Belmont: The Bronx 's true Little Italy -

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Anyone in the know will tell you the "real" Little Italy isn't on Mulberry Street, but in the Bronx. Full Story
Harry

Fuquay Varina, NC

#22 May 30, 2008
Mike, you said it the best i grew up in the Bronx on Hughes ave and have never fear for my life or any of my Friends and Family. I am 25yrs. and i miss the the Bronx.... Your a True Bronx Knight.
Captain Lou

New York, NY

#23 Sep 24, 2008
Little Italy in the Bronx is rich in history and tradition. I lived in the Bronx, on Bathgate Avenue and E. 187th Street for 26 years, and I have the best memories of my time there. If you can't find it on Arthur Avenue, then it doesn't exist. I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn now, and I hate it. It's like living in the village. No one knows who there neighbor is, and there is a constant change of residency. In Little Italy, you knew who lied in your building or home, you knew your neighbors, and Belmont was voted the safest neighborhood in the US in 1986 because of this. Crime is negligible compared to other areas of NYC. What has caused the change in Belmont is the lack of private homes where families could live. It's not easy living in a 5th floor walk up apartment. I visit the area weekly to see family and friends, and the "old timers" never forget those who lived there. You have to see Belmont - the REAL Little Italy with your own eyes, and feel the warmth of those who live and work there!!!!!!!!!
Captain Lou

New York, NY

#24 Sep 24, 2008
Little Italy in the Bronx is rich in history and tradition. I lived in the Bronx, on Bathgate Avenue and E. 187th Street for 26 years, and I have the best memories of my time there. If you can't find it on Arthur Avenue, then it doesn't exist. I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn now, and I hate it. It's like living in the village. No one knows who there neighbor is, and there is a constant change of residency. In Little Italy, you knew who lived in your building or home, you knew your neighbors, and Belmont was voted the safest neighborhood in the US in 1986 because of this. Crime is negligible compared to other areas of NYC. What has caused the change in Belmont is the lack of private homes where families could live. It's not easy living in a 5th floor walk up apartment. I visit the area weekly to see family and friends, and the "old timers" never forget those who lived there. You have to see Belmont - the REAL Little Italy with your own eyes, and feel the warmth of those who live and work there!!!!!!!!!

“Here for the party”

Since: Jul 08

Slappy New Year!

#25 Sep 24, 2008
Captain Lou wrote:
Little Italy in the Bronx is rich in history and tradition. I lived in the Bronx, on Bathgate Avenue and E. 187th Street for 26 years, and I have the best memories of my time there. If you can't find it on Arthur Avenue, then it doesn't exist. I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn now, and I hate it. It's like living in the village. No one knows who there neighbor is, and there is a constant change of residency. In Little Italy, you knew who lied in your building or home, you knew your neighbors, and Belmont was voted the safest neighborhood in the US in 1986 because of this. Crime is negligible compared to other areas of NYC. What has caused the change in Belmont is the lack of private homes where families could live. It's not easy living in a 5th floor walk up apartment. I visit the area weekly to see family and friends, and the "old timers" never forget those who lived there. You have to see Belmont - the REAL Little Italy with your own eyes, and feel the warmth of those who live and work there!!!!!!!!!
Agreed, Capt. Lou! Belmont has a small-town feeling, where the neighborhood regulars all know each other and make you feel welcome. I love visiting there! I didn't grow up there, but it has the same feeling as the neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that I remember from my childhood, and which are now gone.
TheBronxRocks

West Babylon, NY

#26 Sep 24, 2008
Wow, I am always amazed at some of the perceptions of many places of the Bronx that are still lingering out there. I recently launched a website ( www.thebronxrocks.com ) because I was so frustrated by my family and friends' perception that they would be mugged, murdered or eaten alive by boogeymen once they crossed the "border" from Manhattan. I have lived in the Bronx for two years, and have been all over (many times walking around alone for hours taking pictures - I'm female, btw). The Bronx has been making a huge comeback for the last 10 years or so. Come up and visit and see for yourself!
And P.S.- I love the Bronx' Little Italy (check out a couple of my restaurant reviews - "Mama Mia")
Simone Davis
www.thebronxrocks.com

“Here for the party”

Since: Jul 08

Slappy New Year!

#27 Sep 25, 2008
TheBronxRocks wrote:
Wow, I am always amazed at some of the perceptions of many places of the Bronx that are still lingering out there. I recently launched a website ( www.thebronxrocks.com ) because I was so frustrated by my family and friends' perception that they would be mugged, murdered or eaten alive by boogeymen once they crossed the "border" from Manhattan. I have lived in the Bronx for two years, and have been all over (many times walking around alone for hours taking pictures - I'm female, btw). The Bronx has been making a huge comeback for the last 10 years or so. Come up and visit and see for yourself!
And P.S.- I love the Bronx' Little Italy (check out a couple of my restaurant reviews - "Mama Mia")
Simone Davis
www.thebronxrocks.com
Great website, Simone! I love exploring neighborhoods in all the boroughs, so I'll be checking back with you. And you're right about exploring - as in Manhattan or anyplace else, you have to be careful, but I've never been bothered by anyone on my treks. On the contrary, people are more likely to reach out to you and they appreciate your interest in their neighborhood.
TheBronxRocks

West Babylon, NY

#28 Sep 25, 2008
Thanks Still Wondering! And how right you are about how quite often your attitude will determine the way you are perceived and treated - this is especially true in the Bronx, I've found.

