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.
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Arthur- Maryland

Chevy Chase, MD

#47 Mar 26, 2010
Having grown up in The Bronx, Tremont and Belmont, during the 30's, I remember it fondly as THE place for stickball, punchball etc...My children have always asked me to bring them there to see where it was that I played these games.....My feeling is that my streets are not safe anymore. If you have an opinion I woul love to hear from you......Thanks
SHUTA U MOF NOW

Arcadia, CA

#48 Aug 14, 2010
LISTEN UP CAPTIN LOU
MEGA YEARS AGO 1973 I WAS THERE,
``189 ST AND BATHAGTE ''.
WATCH THE MOVIE BRONX TAIL AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE PART WHERE THE GUY HITS THE BALL WITH THE STICK AND THE RE-PLAY DION AND THE BELMONTS WOP -WOP-WOP,,,,,THATS THE EXACT CORNER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, SEE IT AND LEARN ..
LETS GO BACK ,
WAY BACT WHAT ABOUT JOHNNY GRASO AND HIS YOUNGER SISTER VERA, LIVED THREE HOUSES DOWN HILL.
REMEMBER CRAZY PETER BONOCORSO **BONZO**,,HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A ROCK AND ROLL SINGER,,I DIED SOME TIME AGO I HEARD..HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WAS FOUND DEAD IN A GARBAGE DUMPSTER BECAUSE HE WAS TROUBLE.
WHAT ABOUT BOB SCHEMPF IF YOU WERE THERE YOU KNEW HIM..
JOHNNY YAK . THE KID WHO GOT BEAT UP IN A GANG FIGHT AND HE HAD A GOOD NOSE JOB ALL FOR THE BETTER ,,
I COULD TALK SERIOUS DIRT BUT WE ALL KNOW THE LIMITS..
I ESCAPED FROM THERE DECADES AGO .
WHY DONT YOU ALL PAY JUST A LITTLE TAX AND BUY SOME PROTECTION.
I AM SURE IT CAN BE HAD....INSURANCE IS CHEAP COMPAIRED TO THE INJUERY!!
YC Estb

Yorktown, VA

#51 Aug 15, 2010
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!
Bronx is very safe. Fact, NYC, all 5 boroughs are the safest in the USA for its' size. There was a saying that anything below Fordham Rd (South) was crappy. In some cases this was true. The Villa was one of the safest places in the City. Even near the Bronx Zoo, thought the area smelled, it was safe. Only thing was getting towed by the NYPD thugs for bogus parking tickets.Also,
I often took the 4-Train to 161 YS stop at nights and never was fearful when I lived there. As far as the Grand Concourse, I have spoken with people who were in the Bronx years ago before I lived there, and they said it was once beautiful. Now, it is really an ugly area, end to end. Guiliani got rid of a lot of the creeps, tourist came back. eom
shang guan rui en

Changsha, China

#53 Aug 16, 2010
kneegrow infested ghetto.
187 i know

Northridge, CA

#55 Mar 15, 2012
captin lou i may know you !
was you father a satation worker for the city ?
lou did you live in the same building as bonzo ?
bonzo`s father worked for the city at street maintance .
danny tachie and rocks ann did they mary ?
what about rose mary and ralph did they mary .
what about roxann with the bad teeth and mike her husband , they opend a bagle store and made good money .
i got more
Fmr Hamptionian

Yorktown, VA

#56 Mar 15, 2012
187 i know wrote:
captin lou i may know you !
was you father a satation worker for the city ?
lou did you live in the same building as bonzo ?
bonzo`s father worked for the city at street maintance .
danny tachie and rocks ann did they mary ?
what about rose mary and ralph did they mary .
what about roxann with the bad teeth and mike her husband , they opend a bagle store and made good money .
i got more
Bozo(the original)clown was in Staten Island. As for bad teeth, everyone in the Bronx had bad teeth except for the ones getting medicaid, welfare. Riverdale( w. 235th st , N. Bronx) was the only good place left in the borough when I left in 94. Don't miss it. Crappy place.
Nbam

United States

#57 Mar 15, 2012
Forget about it
Fmr Hamptonian

Yorktown, VA

#58 Mar 16, 2012
2nd post--
I forgot to mention the Bronx/Yonkers border. There is actually a long street where you are in the Bronx and walk 20 feet and u r n Yonkers. I recall that area being ok, then again, it was 1994.
On my days off, I always visited Nyack just about 20 min. drive from NYC-BX. Great area (Rockland).
Small world

