New Haven, Connecticut, located on the Long Island Sound, has the population of a medium-sized city, but shares with its residents and visitors the offerings of cities many times its size. New Haven is frequently referred to as the Elm City, due to its numerous elm trees located around downtown New Haven.
Founded in 1638 by Puritans who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony, New Haven has grown into a city of approximately 125,000 residents. New Haven is home to Yale University, for which it is most known, but also offers many sights, sounds, and eateries that are unique to the city.
New Haven is argued as the birthplace of the pizza (Pepe’s Pizza, 1925) and hamburger (Louis’ Lunch, late 19th century), but New Haven cuisine does not end there. There are many great dining establishments that fit any budget. New Haven has a high concentration of affordable excellent Thai restaurants, as well as fine dining in the form of such restaurants as Union League Cafe, Zinc, Hot Tomatoes, Miso, and Bentara, to name a few. In addition, New Haven has many notable pizzerias, including Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern, and Bar.
In addition to many dining options in New Haven, the Elm City offers entertainment options for everyone. New Haven is home to a thriving theater scene, as well as other opportunities in the arts. In addition, Yale offers three great museums in downtown New Haven: the Yale University Art Gallery (home of the famous Trumbull paintings of the Revolutionary War); theYale British Art Gallery (home of the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom); and the Peabody Museum of Natural History (home of many dinosaur fossils).
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC): Linsly-Chittenden Hall was orignally two separate buildings that served as annexes for the old University Library (then located in Dwight Hall). Today, Linsly is a recitation hall and faculty office building for the English Department and Chittenden is a classroom building. Chittenden Hall, erected in 1889 by J. Cleaveland Cady, is Neo-Romanesque in style, while Linsly Hall, designed by Charles Haight and completed in 1907, is a prime example of the Collegiate Gothic style. Both buildings have three stories and open onto both High Street and Old Campus. In 1998, an extensive renovation and historic preservation initiative took place under the leadership of Goody Clancy architects. During that project, a new front entry was added and a new attic floor constructed. The exterior facades were restored and the facilities were outfitted with the latest audio-visual and informational technologies. Additional work included the meticulous renovation of an original Tiffany stained glass window, titled “Education”, located in one of the Chittenden lecture halls.
Address: 63 High St., New Haven, CT 06520
La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos (La Casa): Established at its current location in 1977, La Casa Cultural provides a home away from home for Latino students at Yale. Within the three-story, 19th-century red brick house, students socialize, plan activities, cook together in a fully-equipped kitchen, discuss Latin American/Latino issues at events featuring visiting scholars, and in general come together to create a warm and robust community. Students who visit the Center enjoy an ever-expanding library of books and resource materials on Latino and Latin American topics; a computer room in which to compose papers, check e-mail, and conduct online research; a large multipurpose gathering space; several organizational offices; and student lounges. The Center is also open to New Haven Latinos and community-based ESL programs for non-English speakers.
Address: 301 Crown St., New Haven, CT 06511