Wednesday, August 19, 2015

La Passeggiata: Wooster Square's Walk of Wonder

Happy 150th Blossom Blog Post!

Walk to Remember




From this simplest ideas, comes some of the best innovation. That is why, here in Wooster Square, we take pride in being an actual Neighborhood. A place where your neighbors have your keys, play with your children and mingle socially. 

Wooster Square's a place that if you stick around long enough, you become part of it's Wonderful World. However, if you are one of the lucky one's who in their lives passed through here, (Meryl Streep, Gary Trudeau...), Wooster Square never leaves you. Wooster Street may be a one way street, but we welcome all for the first time or welcome back.

You can always come home to Wooster Square. You'll see the same lines at Sally's and Pepe's, families spilled out onto Wooster Street eating slices of pizza and italian ices from Libby's. Looking carefully at the license plates you see practically all 50 states. People love New Haven Style Pie!

There's nothing like summer in Wooster Square. Everyone moves a little slower, a lull before going back to work and the academic year begins. Once the hot sun sets, the sea breeze kicks in giving cooling relief. 

Time to walk off some of that pizza and Pasta!

La Passeggiata

Stairway to Heaven


In Italy, there is a tradition of getting up from the supper table and moving around. People walk the streets, waving to neighbors and taking in the sights.

Walking around Wooster Square, one can just be transported to the Amalfi Coast, where most Wooster Squarians came from in Italy.....


Not Amalfi, but Trevi with black celery festival
and an olive oil museum.

After your trip to one of Wooster Streets many fine
establishments, take the time to walk over
to the park. Some like to criss cross, some like to circle. Then there's the circlers on the inside of the fence and the circlers on the outside of the fence.

No matter which side of the fence you are on, La Passeggiata is a walk of talk and digestion. Step away from your devices, hold hands and take a stroll through history.

History Loves Company



Wrath of Grapes






Roman Arch

Ouch

Orvieto

Window lickin good!

Lot's of hills.

Three coins in a fountain!
(it was a movie)
((Trevi Fountain))

After you walk around the Square, you might feel as if you have left all your troubles behind. Everyday's a Holiday in the 
Wonderful World 
of Historic Wooster Square!

Coming up next!

World Class Tennis!

Right here in Wooster Square*
*New Haven

The Connecticut Open
starts this weekend,
August 22-29!

Cheryl and I will be
there all week!

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the latest Wooster Square
and beyond news!

Thanks for 150 posts! 

The Wooster Square Blossom Blog,
the World's First Photoblogumentary!

See You at the Tennis 

or 

See You Round the Square!

Petra Kvitiva
shows her championship form!








Sunday, August 2, 2015

Shut the Front Door! The Wooster Square Blossom Blog is moving?!?!

Never fear our foison fervent fanatical 

fellow fine fascinating 

flower & fauna following friends, 

The Wooster Square Blossom Blog is moving to 

Wooster Street!

These last few days have been so hot that while walking the dogs, the fire hydrants chased them! Squirrels are putting their nuts in the freezer! Here in the Wonderful World of Famous, Historic Wooster Square, we are slightly lucky. We are only a few blocks from New Haven Harbor. 

In fact, Water Street, just South of Wooster Street was a bustling waterfront with some of the Neighborhood residents having homes and businesses. One enterprising shipping merchant Benedict Arnold lived here in Wooster Square.
(He would have been better off staying in Wooster Square, 'cept all these tariffs brought him out as a revolutionary. Then, only thinking they would lose the war, switched sides.)


So we enjoy the coolest off breezes off the Sound. However, this afternoon's low tide smelled so bad because of the stifling heat. The yin and yang. 
The ebb and flow of the tide. Wooster Square is part of this shoreline community. The walk to the end of New Haven Pier from Wooster Square is one mile.




In a short walk you can be along the water, and see one of the major stopping points for all types of birds that migrate. Common Terns, Least Sandpipers, Osprey, Great and snowy egrets, steps from the Wonderful World of Historic Wooster Square, and the best Pizza in the USA...and all that with Cherry Blossoms on top! 

New Haven's Finest with latest toy,
a boat with a giant squirt gun!
The Fire man took off on the hottest day.


I still have the immense responsibility bestowed to me by the Historic Wooster Square Association.
And that is documenting, photographing, and most 
importantly, predicting when our Superb Salient
Sakura Square of Sensational Blossoms bloom with an amazing 5 years running 100% accuracy*
*I take pictures everyday so you won't ever miss 
Peak Poppage if that is on your bucket list!

So, before we can get to the scheduled post, La Passeggiata, from Wooster Street next...

A few pictures from the past couple of weeks. I spent some time on tiny Clam Island shooting all types of seabirds that you can only see right here in Connecticut (or the east coastline). 
Also, some from a bike ride to Lighthouse Point, Fort Nathan Hale and East Shore Park.


Italian's Fete a fantastic feast!


Nifty New Havener


New Haven is the busiest port between New York
and Boston. A neighbor and Wooster Squarian
runs the authority for the port.



