Historic Wooster Square Association

     Working to                  keep the 
       strong & 

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Join HWSA today! Click here.
Beverly Carbonella
As part of their featured exhibit on Wooster Square, The New Haven Museum interviewed Beverly, who did so much to share the neighborhood we know today. Click here to view.
Thank you Renate Recknagle! After 30 years of service, including a stint as president, Renate had departed the board of Historic Wooster Square Association.
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       Yea, City Seed!
The outdoor market is back! The first Cityseed Farmers Market was held in Wooster Square's Russo Park. There are now weekly markets throughout the City, but ours is still held there every Saturday, except in winter when it moves to Metropolitan Business Academy on Water St. It is a major neighborhood asset.  Go!!!!
     Harvey's Walk 
Named in honor of an Historic Wooster Square board member and 
advocate who died in May 2013, this walk - located in Russo Park between 
Chapel and Wooster 
Streets where City Seed Farmer's market is 
held - benefits us all. 

Learn more: Click here.
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Local Road Paving Alert - beginning August 25
Paving is scheduled for:

  •   Chapel St. between Olive and East streets

        Tues., Aug 30 and Wed., Aug. 31, between  7 am and 3:30 pm.

    Olive St. between William and Water streets (Route 1):

       Thurs., Sept. 1 and Fri., Sept. 2,  between 7 am and 3:30 pm.

     Grand Ave. between Olive and Hamilton streets:

      Thurs., Sept. 8 and Fri., Sept. 9, 2016 between of 7 am and 3:30 pm

    Detour routes are available at www.i95newhaven.com

    Local access will be maintained for residents, local businesses and emergency vehicles. 

    No on-street parking is permitted during road closures for paving activities.

Just over a week ago  Alex Bugnon and Sez Zion Jazz Band performed to a very happy crowd. On August 19 we had fun watching the 1978 movie "Grease" in Wooster Square Park. Photo: Aaron Greenberg

"Opera-Palooza" on Saturday, Aug. 20, celebrated New Haven's Italian heritage on the New Haven Green. It featured Italian music, primarily arias sung by amazing music school students, as well as  fabulous local offerings for food aficionados. Many hundreds came together to enjoy the music and food under the late summer moonlight.


Attention Italian Pastry Lovers:

Volunteers will be canvassing the neighborhood in the upcoming weeks with a petition to name the corner of Grand Ave. and Olive St. the “Frank Faggio Corner.” Mr. Faggio, in 1962, constructed the beloved Lucibello’s Italian Pastry Shop at its present location.  At least 250 signatures are needed, with at least two-thirds of those from the neighborhood.

Local Road Paving Alerts - effective August 25 

Click here to read the petition wording, and be on the lookout for the oppotunity to sign the petition to honor Mr. Faggio. (posted 7/12/16)

Santa Maria Maddalena Society

118th Anniversary Old World Traditional Procession 

 Sunday was held on July 24 , 2016

click here for a photo the the procession.


Another neighborhood tradition,

the annual Saint Andrew's Festa

(this was the 116th),

was celebrated from June 23-26.

Several members of the Historic Wooster Square Association 

participated in the opening and closing processions.

See some photos on our News & Events page.


Celebrating the Restored Benches
of Wooster Square Park
Sunday, June 12 

We had a lovely informal gathering to celebrate 

the 22 newly restored benches. 

Read about the bench project.  Click Here.

The 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival 
Sunday, April 24  
was another huge hit, with crowds 
closing in on 10,000!
(Note: the 44th Annual Festival will be on April 23,  2017.)

Entertainment on the Festival Stage 
included local jazz, steel band, 

big band music, salsa music, band music and dancing.

We had more than 30 local exhibitors, including artists and authors, a dedicated children's area, a pet-friendly area, and a great range of great local food vendors - 

many of whom sold out  before the day's end.

Click here for more Festival details  


See some photos by Festival Co-Chair Peter Webster, below,

and click here to see for Chris Randall's slides.

(updated 7/4/16)

The cherry trees are in bloom, and the Festival is today. Come enjoy musical entertainment, international foods, art-related events, activities for children and pets, and more. 

The cherry trees are in bloom, and the Festival is today. Come enjoy musical entertainment, international foods, art-related events, activities for children and pets, and more. 

The HIllhouse Band open the Festivities with Shades of Blue Dance troupe
MC Bill Iovanne, Jr. introduces dignitaries including, seated, from left, US Representative and Wooster Square native Rosa DeLauro, Mayor Toni Harp, 2016 Friend of Wooster Square Christy Hass and New Haven alders. Standing we have several more alders, State Rep Roland LeMar, Ward 8 Alder Aaron Greenberg, as well as Fire Chief Ralph Black and Police Chief Dean Esserman
Families relax, the kids play, school groups have recess and games (photo above), and friends play ball. People read, walk their dogs, have picnics - and pizza!  (photo at right)