Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

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


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Harvey's Walk is transforming Russo Park. 
Named in honor of longtime the Historic Wooster Square board member and advocate who died in May 2013, this park - between Chapel and 
Wooster Streets where the City Seed Farmer's market is held - benefits us all.  The photo above, taken on May 13, 2015, shows progress on the Harvey's Walk project, with plantings and a clear path. More needs to be done. Click here for details  

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City Landscape Architect David Moser died on Monday, September 10.
As former Historic Wooster Square Association president Elsie Chapman said on Wed.,
“Now I know why it rained so hard today. Even the heavens were crying at the loss of this gentle giant.  ….  Dave did so much for so many. Among other things, he was instrumental in helping us in Wooster Square successfully restore the benches in the park. This project would not have happened without his involvement and it was great that we were able to honor him with the 2017 Friend of Wooster Square award."
For more click here to read the article in New Haven Independent.

Elsie Chapman, we are delighted to note, was honored for her community leadership by the Gateway Community College Foundation at its annual  event on October 4.  More information.

Salon Lulu is back in Wooster Square at its old 607 Chapel Street location. After several years on Chapel Street downtown, there have returned and we are delighted.
In addition to the events listed on the homepage, there's been lots of activity in the Wooster Square neighborhood. Take a look: 
BIKE NEW HAVEN! Wooster Square now has it own bike rack, and it is rare that this many bikes are available. Getting great use! . The sign in the photo has all the information you need. But for more check out

Enjoy a cup and more Wooster Square Coffee

Now with Sunday Hours!

Our neighborhood coffee shop, Wooster Square Coffee, has added Sunday hours. Stop by the corner of Chapel and Chestnut any day of the week now to enjoy great coffee, tea, pastries and more.

Coffee is great; excellent pastries, sandwiches, and the vibe is friendly. Bring your friends and even your laptops. 

Hours: Monday - Friday from 7 am to 6:00 pm.

    Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 9 am to 5 p.m.

   updated 9/11/18

Wooster Square Public Piano Project 

was a big hit.

It is back:

A Wooster Square neighbor, having seen the vibrant public piano in action in a few other cities, began work this summer to make this a pilot project a reality here.  Last Saturday, Sept. 30 the piano officially opened for play in Russo Park, across Chapel St. from Wooster Square Park. People of all ages truly enjoyed playing (see photo below). And listening to the melodies!!!

The piano was at New Light High School for the Winter (the art students painted it) and returned to the Wooster Street end of Russo Park in the Spring.

Below, a neighborhood resident is excited to plany adn got going before the overnight cover was all the way off!

updated 7/6/18

Many neighborhood houses have been restored or are in the process of restoration. Notable among them is the Joseph Bromley House at 231 Greene Street, which has been beautifully converted into three condominiums in 2016.  The three have already sold. Click here for details.
updated 7/6/18

We will post information about other restorations as they as completed.

At left is a photo of the Bromley House sometime in the 1930s, when the house featured a shop (in this case goods ranging from kid gloves to embroidered handkerchiefs to corset skirt supporters).

The New Haven Preservation Trust notes that the many sequential alterations to the Bromley House always managed to retain the essence of the original house, "keeping its serenty right through the years."