Tag Archives: history

Retaining Walls

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“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” begins Robert Frost’s oft-read poem “Mending Wall.” Frost is lamenting all the things that bring down his old stone walls, requiring…

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Civil Action

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The corner of Edgewood Avenue and Garden Street near Amistad Academy Middle School has an extra green street sign. It identifies the spot as Constance B. Motley Corner, which…

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Bits and Pieces

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One of the most valuable collections at the New Haven Museum’s Whitney Library isn’t a set of rare manuscripts or first editions. …

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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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