Arthur Avenue, Belmont and Fordham Guide

Neighborhood Guide

by staff, 11/03/2013

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Bronx neighborhoods Belmont and Fordham are just an easy subway ride up from Manhattan—and once visitors arrive there, they'll find plenty to do and see.

Belmont's main commercial thoroughfare, Arthur Avenue, is the Bronx's Little Italy. The area is packed with charming restaurants and markets that hold virtually every old-world specialty imaginable. 

Culinary highlights on Arthur Avenue include Madonia Brothers Bakery, where you can find some of the neighborhood's most famous cannoli; Zero Otto Nove, which serves up Neapolitan-style pizza and is named after its founder's area code in Salerno, Italy; and Cosenza's Fish Market, whose offerings include $1 oysters at an open-air raw bar. Finally, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market is a paradise of hand-rolled cigars, cured meats, local beer and more.

For much more on the neighborhood, check out our guide.

Nearby Fordham is also easily accessible by public transit; not only is the subway a convenient way to get there, but Metro-North commuter rail takes less than 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal.

In addition to holding the main Rose Hill Manor campus of Fordham University (weekday tours available; otherwise, tell a security guard you’re a visitor to gain entry), the neighborhood is home to such attractions as the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. In fact, the college once owned the land for those treasured New York City cultural sights. Nearby, on Grand Concourse, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, one-time home to the celebrated author, is open for public tours. Fordham also contains the historic Loews Paradise Theater. The former movie palace and concert hall is now Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church New York, but its baroque-style architecture remains the same as ever.

To call the Fordham Road shopping district "busy" would be an understatement—the area receives more foot traffic on average than Manhattan streets in SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Flatiron District. Whether you're looking for a new favorite graphic novel at Fordham Comics or stylish street wear at Dr. Jay's, the variety of retail choices means you're sure to find something you like.

If you need some sustenance to fuel that shopping spree, visit local joints like Gyro King and Pugsley Pizza, whose owner, local legend Sal, sometimes plays saxophone for patrons.

For more on Fordham shopping and dining, visit our area roundup.

If you're visiting New York City and would like to stay near Arthur Avenue and Fordham, the Opera House Hotel is a good choice. The distinctive property is located in a century-old building where such well-known figures as the Marx Brothers, George Burns and Harry Houdini have performed.

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