Historic Wooster Square Association

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  

"Wooster Square: the Immigrant Experience" walking tour sells out 

at Arts & Ideas Festival!

A walking tour of historic sites that tell the story of the diverse groups that settled this neighborhood before the turn of the 19th century quickly sold out, with three groups of 25 people each enjoying parallel tours on June 21.  

Two societies of Italian immigrants, St. Andrew the Apostle and Santa Maria Maddelena, that are still vibrant today were sites included on the tour. At the Columbus statue in Wooster Square Park, author Anthony Riccio shared anecdotes from young immigrants working in the factories and more. 

posted 6/21/17 


St Andrew the Apostle Society
117th Anniversary
Italian Festa Celebration

Thurs., June 22 - Sun., June 25

St. Andrew Club Grounds, 115 Chapel Street
in Historic Wooster Square
was once again a great event.

New Light High School 

Celebration and Scholarship

(continued from homepage)

Jadah Moore began her journey at New Light High School two years ago after her mother introduced her to Principal Larry Conaway. She plans to pursue a career in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Gateway Community College. The proud mother of a 1-year-old daughter, she said high school originally wasn't really her "thing" but she found her place at NLHS. 

In a follow-up email New Light High School Building Leader Paul Camarco noted, “As a result of your scholarship award, Jadah can afford the supplies necessary for her to make a successful transition from High School to Gateway Community College. Our school community is thankful and fortunate to have such caring and supportive neighbors.”   

  Click to see photos from New Haven Register


St. Michael Church 
Celebrated Mass in
Wooster Square Park on
 Sunday, June 11

This was the second year in a row that Mass was celebrated outdoors in Wooster Square Park with great festivity. More than 100 parishioners and neighbors joined in the celebration of the Eucharist and gave praise to God for all his blessings and, especially, the blessings of creation and the natural beauty of our Park.

Chairs were available for the elderly and handicapped. Others brought lawn chairs or blankets.  Following Mass there was coffee, pastry and juice. Monsignor Gerard Schmitz, Pastor of St. Michael Church, thanked all who attended and gave special thanks to members of the Saint Ann Society and the Knights of Columbus Russell Council 65 who assisted with the reception."


44th Annual Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival 
was held on Sunday, April 23
Wooster Square Park * noon to 4:30 p.m.  

(The 445th Festival will be on April 22, 2018)
The Festival atracted more than 10,000 people and included 
live music (jazz, salsa, swing, steel band), 
children & pets areas,  lots of local exhibitors, great food. 

Friend of Wooster Square Awards went to:
• David Moser, Landscape architect for City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Dept. - Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
Corridor Improvement Program
• Peter Webster, Co-Chair, Wooster Square 
Cherry Blossom Festival
Details on our Cherry Blossom page.
Festival Kick-Off Concert
Saturday, April 22 * 7:30 p.m.
St. Michael Church on the Square

This annual free concert featured the musicians 
and composers  of Wooster Square.

The Annual Meeting of Historic Wooster Square Association 

was held on Wed., Mar. 29 in the auditorium of Conte/West Hills Magnet School

Guest speaker Mayor Toni N. Harp spoke on New Haven - A Changing City.

Members in attendance voted to elect a slate of returning and new Board members.

Click here to learn about the members of the Board.



Wooster Square History • Piccola Italia di Wooster Square

by Richard Biondi

Saint Michael Church on Wooster Place

On Sunday, March 26 local author and historian Richard Biondi discussed his recent book, Piccola Italia di Wooster Square, which highlights the Wooster Square neighborhood with pictures and interviews of many past and present Wooster Square residents.

The event was attended by lots of church-goers, neighbors and friends. updated 3/27/17



To honor the 60th Anniversary of the tragic Franklin Street Factory Fire in which 15 people perished, a memorial Mass was celebrated at Saint Michael Church on Tues., Jan. 24.  Representatives of the New Haven Fire Department were in attendance.  Many in the Wooster Square area were relatives of the deceased or knew them from the neighborhood.  

Click here to read a 1957 newspaper story about the fire.

updated 1/24/17


Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert

on Fri., Dec. 2

St. Michael Church & the Park

The annual Wooster Square Park Friday tree-lighting event on Fri., Dec. 2 began with a concert at St. Michael Church on the Park.

The Morse Chorale, a 22-voice choral ensemble of middle and high school students from across New Haven, and the Brass Hoppers, a brass quartet comprised of advanced students from the New Haven Public School system performed. The Chorale is conducted by Stephanie Tubiolo, a recent graduate of the School of Music and the Divinity School at Yale. The brass quartet is under the direction of Andrew Sadler.


Honoring the Memory of 

Officer Peter Krause

Tree Dedication • Sat., Sept. 24 

The NHPD Honor Guard led the procession to the newly planted tree, where ceremonial soil was added and a memorial plaque placed on tree by Officer Krause's wife, Sherrye, and daughter, Shania. 

URI provided the tree. Thank you, Chris Ozyck.  

And neighbor Cordalie Benoit guided the tree selection. 

NHPD Officer Peter "Pete" Krause, the well-liked Wooster Square beat officer, died last March at the age of 51 after a battle with brain cancer. 

In 2010, Officer Krause was first recipient of the 

"Friend of Wooster Square Award.” 

Click here for the New Haven Independence's coverage of the event.


Many neighborhood houses have recently 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.  The three have already sold. Click here for details.
updated 7/5/16

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."