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New Haven Green, New Haven
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The New Haven Green is a 16acre privately owned park and recreation area located in the downtown district of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. It comprises the central square of the nine-square settlement plan of the original Puritan colonists in New Haven, and was designed and surveyed by colonist John Brockett. Today the Green is bordered by the modern paved roads of College, Chapel, Church, and Elm streets. Temple Street bisects the Green into upper (northwest) and lower (southeast) halves. The green is host to numerous public events, such as the Festival of Arts and Ideas and New Haven Jazz Festival, summer jazz and classical music concerts that can draw hundreds of thousands of people, as well as typical daily park activities. The New Haven Green Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark District for the architectural significance of the three 19th-century churches located there.HistoryThe Green is a traditional town green (common) and was originally known as "the marketplace". It was completed in 1638. The Puritans were said to have designed the green large enough to hold the number of people who they believed would be spared in the Second Coming of Christ: 144,000.In its early years, the Green held a watch house, a prison and a school. The upper Green also once held the First Methodist Church. The church was removed from the Green in 1848 with a new church built across Elm Street (designed by Henry Austin). The Green also held a succession of statehouses, dating from the time when New Haven was joint capital of Connecticut with Hartford. The most recent state house was erected in 1837, designed by Ithiel Town in a Greek Revival style. Ultimately, Hartford was declared the sole capital and the building was demolished in 1889.
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  • Great place to relax and enjoy the view. During the warmer weather there are many fairs and musicians performing. It is a great place to picnic with the family. 
  • The green is lovely, especially during the day. Three churches are directly on the green, and it is a good stop to pick up the local bus. During the year, various festivals are held on the green and i...  more »
  • After some improvement has taken a slide again with public drinking, peeing and panhandling. New Haven now replacing police chief so we hope for better days with no vagrants to annoy people who viisit...  more »
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  • I like walking around the park, catching pokemon or just relaxing in the shade. This isnt the safest place at night, so be warned.
  • They often have lots of great free music events in the green during summer. It's a nice place to hang out for locals and travelers alike.
  • Just a hang-out. I hate waiting for the bus here.
  • Really lovely here. Christmas tree looks spectacular at night. My sister got engaged here.
  • A gem of one of the original public spaces in Colonial America, the New Haven Green was originally 9 blocks, dedicated as a public pasture for sheep and goats and as home to the three churches of the initial protestant sects who established New Haven. It is surrounded on two sides by Yale University. On April 24, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT, held a political rally in the days before the Connecticut Democratic primary.