Macedonians began arriving with other groups from the former Yugoslavia in the early years of the twentieth century but they were never a strong presence in New York City. Today there are about 100,000 Macedonians in the country, with the largest concentration in Detroit.
The New York City area is home to only about 1500 with another 1500 in New Jersey but the group has made great strides in recent years and is becoming more and more vibrant.
In 2002, the Macedonian community opened its first local church, the Macedonian Orthodox Church of Saint Clement of Ohrid (20-05 124th Street, Flushing, Queens). There are several parishes in New Jersey, but local Macedonians wanted their own. It took nearly ten years to raise the money, but it paid off when the church was finally finished.
There is also a Macedonia Community Youth Center (37-22 Union Street) in Flushing. The Macedonian Cultural Center (549 West 52nd Street, 8th Floor) in Manhattan, home to Gallery MC, opened in 2004. Macedonians are also active with Raccoon.
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