"Little Italy in the Bronx" Top 5 Page for this destination Bronx by Lorro

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The real little Italy!

When visiting New York City many people put the Bronx on their places NOT to visit list. Its true the south Bronx is not generally recommended as a safe tourist destination but don?t let that stop you from going a little further north. Its not Beverly Hills but its very approachable for outsiders. I lived one year on 187th Street and Arthur Avenue in the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx.
Its a working class neighborhood not entirely focused on tourism as in Manhattan which makes it feel more real. I think others who have been here would agree that its more authentic than the Little Italy in Manhattan. Also nearby is the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.
30 years ago almost all of the families living in Belmont were Italian. Did you see the film "A Bronx Tale?" It takes place here. Now there are people of other races here (many from Latin America) but you can still hear people saying "Buon Giorno!" in the morning. You will notice that the buildings and store fronts all seem to be in hues of red, white and green like the Italian flag. On Saturday and Sunday mornings is when I noticed the most "tourists" visiting. Mainly people from New Jersey and Manhattan who just can?t get enough of the good delis, bakeries and imported Italian goods.
I was just here again in July 2005 and its evident that people are discovering this little corner of the Bronx. Over at Mikes Deli in the Arthur Ave Market they are selling the new Arthur Avenue Cookbook and there is a new Clam restaurant on Arthur Ave as well. Stop by this August for the street festival.

Check out these websites:
ArthurAvenue.com
ArthurAvenueBronx.com

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great food and interesting place to visit.
  • Cons:Some people may feel uncomfortable in the Bronx.
  • In a nutshell:Don?t let the Bronx reputation keep you away!
  • Last visit to Bronx: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 8, 2005
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  • May 19, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    Hi Lorro. My name is Pablo. Im a prospective student from Fordham University. I would like to ask you about Little Italy in Bronx, particularly the safety near the area of Fordham University. Thank you in advance.

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    May 8, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    thanks for the tips, my sister lives just a short car ride from the zoo.

  • Dec 13, 2006 at 3:54 PM

    A lot of good info but a little misleading. I read the "North Bronx" being nice....NOT TRUE. The is a majority is not nice. Example, The area 241st and WhitePlains Rd is BAD and is as far north as you can go. Try a better borough...honestly

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    May 20, 2006 at 6:34 PM

    Nice tip on the Bronx Zoo. I go there often with my son and find something new each time to enjoy. If people plan to go often they should consider a membership.

  • Mar 19, 2005 at 12:38 AM

    Little Italy gives special touch to Bronx. Nice page

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2005 at 3:26 AM

    I sure would love to check out the Bronx Zoo and then grab a pizza and beer in Little Italy....reputation or no reputation! G'day from Australia

  • almogaver's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2004 at 2:37 AM

    Realmente, como muy bien dices en la introduccion, tenia otra imagen del Bronx. Demasiado cine supongo!. Me gustan tus paginas. Saludos!

  • Christophe_Ons's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2004 at 1:43 PM

    Great page, thanks for sharing. I might try the Bronx next time I'm in NYC... Best regards from Belgium :)

  • cjg1's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2004 at 9:15 PM

    Cool page. Glad to see more Bronx info appearing here on VT

  • Mar 6, 2004 at 9:06 AM

    indeed Bronx for me is a no go zone ;-) but next time I will take the effort to visit the Bronx... thanks for this page

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