Taras Shevchenko Place

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Taras Shevchenko Place looking south from McSorley's Old Ale House.

Taras Shevchenko Place is a street in New York City named after Taras Shevchenko, who is commonly considered the greatest Ukrainian poet. Taras Shevchenko Place connects Sixth and Seventh Streets between Second and Third Avenues in the East Village.

Namesake[edit]

Main article: Taras Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was a Ukrainian writer, painter and political activist whose novels and poems, written in Ukrainian, gave forceful expression to his countrymen's national sentiment at a time when many aspects of their culture, especially the language, were being suppressed by the Russian Empire. In one of his poems, he called for an independent Ukrainian state to be led by a "Ukrainian Washington".

Other names[edit]

According to The New York Times, the street was originally known as Hall Street and then as Hall Place, after Charles Henry Hall, a Harlem landowner who sold the property to the city on Dec. 23, 1828.[1]

City Council changed the name of Hall Place to Taras Shevchenko Place in 1978.

There was an attempt in 2001 by the Cooper Union to rename the street back to Hall Place, by "de-mapping" the Taras Shevchenko name.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldman, Michael (January 24, 1999). "F.Y.I.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  2. ^ 'Demapping' Taras Shevchenko Place in New York City
  3. ^ Taras Shevchenko Place in jeopardy as Cooper Union seeks to expand

Coordinates: 40°43′42.17″N 73°59′24.14″W / 40.7283806°N 73.9900389°W / 40.7283806; -73.9900389