Updated 11/19/21

Wooster Square Park
is the center of activity

Despite the pandemic, people still enjoy the neighborhood. Wearing masks, they bring their pizzas from Wooster Street to the Park, where it is easy to relax and be socially distant. Kids (with masks on, too!) run and ride trikes, scooters, and bikes. People toss balls with care. Musicians are invited to play and people come out to enjoy.

Thanksgiving update:

Our excellent new coffee shop – Kaiyden’s

at 595 Chapel St., near Academy will close at 4:30 pm next Wed. and be closed Thanksgiving Day. Friday is back to normal – open 7:30 am to 6 pm.

The pandemic continues to abate and we’ve even had an official concert. Lots of picnics; lots of pizza; lots of fun all the time.

Family fun – all the time!!!

What’s Going On:

Wooster Square Monument Replacement Selected

In late summer 2020, Mayor Justin Elicker named a committee to determine an appropriate monument to honor the contributions of Italian American heritage in New Haven. They researched and developed the form and identity for a monument or similar symbol of appropriate dimension and stature that represents the Italian American experience and will be placed atop the existing or, if necessary, modified pedestal in Wooster Square Park.

On July 28, members of the Wooster Square Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statue of Christopher Columbus that came down last June. Massaro’s sculpture features an Italian immigrant family of four as they arrive in the United States. The artist grew up in Wooster Square and now runs a studio in Branford. 

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posted 8/1/21

New Coffee Shop is Open on
Chapel St. near Academy St.

Kaiyden’s, at 595 Chapel St., officially opened its doors in late September serving coffee and more. Pastries, muffins and other edibles are now available. There is indoor and, when the weather is good, outdoor, seating.

Current hours:

Mon. – Fri. from 7:00 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More details and photos to follow.

updated 11/4/21

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