New Haven Overview
New Haven is a mid-sized city, but its distinguished reputation
is well-known across the country. For Americans, 'New Haven'
connotes intellectual brilliance, colonial tradition and,
sometimes, controversy. It is the home of prestigious Yale
University, the charter for which was granted in 1701. Since then,
relations between the 'town and gown' have alternated between
cooperation and confrontation, though over the past few years, a
mutual recognition of interdependence and potential has been
growing. In fact, the revitalization of downtown New Haven owes its
success to the initiatives of both the local government as well as
Yale's own property management program.
Today, New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut, but
it remains steeped in history and elegance. It has more National
Historic Landmarks than anywhere else in Connecticut. Walking along
tree-lined Wooster Square, historic New Haven Green and the many
leafy downtown streets, it is easy to understand how the 'Elm City'
got its nickname. After visitors have taken in the beautiful vista
of Long Island Sound and enjoyed hiking, biking and canoeing in the
public parklands surrounding the city, New Haven's abundance of
theatres, museums, music venues, restaurants, shops and nightlife
options await. The Chapel Street Historic District buzzes with
galleries, boutiques and bistros, and the newly redeveloped
Broadway area is a shopper's heaven. The Shubert, Long Wharf and
Yale Repertory Theaters are renowned for groundbreaking
performances, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the fourth
oldest in the country.
No visit to New Haven would be complete, however, without taking
part in what, for many, is its most enjoyable tradition. New Haven
is the birthplace of the American pizza. Age-old contenders Sally's
and Pepe's pizzerias, each with an army of fiercely loyal New
Havenites, have been battling for the 'best pie' title for more
than 60 years.