. The goal is to transform and split this old banquet hall into a multi-functioning space: (a) as a cinema screening facility, (b) an exhibit hall, dance, recital, and theater space, and (c) as a multi-media education center. The mission is to provide up and coming artists a platform to express new works in theater, film, art exhibits and education in the creative arts. To present innovative, thought-provoking and transformational stories; to have a resident theater company of actors and writers in developing new plays; develop a yearly international film festival; and a host of other creative works that inspire the human spirit and help transform lives through the arts. To learn about the project you can visit their website
, and if you would like to support the project you can make a donation on their RocketHub Campaign.
Recent Events in Bronx Little Italy....
The Belmont section of the Bronx will host their 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 7, from noon until 6pm. This ancient Roman festival dates back to 18 B.C. when the gathering was created in honor of the emperor, Caesar Augustus.
The Ferragosto celebration includes food and merchandise from the merchants of Belmont, Commedia dell'Arte - traditional Italian Street Performances, celebrity guests, and great musical performances. The musical performances include: Steve Lippia and his 10 Piece Orchestra Band, Nick Vero, Gina Ricci, Teo, The 70's Project, Elio Scaccio, and Prima Vera. There will also be face painting all day, as well as the FAN Van from 12-2pm giving away promotional items.
There will be additional parking at Fordham University 685 E Fordham Road with a free shuttle to and from Arthur Avenue. More information can be found on Facebook
, and on Ferragosto.com.
Italian Movie Night
On Friday, June 20, The Miracle Worker of Padua St. Anthony, the first feature length dramatic film on the life of St. Anthony, will be playing in the neighborhood. Come to the Bishop Pernicone Catechetical Center at 7pm on 2380 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458 to see the Italian movie with English subtitles, directed by Umberto Marino. The film stars Daniele Liotte, Enrico Brignono, and Jose Sancho, and runs 95 minutes. There is a $5.00 donation per person, and refreshments will be available for a donation.
Ask the Fig Growing Expert
Liberatore's Garden Presents "Ask the Fig Growing Expert" with The Italian Garden Project.. On Saturday, June 14, from 10am - 2pm, The Italian Garden Project will be taking its "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Growing Fig Trees" Class on the road to Liberatore's Garden in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market to answer all your fig growing questions. Quality, locally grown fig trees will be avaliable for purchase, along with expert advice about growing in containers and in-ground. Learn more at The Italian Garden Project.
Dancing of the Giglio & The Feast of Saint Anthony
Belmont is bringing Italian tradition back to the Bronx with the “Dancing of the Giglio” in conjunction with the Feast of St. Anthony. The ancient tradition of the giglio originated in Nola, Italy in 409 A.D. and is still celebrated today. Belmont’s Feast of St. Anthony will be held nightly from Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15, and will feature live music, carnival games, rides, and of course some of the best Italian food. The giglio is a custom, hand-made wooden structure, measuring 50 feet high and weighing several tons. It takes over 100 lifters, or paranza In Italian, to hoist this enormous structure up on their shoulders as they carry it through the streets while performing various ritual maneuvers. The “Dancing of the Giglio” will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on the corner of East 187th Street and Belmont Avenue. The official procession will start on Saturday, June 14 at approximately 2pm. Check out the Facebook Event Page.
Holy Relic of Saint Anthony of Padua
In honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, three Friars from the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua will bring three distinct relics to three different corners of the English-speaking world. On Thursday, June 12th, we will be happy to welcome Father Paolo Floretta, and the relic to Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 627 East 187th Street Bronx, NY 10458. The schedule is 8:30am followed by Veneration, 12 noon followed by Veneration, 6pm Rosary and Veneration, and 7pm Mass followed by Veneration. For more information please contact Anthonian Association, telephone number 347-738-4306.
