Photo of St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church on 7th Street by N&Lon7th
As The New York Times points out, NYC is home to more than 150,000 Ukrainians, the largest such community in the country... the East Village and Brighton Beach are among the neighborhoods with large populations of Ukrainian-Americans. Here are some local headlines from the past 24 hours following the Russian invasion of Ukraine yesterday...
• Protesters rally for Ukraine on UES, at East Village church; "Please, help our families" (CBS 2)
St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in the East Village, parishioners gathered to pray for peace.Andrij Dobriansky is the church cantor and spokesman for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America."The feeling is shock. The feeling is the punch to the stomach," Dobriansky said. "This entire neighborhood was built on the back of refugees, people who know what destruction is, so this is what we've been fearing for the longest time."
• "A Time of Worries": New York City's Ukrainians are anxious and afraid (The New York Times)
• Ukrainians take to the streets in Manhattan (The New York Times)
• "Stop Putin": Demonstrators at Manhattan rallies voice loud support for Ukraine (NBC 4)
• "They are prepared to fight" — NYC's Ukrainian community watches family and friends brace for invasion (Gothamist)
• "It breaks my heart": East Village’s Little Ukraine prays for peace (amNY/The Villager)
• Ukrainian Americans express anger, sadness as Russia invades (USA Today, includes quote from Veselka owner Tom Birchard)
• Support Ukrainian-owned businesses by dining at these NYC restaurants (Thrillist)