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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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  • August 6, 2017
    Located in the middle of Down Town New Haven, this public park is home to different activities and concerts all year long, but especially during Summer time. You will find a few homeless people hangin...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    A beautiful park which requires one to navigate between the junkies and the beggars. A true view of the extreme cultural divide which New Haven offers.  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    A time, that is, before it was overrun by (borrowing from The Standell's) lovers, muggers and thieves and trash thrown indiscriminately everywhere. General statement about New Haven's CBD, it's filthy...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    The New Haven green is surrounded by lots of businesses, upbeat. In the summer it's nice to see diversity and groups of people and. Attractions. Music events, art events, library events. The only down fall is seeing homeless people, this is their home down there. It's heart breaking. In a sense it's nice when new haven can come together for events but seeing the homeless all around is discouraging wish there was more as a community we can do to help them. Or have an event to help them.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great place to sit down at the number of benches or tables they put out during the summer and eat my ice cream. Have had some interesting conversations with people just by sitting on a bench here. If you in new haven looking to wast time the green is something to check out,
  • June 24, 2017
    Large public space for all. Mature trees. Accessible by public transportation. When it hosts events, parking is scant.
  • June 3, 2017
    Very short tour of Yale , it was nice lots of History . Beautiful Landscape/Cityscape . I would love to go back and spend a Day doing Sketches....
  • June 9, 2017
    I was literally offered drugs. A random dude made a joke because I was in my work gear ( dunkin donuts )he said - " The world runs on dunkin, hell I say the world runs on cocaine!" I tried to walk away and he followed me and I asked me if I wanted to go party with him he was hella creepy and when the bus I was waiting for finally came and I went to get on he started yelling at me! No one did anything about it and plenty on people noticed he was bothering me. Also I was asked for money by like 3 different people. The green is a terrible place. The police need to clean it up.

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