by Allan Appel | Nov 24, 2016 10:24 am | Comments (10)
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.
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by Duo Dickinson | Oct 13, 2016 8:11 am
Religious institutions across New Haven are adding new, ADA-compliant measures for congregants with limited mobility. But it’s not as architecturally easy as one might think.
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by Lucy Gellman | Oct 6, 2016 12:08 pm | Comments (3)
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.
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by Duo Dickinson | Oct 4, 2016 8:12 pm | Comments (4)
The biggest construction project in New Haven has segued from the new Pearl Harbor Bridge to the new Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges at Yale.
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.
Continue reading ‘Irony In Yale’s New Colleges’
by Allan Appel | Sep 30, 2016 12:13 pm | Comments (2)
Not too many Elm Citizens — even the most preservation-minded — can tell you at the drop of a three-cornered hat to name the oldest surviving Federalist commercial building in the New Haven area.
One woman who can is 95-year-old Deb Townshend, Fair Haven’s most eminent historian, and the woman who three decades ago saved that very building from the wrecking ball.
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by Lucy Gellman | Sep 20, 2016 3:50 pm | Comments (33)
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.
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by Duo Dickinson | Sep 1, 2016 8:17 am | Comments (2)
Fun fact: There may be more high modern buildings per capita in New Haven that in any city in the world.
That’s right. Any city in the whole wide world.
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by Duo Dickinson | Aug 31, 2016 12:14 pm | Comments (6)
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.
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by Duo Dickinson | Aug 26, 2016 8:15 am
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?
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by Jonathan Hopkins | May 30, 2016 1:36 pm | Comments (5)
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.
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