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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The Village

Life in New Haven’s Little Italy

“The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy”  tells the story of our Wooster Square neighborhood, for many years  a tight-knit Italian-American enclave. Using oral history interviews, photos from family albums, and historic films and photographs, the documentary explores the power of ethnic identity and reaffirms the importance of immigration to American society. Today, few descendants of the immigrants still live in Wooster Square, but vestiges of their community remain –  in the church, the ethnic societies and their festas, and the pizza joints and pastry shops. Most vividly, the village lives on in the fond memories of the people who grew up there.

Director: Steve Hamm
Editor: Scott N. Amore

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The Q Bridge Program, Building America’s First Extradosed Bridge,
is a just-released a book about the history of New Haven Harbor crossings and Q Bridge Program, something we in Wooster Sqaure can really connect to.

The Conn. Dept. of Transporation (CTDOT) is selling the books for $25 each at the CTDOT Gift Shop in Newington (2800 Berlin Turnpike).
You can also order via phone or email. Contact Yolanda Doak for shipping at, 860-666-6773.

posted 1/16/19

Recent Events in the Park

on Sunday, Dec. 2 

The annual musical performance and Tree Lighting event on Friday, Dec. 7  featured the 


Several heritage-related local events were held recently.  
They included:

• the annual Wreath Ceremony on Oct. 6
• the Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 7, which was coordinated with an all-afternoon Heritage Festival in the Wooster Square Park.
• a showing of the documentary "The Village: 
  Life in New Haven's Little Italy" during the Festival
City Landscape Architect David Moser, the recipient of the 2017 Friend of Wooster Square award, died on Monday, September 10.
Click here to read the article in New Haven Independent.



on Tues, Oct. 30   

The pre-Halloween activity was centered around the DeLauro Table on the Greene Street side of the Park.  Pumpkins, paints, and paste-ons were provided.  Kids and families had a great time creating their special pumpkins and enjoying cider and donuts!!!


In addition to the events listed above and 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