Karaoke at the Belmont Library
The Youth & Education Committee of Bronx Community Board #6, Phipps Neighborhoods, and the Belmont Library are inviting all youths to participate in an afternoon of karaoke. Come and sing on Thursday June 12, at the Belmont Library 610 East 186th Street, from 5 to 8 pm. For more information you can call Community Board #6 at 718-579-6990 or the Belmont Library at 718-933-6410.
In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2014
The Belmont BID is happy to announce that Opening Night - In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2014 will be held in Bronx Little Italy. It is an evening dedicated to Eduardo de Filippo on the 30th anniversary of his death. The special guest of the evening will be Iaia Forte, leading actress of Academy Award winning film "The Great Beauty" by Pablo Sorrentino. The event is on June 9th at 7pm in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and will feature a buffet dinner by Italian food expert Chef David Greco. To purchase tickets, or to learn more, please visit In Scena! Italian Theater Festival.
Montisi Italian Film Festival
The annual Montisi Italian Film Festival is set for May 3-9 this year. The festival lets people experience some of the truly iconic films of Italy and then walk out into a lively Italian village in the Tuscan countryside. This year, 14 films will be shown, all in Italian with English subtitles. Along with the Center of Experimental Cinema and Cineteca Nazionale, a program of classics, contempory and new works in Italian cinema was developed. Montisi is a small, lively hill town, about 45 minutes southeast of Siena. Montisi has been engrossed and enchanted by film since the ‘30’s. For local accommodations, restaurants, and a complete description of this year’s films check out their website.
Run for the Wild
The Belmont Business Improvement District is proud to be a promotional sponsor of the 6th annual WCS Run for the Wild. The run is to support 96 Elephants, a campaign for the number of elephants killed every day in Africa. The BID will be at the event at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday April 26 raffling off goods from the Real Little Italy in the Bronx. Register to run, support a runner, or donate here.
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary
During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture that recalls this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden, where an effusion of orchids—including Vanda (rainbow orchids), Dendrobium (cane orchids), and Cymbidium (Asian corsage orchids)—bloom among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches. Get more information and your tickets here.
Italian Movie Night
On Friday, January 17th, Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Parish is presenting Italian Movie Night, with English Subtitles. In Cinema Paradiso, a filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist. Doors and Refreshments open at 6:30pm and movie time is 7:00pm. Admission donation is $5.00. Event is at The Bishop Pernicone Catechetical Center 2380 Belmont Avenue, Bronx NY 10458 (down the block from the Post Office). If you would like more information please call 718-295-3770.
Holiday Train Show
The Holiday Train Show is back at the New York Botanical Garden! There is plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! More trains than ever before, including a new G-scale Metro-North train that winds its way around a display of Hudson River Valley mansions in the Palm Dome pool. Exhibit begins on Saturday, November 16th and goes through to January 12th.
Get your tickets here.
Belmont Little Italy Tree Lighting Ceremony
On December 7, the Real Little Italy in the Bronx, will have their Tree Lighting Ceremony! Join us in Ciccarone Park from 2-6pm to meet Santa and his elves, listen to carolers, dance to holiday music, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and of course light the Christmas Tree. This year you can also honor the memory of a loved one by bringing a Mass card or memory card to hang on the tree. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by D’Bari / Lucia Brothers Funeral Home, and The New York City Department of Sanitation Columbia Association
“A Night In Tuscany”
On November 16th, let Vetro Duo's tenors Christopher Macchio and Elio Scaccio take you on a magical musical tour of Italy. Macchio and Scaccio will be accompanied by the wonderful Rick Brunetto Band. To kick off the evening, comedian Gina Scarda, retired NYPD, will win you over with her undeniable charm and wit. The show, accompanied by a seven course buffet, will be held at the lovely Continental Manor in Norwalk, CT. Find out more about "A Night In Tuscany.
