Arthur Avenue was named after President Chester A. Arthur in the 1800s. Many Italians settled in the neighborhood while being employed to build build the Bronx Zoo. Once the word got out about how nice the neighborhood was (more like the country than down on the Lower East Side) and with the added convenience of the recently built Third Avenue elevated train ("The El"), Italian immigrants from lower Manhattan migrated north, swelling the Italian population of the neighborhood to 100,000 in the early 1900s.
You'll recognize names of the rich and famous who grew up in Bronx's Little Italy: actor Chazz Palminteri, rock idol and blues singer star Dion (DiMucci) whose group's name, Dion and the Belmonts, refers to Belmont Avenue. Joe Pesci was discovered here by Robert DeNiro while working at a local neighborhood restaurant. The film A Bronx Tale was filmed here.... so was the 1955 film Marty (Hey, Marty, so... whatya wanna do?" "I dunnu, Ange... whatya wanna do?"). Tha character Marty even worked in a meat market on Arthur Avenue.
Use the interactive map below to find your way around the neighborhood.