Thanksgiving for the 1639 Puritan founders of New Haven’s first church, Center Church on the Green, wasn’t about turkeys. It was all about prayer, humility, and expressing gratitude, no frills attached.
As I followed a dotted line of orange tape into an old bathroom at New Haven’s Goffe Street Armory, Martial Chazallon’s voice flowed from a pair of earbuds into my ears, directing me to sit in a plush armchair and start to relax.
Sit down, he urged, the command softened in the thick webbing of his French accent. Place your hands on your knees. Back straight against your chair. Feet flat on the floor. Are you feeling the solidness of that floor through your shoes, your socks? Listen to your breath. Listen to the building.
Huge yellow cranes hover above almost five acres of rigorously scheduled construction. The end goal: Two dormitories to house 800 new bodies and their ancillary social, educational, and gastronomic activities.
The last of the old Ninth Square merchants, ACME Furniture, is in the process of closing to make way for new apartments — while a third-generation member of the family is scurrying to preserve much of the New Haven history inside the building.
The Yale Building Project has a relatively new name: The Jim Vlock First Year Building Project. Don’t let the new branding fool you: not too much has changed about it, except a widening and progressively hyperlocal focus. And that’s a good thing.
Set to reopen to the public Sept. 6, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, built not only to house books but to glory in their beauty and physical presence, is at a crossroads. Will the stacks, designed as a celebratory exhibit in a glass inner cube for all who enter, take on a different life in an increasingly digital age?
On March 31, an issue was opened on the web-based platform for reporting non-emergency issues in New Haven, SeeClickFix, in response to a point made on a WNHH Radio show by Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent, about the city’s community policing district substations looking “more like fortresses than something inviting.” Within a couple of weeks, the issue garnered over 20 comments and nearly as many supporting votes to address the perception that the buildings are uninviting to the public.