Little Italy in the Bronx generally refers to Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street (map). 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 is 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. Still, Arthur Ave and Morris Park are viewed as the Bronx’s primary Italian-American communities.
The avenue itself is named in honor of the 21st U.S. President Chester A. Arthur.
Robert De Niro’s directing debut, A Bronx Tale, takes place within Little Italy, however, it was largely filmed in Astoria, Queens.