From the NY Times:
Last Monday evening, in a smoky, wedge-shaped building where 65th Place meets Cypress Hills Street in Glendale, Queens, Serbian locals, mostly older men, filtered in after work. Blue-collared and white-collared, mechanics and business owners, they greeted friends with a pat on the shoulder. On Mondays, members of the Serbian Association of New York gather there at its social club to settle accounts, pay utility bills and count money for the week.
Except during times of war in their former homeland, Serbian-Americans rarely feature prominently in the news. But now, when the most prominent Serbian-American is Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor who was accused of corruption and removed from office, the issue of identity has been much on the minds of the city’s nearly 6,000 Serbs, a community concentrated in the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Ridgewood, Astoria and Middle Village.
“Oh, Blago, we already have a bad name; we need someone to bring us up,” said Goran Milutinovic, an affable 44-year-old who runs a coffee shop nearby.
“It makes me angry,” added Mr. Milutinovic, a former president of the association, “because he’s one of us. It’s embarrassing, really. Chicago always had problems with crooked politicians, but it’s never been to do with us.”