“Lorenzo Da Ponte: A 175th Anniversary Remembrance”
The opera company Divaria Productions, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Basilica of Old St Patricks Old Cathedral are collaborating on an exciting event for Italian Americans. The event, entitled "Lorenzo da Ponte: A 175th Anniversary Remembrance: A Celebration of His Gifts to Old St. Patricks Cathedral and New York City", will be a commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the death of Lorenzo Da Ponte, famous librettist of Mozart and friend of Casanova, and a celebration of his contribution to Italian culture in New York. The event will be a mix of lecture and musical with playwright Mario Fratti playing Da Ponte, opera singers from Divaria Productions and musicians from Salome Chamber Orchestra, and Professor Beneduce from Columbia University. It will take place in New York on November 9 at 7:30 at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick's. Find out more about "Lorenzo Da Ponte: A 175th Anniversary Remembrance.
Italian American Comedy: From the Immigrant Era to the Present
In honor of Italian Heritage and Culture Month, The Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee presents Italian American Comedy: from the Immigrant Era to the Present. On October 24, Salvatore Primeggia, Professor of Sociology of Adelphi University, will give an entertaining look at the legacy of Italian American Humor from the immigrant era to the present through skits, jokes, songs and parodies from Italian American comedians of the stage, radio, television and film.
All are welcome to the Belmont Library / Enrico Fermi Cultural Center. The event starts at 7:30pm, there is free admission and refreshments will be served.
Find out more about The Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee.
Italian Movie Night
On, October 18, Guardie e Ladri (Cops and Robbers) will be showing in Fatima Hall (lower level of Our Lady Mount Carmel Church). Guardie e Ladri (Cops and Robbers) is buoyed by the combined comic talents of Aldo Fabrizi and Toto. Toto plays Ferdinando Esposito, a thief who has successfully eluded the law for many years. Fabrizi plays Bottoni, a detective who has been given three months to bring Esposito to justice. Deciding to bore from within, Bottoni ingratiates himself with Esposito's warm-hearted family. He finally meets his prey at a colorful family get-together. The men discover that they're kindred spirits. But this does not dissuade Bottoni's determination that the law must take its course. The movie will be shown with English subtitles.
Doors and Concession Stand will open at 6:30PM and the movie will begin at 7:00PM.Admission is only $5.00. For more information call 718-295-3770 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale”
For those of you who weren't able to see Chazz Palminteri's "A Bronx Tale" in Port Chester, don't worry, you have another opportunity! The performance tells the tale of a classic coming of age story in the form of a one man show. Friday July 26 at 8pm Chazz Palminteri will be performing this fantastic show at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Ticket prices are as follows: VIP$150/$85/$65/$55
Make Music New York
Summer is just around the corner, and with it there are many exciting events in the Neighborhood. We're very pleased to announce (read our Press Release)
that "Make Music New York" will be holding a free public concert on June 21st, from 5pm-10pm, a great way to celebrate the official first day of summer! This will be MMNY's 7th year holding this festival that offers free concerts in all of the five boroughs. It includes an eclectic mix of music ranging from opera to indie-rock, an experience you won't want to miss! Check out our interview with Rachel Zevita
, a Bronx born artist, that will be performing at MMNY! Find out more about Make Music New York in Bronx Little Italy
The Feast of St. Anthony – Dance the Giglio 2013
IN SCENA! Italian Theater Festival NY will be bringing a very special performance to Bronx Little Italy. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Anna Magnani, there will be a one-woman show, Solo Anna, that explores the life and career of the cherished actress. Italian-born, she was the first non-American actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. The 80 minute performance by Franco D'Alessandro, directed by Eva Minemar and with Lidia Vitale will be at 2pm on June 15th at the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center in the Bronx.
Fun With Pinocchio
The Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee presents: Fun With Pinocchio. Join us on May 29th at 4PM for a special family program - including stories, games, dancing, crafts and a special treat. Come to the Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural Center
Children’s Program, 3rd Floor. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.
Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale”
Chazz Palminteri is coming to New York for one night only! Join us for an evening at the theatre for Palminteri's production of "A Bronx Tale," written and performed by Palminteri himself. The performance tells the tale of a classic coming of age story in the form of a one man show. The show will be on Saturday, June 1 at The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY. Get your tickets now because this is night you will not want to miss!
