Back in May 2001, the New York Press published a major article called "Ukrainian East Village: A Shortened Oral History of an Immigrant Neighborhood."
The authors managed to speak to many of the area's luminaries, including Jaroslaw Kurowyckyj of Kurowycky Meat Market on 2nd Avenue, Myron Surmach (now deceased) of Surma Ukrainian Shop on East 7th Street and Walter Zaryckyj of NYU.
The interviewees speak about their memories of their homeland, immigration and life in the glory days of "Little Ukraine," from about East 4th Street to East 10th Street around 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village. Required reading for anyone interested in Slavic New York!
More sociological details about the East Village Ukrainian community are in "Ukrainians: The Voice of a Community."
And to start exploring Little Ukraine for yourself, check out brama.com's listing of Ukrainian organizations, institutions, churches, media, schools, restaurants and businesses in the New York City area.
(Photo from http://www.brama.com/stgeorge/pictures.html)