Living in New Haven, CT
New Haven is an exciting coastal city located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut.
New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans and a year later, eight streets were laid out in a four by four grid, creating what is commonly known as the “Nine Square Plan”. The city has since grown to be one of the most historical, innovative and welcoming cities in the United States and is home to a community of vibrant and interesting people.
Spending some time in New Haven, it’s easy to see why it’s such an enjoyable place to be. The art and music scenes are thriving, along with some excellent theater options, sports, outdoor spaces, historical landmarks, shoreline, culture, great food and highly rated public schools.
This article is going to take you on a little tour, but I highly recommend visiting New Haven when you have some time. You won’t be disappointed! When you do visit, make sure to eat the pizza!
Approximately 20 square miles and conveniently located between New York and Boston, New Haven is at the heart of all the action. Union Street Station is your portal to wherever you need tobe! With New Haven being so close to NYC, Boston, Providence and other major cities in the area, it’s only fitting the city would have an extensive and affordable train and Amtrak station. It’s also a very easy city to navigate by bike, bus and even on foot.
New Haven is a fantastic place to call home with so many neighborhoods to choose from. It’s easy to find your perfect spot whether your ideal location is a quiet and charming residential neighborhood or lively downtown streets.
Just passing through New Haven, you see some of the best American architecture of the last hundred years in a single afternoon. Yale, founded in 1701, is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The campus is like no other with Collegiate Gothic architecture, buildings designed by Frank Gehryand Philip Johnson, gardens landscaped by James Gamble Rogers, the 15-floor cathedral-styled Sterling Memorial Library, the 216-foot-tall Harkness Tower, the list is endless.
If you’re a history buff, you will absolutely want to check out the National Register of Historic Places in New Haven and plan some time to meander and take in all the beauty there is to see.
The city boasts three main shopping districts. The Chapel Street Historic District in the downtown area covers the southwestern corner of downtown New Haven, including properties from Park Street to Temple Street. The predominantly brick structures represent a wide range of architectural styles. The oldest building in the district is the Ira Atwater House, built in 1817. Most of the buildings now in the district were built in the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. It’s a fantastic place to stroll around and enjoy the history while also enjoying the many shops, eateries and museums.
The Shops at Yale offer a wide variety of stores and restaurants and also celebrate the winter holiday season in Historic Downtown New Haven with a full month of planned events to bring people together and share in the holiday as a community. New Haven residents and guests can come share in many activities from the treelighting on the historical Green to Horse and Carriage Rides. The Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District is earning recognition as New Haven's center for artistic and cultural affairs. Audubon's convenient location in the heart of downtown New Haven is within walking distance of many cultural offerings including the Peabody Museum of Natural History and New Haven's Town Green.
If Broadway quality theater productions are of interest to you, be sure to check out some of the theaters in the area. The Yale Repertory Theater has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists, by emerging and established playwrights. The Shubert Theater attracts musicians, dancers and performing artists of various kinds.
The beauty of the City of New Haven is personified in its parks for residents to enjoy nature. New Haven is proudly responsible for the stewardship of the Elm City’s over 2,200 acres of parks, and the tree belt.
East Rock Park offers over 10 miles of hiking trails. The Giant Steps Trail provides a spectacular 285-foot climb to the Summit and it is well worth the climb because the view is spectacular. You can see all of New Haven and, on a clear day, across the sound to Long Island, NY.
At Lighthouse Point Park you can walk out on a jetty to view the lighthouse or simply walk up to the lighthouse. There is plenty of parking for picnics and relaxing at the beach, and an old antique carousel.
Out of the 48 New Haven Public Schools there are: 32 Elementary Schools and middle schools, 10 high schools, 5 transitional schools, 1 adult & continuing education school. With 20 different magnet schools, NHPS is home to the largest magnet school program in Connecticut. New Haven also holds the title for being one of the top ten most diverse school districts in the state.
If you’re looking for a city that’s large enough to be energetic and fulfilling while also keeping that small friendly feeling, New Haven might just be the city for you. There is no shortage of major special events and festivals throughout the year to connect with your neighbors and visitors alike. New Haven also offers two wonderful online publications which are a wealth of information. The New Haven Independent and the New Haven Magazine are both excellent resources to keep informed of the wonderful events and activities this city has to offer.
Last Updated on November 8, 2017 by Minna Reid