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 Ceremony

    Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with special guest Chazz Palminteri on Small Business Saturday! Celebrate the holidays with us, and enjoy holiday music as you indulge in Italian cookies and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will also be in from the North Pole! Our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by Artuso Pastry Shop, Cerini Coffee & Gifts, Love Holds Life Children’s Cancer Foundation, Madonia Bakery, and Council Member Ritchie Torres.


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  • Columbus Day Festivities

    Join us on Arthur Avenue on October 14 to enjoy a live musical performance by Rock Steady as you explore our deliciously authentic neighborhood. There will be tables and chairs set up for people to enjoy the show and relax from the hustle and bustle while children can enjoy coloring and games.


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  • New York Pizza Festival

    Returning for its second year, the annual New York Pizza Festival, hosted by The Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) and the Pizza Academy Foundation, will take place on Crescent Avenue in the historic Little Italy of The Bronx on October 5th and 6th, 2019. Over 25 participating pizzaioli will feature different styles of pizza from some of the best pizzerias all over the country including the five boroughs of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and more, as well as Italy. While entry to the New York Pizza Festival is free, tickets for individual slices and alcohol are required and are now available for purchase on the official website HERE. The festival benefits the local New York non-profit, Slice Out Hunger.


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