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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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  • New Haven used to be all class....a model city. The Green retains a lot of this character, but like the city, she's old and worn out. Flanked by Yale University some columned government buildings and ...  more »
  • The New Haven Green is the center of downtown New Haven, surrounded by government buildings (City Hall, Main Library, Courthouse), commercial enterprises (banks and shops) and Yale University. It is w...  more »
  • A good place to rest and recollect the day's happenings. A green lung in the midst of lovely old buildings.  more »
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  • The green itself is nice. It's big, has benches, a water fountain. During the spring & summer they have all sorts of events on the green. It's a good place to socialize or plan a night out at. However during the day there are a lot "different" types of people around that can sometimes discourage people from visiting.
  • Very historic. Good place to bring the kids for activities , no matter what season. If you love the sound of church bells , you're gonna love the New Haven Green!!! There's 3 historic churches across the street. There's something to do on all four sides , and plenty of parking...FREE after 5pm!!
  • The very first day I visited this park, my friend asked me to wait for her while she get her hair done. I was here for over 2hrs and I didn’t have a clue how time flew because of the serenity and tranquility of this place. You’ll have a first hand feel of nature here.
  • Clean and we'll situated. Many places to eat within steps. Retail stores available and of good quality. I enjoy having my lunch by the fountain. The city provides tables and chairs. Nice inner city spot.
  • Open well maintained and safe enough; buses and library for activities are close. GOOD PLACE.

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