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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  • New York Pizza Festival
    Set in the famed Little Italy of The Bronx, the first annual New York Pizza Festival is hitting Crescent Avenue on October 6th & 7th. Hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District, this two-day event will showcase the talents of the most renowned pizza makers, chefs and culinary personalities the United States has to offer as well as select pizzaioli from Naples, Italy. Originally created in Italy, pizza has become a major aspect of so many cultures around the world so what better place to bring pizza-lovers together than in the Little Italy of The Bronx, a neighborhood that can be credited with making New York City the home of some of the best slices in America. For tickets and more information please visit New York Pizza Festival.
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  • Ferragosto 2018
    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 9, 2018. 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 & JulieAnna, Natalie Pinto, and Rock Steady. Commedia Dell'Arte will also be performing comedic acts throughout the festival. For more information please visit the Ferragosto website. Parking is available at Fordham University 685 E Fordham Road for $10 - there is a free van available to shuttle attendees to and from Arthur Avenue.
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  • Summer Concert Series
    Join us for our Summer Concert Series! Fridays in July, Saturdays in August from 12-3pm on East 186th Street at Arthur Avenue. Each week there will be free live entertainment from different bands as well as activities like coloring for kids and cornhole for adults. Tables and chairs will be set up so bring your lunch and take a break from the hustle and bustle. Just added.."Trivial Pursuit" Italian Style on Friday, July 27th after the music! Test your knowledge, win prizes and discover surprising fun facts!
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