Day 862


May 10th, 2014

Speaking of such names, the Bronx is home to tens of thousands of Albanian-Americans. While searching for information on this subject, I came across two interesting articles: 1) a 2001 piece about the dozens of Italian restaurants in the NYC metro area that are actually run by Albanians, and 2) a 1999 story about local Albanians preparing to enlist as volunteers in the Kosovo Liberation Army:

Scores of them, from youths barely out of high school to grizzled men old enough to be their grandfathers, jammed [Frank's Sport Shop on East Tremont Avenue] to buy fatigues, pistol belts, compasses, boots and night-vision binoculars. Duty dictated that they fight for a place some of them had never visited or a country others left decades ago.

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