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University Place (Manhattan)

"Dr. Hutton's Church on University Place" (c. 1856–1879)[1]

University Place is a short north–south thoroughfare in Manhattan, New York City, which runs from Washington Square Park in the south as a continuation of Washington Square East, taking the position of Madison Avenue uptown, and terminates at East 14th Street just southwest of Union Square. Although the roadway continues north of 14th Street as Union Square West, the two streets run in opposite directions (University Place uptown, and Union Square West downtown), both feeding into 14th Street. Until the late 1990s, University Place was a two-way street. The street contains numerous shops and restaurants, many of which cater to students at NYU and The New School.


University Place was formerly part of Wooster Street, but received a new name in 1838, a year after New York University's first building opened on Washington Square.[2] The street was the original location of the Union Theological Seminary in 1838, and the New York Society Library moved there in 1856.[3]


  1. ^ According to Appleton's illustrated hand-book of American travel (1860), a "Dr. Hutton" led a Dutch Reformed congregation on "Washington Square". This church was built in 1837, per History of the city of New York: its origin, rise and progress, Volume 3 (1896), and Dr. Mancius S. Hutton retired from it c. 1879, per "A Mysterious Burglary" New York Times (August 20, 1879). The New York Public Library marks the images as from a collection that covers 1858–1925, so the image is from 1858–1879.

    More on Mancius Smede Hutton can be found in Edward Tanjore Corwin, A manual of the Reformed church in America (formerly Ref. Prot. Dutch church). 1628–1902, Board of publication of the Reformed Church in America, 1902, p. 537 et. seq.

  2. ^ Moscow, Henry (1978), The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins, New York: Hagstrom Company, ISBN 0823212750, p. 104
  3. ^ Burrows, Edwin G. & Wallace, Mike (1999), Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-195-11634-8, pp. 531,782