About Our Neighborhood


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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  • Summer Reading Block Party

    Join the Belmont Library for their Summer Reading Block Party! On Saturday, June 15th from 11am – 3pm there will be fun games and crafts to participate in and snacks and prizes to enjoy! There will also be a special performance by Annette Lipson called Terrestrial Tina’s Tales:Through Space and Beyond! For more information please call the Belmont Library at 718-933-6410. 610 E 186th St Bronx, NY 10458.

  • Picture A Healthier You!

    We’re so excited to partner with SBH Health System for this free street fair with healthy activities! Join us to learn about living a healthy lifestyle, and participate in free health screenings. There will also be special events for seniors! Thank you to Council Member Ritchie Torres, NYC DOT, and of course SBH Health Systems for making this event possible.

    Sunday, June 2, 2019 10am-2pm Crescent Ave at Arthur Ave.

  • May at the Belmont Library

    For Adults:

    We had a such a successful Mental Health Certification training in April that we are hosting another training on Friday, May 31st 10am-6pm. Registration required. We are also having a 2 workshop series on How to Start Your Own Business. The first one on May15th and the second on May 29th from 2pm-4pm. Lastly for adult english learners we have our English Conversation Class every Wednesday from 12pm-2pm.

    For Teens ages 12-18:

    The first ever ANTI-PROM in the Bronx will be held at the Belmont Library Friday, May 10 6pm-9pm. Only teens ages 12 to 18 will be permitted and they must show a valid ID (Student ID, Report card, IDNYC). Bags will be checked upon entry and doors close at 8pm.

    For Children:

    Literacy Inc. Storytime for caregivers and children happens every last Tuesday of the month at 4pm. See our calendar for daily children’s events.


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