Historic Wooster  Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Wooster Square is 
Living History  - 
It's also the scene of lively living
Families relax, the kids 
play, school groups have recess and games, 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.

Wooster Square Watch 

is a related organization 

that focuses on quality of 

life issues, and promotes rewarding, neighborly relationships.  Our current Block Watch Captain, 

Sarah B. Greenblatt, 

attends weekly community policing meetings - COMPSTAT - and sends 

out weekly email reports related to public safety 

and other issues of interest. Sign up to get the emails 

at woostersqwatch@gmail.com.

Save the Date

The 47th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 
will  be held on 
April 19 
Wooster Square Park • Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Events of Great Interest

New Haven events related to the interests of Wooster Square are on-going.
Here's some recent ones:

Pumpkin Decorating on October 30, organized by long-time HWSA board member Keith Lorch, was a hit despite rainy weather. A good number of families came with their kids, had a lots of fun, and took home their decorated pumpkins.

Columbus Wreath-Laying Ceremony (pictured above) on Oct. 12, sponsored by the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Committee, began at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, then processed (see photo, above, with procession led by U. S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and Mayor Toni Harp)  to the Columbus Statue in the park, abutting Chapel St. More than 40 organizations placed their wreaths around the statue. 
(updated 10/14/19)

Site Projects New Haven, the group that has enhanced the city with public art for 15 years, celebrated its anniversary on Tues., Sept. 15  with a lively party at Canal Dock Boathouse open to all.

New Haven Preservation Trust's annual meeting on Sept. 17 at the Quinnipiac Club featured an excellent illustrated talk,  "We Built This City to Walk and Stroll",  by architect John Massengale. 
Sat., Sept. 21 featured a guided walking tour of Wooster Square led by New Haven Preservation Trust's Christopher Wigren.

Learn more about all these  events on our What's Going On page. click
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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