Albanian Boys

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Albanian Boys
Founded byAlbanians immigrants; Sekret Kukaj,Fran Lulgjuraj
Founding locationBronx, New York
Years active1980s-present
TerritoryWilliamsbridge, Bronx, Pelham Parkway, Bronx Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Sethlow Park (main locations),Staten Island
EthnicityAlbanian
Membership (est.)500-800 members
RivalsHispanic, African American gangs

The Albanian Boys, also known as the Albanian Bad Boys[1] or Albanian Boys Inc. is a gang of Albanians who operate in central Bronx.[2] The gang was founded in the Bronx, New York by immigrants who had come to the states after the Kosovo War. Members of the gang would consistently get into fights with African-American and Hispanic gangs in the streets and at schools.

History[edit]

The gang was founded in 1988 by Sekret Kukaj as a youth gang. Sekret was murdered on October 26, 1988.[when?] and the gang expanded operations in the early 1990s. The large influx of Albanian immigrants into the Bronx borough saw the gang's activity increase. In 1999, many Kosovar Albanians moved to the Bronx and the gang expanded.

The gang expanded beyond the Bronx and into other boroughs with smaller sets, most notably Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. In Staten Island, the gang's second strongest outhold, the Krasniqi Crew was formed, until the set was busted by the NYPD and FBI in 2011.

As of 2018, a reputed Hitman from the organization, is in charge of the gangs expanded operations in Danbury, Waterbury, and Bridgeport CT. Aleksander (Al Constantine) Nikolla, 50, served prison time twice before on charges related to what authorities classified as "mob hits". He's credited with taking the Albanian Boys off the street corner and into organized crime. Nikolla, (Apples) is alleged to be the son of a high ranking member of the Gambino family, and the nephew of Alex Rudaj, the imprisoned leader of the Albanian Organized Crime org.

Today there are an estimated 500-800 members of the gang.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, p.65-66
  2. ^ "Just Boys Being Boys, or Vicious Gangs?". The New York Times. January 16, 1992. Retrieved April 14, 2013.

References[edit]

  • School of Social Administration University of Chicago Irving A. Spergel George Herbert Jones Professor. The Youth Gang Problem : A Community Approach: A Community Approach. Oxford University Press, 1995. ISBN 0195357868