Arthur Avenue at 187th Street is the Bronx’s Little Italy—once a thriving enclave of 100,000 but now a much smaller oasis of restaurants, delis, pastry shops, and markets in the borough’s Belmont section.
By all accounts, it was and is a heavily Roman Catholic neighborhood. Which makes it all the more surprising to come across this Star of David mosaic at the entrance to an Italian specialty food shop.
But the shop is called Teitel Brothers, and it all starts to make sense. Opened in 1915 by two Italian-speaking Austrian brothers, Teitel Brothers imported cheese, olive oil, and other items from Italy.
Almost 100 years later, Teitel Brothers still packs in loyal customers; part of 186th Street off Arthur Avenue was even renamed Teitel Brothers Way.
And the weathered Star of David remains cemented to the ground.
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