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  

Take A Peek Inside 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

Check Out Bar Beauty 
on Wooster St.
Recently opened on Wooster St. 
New Haven's first and only Blow Out & Beauty Bar!
Try it out.  More at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BARBEAUTYNHV/about/

updated 1/29/18

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

After 12 years, our beloved Fuel coffee shop closed this past summer. Neighbor Katherine McComic, above at the stand, collaborated with Coffee Pedaler to fill the gap with a pop-up cafe on De Palma Court, (between Chapel and Wooster Streets, where the Farmers' Market is held each Saturday). 

The cafe, called Downtown Table, was open weekdays through August 18. 
Menu included drip coffee and cold brew from the Coffee Pedaler as well as iced tea and cookies. There was patio seating and ambient music, too.
Thank you Katherine!  

And the good news:  On Nov. 10  in the original Fuel site, Wooster Square Coffee opened it's doors.  (see homepage)

updated 11/10/17

"Wooster Square: the Immigrant Experience" walking tour sells out 

at Arts & Ideas Festival!

A walking tour of historic sites that tell the story of the diverse groups that settled this neighborhood before the turn of the 19th century quickly sold out, with three groups of 25 people each enjoying parallel tours on June 21.  

Two societies of Italian immigrants, St. Andrew the Apostle and Santa Maria Maddelena, that are still vibrant today were sites included on the tour. At the Columbus statue in Wooster Square Park, author Anthony Riccio shared anecdotes from young immigrants working in the factories and more. 

posted 6/21/17 


St Andrew the Apostle Society
117th Anniversary
Italian Festa Celebration

Thurs., June 22 - Sun., June 25

St. Andrew Club Grounds, 115 Chapel Street
in Historic Wooster Square
was once again a great event.
44th Annual Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival 
was held on Sunday, April 23
Wooster Square Park * noon to 4:30 p.m.  

The 45th Festival will be on April 22, 2018
Click for details
The Festival atracted more than 10,000 people and included live music (jazz, salsa, swing, steel band), 
children & pets areas,  lots of local exhibitors, great food. 

Friend of Wooster Square Awards went to:
• David Moser, Landscape architect for City of New Haven
• New Haven Fire Dept. - Engine #4 & Truck #1
• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 
  Corridor Improvement Program
• Peter Webster, Co-Chair, Wooster 
  Square Cherry Blossom Festival
Details on our Cherry Blossom page.

Festival Kick-Off Concert
Saturday, April 22 * 7:30 p.m.
St. Michael Church on the Square

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

The 2018 Concert will be on April 21, also at St. Michael.


Wooster Square History • Piccola Italia di Wooster Square

by Richard Biondi

Saint Michael Church on Wooster Place

On Sunday, March 26 local author and historian Richard Biondi discussed 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 was attended by lots of church-goers, neighbors and friends. updated 3/27/17



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."