In a city that thrives on the fast paced and modern, one venerable neighborhood still does things the old-fashioned way—with family-owned shops, local pride and a gregarious personality that keeps people flocking back. Denizens of the Bronx’s famed Arthur Avenue proudly call their home “the real Little Italy,” thanks to its classic Italian charm and fresh, authentic fare.
Located in the Belmont section of the Bronx, Arthur Avenue was named after President Chester A. Arthur in the 19th century. Italians
temporarily settled here to help build the Bronx Zoo, but with the creation of the Third Avenue elevated train, which ran between the Bronx and downtown Manhattan, their presence in the neighborhood remained and grew, with the population reaching close to 100,000 Italian residents by the early 1900s.
Today, festive red, white and green garland hangs from street poles year-round. Inside the stores that line Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street, colorful pastries, cured meats and fresh fish are rivaled in appeal only by the characters behind the counter.
Information for nycgo.com