Belmont , The Bronx (History)

(Neighborhoods In The Bronx)

belmontBelmont is a low income residential neighborhood geographically located in the west Bronx. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 6. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: Fordham Road to the north, Bronx Park to the east, East 183rd Street to the south, and the Third Avenue to the west. These boundaries give the neighborhood a crescent like shape. Arthur Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Belmont. Zip codes include 10458. The area is patrolled by the 48th Precinct located at 450 Cross Bronx Expressway in East Tremont.

Belmont is dominated by 5 and 6-story tenement buildings, older multi-unit homes, vacant lots, and newly constructed subsidized attached multi-unit townhouses and apartment buildings.The total land area is roughly half a square mile. The terrain is somewhat hilly.

Arthur Avenue at East 187th Street was once the heart of the Italian community in the Bronx. Although the historical and commercial center of “Little Italy” is Arthur Avenue itself, the area stretches across East 187th Street from Arthur Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and was once similarly lined with delis, bakeries, cafes, and various Italian merchants. Most recently, this retail strip has transitioned with a growing number of Albanian and Mexican restaurants, bodegas, and other businesses.