New In New Haven

PHOTOBLOG: First few weeks in New Haven

May 31, 2010

WARM WELCOME: Welcome Street, Fair Haven Heights

Claire's Corner Copia: Downtown's sweetest vegan spot. Thanks for lunch, Ed.

Sally's: Dropped out of line after half hour wait..couldn't miss LOST finale.

THE BEACON: Lighthouse Point

Nothing special. Something about checkered floors and chucks makes me want to take pictures. That's all.

Oh, and hi. I'm Chris. Need a kayak here @ West Haven Boat Ramp.


My first New Haven pizza: Modern Apizza

May 20, 2010

Your pizza ain't burnt. That'sa tha'way New Haven does apizza.

Not unlike Philly and it’s trademark cheese steaks; I learned pretty quickly that New Haven has no shortage of places for their trademark “apizza.”

Just about everyone here in New Haven has a different joint to point you to – but the holy trinity of legend for New Haven’s pizza scene are the originals: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster, Sally’s Apizza on Wooster, and Modern Apizza on State Street. It used to be Pepe’s vs. Sally’s… but Modern has snuck it’s way into the conversation through the years.

And apparently, choosing one or the other is like choosing good or evil. Leno or CoCo. Pepsi or Coke. The Stones or The Beatles. Sox or the Yanks. Cats or dogs… Mass. hysteria.


Vote in NH Register’s ‘Best of Elm City’

May 17, 2010

Convenient. I show up and the New Haven Register decides to hold their first “Best of” readers’ poll.

So what you waiting for? Go vote for your favorite things in the Elm City so other new to New Haven folks know where to go. Voting ends May 26, and every ballot counts – in print or online.

And for voting, you could win a “luxurious night out” on the Register, with limo service from Connecticut Limo, dinner for 2 at the winning “finest restaurant” and 2 VIP seats at Joker’s Wild Comedy Club.

365 things to do in New Haven, or where ever

May 15, 2010
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My job just got a wee easier. There are Facebook support groups for us new to New Haven folks.

Check out:

They post a new thing to do every day. Heck, you don’t even have to be new. Surely they’ll post a few gems that have gone under you old grunts’ radar.

But even if you don’t give a hoot about New Haven (how dare you); they cover more than 200 other major cities.

What you waiting for? Go do something.

Glad to be here.

May 15, 2010
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Fort Hale Fishing Pier, New Haven

What’s the best haven in New Haven?

May 14, 2010

Where's your fav. Haven?

First things first. Gotta find a place to hang your hat before you can even think about where you’re wearing it out to. So tell me, New Haven aficionados, what’s the best place to live here in New Haven?

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a loaded question. The best places to live in the region may not be at all financially obtainable; certainly not for a scrappy little punk like me. But that doesn’t bar the possibility that we can find a cheap garage loft that some wealthy McMansion family might be willing to rent out for cheap to a college kid who’s willing to do some indentured landscaping.

So instead, how about the New Havenites sound off in the comments about where they have lived in the area. What made it so special, and what nagging little aches about it had you counting down the days till your lease was up?

For a person like me (mid-twenty something moving to the area for full time work), a town house apartment in Fair Haven Heights is the place I was looking to get started.

Read on for more about my new haven in Fair Haven Heights. (more…)

I’m new here.

May 12, 2010
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Hi, I’m the new guy in New England.

I transplanted from Middle of Nowhere, PA to work for the New Haven Register. And I am already brimmed with questions about my new humble abode.

Like, what has to be the first place I duck into for a brew downtown? And why do you people call this place Elm City when it already has a perfectly good name like New Haven? (Is Elm only a small area of New Haven? Or is it a hip pseudo name thing that only you chic scenesters call it? What gives?) And why does parking downtown cost what I’d pay for a small household pet?

And why does Orange have the coolest town slogan I’ve ever heard – “Orange has appeal”?

But, I’d like to get my introduction out of the way before I get all ranty, ravey, and informed. So let me take a step back to talk about the fabric this blog is really meant to weave.

Through New In New Haven, I hope to foster an engaging forum where we all can learn, explore and share the experience of getting to know you, New Haven. I’m certainly not the first, nor the last pilgrim to end up clueless in these waters. So my hope is that this blog becomes something of a resource for any and all who are, and will be, new to New Haven.

How do we get there? Tell me what I can’t find out via Wikipedia or a tour guide. Steer me to your favorite corner little coffee shops and eateries that nobody knows about, and the must-hear local musicians that aren’t getting due recognition. (I’m a total music dweeb.) What’s the best (see also: cheapest) place to peruse used CD’s and vinyl? What adventurous things can we do around here? Kayaking? Hiking? Cliff-jumping? Blind-folded fencing? Sweet, serene places to go for a morning jog? Local celebrities? Faux-pas? All that.

Not asking you to sound off on this first post, we’ll get to all those topics in due time.

What I’m saying is, show me your undergound. Show me New Haven’s gold and diamonds. Share your treasures. (more…)

    Who’s the new guy?

    Chris March, a twenty-something music geek packed up his things and moved to New Haven, Ct from suburban Pa to join the online team at the New Haven Register.

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