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 to be one of the greatest Ukrainian poets. Taras Shevchenko Place connects 6th Street and 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues in the East Village. It abuts the back of 41 Cooper Square to the west.


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".

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Hall Place on a map published in 1903

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.[2] 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.[3][4] A "Hall Place" street sign was re-installed in 2010.[2]


  1. ^ Goldman, Michael (January 24, 1999). "F.Y.I." The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  2. ^ a b Walsh, Kevin (November 1999). "The Street Necrology of Greenwich Village". Forgotten NY. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "'Demapping' Taras Shevchenko Place in New York City". Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  4. ^ "Taras Shevchenko Place in jeopardy as Cooper Union seeks to expand". Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2012-04-21.

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