Post Tagged with: "Albanians"

A scene from "Refuge." Left to right: Eshref Durmishi and Ilire Vinca of Teatri Oda, Perri Yaniv and Becca Schneider of Blessed Unrest. (Photo by Maria Baranova)

A Little-Known Story: ‘Refuge’

The theater companies Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda tell the story of Eastern European Jews being taken in by Albanians during WWII.

Albanian flag-raising at The Bronx County Building (Photo via Illyria)

First Albanian Flag-Raising in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Eastern European November 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

Illyria covered the first-ever raising of the Albanian flag at The Bronx County Building, in honor of the 106th anniversary of Albanian independence.

Pashko Gjeto Gojçaj (Photo via Illyria)

Remembering a Bronx Albanian Leader

Bronx, Eastern European, New York January 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

The editor-in-chief of Illyria pays tribute to Albanian-American leader Pashko Gojçaj in a piece that looks back on his contributions to the community in New York.

Chef Ahmet Dursun (Photo via Illyria)

An ‘Ancient Mediterranean’ Dinner in NJ

Eastern European, Food, Metro Area July 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

A five-course dinner of “ancient Mediterranean cuisine” organized by Albanian community leaders is “the only event of this nature,” writes Illyria in a story on Chef Ahmet Dursun, one of the event’s co-organizers.

(Photo via Illyria)

A Celebration of Kosovo Independence at the CT Capitol

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area February 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Albanians were joined by other ethnic communities in a celebration of Kosovo independence on Feb. 16 at the Connecticut State Capitol, reports Illyria.

(Photo by Corazon Aguirre via Brooklyn Reporter/Brooklyn Media Group)

Albanian Culture Celebrated at Mother Teresa Statue Unveiling

Brooklyn, Eastern European September 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

A Sept. 25 ceremony in Bensonhurst to commemorate Mother Teresa reflected the diverse cultures and faiths she encountered in her lifetime, including her Albanian heritage, report Brooklyn Reporter and Brooklyn Daily.

Celebrating Albanian heritage in Waterbury. (Photo via Illyria)

Albanian Center Gets a Boost from ‘Wunderkind’

Eastern European, Education, Metro Area April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Philanthropist Richard Lukaj has given the Albanian Community Center in Waterbury, Connecticut, a new computer lab, reports Illyria. The donation will allow the center to offer language and skills classes to improve the lives of community members.

Ron Kim

History Made in NYC Elections

Asian, Demographics, Elections 2012, In the News, Politics November 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Victories swept through Chinese, Korean and Albanian New Yorkers as one of their own became the first of their community to attain political office – in Congress for Grace Meng and in the State Assembly for Ron Kim and Mark Gjonaj.

For Tribeca Doorman, Path to Citizenship Began on a Whim

For Tribeca Doorman, Path to Citizenship Began on a Whim

Immigration September 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

Tribeca doorman Limmy Lala had never planned to leave Albania or became an American citizen, the Tribeca Trib reported, but he applied for the citizenship lottery to humor a friend. Now he has built a life here.

Mark Gjonaj, precandidato a la Asamblea Estatal por el Distrito 80. (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa)

Albanian Assembly Candidate Makes Inroads in Latino Stronghold

Bronx, Elections 2012, Politics, Puerto Rican August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Even in a Bronx district that’s 45 percent Latino, an Albanian upstart may give the incumbent Puerto Rican Assemblywoman a run for her money in next month’s primary, reports El Diario La Prensa. Residents of District 80 say they’re impressed with challenger Mark Gjonaj’s door-to-door campaign, while Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera is hardly seen.

Albanians Puzzled by News of NYPD Surveillance

Albanians Puzzled by News of NYPD Surveillance

Bronx, Eastern European March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

On the heels of revelations that the New York City Police Department spied on Muslims, the Albanian community has reacted with anger and puzzlement to news that the same NYPD dossier chronicles undercover surveillance of Albanian-owned businesses and organizations in the Bronx and the rest of the city in 2006.