Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

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


Are you on the list for "On The Square," the e-news we send out several times a year? To be added  to our mailing list, send your info via e-mail to HWSA secretary Charlie Murphy. We do not share list information with any other groups.

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 History • Piccola Italia di Wooster Square

Sun., Mar. 26 • 10:30 a.m.

Saint Michael Church on Wooster Place

This Sunday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. (following 9:30 a.m. Mass) local author and historian Richard Biondi will discuss 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 is free and open to all neighbors and friends. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Posted 3/24/17

Annual Meeting 

Historic Wooster Square Association 

Wed., Mar. 29, •  7:00 p.m. 

The auditorium of Conte/West Hills Magnet School

Enter at 511 Chapel Street


Guest speaker: Mayor Toni N. Harp 

The mayor will speak on New Haven - A Changing City.

The meeting is open to the public.  

Voting for nominated Board members is limited to Association members.


Click here for the 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda, including nominations for the Board of Directors and the minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting.


Please RSVP to Charlie Murphy, charlie@murphmail.com, by March 25.


We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting.


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



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."