Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Haven's come a long way baby!

Dramatic change transforms downtown exponentially.


I've written about this subject more than once.
But like all at once, boom!
Tons of People!
As in the population living downtown.

It used to be that on Weekends
New Haven was deserted.

I couldn't find a place open for lunch.

Not anymore.



Now when I moved to Wooster Square, I was looking for walkability and entertainment. I got all that along with the rest of New Haven repatriates who ventured to move downtown in 2004.



Even then when I worked out on the green at 900 Chapel Street, the old Chapel Square Mall.
They renovated the mall and made apartments.

I'm thinking, who would live here,
even though I lived just 4 city blocks away.
But thrive they did.



Since then 2 new hotels and one in the works.
Eight or ten new apartment complexes.
New restaurants galore.

When walking downtown from Wooster Square, we no longer feel like we're the only ones.

East Shore Park, 
just a short bike ride from Wooster Square

We have Elm City Market, and another on the way.

A new restaurant finally on Wooster Street.
We have two restaurants for sale;



The former Joker's Wild comedy club and the former Tony and Lucille's who closed earlier this month.

When the two new developments open at Olive and Wooster Street lookout! You think the lines are long at Pepe's and Sally's now??

Lines forming now.

Also, in case you haven't heard, there's this
thing called the internet.

And pizza is right up there with puppy and kitty videos in popularity. So hence you get these traveling reviewers that have massive followings.

Everyone, even the World agrees.
N'aven style pizza is the best
in the whole USA.

Isn't that what I have been saying
for over Eight years here
at the WSBB?

Even though Connecticut has taken it's lumps,
don't count New Haven out. While riding my
bike around the city in the summer you see
tour buses dropping off hoards.

Cheryl Szczarba is the sole sponsor the
Wooster Square Blossom Blog.

They are here for Yale, the City History, the museums
and most of all the coveted pizza. This is sort of what I had in mind when I moved downtown, and now it has come to fruition and then some.

Baby Boomers are leaving the burbs for the convenience of living downtown.
Also many younger New Haveners who
shun driving can Uber everywhere affordably.
In addition, we have people that love living in the city and commute to Fairfield County or NYC.

And you know what?
It's fun living in New Haven, and of
course the center of the Pizza Universe, 
Wooster Square.

If your considering a move, I'm pretty 
sure that our Sponsor can help!

Take a look at some recent photos!!

See you Downtown
Or
See You Round the Square!



Juvenile Bald Eagle in New Haven

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron.

Killdeer Long Wharf

Great Egret West River

Yellow Crowned Night Heron


Teensy Tiny Treats

Female Goldfinch Edgewood Park.

Honeysuckle

Secret garden.

*any photos can be purchased
go to Bart Connors Szczarba on ebay
for selected photos. For others,
email me at bartszczarba@gmail.com
Select photos on sale in New Haven
at Dwell New Haven, Chapel Street.



 




Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival a big success despite dodging & dancing in raindrops!

Breaking Blossom Business!!! 

The Wooster Square Blossom Blog Turns 250!!


Two Hundred Fifty

CCL

250

New Haven is an old City.
 Settlers laid out the Nine Squares in 1638 who were 
Puritan settlers from England.

New Haven, just celebrated its Birthday.
New Haven is 381 years old.

Of course, I'm not 250 years old.

This simply is the 250th Blog Post of the Eight Years 
I was given the  keys to the 
powder house in charge of documenting our 
Historic Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms!

And, for the 8th straight year,
I was 100% accurate in predicting*, 
forecasting and showing you the 
progression of our precious pink pretties.
*(I simply take photos everyday and post on twitter, our WSBB facebook page and on the WSBB Blog).

I have lived in New Haven
since 1988.

I have lived in Wooster Square since 2006.

New Haven today, would make 
my jaw drop if I walked out of my 
old Chapel Street apartment back then.

There's at least 10 new residential rental developments. The kind with all the amenities.

And thousands more people live downtown.
Back then, people were on their own.

No crosswalks with flashing lights. 
(no, somebody had to lose their life before that)

No Elm City Market!

No Wine Thief (wine store), not much for residents
who want to walk and shop locally.


On Saturdays it was hard to find a restaurant open
for lunch, forget breakfast too.

I guess I might have been on to something.
Wooster Square is a tight 
knit welcoming neighborhood.

The neighborhoods where people live, are driving what they want as far as entertainment, policing, parks and you name it. New Haven is plugged in.

Last Sunday we had our 46th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival here in Wooster Square.

The impending showers put a damper on the numbers that turned out. But the ones that 
did come out did so with gusto! 

People Dancing to the music of the 
final and only band that 
was able to play outside without cover.


Still about 2-3 thousand people showed up to picnic
and visit all the attractions in the park.

I had a table selling photos and many 
people thanked me for doing this blog 
and I greatly appreciate the support!



I guess if you do something long enough, consistently enough, 
then maybe someone will notice!

Wooster Street

Thank You Flower Following Fans!

All the data and photos are being
analysed by the Blossom Mainframe.

Take a look at what the Square has turned into with all this wet weather we've had!

Last holdouts

Crab apple blossoms



City Sights

From Pink to Green

Hughes Place last Hanami Hurrah

Our sweet Sakura Square

History Loves Company!



Future Whirley things

Hurray for the Pink, white and Blue!

See you next year!

pink carpet

One mean green machine



Littly Italy

Pink Nation!

The Final results are in!

Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Hanami History


A special thanks to 
Cheryl Szczarba, Realtor, who is the 
Wooster Square Blossom Blog's 
main sponsor and Camera Sponsor.
Without her $ support,
these photos wouldn't be possible.

Call Cheryl for all your 
Real Estate needs.
203-996-8328



















Saturday, April 27, 2019

The 2019 Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival is Sunday!!

Blossoms mostly gone, but the Party is just getting started!


What a ride we have had this 
Blossom Season here in 
Historic, World Famous,
Wooster Square!

We went through the whole process with Green Buds, Florets, Extension of Florets, Peduncle Elongation, Puffy White (or pink) and finally Peak Bloom.

April 1, 2019



Peak on April 21, 2019.

Are they over?

Not officially over, but long passed peak.

But you have one last official
duty as a fellow flower follower.

It's not real hard.

At Noon Sunday, April 28
Come out to the 46 Annual
Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival!

Take a look a some photos this morning!
Come to the Festival tomorrow!
It's on even with the rain 
"predicted"
by
"weatherpersons"

HA! I Say!

The Wooster Square Blossom Blog has been 100% accurate in predicting 
and showcasing our 
Hallowed Hanami Heaven Here.

For Eight straight years.

Now that's accuracy.

That's why when National Geographic
wanted a quote on how to know 
when peak blossom occurs, they
came to the source...


Wooster Square's Chief Bloomologist!

And New8 says I'm the King
of the Cherry Blossoms!


Guess what?

There's going to be a Queen of the Cherry Blossom Festival next year!

Details to follow in our 
Post Pink Party Post Patient People.

To the PHOTOS!










































































The Party is about to get started!

Come tomorrow from
Noon until 4:30.

Food, Family Fun, Music, Dancing, Face Painting, Animals, and local Artists!

Bring your favorite people for a fun day
on the 46th Annual Wooster Square
Cherry Blossom Festival!!!

See you at the Festival
or
See You Round the Square!

Steps from Wooster Square Park.
Call Cheryl for a private showing today!
203-996-8328