Sing it Baby!
Song sparrow sings 
That's Amore!


Learning to just be(e) in Wooster Square
makes masses more meaningful mindfulness, man.


Butterfly Garden, Lighthouse Point


Ditto


The smallest Tern, the Least with a major minnow!


Hungry tots!


More Minnows! 

Of course, cherry blossoms are gone, but 
check out these at the Butterfly Garden
(should call it a bee garden!)


Beach Plum Brings Bees Busily Buzzing


Future Butterfly Food


Tiny Treat


Pink Nation!


Susan soak sun


Bee Happy, buzz on over to Wooster Square


Pardee-Morris Seawall, with a Coast
Guard ship anchored off the Base.

A shot of the boat from the remnants
of Fort Nathan Hale. A National Historic Site


Apparently they were putting out new "cans"
(Buoys) 


Least Terns, the tiniest shorebird in
East Shore Park


Skittish little ones!


Least Tern Love


Double Crested Cormorants Cruising


We are moving the Blossom Blog headquarters and reporting directly from Wooster Street! 

For more photos of the Clam Island birds,
click on and follow 
Bart and Cheryl's Urban Birding Blog
for that next post!!

Click the link on the right.

Don't forget that the Connecticut Open is weeks
away, World Class Tennis right here in New Haven!

And the Wooster Square Blossom Blog will
be there to document every great shot!

Enjoy the warm weather!

See you on Wooster Street 
or as usual,

See You Round the Square!!












Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wooster Square Blossom Blogs Two II! Oak Park and Chicago Illinois!

Summer Settling in Swimmingly, 

in our Significant 

Celebrated Special Sakura Square!


Summer. The City. It's summer in the City! One could argue, that summer in New Haven is one of the best times to visit. For one thing, every museum at Yale is Free. That's as in nothing. 10 in your party? Not a problem, we will give you a free docent to show you around. All this history, architecture and the best pizza in the USA? Take that with a slice of pepperoni New York and Boston! 

Want to experience the great outdoors? Head to Light House Point, do some swimming, birding, picnicking, boating and even carousel riding. Or drive, ride your bike, or hike up to East Rock Park and revel in looking over what has now been coined, #gscia
Greatest Small City in America. Wow. All that and Wooster Square too. It's enough to take one's breath away. Like your first real New Haven Pie. First you feast with your eyes then experience each bite, tasting all the brick oven fired perfect pizza pie's fresh ingredients. 

MMMM I can just smell the pizza. (Note: in Wooster Square, you ALWAYS smell pizza. If one has an aversion to people drooling waiting in line, or love pizza so much that just smelling the number 1 style pizza in the country, then you may well be driven mad. It's sad but true. Some people can't handle the olfactory ovation, others give in and have pizza a few times a week. In fact, I read that 25% of americans eat pizza every single day.

Now that's will power.

Another reason to visit is that believe it or not, now that the Arts and Ideas Festival ended, many residents flee! July and August take on a slower pace, and it's pleasant walking New Haven on a summer evening, then getting a cannoli or Italian Ice near home. So head over to the Wonderful World of Historic Wooster Square for a genuine, 100 % authentic, New Haven Style Apizza. 


Or grab the whole kitten caboodle, blanket, picnic basket, beverages and have the fastest person go get the pie and bring it back piping hot! 

Last post, the Blossom Blog went to Milwaukee Wisconsin for a little family rendezvous. But for two nights we ventured to Oak Park Illinois, home of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright! Then the second night we saw the Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Next post will be an informative lesson in the art of Italian digestion. There's an after dinner walk that is more than exercise, it's an event. And the Wooster Square Blossom Blog will show you how to have a real Italian experience, here in Little Italy, Wooster Square. 

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We decided on Oak Park as it is on the Green Line to the White Sox Ballpark, and of course to see 
some of America's best designed homes.

 His home and office

All within walking distance in Oak Park

  A Wright home

and another

pretty nice but their deep dish pizza?!?
New Haven dominates the top 100
(sorry Chicago)

Tour is about to start

Intricate detail

The Front of Frank Lloyd Wright's home/studio

Family Portrait

Lots of windows

intricate designs

"Chicago Brick"

Fireplace sitting room


Ceiling light

ET, Phone home!

More stained glass

Wright designed planters

Soaring Ceilings

It's off to Cellular Field!

Baseball and Chicago Dogs!



Take me out to the ballgame!
US Cellular Field

Slugger Frank Thomas

They were celebrating the 10th anniversary of
the White Sox 2005 Championship year.


It's in all the White Sox players contracts
to play at least one instrument and to
perform before the start of the game.

Game day!

Cheryl's favorite Pirate

Comiskey, one of baseball's pioneers

View on the way to seats

Air conditioned too.


Thanks Chicago!

Back home safe and sound in Wooster Square.
I will be scouring the internet for all things
Wooster Square, New Haven and of course, 
Pizza, photos and more!  

From the World's first Photoblogumentary
on Historic, World Famous Wooster Square!

Next up: La Passeggiata!

See You Round the Square!