Monday, September 28, 2020

Covid-19 2020 Summer Done, uncertainty as we head into Winter in Wooster Square.

 Wooster Street has NEVER been busier!


Wait, what?

You're telling me, that despite Covid-19 there's
more people on Wooster Street than you've seen
in the going on 15 years living around
our Historic Hallowed Hanami Haven?

But, but, how?





Masks available on ebay


Good old fashioned New England grit, the Italian Character of the neighborhood 
and peoples predilection for our precious, perfect,  
World Famous Apizza.





Wooster Square has always 
been on the leading edge of History. 

Since 1638 it was a mix of all peoples.

We were protected by the Quinnipiac native Americans
in offering them protection from those gambling
tribes, the Mohegans.

Sea Captains houses dot Wooster Square.
Widow Walks on houses all over New Haven.

In the early 1840's the Irish were tempted by
work in the Arms Manufacturing business
or work on the Farmington Canal, for
now infamous, William Lanson.

A free Black man, Langston constructed Long Wharf
when no other companies could do the job.
He owned a quarry and houses 
and hotels for free and runaway slaves.


When the Irish got to Wooster Square, 
there was not a place to Worship. 
Being the first Catholics to live
among the Puritanical Protestants, they were
sent off to live in Wooster Square,
or New Township as it was called.

According to Blossom Blog Mainframe,

A Hartford priest would come down to the Corner of Chapel and Olive, nicknamed Sliney's Corner,
and say a Mass. Eventually, they opened
St. Mary's church on Hillhouse Ave.

Now the site is a church. At one time the site
held the building that housed one
famous Wooster Squarian,
but not in a good way.




A few years later, Italians were recruited to Work in Manufacturing and textiles. And they opened the First Italian Catholic Church in Connecticut
in Wooster Square.

We're still reaping the rewards of
having the Italian wave hit
this sleepy sanguine square.

After all, Wooster Square is our Little Italy!




Are we busier than those turn of the Century Immigrants were on 
Wooster Street back in the day?

Fuggetaboutit.

Wooster Street instead of dumping on to
I-95, used to stretch for blocks, before
they had "Urban Redevelopment"
and built the interstate.

Small groceries, bakeries, boarding and bath houses, & Butchers snaked down Wooster Street. 
You think it smells good now?
 
Just imagine the Sunday Sauce cooking
on all the stoves in Wooster Square, 
you literally can smell the tomatoes stewing on a Sunday afternoon at
the turn of the Century in 1900.

So to make a long story short,
it's busier than I've seen since I've
lived in the Connecticut and N'aven.
(1982/1988).

Two new apartment buildings are
being built at the beginning of Wooster Street.

The impact of social media
is unmistakably felt when going down the street.

Car license plates from all 50 states.

Easy on, easy off,
Wooster Street is a welcoming gateway
to New England. Here, have a pie!

All the restaurants on Wooster Street have outdoor dining. Many just order to go pies
and eat them out of their trunk
or in the park, or just plain walking.

Grab some pies, some cannoli and get
back on 95 north to Newport,
Cape Cod, Vermont, Massachusetts,
Maine and New Hampshire.

Welcome to Wooster Square.




Today there has been a lot of discord. 
Those who live in Wooster Square see the good in all the different kinds of folks that live here today.

But, it really didn't change. It was always a place to
start, whether you were a person of color, native american Irish, or Italian. A neighborhood built on the 
most important character of Wooster Square.

Neighbors.

I know they say, back in the day, we didn't lock
our doors etc. Until I moved to the Square,
I could never appreciate knowing most 
of your neighbors. It exists today still strong
as ever of a  neighborhood.

Especially if you have a dog!

So if you're new to N'aven,
glad you came.



Guess what time of year it is?

The answer to that comes in my next post!
*hint: free pizza

See you on Wooster Street
or
See You Round the Square!

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

In these upside down times, Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms came through with Flying Colors!


 Official 2020 Blossom numbers
Sources: Wooster Square Blossom Blog, Library of Congress, Peabody Museum, Beinecke Library, New Haven Museum

Not one of us really knows what's going to be the new normal around here.
Jobs, Careers & practically everyone's livelihood is at stake.

The stakes are high, but so must be the bar.
We cannot let this happen again.

But how Mr Blossom Blogger?

Well, in my years I've seen a blossom or two.
And I can tell you lot about the science of our
Sweet Sakura Sights.


I can bore you to death pontificating on pizza.
And I can entertain you with bountiful
photos of Beautiful Birds.




Explaining people, that's a different matter.

What I observe is somewhat frightening.

People need to realize we need each other.
Despite differences, we can achieve success.

Respect differences and respect each other and
we'll get through this together!

Besides! It's Hip to be Square!
Wooster, that is!












  
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and
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

What if Wooster Square Blossoms Bloomed & Nobody came?

Serene sight as Square Sakura's Shine



'If a tree falls in the forest but nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?'.

Or conversely, are the Blossoms just as beautiful even though thousands of people stayed safe at home rather than witness the beauty?
Few stragglers left

 Turn on the green machine

Pink carpet

Crab apple

Just add warmth!

Square Site

Almost done!

Blossom Tornado

Gray day.

You're nuts if you don't love blossoms!

Blossoms Last Stand

Did you catch the Blossom Blogger on WTNH?



Back to the question about the cherry blossoms! Of course they were
beautiful! And you saw them
for the Ninth straight year here!

Probably tomorrow's heavy rain
spells hanami havoc!

More photos this weeked!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
and
See You Round the Square!

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cherry Blossoms last Beautiful Blast II

Today would have been the 

47th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival!


Festival cancelled?

Well, unless you've been under a rock on Mars,
everyone on Earth has had their 
routines royally righteously rocked.

Really!

Even though Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms peaked on Easter last Sunday, we
still have quite the show going!

And guess what?

Sally's Apizza is open for takeout!



Check out some photos from this morning!










































Sensible Social distancing required!

Another Report on Tuesday!

See you in line at Sally's
and
See You Round the Square!


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Cherry blossoms last Beautiful Blast!

Monday's storm and high winds take toll


If you are still in New Haven 
and haven't seen the 
Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms, 
better high tail it over here!

One of my friends commented,
"I've never seen the Blossoms more beautiful, and so few people to see them." 

And he's been here 20 years.

Such is the strangeness of 2020.

Shall we take a look?
All from today
4-16-20
















































Blossom Forecast!
Blossom Flurries possible with blossoms dwindling through Sunday.

Another Report over the weekend!

Enjoy Quarantine
and
See You Round the Square!