Historic Wooster Square        Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

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


    despite rainy weather
Organized by Keith Lorch assisted by Wooster Square residents Ellen Keane and Noel Aburumi, the session was fun for kids despite off-again, on-again rain. Kids who decorated their pumpkins, or who helped other kids do theirs, has a great time.


The wreaths adorn the Columbus Statue in Wooster Square Park
Every year, between 30 and 40 organizations come together and lay wreaths of honor at the Columbus Statue in Wooster Square Park.  This year was no exception,  with the wreaths being given out at St. Michael's Church; then everyone marched to the statue with the Knights of Columbus Color Guard.


The New Haven Preservation Trust held a reception, silent auction, and brief annual meeting, followed by an illustrated talk on the allure of cities built for walking on Tues., Sept. 17.

The event was held at Quinnipiack Club on Church Street in New Haven.

The silent auction featured more than 70 items ranging from publications, prints, objects, and photographs relating to the history of New Haven and Yale to behind-the-scenes tours, tickets to concerts and cultural events. 

The excellent talk by John Massengale, A.I.A., explored the ways that walkable cities promote health, visual appeal, and community connections. Massengale is an international thought leader on the connections between urban design, architecture, placemaking, and walkability. An architect and urban designer, he is co-author of both New York 1900, Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915, and Street Design, The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. From cities and streets to buildings and rooms, he emphasizes making places where people want to be.   updated 9/22/19

Site Projects had a party to celebrate 15 successful years,

held appropriately on Sept. 15!

The well-attended event at Canal Dock Boathouse was free and open to all.

The lively evening included videos documenting the development of the projects, live music, dance performances and hands-on art, puzzles and challenges.

Click here to check out the Site Projects New Haven website.

It's a busy neighborhood. Below, a photo from the 119th 
Annual St. Andrew's Festa 
 June 20-23
and one from
St. Mary Maddelena Annual Procession
July 21
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The Festa kicked on on Thursday, June 20
Music at the Festa
Below, High School in the Community held its graduation in the Park on June 17.
The High School in the Community Held its graduation ceremonies in Wooster Square Park on June 17, 2019.

Tree Planted to Honor Harry Wexler

This past week (April 24) URI  - with help from the neighborhood -  planted a Chestnut Oak tree in Wooster Square Park in honor of the late Harry Wexler.  Harry and his wife, who was at the planting, were long-time residents of Court Street.


Wooster Square Coffee Exterior Renovation

Gets OK from Historic District Commission

Our neighborhood coffee shop, Wooster Square Coffee has won permission from the Historic District Commission to put in new windows and doors to make their java junction attract more customers.

With more construction details and samples of materials, Jimmy and Sarah Wang, owners of the Wooster Square Coffee Shop for the past year and a half, breezed through an appearance Wednesday night before the members of the Historic District Commission (HDC) at City Hall’s second-floor meeting room..

Commissioners awarded them the certificate of appropriateness they have been seeking in order to begin exterior remodeling of what has long been a neighborhood eyesore at the corner of Chapel and Chestnut streets.


   updated 4/12/19

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 Square 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 yoszone@hotmail.com, 860-666-6773.