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Must-See Arthur Avenue: 10 Great Things to See and Do

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  • You'll need two things to have a great time in the Bronx's Little Italy: comfortable shoes and an empty stomach. Centered on the intersection of 187th Street and Arthur Avenue—a quick walk from B and the D trains at 182nd and 183rd Streets or the Fordham Metro North station—this area is lauded by some enthusiastic fans as the tastiest few blocks in New York City.

    This old-world Italian restaurant row is packed with fresh bread, cured meats, espresso and pizza pies. Even the Belmont Public Library stands out as uniquely Italian—it contains the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, a sort of mini-museum of Italian-American heritage. Arthur Avenue's close-knit feel and character endure because many residents and their families have lived here for years.

    The film A Bronx Tale—directed by Robert De Niro and written by Chazz Palminteri—took place in Belmont, and the film's creators are just two of the many admirers from across town and across the globe who love Arthur Avenue's distinct culinary and cultural flavors. —Jonathan Zeller

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