Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

The 2019 Friend of Wooster Square award went to Elsie  Blackshear Chapman, 
neighborhood icon.

Learn more about Elsie, as well as our previous honorees.

Wooster Square is Living History  - It's also the scene of lively living
Families relax, the kids play, school groups have recess and games (see photo), and friends of all ages play ball. People read, do yoga or tai chi, walk their dogs, have picnics - and enjoy pizza!  
Wooster Square is truly a living park.
We are delighted to see the successul opening of Zenelli, yet another wonderful pizza place on Wooster Street. The owners are three brothers from Italy.  Variety abounds. There's a great write-up in the New Haven Independent. Click here to read.  posted 8/6/19
Wooster Square park is the center for enjoyment and relaxation. This photo is from June 23, 2019.
Before: The underpass on Chapel St. between Franklin and Hamilton Streets today.

Wooster Square Public Art Project proposed 
as a welcome to the neighborhood

From family picnics to birthday parties to concerts, festivals, school graduations and more, Wooster Square Park, shown in top photo, is a vibrant place.  The concept behind this proposed project is to use both historic and contemporary photographs mounted on both sides of the Chapel Street/I-91 underpass to portray the wonderful history and culture of the neighborhood. Note the underpass as it looks now, above.

Learn more on our Public Art Project page.


The 46th Annual 

Cherry Blossom Festival

was a hit, despite chilly & damp weather.

 Sun., April 28, 2019  

The blossoms had bloomed and left 

a carpet of pink petals!

• Visitors  enjoyed the food and visiting the artists, authors, and the tremendous range of local non-profits.  • The children's activties were, as usual, hugely popular. 

• Some bands were unable to play because of the weather, but 

Carlos y Su Momento Musical, a local group with Latin & Caribbean rhythms 

and salsa dancing played on.  (photo, above).

Click for more details and great links

Neighborhood History

Leo Marino was born 90 years ago on Greene Street and grew up in what was then a poor Italian neighborhood. He has written a book, "The House on Greene Street," about his life with family and friends during that early history of Italian immigration to Wooster Square.

Available in most local bookstores, including those in surrounding towns.
(Updated 7/16/19)
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