The nature of this service industry is well documented. Like other European immigrants, Ottoman Greeks first worked for florists, restaurant and cafe owners. Some saved enough to purchase their own establishments after 5 - 10 years. Those working in construction were primarily employed in the Hudson Tunnel projects of the 1910s.
These labor sectors were undergirded by a political foundation controlled by political bosses. In Jersey City, its mayor, Frank Hague was the political boss. Hague was re-elected to several consecutive terms between 1910-1950 and although he was paid approximately $8000 annually, he owned a multi-room luxury mansion, a regularly cited sign of his corrupt politics.
The community of Ottoman Greeks in Jersey City consisted of a large contingency from Northeastern Asia Minor. Between 1919 - 1922, members of this community established a Pontian Greek Aid Committee whose goal was to support the partisans fighting against Turkish forces that were loyal to Mustafa Kemal in Northeastern Asia Minor. The president of the committee was Dr. George Kritides, a neurosurgeon who, according to his grand-niece Yvonne Goldman, was tragically killed days after acquiring his license to practice in New York City.