Tag Archives: history

House and Home

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Despite the fact that New Haven is one of the oldest cities in America, it doesn’t have many ghosts. There are colonial-era graveyards and old mansions galore, but…

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Arms’ Reach

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In the 1870s, an offshoot of New Haven’s Canal Street was renamed to honor the sprawling new factory that’d been built there. The complex was one of the biggest in both the city and the state, and by the late …

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Twists and Turns

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When you hear the satisfying pop of a cork this New Year’s, you might think of 19th-century entrepreneur Philos Blake. …

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Gone Bust

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It’s easy to miss the empty pedestal near the summit of East Rock. Situated on a patch of grass where Farnam Drive meets its first overlook and turns toward the summit, the granite pillar is marred with graffiti. Bolt anchors …

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Beneath the Bridge

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Hidden below the entry lanes that become the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge—a.k.a. the Q—a tiny park memorializes the 18 Connecticut men who died in the …

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Miracle on Chapel Street

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All things, even ancient and enduring ones, eventually perish. Old Heidelberg, the city’s oldest restaurant and bar when it closed in 1991 after an astonishing 234 years, was one more piece of evidence to the point.

Now, somehow, it is …

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Super Bowl

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Before what was then the world’s largest stadium could open with the big Yale-Harvard game of 1914, it had to be built. …

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Turning Pages

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Published 15 years after the tercentenary for which it was commissioned, Rollin G. Osterweis’s Three Centuries of New Haven (1953)—which you can access at local libraries or buy from indie booksellers—is broad enough to be the starting point of choice …

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Horror Movie

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Almost 100 years to the day after its Hollywood premiere on October 30, 1921, The Sheik is getting a centenary Blu-ray. Cinephiles in general may remember the movie for…

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Trials and Errors

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It’s fun today to don a pointy black hat and play at being a witch for Halloween. But things were decidedly less amusing for those who came off as witches in 17th-century New Haven. …

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