We already knew that New York City’s REAL Little Italy in the Belmont section of The Bronx was the best by a long shot and now, the rest of the country will know Arthur Avenue as one of our country’s great streets.
The American Planning Association has officially declared Arthur Avenue as one of 2016’s Great Streets of America.
With over a century of a rich, cultural tradition with deep roots in the borough’s Italian community, Arthur Avenue is one of our city’s greatest ethnic enclaves.
The APA writes:
“If you ask real New York City insiders where to find Little Italy, they won’t point towards lower Manhattan. Instead they’ll direct you to the Bronx, where Arthur Avenue serves as the central artery for the one of the city’s major ethnic enclaves.
“Arthur Avenue is an exceptionally rich streetscape lined with restaurants, grocery stores, and shops promoting Italian heritage, dating back to large Italian migration starting at the turn of the 20th century. Nearly every shop is an institution, passed down through generations of families that have lived in the neighborhood. There is no better place to sample delicious bread, pasta, sausage, or espresso — the Zagat Survey readers repeatedly give “Best Buy” status to more Arthur Avenue shops than in any other neighborhood in New York City.”
Let’s celebrate by patronizing our favorite businesses and show some love by supporting local, small businesses!