Greek community in the Bronx is small, but strong
The Bronx is a melting pot of different ethnicities including those from Greece. While the Greek community is small in the Bronx it's strong, which is evident in their success in business.
Many first generation Greek immigrants own restaurants and flower shops. They say the reason is because the trades are handed down through the generations.
At George's Cafe, Greek dishes compliment typical diner food. Owner George Pashalis says it represents his life in the Bronx. Another storeowner, John Kaltsas, says he moved to America more than 30 years ago and began working in a flower shop. Now he owns his own shop in Westchester Square.
While restaurants and flower shops are common Greek businesses, the owners say things are changing with the next generation. They say young Greeks are now pursuing other careers.
No matter the career choice, one thing that is passed down to other generations is Greek pride. And Greek pride will shine on March 25 as Greeks celebrate their country's independence.