Welcome to New Haven
New Haven is a mid-sized city, but its distinguished reputation
is well-known across the country. For Americans, 'New Haven'
connotes intellectual brilliance, colonial tradition and,
sometimes, controversy. It is the home of prestigious Yale
University, the charter for which was granted in 1701. Since then,
relations between the 'town and gown' have alternated between
cooperation and confrontation, though over the past few years, a
mutual recognition of interdependence and potential has been
growing. In fact, the revitalization of downtown New Haven owes its
success to the initiatives of both the local government as well as
Yale's own property management program.
Today, New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut, but
it remains steeped in history and elegance. It has more National
Historic Landmarks than anywhere else in Connecticut. Walking along
tree-lined Wooster Square, historic New Haven Green and the many
leafy downtown streets, it is easy to understand how the 'Elm City'
got its nickname. After visitors have taken in the beautiful vista
of Long Island Sound and enjoyed hiking, biking and canoeing in the
public parklands surrounding the city, New Haven's abundance of
theatres, museums, music venues, restaurants, shops and nightlife
options await. The Chapel Street Historic District buzzes with
galleries, boutiques and bistros, and the newly redeveloped
Broadway area is a shopper's heaven. The Shubert, Long Wharf and
Yale Repertory Theaters are renowned for groundbreaking
performances, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the fourth
oldest in the country.
No visit to New Haven would be complete, however, without taking
part in what, for many, is its most enjoyable tradition. New Haven
is the birthplace of the American pizza. Age-old contenders Sally's
and Pepe's pizzerias, each with an army of fiercely loyal New
Havenites, have been battling for the 'best pie' title for more
than 60 years.
Information & Facts
New Haven has four distinct seasons. New Haven's situation on
Long Island Sound means that winters are milder with less snow
accumulation than inland, and summers are typically warm and humid.
The coldest month is January with temperatures of around 35°F (2°C)
and summers averaging 77°F (25°C).
Exploring New Haven by foot is enjoyable, particularly in the
area surrounding the university. Various walking tours start from
the Yale Visitor Center. The downtown area is serviced by a free
electric trolley system, operating Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm,
every 15 minutes. CTTRANSIT bus service is also available. The city
has been working to make parking more convenient; there are various
off-street lots and garages, and the new Parcxmart card can be used
to pay for metered on-street parking.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.