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New Haven, Connecticut's second largest city is a seaport steeped in a rich history. The city is best known for the learned halls and colleges of the prestigious Yale University campus. The university's three-century old campus is a cultural hub complete with elegant Victorian and Gothic-style buildings, an art gallery filled with an astonishing collection of masterpieces, and a great natural history museum and a rare book library filled with treasures like one of the only surviving Gutenberg bibles. A short way away, the main street, just off the quiet New Haven Green, is full of charming eateries and cozy New England boutiques. Some of the best pizza in the world is rumored to be found here and the dining scene is eclectic and fun. All in all, New Haven is a city that though a little rough around the edges, has plenty to offer those willing to dig a little deeper.
The New Haven Town Green is one of New England's oldest, completed in 1638. Portions of the Green were used as a cemetery until the 1820s when the headstones were moved to the new Grove Street Cemetery. The 16-acre public park is a popular site for concerts and picnics, and an overall excellent gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The Green is also the location of an Amistad memorial. Along the Green there are three churches built in the 1810s: Center Church, United Church and Trinity Church.
Officially known as the United Congregational Church, the northernmost church on the Green is a perfect example of Federalist architecture. The steeple on this building has served as a template for church steeples all over the country. Although admission is only permitted for those who have been permitted a privately guided tour, it is almost enough to enjoy the grace and beauty of this structure from without. Call and ask for a tour or just stroll the Green and enjoy the view.
This 14-foot, three sided bronze relief was erected in 1992 to commemorate the the captives of the Amistad and their incredible story. The sculpture stands on the site of the former jail in which they were imprisoned, and depicts Senghe Pieh (better known as Joseph Cinque), the leader of the revolt that started their amazing journey. The three sides of the relief depict the three parts of his story, from before his capture, to his trial, and finally home again.
This formidable structure on the New Haven Green was designed in 1908 by architect Cass Gilbert to blend in with the churches on the green. The handsome facade with its soaring columns and enormous windows bestows upon the visitor a gracious place to read and research. Gilbert is one of the most famous architects of the early 20th-century United States. Perhaps his best-known work is the Woolworth Building in New York City.
One of the most renowned institutions of higher learning in the world, the Yale University has been in New Haven since 1718, while its collegiate school had already been established by 1701. Since inception, its campus has been a dream revered by many aspiring learners, and it continues to shine on the educational horizons of ambitious students across the world. A distinguished embodiment of academic prowess, the Ivy League institution has produced more than 50 Nobel laureates over the centuries. . Many notable people call Yale their Alma Mater, including William Howard Taft, Bill Clinton, and Meryl Streep. On campus, one can effortlessly spot many famous sights such as the prestigious Yale Center for British Art, the Beinecke Rare Book Library, the Collection of Musical Instruments, and the Old Campus that allures students and visitors, alike. The university is home to the illustrious multiple championship-winning NCAA Division I Yale Bulldogs athletic team.
Culture abounds on quiet Audubon Street. There are galleries (Artspace, Small Space Gallery), performance spaces (The Arts Hall), arts organizations (City Spirit Artists, the New Haven Ballet), a host of art schools (the Neighborhood Music School, the Educational Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Workshop), and even the annual Audubon Arts on the Edge Festival. Shops and restaurants have also begun moving into the neighborhood. Ongoing activities are listed in the Arts Council Calendar, available free at the Arts Council office at 70 Audubon St across from Leeney Plaza.
Famously known as the "most beautiful street in America," the Hillhouse Avenue Historic District is a site that spreads over 18 acres of land. With several traditional homes located here dating to the 19th-century, the site also features homes of some renowned people. The site is worth a visit to watch the beautiful elite constructions of New Haven.