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  

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45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

will be held on Sun., April 22, 2018

BIKE NEW HAVEN! Wooster Square now has it own bike rack, and it looks like it is already getting some use good. The sign in the photo has all the information you need. But for more check out https://www.bikenewhavenct.com/
45th Annual Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival 
will be held on Sunday, April 22
Wooster Square Park * noon to 4:30 p.m.  

Click for details
Last year's Festival attracted thousands of people and included live music (jazz, salsa, swing, steel band), children & pets areas, lots of local exhibitors, great food. 
We have the same line up this year.

     Friend of Wooster Square Awards will go to:
       • Marianne Mazan           • William G. Iovanne

Festival Kick-Off Concert
Saturday, April 21 * 7:30 p.m.
St. Michael Church on the Square

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

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 - Saturday from 7 am to 6:30 pm.

    Sunday: 9 am to 5 p.m.

   updated 1/21/18

Wooster Square Public Piano Project 

was a big hit.

Will return in the spring:

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. On Sept. 20 she received formal approval from New Haven Parks to go ahead. On 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 is at New Light High School for the Winter and will return to Russo Park in the Spring.

Click here for project details.

updated 2/5/18

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."