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View from Chapel and Orange circa 1955

Folks shopped there, they ate there, they bought cigarettes and alcohol there. Celebrities went there to tout plays and movies coming to the downtown theaters, sometimes through live radio broadcasts.

Located at the hub of the city’s extensive network of …

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Stars and Strips

artwork by Al Capp

“Life imitates art,” Oscar Wilde wrote, “more than art imitates art.” In New Haven, that art has often involved cartooning and caricature. It’s a fun place to be.

One of the most popular and controversial comic strip…

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Elm City Whodunit

New Haven mystery novels

Peer into New Haven’s fictional case files with this page-turner, originally published September 19, 2012.

A few years ago, the New Haven Free Public Library distributed a hand-out: “Check Out These…

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Starring: Elm City

Shia Labeouf and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Grab some popcorn for this decuple-feature, originally published on July 25, 2012.

New Haven’s had an impressive Hollywood career, as suggested by these ten movies spanning over half a century.…

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’pops Art

Gallows and Lollipops by Alexander Calder

It was a very brave soul who proposed that a gleaming red, blue and yellow kinetic sculpture by Alexander Calder be placed on Yale’s Hewitt University Quadrangle near the back entrance of Woolsey Hall and a book’s-throw from the Beinecke …

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This Week in New Haven (July 29 – August 4)

Capital Cities

We gracefully leave an erratic July and acclimate to August. It has already turned abruptly cooler, and with the school year starting at the end of the month, you’ll see more activity on the streets than in recent weeks. College-friendly …

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Sound It Out

The schooner Quinnipiack

The word “flagship” gets used loosely a lot, to mean “the most important one of a bunch of things.” But if you’re a centuries-old city which takes great pride in its waterfront, you might actually have a flagship that’s a …

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Fair and Square

Beyond the New Township, New Haven Museum

When the curators at New Haven Museum put its elaborate new exhibit Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square together, they were literally playing with blocks. One of the interactive aspects of the exhibit is a puzzle where you arrange colorful …

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This Week in New Haven (July 22 – 28)

Pop & Op at Artspace

Magical comedy, disco nostalgia, mandolin modernists, a Tennessee Williams play set in Tokyo, bonsai trees at a literacy event… we’ve entered the fantastical netherworld of July in New Haven. Anything can happen, from read-ins to art installations (including Pop &

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The Show Must Go On

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

For years, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra produced an outdoor concert series in New Haven parks. These elaborate shows, as many as nine per summer, came to feature celebrity performers such as Marvin Hamlisch.

Also for years, the International Festival …

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