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Belmont is a vibrantly diverse melting pot located in the central region of the Bronx borough.Read more about Belmont
It’s bordered by Bronx Park to the east, Third Avenue on the west, East 183rd Street to the south and the Fordham University to the north. Up until the mid-1800’s, Belmont consisted of nothing but farms and vacant parkland before being divided into estates. A wealthy tobacco manufacturing family, the Lorillards, occupied most of the land in Belmont until the late 1800’s when immigrant communities began arriving.
Italians dominated the mass migration to Belmont, earning the neighborhood the title of ‘Little Italy’. Though the Belmont is still synonymous with this name today, the demographic has greatly diversified in recent decades and is now home to mostly Latin American, Puerto Rican and Albanian communities. Despite Belmont’s mix of ethnicities and religious groups, residents have always embraced their differences and succeeded in living harmoniously with one another.
Perhaps this has something to do with the heart of Belmont’s community life: food. It’s often said that ‘food brings people together’. If this is the case then look no further than Belmont to witness this theory in action. The neighborhood’s most celebrated street, Arthur Avenue, feels like a never-ending passage of delicatessens, trattorias and bakeries offering up some of the finest and affordable foods in all of New York. People flock to Arthur Avenue from far and wide to source the very best cheeses and cold cuts. Weekends are the liveliest – don’t expect to be able to see the pavements through the congested, bustling crowds that take over this popular strip.
Despite the commercial vibe on Arthur Avenue, Belmont is primarily a residential neighbourhood made up of low-rise Art Deco apartment buildings and wood framed row houses. Very few new homes were built during the mid-20th century but this has started to change in recent years. The area now experiencing somewhat of a housing boom, encouraging more people to buy in what has traditionally been a rent dominated neighborhood.
Aside from enjoying the abundance of great food and the vibrancy of daily life along Arthur Street, residents also have the Bronx Park and its famous zoo just a few streets to the east. To the west is Fordham Plaza, your typical suburban shopping mall offering all the main brands and stores. For those looking for something a bit more, you can always pop down to Manhattan – the subway to Grand Central takes no more than 20 minutes.