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A Culinary Stroll on Arthur Avenue

If you want to cultivate the pleasures of discovering real food in New York, plan on repeat visits to Arthur Avenue, a culinary destination in the Bronx. Located within a geographical crescent that encompasses E. 187th Street and other nearby thoroughfares, Arthur Avenue increasingly represents one of the last vestiges of an authentic Italian New York neighborhood. And even if the old neighborhood, known as Belmont, is increasingly graced with non-Italian food establishments, more power to it. It's all about sharing good food here, enjoyed in the company of friends and family and locals.


With the rise of a new wave of food halls in the city, especially those revolving around celebrity chefs, Arthur Avenue can still be enjoyed as an Old World market shopping street experience. For mozzarella, you want to go to one favorite place, and for cannoli, you may like another. Friends and family will state opinions and make arguments about which is best. This is as it should be, and for eve…

A Walk on City Island Avenue

The summer seemed long and hot at the time, but now that it's nearly over, the season flew by too fast. The carefree days spent away from the city's steamy thoroughfares - at Coney Island in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, or City Island in the Bronx - have come and gone like waves upon the water. The memory of the lingering pace remains, as well as the long watery vistas with the city skyline moved to the background.


For New Yorkers not altogether ready for the city's busy months, a weekend afternoon on City Island should be added to a repertory of personal escapes. The sight of yachts in the harbor and seagulls diving at scraps of food at the island's many seafood restaurants serve as a necessary break from the mad crowded avenues and the cacophony of jackhammers in the big city. Visiting in autumn would be even better, as the island is normally overrun with traffic on a summer weekend. It's not like City Island is any secret.


For those without a car, find yo…