DiverseCITY, a product of CUNY TV, is a series that "highlights the beautiful mosaic that is New York, one neighborhood at a time. The monthly series features a bit of history, shares community issues of concern, and profiles businesses that are unique to their neighborhood. The show hopes to familiarize New Yorkers with their neighboring communities."
An episode from this past December highlighted the neighborhood of Belmont, in the Bronx, best known for being the home of Arthur Avenue. GANYC member Susan Birnbaum was spotlighted in the episode, sharing her love of taking her customers to "the real Little Italy" of New York. Susan also discussed how the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market (as well as similar markets in Manhattan) emerged in the LaGuardia era as an evolution from the traditional pushcart retail of the immigrants who built these communities. Her segment highlighted several of the great businesses that make Belmont and its Italian food culture so beloved by natives and visitors alike.
You can skip to 10:46 in the video to see Susan's segment specifically: