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New York City Neighborhoods
Belmont, The Bronx

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Where Crescent Avenue diverges from East 187th Street sits the traditional Little Italy of the Bronx. Famous for its Italian food stores and restaurants, Belmont is now home to immigrants from Albania, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and what was formerly Yugoslavia.

The neighborhood is bordered by the Fordham University campus and the New York Botanical Garden to the northeast, the Bronx Zoo to the east, East 182nd Street and St. Barnabas Hospital to the south and 3rd Avenue to the west. Belmont is part of Bronx Community District 6.


When farmland was divided into estates in the mid 1800s, the Lorillard family (famous for its tobacco production) owned the Belmont area and lived in a mansion on the hill where St. Barnabas Hospital now stands. German and Irish immigrants began arriving in the 1880s. In the 1890s, when the 3rd Avenue El was extended to Tremont Avenue, the area drew Italians-who had been living in East Harlem and Manhattan's Little Italy-to the Bronx. Little housing was built between 1950 and 1990, but in the 1990s low-rise housing for Fordham students was constructed north of 188th Street.

The 3rd Avenue El came down in 1973, and the closest trains now are the B and D-a 15-minute walk away, under the Grand Concourse. The best way into Manhattan-only 20 minutes to Grand Central-is by Metro North via the East Fordham Road Station. Parking is scarce in Belmont.
Public elementary schools include P.S. 32 at East 183rd Street, PS 205 on Southern Boulevard and Middle School 45 on Lorillard Place. Private schools include Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Bathgate and St. Martin of Tours on 182nd Street. Theodore Roosevelt H.S. is located on Fordham Road. Aquinas High School for girls is known as an extraordinarily good high school, and Fordham Prep for Boys is located on the campus of Fordham University.
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Belmont has many brick and wood frame 1- to 4-family homes-most common are two-family homes. The neighborhood also has many tenements built in the early 1900s, which house 15 to 25 apartments each.

Where do I find my new home?
Many homes in this close-knit community are advertised by word-of-mouth. But in addition to real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, check out local papers like the Bronx Press Review, the Bronx Times, the Bronx News, the Bronx Beat and the Riverdale Press. In addition, you will find real estate magazines in most brokers' offices showing properties currently available. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, or HomeStore.
Special Note:
This is a great place for food! Addeos and Madonia Brotjers Bakeries, Borgattis Ravioli, the Calabria Pork store and countless restaurants and other food purveyors draw people into the neighborhood. The Belmont cultural scene includes the Bronx Dance theatre, the Belmont Italian American Playhouse and the Enrico Fermi library and Center for the study of Italian-American culture.

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