Doors open at 6:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm
Ticket prices are as follows:
The JBF Greens Presents A Moveable Feast
The James Beard Foundation Greens and Stonehenge's second annual Moveable Feast will be held on Wednesday June 12th, from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will be hosted in a series of empty residential apartment buildings in a cool building in Chelsea. Bronx Little Italy will have it's very own apartment, complete with red checkered table clothes and Arthur Ave & 187th St. signs! Representing the Neighborhood will be Maurizio Gerbasi of Gerbasi Ristoranti, and Angelo Tuccinardi of Teitel Brothers Grocery. Join us as we eat, drink, and apartment hop! Find out more about Bronx Little Italy at A Moveable Feast
Pasta For The Planet
St. Joseph Pasta Night and the Screening of the Film, The Robe
We are very excited to announce two fundraisers being hosted by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School.
The first event is our annual St. Joseph Pasta Night which is being held on Saturday, March 23rd. We hope you can support this fun event which helps raise funds for our parish school. We have live entertainment provided by Charlie Russo - raffles - and as a special treat - from the Cannoli King - Jerome Raguso of Gino's Pastry Shop - St. Joseph Pastry -- yummy, yummy. Click on the St. Joseph Pasta Night in the Bronx Little Italy flyer for details.
The second event is something we are truly excited about! One of our alum, Anton Evangelista, is holding a special screening of the film, The Robe, on March 25th. It will be held at the Pelham Movie House
and you will be able to walk the Red Carpet - just like at the premiere of a new movie. Hey, we can even pose with a Roman Sentry and maybe have our picture taken by the paparazzi! Click on The Robe flyer for details.
All proceeds for this event will benefit our parish school.
We hope you all can join us at either or both of these important fundraising events. We promise both nights will be well worth it!
Digital Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams
To the women of the area, this is a fantastic opportunity that we urge you to take advantage of. On March 17 from 9am-4:30pm there will be digital mammograms and clinical breast exams, at no cost to you. Look for the Mobile Care Clinic at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market located at 2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives!
To be eligible for this you must:
-Be a woman 40 years or older
-Have a NYC mailing address and
-Not have had a mammogram in the past 12 months
**Keep in mind an appointment IS NECESSARY.
Call 718-364-4657 or 1-877-628-9090
A Night of Napolitan Music
The Enrico Fermi Cultural Committee is offering a unique experience that you will not want to miss, an evening of live music! Come out for a Night of Napeolitan Music on Wednesday February 6, at 6:00pm. The show is a special dedication to the Belmont Community! Performers include Antonio Guarna, DJ and performer Antonio Maiorino, Nicola Albano, Roberto Di Roma, Rocco Fiore, Filippo Valli accompanied by Emilio Morelli. Check out our Facebook page here.
OLMC First Annual Beefsteak Dinner
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and School presents their very first all you can eat filet mignon beefsteak dinner. Join us for a night of raffles, dancing, and music provided by DJ Gino.
Catered by Nightingale Catering, for $40 you will receive mixed green salad, unlimited filet mignon, french fries, ice cream sundaes, unlimited soda, coffee and tea, as well as a complimentary glass of wine or beer.
The proceeds will benefit OLMC's parish school, so be sure to join in the fun, while giving back! For more information look at our flyer, or call (718)295-3370 or email OLMCDEVCOMM@aol.com
**Advanced paid reservations are required.
**You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this.
This year's FanFest took place on Saturday September 15th, from 11AM-4PM. The festival was at Pier 86, located next to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum. Absolutely free of charge and open to the public, the event featured food, live music, games, and the chance to get an autograph from one of your favorite Yankee's! This year's radio broadcasts each featured a special segment dedicated to Italian heritage. Hope you didn't miss this event! Find out more here.
Have a look at the photos
from this years FanFest!