Monday, January 4, 2021

The Fourth Annual WSBB Great Pizza TakeOut Debate! Can Ernie's Four-peat?

YOU can win a $100 gift certificate to your go to Pie Place People! 

Some people will read this post in Amazement.

When I started the Annual Great Pizza TakeOut Debate
nobody knew that Westville's Ernie's Pizzeria
would be the the Inaugural winner,
by a landslide.

Ernie's Pizzeria has a long history of
presenting perfect pies.

Ernie's cheese pie

You can even take a class, pre-covid,
to learn how he makes his Prized Pies.

Started by his father Ernie, Pat took over the
reigns once his father gave him the secret recipe
for his signature crust. Pat never looked back.

The man, the Legend!
Pat on the left, not me.

Pat's proud of the fact that it's a pizza joint.
You go there to get pizza, period.

To understand Ernie's popularity, I only
had to look at the numbers of
 a couple photos of the Pizza Restaurant
I had posted to Google Maps.

Two photos of the interior have been
viewed 2,371,352 times on google maps.

The second and third most viewed of the
nearly 30 million views of photos
I've posted on Google Maps.

I took them with my phone.

So apparently everyone but you 
and I knew about Ernie's Pizzeria.

And Ernie's fans?
Rabid, diverse, and from all over the world.

Out of all New Haven area pizza places,
Ernie's has quietly built a legacy...
and a legion of devoted followers.

And you want to know why?
Pat. The owner/chef/friend of all.
If you've met Pat, you can picture
his smile when you walk in.

He himself is an Institution.

The Pizza world's hidden wonder,
right under are Wooster Squarian noses.

Sure, since the nearly 10 years of writing
about Wooster Square, pizza, New Haven,
and most importantly Blossoms,
the world has changed.

Nobody stops me to ask how to get to Sally's, Pepe's,
The Father McGivney pilgrimage center, or Lucibello's.


Everyone has a device that you can
command to give you directions!

So now you've got Social media the likes
of El Presidente of Barstool sports and
Daym Drops stopping to give their
2 cents worth of advice.
(They liked it).

In fact, Paul Portnoy sold his
website/himself for millions of dollars.

7.9 out of 10

So say you're interested in purchasing
the Wooster Square Blossom Blog, 
it's a steal for the low low price of

Think of what you could do with my
portfolio of nearly 20 years of my digital photography.

Serious inquiries only.

Selling photos at the Cherry Blossom fest.

So how do you vote?
How do you enter to win the raffle?

To enter the Fourth Annual 
Wooster Square Blossom Bog
Great Pizza TakeOut debate
simply email (copy this and paste in email)

Put the name of your favorite takeout pizza
in the subject line and any comments are
appreciated about why and what you get!

Voila! You just voted and got into the raffle
for a $100 gift certificate to your
favorite pizza place.

Voting ends February 13.

You can only vote once.

A Special thanks to our Sponsor,
Cheryl Szczarba, Realtor
Seabury Hill Realtors
for sponsoring the Gift Certificate!

If you are thinking of buying or
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Happy Voting!

See you getting takeout
See you Round the Square!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Hey 2020! On your way out, don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!

 Wooster Square Remains vigilant 

fighting to stay connected, apart. 

Oh 2020, what have you done? 

In March we waited for Spring of 2020, 
the new Decade and
The Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival.

Stop the presses!



Stay home, stay safe.

To most of us, it still feels like we're stuck
somewhere in time. The days go by
without any accordance of normalcy.
The pandemic makes one irascible, insuperable. 

I personally have autoimmune issues
and I'm over 35 (61).

So it's been difficult for all of us. I haven't been
to a store, coffee shop, restaurant for months.

I know there are a lot of us out there. Relying on
others to shop, cook, clean.

Like others who are fortunate to work,
Cheryl is considered essential as a Realtor.
Cheryl heads out like Wonder Woman to
helps those who have Real Estate needs
 in these special pandemic times.

Superhero with sidekick, Chyna
slayed the competition in 2019
#1 sales #1 listings Coops & Condos!
(in person she wears a mask so her super
powers are hidden secret.)

These are difficult times, so much loss,
so many missed events that can't be replaced.
Memories that can't be reshaped nor re-lived.

Stranded in time. Each day is another like another.
Only time marches on, we're stuck in some
 Wild Wooster Square Wormhole

Weeks have no beginning or end.

It's deja vu all over again.

Any possible sign of High Hope here for
 Hanami Happiness?

Well, the immature tree on 
Luisa DeLauro Corner
bloomed all sorts of times, 
like on New Year's Day.

It was a bellwether tree and beyond.

Well, all that blooming tuckered 
that poor little tree out and 
people it popped its last peak and died.

So, the Historic Wooster Square Association
had the parks dept plant a new immature
Sakura Cherry Tree.

And wouldn't you know it but the tree,
out of nowhere goes to Peak Pop 
in December, lasting quite a while.

Corner of Sunshine and Happiness!

Never. Gets. Old.

Pink Nation!

Flowers n fence foto fun folks!

Think Spring!


Using my vast nearly ten years of Blogging
on Wooster Square and the Cherry Blossoms
I've done some research about the corner
of Chapel Street and Academy.

I dusted off the mainframe and came up with this*

The answer lies in the record of one internationally known Wooster Squarian businessman & owner of an Apothecary Benedict Arnold.

Apprenticing in Norwich, he
came to New Haven and settled
in where else but Wooster Square.

Mr. Arnold's house was on Water Street.
Now it is an empty lot near
High School in the Community.

Benedict Arnold hung his shingle
(sign) on the corner of 
Chapel Street & Olive Street
only about one block away.
(Now the site of St P&J's)

B. Arnold Druggist was very popular
with the Yale students and the wealthy.

With his ties to England, Benedict was able
to use credit to buy goods that were
in high fashion such as perfumes.

Also, himself a voracious reader, imported books
of all types including medical.

Mr. Blossom Blogger?
Just what the hell does this have
to do with the Cherry Tree Blooming?

Well one day, a student of the fifth Yale President,
came in with tremendous pain. Benedict
Arnold could see that the man may not live.

The druggist made a concoction 
of ether, cannabis, and opium.

Incredibly, the student felt cured.
He ventured over to Wooster Park
where he found a vendor selling oysters.

The student ate as if his life depended on it.

But alas, Mr Arnold was correct. The student
was terminal. Rumour has it they found
him leaning on a gaslight at the corner of...

Chapel and Academy.

Legend has it he was smiling peacefully a note clutched in his hand that read...

"Although my life is cut so short, I was
a blessed man on this earth. I thank
"Dr" Arnold for making my transition
to the after life free of pain and a full belly.
Free to Blossom Benevolently."
signed: T. (Thadeous) Bloom, Esq

*(some things, although entertaining, are just plain not true and made up. Benedict Arnold did live in Wooster Square and his office was down the street. Actual events may not have happened.
Prohibited while void in some counties. The Wooster Square Blossom Blog is not responsible for you falling for it hook line and blossom.)

Please, everyone stay 
safe and healthy
for the holidays.

Coming January 2021!

The Fourth, somewhat annual, Wooster Square Blossom Blog Great TakeOut Pizza Debate!

Please follow the WSBB on facebook
and Blossom Blogger on Twitter!

Have a Happy New Year! 


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?


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.

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.


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
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!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
See You Round the Square!


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Moving is difficult at any time,
but this is unlike any other.

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