A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 18, 2004
Little Odessa; Little Ukraine
Little Ukraine (a term from at least the 1950s) is near Cooper Square in the East Village, around East 7th Street, in Manhattan.

Little Odessa (a term from the 1970s) is Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

Wikipedia: Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is a community on Coney Island in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. As of 2000 it has a population of 75,692 with a total of 31,228 households.
Brighton Beach was dubbed "Little Odessa" by the local populace long ago, due to many of its residents having come from Odessa, a city of Ukraine. In 2006, Alec Brook-Krasny was elected for the 46th District of the New York State Assembly, the first elected Soviet-born Jewish politician from Brighton Beach.

31 December 1978, New York (NY) Times, pg. R1:
Attracted to the area by the beach, the smell of its salt wind and a breezy boardwalk to stroll along, most of Brighton's new immigrants are from Odessa--so many, in fact, that people are calling the area "Little Odessa by the Sea."

21 August 1979, New York (NY) Times, pg. B1:
Brooklyn contains at least hald the city's Soviet Jewish immigrants. Brighton Beach has been known for years as Little Odessa because a third or more of its residents come from there.

7 November 1955, New York (NY) Times, pg. 22:
THE egg jewelers of Little Ukraine, just east of the Bowery around Cooper Square, will show their gemmed eggs all this week at the Women's International Exposition in the armory at Park Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street.

19 May 1978, New York (NY) Times, pg. C18:
Bit of Ukraine on 7 St.
There are dozens of Ukrainian shops and cultural and fraternal organizations in "little Ukraine" and many of them will be open during the weekend.

18 May 1979, New York (NY) Times, pg. C25:
Ukrainuan-Americans will share their heritage in the section of the Lower East Side known as Little Ukraine. THeir festival takes place on East Seventh Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Saturday, September 18, 2004 • Permalink