Yorktown, VA

#59 Mar 19, 2012
I lived in Nanuet, Rockland County and Tribeca section of Manhattan. I loved the Pallisades Mall as a kid and the Nanuet Mall.To think I just read a post about Nyack.It's true, beautiful and I loved the 4 years I lived there,,,Tribeca,,well, that's another World.(>)
aint like it used to be

United States

#60 Apr 14, 2012
captin lou "" cardinellie""
did you have an older brother who thought he wanted to be a vetanerian ?

steve gustinallie i remember the story !

anthony russo who always said he`s good looking, got thrown out of the navy !!

johnny reina some kind of ladies man , how did he get all those girls , he truly was nothing in the long run of things , yes ??

captin lou did you go to the second floor much ??

captin did you drink at bennys bar much ??
Tony

Yorktown, VA

#61 Apr 18, 2012
Yesterday I talked with a man that lived 2 blocks from my apt in the Bronx, back in 85.Yes, the World seems small.I was in Hampton at the town ctr and struck up a conversation at the local Farm Fresh while in line.He mentioned a great diner on his block and even a place in Brookltn way back, called Wo-Hops..we had 1 thing in common, the Bronx is %#&@ and Brooklyn is ok in certain area and Hampton is, well, not much of anything.
Anthony
JoeyBagOfDonots

Lynbrook, NY

#62 May 2, 2012
mike wrote:
Little Italy in NYC is getting smaller and smaller due to the Chinese, and on top of it, the only people that are Italians down there are the ones who own the restaurants. The cooks are Mexicans. It is nothing but a tourist area. Go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx if you want great food from Italians.
Talk about a tourist trap, Arthur Ave is not what it used to be.The only thing good about the restaurants on Arthur Ave is the Hospital is right across the street.
Tony

Yorktown, VA

#63 May 5, 2012
It's = to the Olive Garden.
BX man

New York, NY

#64 May 13, 2012
Country Club bronx is New York City's new little Italy
POINT MAN

United States

#65 May 28, 2012
WHICH IS WORSE WEARING A GREAZER WHITE T SHIRTS WITH hard pack cigarettes ROLLED INTO THE SLEEVE or WEARING WIFE BEATER T SHIRTS TO PUBLIC PLACES ?

some one quick splane me the proper etiquette I MUST SHOW RESPECT TO THESE hoodlumS.

i grew up in maberry and we dont act like that at all ever ,
JoeyBag of Donuts

Lynbrook, NY

#66 May 28, 2012
POINT MAN wrote:
WHICH IS WORSE WEARING A GREAZER WHITE T SHIRTS WITH hard pack cigarettes ROLLED INTO THE SLEEVE or WEARING WIFE BEATER T SHIRTS TO PUBLIC PLACES ?
some one quick splane me the proper etiquette I MUST SHOW RESPECT TO THESE hoodlumS.
i grew up in maberry and we dont act like that at all ever ,
Offer them Peppermint breath fresheners and tell them you don't like Garlic, that should go over big. Than say good by to your love ones.
FBI MOST WANTED LIST SAYS

United States

#67 Aug 4, 2012
Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello of Rigoletto returns from Chez FED ..

come and eat at this wonderfull Restaurant on Authur Avenue

VERY WISE GUY known will visit at some time or other ..

discounts for those wearing pinkey rings .
FBI MOST WANTED LIST SAYS

United States

#68 Aug 4, 2012
Umberto's

lets give due diligence and spread the heat fairly .

another very WISE place to visit and eat , you GUYS all should know .

all located in the hood of no good BRONX, ARTY Street.
Charlie Chan

Lakewood, NJ

#69 Aug 4, 2012
shang guan rui en wrote:
kneegrow infested ghetto.
Chinks ruin it, too. Now go suck a hotchee.
Esterina

Long Beach, CA

#70 Sep 8, 2012
I lived in the Bronx (Belmont-Arthur Ave. area) in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. It was an all italian neighborhood. Very, very safe. We didn't lock our doors. In the summer we would sleep on the fire-escapes or the roof. Everyone knew their neighbors, etc. etc. Arthur Ave. was the shopping area for all italian foods. There were feasts on 187th St. for some of the saints days. There was Mt. Carmel Church on 187th Street. It was the most safest place you could live in. When I moved out of the area in 1960 it was still very very safe and all italian area. I moved to Manhattan to be on my own. I loved Manhattan too. It was very safe in Manhattan too.

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