Keep checking back - and feel free to email me questions or tips on interesting things happening in the Bronx. And keep on trekkin'!

Simone
www.thebronxrocks.com
jaymo

Warwick, NY

#30 Oct 11, 2008
Arthur Ave was the best place years ago as was many parts of the Bronx until all the animals moved in and ruined it like they ruined every other city in the country

“Here for the party”

Since: Jul 08

Slappy New Year!

#31 Oct 11, 2008
jaymo wrote:
Arthur Ave was the best place years ago as was many parts of the Bronx until all **** moved in and ruined it like they ruined every other city in the country
When was the last time you were there? Your bigotry is clouding your vision.

Since: Sep 08

Pontiac, MI

#32 Oct 11, 2008
Little Italy is to die for! All the other races want to make it a sewer like they're used to.
stasa mo

Gardiner, NY

#33 Oct 11, 2008
Its safer in the day than at night.Arthur Ave. between 187th and 183rd. Whats keeping the area a little safer is the housing for Fordham U's students.

“Big City of Dreams”

Since: Oct 08

Bronx

#35 Oct 12, 2008
I have a home here in Morris Park (Pelham area) and the neighborhood is wonderful ! Moved here four years ago and have never second guessed my decision. Quiet clean and safe and the property values are still quiet strong despite the real estate crisis.
The Bathgate

Laveen, AZ

#37 Oct 14, 2008
"bakary75" wrote - I was two times in NY for visit one of my friend. He live in Morris Heights (Popham Avenue) in Bronx, Maybe is a dangerous area for me (I'm white boy, from Paris), I don't know.
What you think about this area? I came back again this summer in July. I like the Bronx, but in the same time I feel not safe in the street, specially late night, people look-me strange, like I'm crazy to walk around this areas. Is really dangerous or is only my sensation?
++++++++++
The sensation you are feeling is probably that bottle that was thrown at you, which bounced off your head!
It is what it is

Bronx, NY

#40 Dec 19, 2008
It ain't like it use to be. The whole bronx has
has gone in the toilet. I have great memories of
the old days but it's over. Forget about it.
Move on and get a life. The past is the past.

"I'll take Manhatten the Bronx and Staten
Island too....."
edna from California

AOL

#41 Dec 19, 2008
wow..we are still talking about the Bronx here?..just go there and visit it you will see that is NOT what htey it is, is a good a safe place to live!!..i lived there and love it!!! too bad i am not there anymore, oneday, oneday, i will there to live!!...i miss it!!!
edna from California

AOL

#42 Dec 19, 2008
Mike wrote:
Amy, trust me...the entire Bronx is safe again!
You should be ashamed of yourself Barbara. You must be talking about The Bronx when it was burning back in the 70s and everyone had written my precious borough off. How dare you say Arthur Avenue is not a safe block? Have you had the opportunity of visiting the Bronx lately? Yea, including your so called "doomed" block Arthur Avenue? If you have, you probably didn't recognized it and just passed right by it! Yea, Barbara my dear, the same Bronx that was burning in the 70s is burning no more! Real estate has gone up since the 70s honey. The average home costing almost 1 million dollars. When stores such as Target, Best Buys, Costco, JC Penney, Macy's and other major department stores decide they want to open new branches, they don't go downtown to your Manhattan anymore sweety, they come to The Bronx. Yes that was not a misprint, I repeat, they come to The Bronx. According to statistics Arthur Avenue is one of the safest streets in New York City. Don't believe me? Do your own research and don't dump on the Bronx, my Bronx, like you do in your Manhattan. Next time, before you condemn an area in my borough that you know nothing about... take your time and do some research. Get true facts. And remember... when your not sure of something.... it's best to keep your mouth shut and be considered an idiot than to oepn it and remove all doubt! How dare you!
Yeap, so true, they have no clue how great it is to live in the Bronx..
Pelham Pkwy, here
Seth

Gorham, ME

#43 Dec 23, 2008
edna from California wrote:
wow..we are still talking about the Bronx here?..just go there and visit it you will see that is NOT what htey it is, is a good a safe place to live!!..i lived there and love it!!! too bad i am not there anymore, oneday, oneday, i will there to live!!...i miss it!!!
its the pits! lottsa break ins!

“In it for the long haul!”

Since: Sep 08

Slatington, PA

#44 Dec 23, 2008
Mullbery street rocks, great food, great canoli's Mulberry is the real Littlew Italy, was just there Saturday night, and was great!!!
bakary 75

France

#45 Dec 24, 2008
The Bathgate wrote:
"bakary75" wrote - I was two times in NY for visit one of my friend. He live in Morris Heights (Popham Avenue) in Bronx, Maybe is a dangerous area for me (I'm white boy, from Paris), I don't know.
What you think about this area? I came back again this summer in July. I like the Bronx, but in the same time I feel not safe in the street, specially late night, people look-me strange, like I'm crazy to walk around this areas. Is really dangerous or is only my sensation?
++++++++++
The sensation you are feeling is probably that bottle that was thrown at you, which bounced off your head!
What do you mean? I don't understand your comment. I want just know more about this area.
pororoca

Kocaeli, Turkey

#46 Aug 26, 2009
where can I stay in Bronx for students...

dormitories...hostels...which is the best
condition and best price ?

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