Downtown New Haven

Downtown New Haven

Coordinates: 41°18′25″N 72°55′37″W / 41.307°N 72.927°W / 41.307; -72.927

The historic New Haven Green is the central square of the city's plan, created in 1638. The Green remains preserved today as the heart of the first planned city in America, and the downtown gracefully wraps around it.

Downtown New Haven is the neighborhood located in the heart of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. It is made up of the original nine squares laid out in 1638 to form New Haven, including the New Haven Green, and the immediate surrounding central business district, as well as a significant portion of the Yale University campus. The area includes many restaurants, cafes, theaters and stores. Downtown is bordered by Wooster Square to the east, Long Wharf to the southeast, the Hill neighborhood to the south, the Dwight neighborhood to the west, the Dixwell neighborhood to the northwest, the Prospect Hill area to the north, and East Rock to the northeast.

Downtown New Haven is one of the most residential downtown areas in the United States, with nearly 7,000 inhabitants.[1] The expansion of housing options in recent years has helped support downtown businesses and has brought about a surge in economic activity.[2] Secondary streets and areas at the periphery of the neighborhood that once contained vacant storefronts are now almost entirely leased to restaurants and retailers, and the office vacancy rate has seen a drastic improvement as well.


Notable sites

Notable sites of the past

  • Chapel Square Mall (1967–2002). Now converted to luxury apartments; the first indoor shopping mall in the country to be converted as such.
  • College Street Cinema
  • College (Hyperion) Theater (1880–1998)
  • The Edw. Malley Co. (1852–1982). Demolished in 1997 and scheduled for replacement by Gateway Community College.
  • Kresge's. Converted into a parking garage.
  • Macy's. Demolished in 2007. Scheduled for replacement by Gateway Community College.
  • New Haven Arena (1914–1924, 1926-1972?)
  • New Haven Coliseum (1972–2007). Razed and filled with a parking lot.
  • Shartenberg's Department Store (1915–1962). Razed in 1964 as part of Mayor Richard C. Lee's redevelopment plans. For many years a parking lot, the site has been replaced by 360 State Street, a mixed-use development of high-rise condominiums, offices and apartments.
  • York Square Cinema (1970–2005)

See also


  1. ^ New Haven Comprehensive Plan
  2. ^ Living In: Downtown New Haven; An Infusion of Energy in Yale's Backyard, Eleanor Charles, The New York Times, April 3, 2005

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