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The Albanian flag was raised at the Bronx Borough Hall for the 111th anniversary of Independence
Did you know that New York City is home to more than 100,000 Albanians? According to the Albanian-American Society Foundation, many of these communities settled in the Bronx. On Tuesday, some of them gathered for a celebration at Borough Hall, marking 111 years of independence for the Eastern European country.
Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson raised the Albanian flag outside the government building to honor the contribution Albanians have made to the borough. The ceremony also honored the Albanian leaders of our community, such as Edit Shkrelli, who was recently elected a judge of the New York Civil Court.
"The Borough of the Bronx takes great pride in its rich cultural diversity, celebrating our unique heritage and the contributions of all our residents ," Gibson said. " The Albanian-American community has been and continues to be an important part of the structure of our great municipality."
Parts of Lydig Avenue in the Bronx are sometimes called "Little Albania." Dozens of restaurants and bakeries line the streets where you can get authentic goods and food that you would normally only see in Eastern Europe. One of those bakeries is Dukagjini Burek, where New Yorkers can try "burek" – a traditional dish from the Balkans, filled with meat, spinach or cheese.
"It is important to always remember where you came from and keep all the traditions alive," said a long-time employee at Dukagjini Burek.
Albania declared independence on November 28, 1912 during the First Balkan War.