Ukrainian town aims to change name back to ‘New York’

This Ukrainian town used to be called New York

before changing to Novhorodske in 1951

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) SECRETARY OF NOVHORODSKE TOWN COUNCIL, TETYANA KRASKO, SAYING:"The town was renamed amid the Cold War. The reason for it was that the Soviet Union citizens believed that the name of New York was a sign of capitalism. Also, the relationship with the United States was not friendly. So people expressed their unwillingness to live in a town named New York."

The town is now campaigning to change the name back

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) HEAD OF NOVHORODSKE TOWN COUNCIL, MYKOLA LENKO, SAYING: "We hope that title of New York and an activity by local civil activists who have been fighting for decades to restore the historical name will bring some economic success and that the town will develop. We hope that we will establish contacts with Jork in Germany and New York in the United States."