Sad Coliseum saga exemplifies city’s shift to arts

September 27, 2002
New Haven may be known as the Elm City, but it could also be known as the Sports City. According to legend, the game of Frisbee began when Yale students tossed empty Frisbie Pie Company plates on the New Haven Green. And in 1879, Walter Camp 1878, then Yale’s football captain, developed the modern game »

New women’s shoe store to occupy spot on Broadway

September 26, 2002
First Mexican food, and now women’s shoes. Thom Brown Inc. will occupy the vacancy at 37 Broadway between J.Crew and Alexia Crawford, Yale University Properties announced Wednesday. Thom Brown is a small shoe-store chain specializing in contemporary women’s fashion. “Broadway is where town and gown shop together,” said Bruce Alexander, the director of Yale’s office »

Burrito shop to open near Broadway

September 23, 2002
The $2 taco is finally coming to Broadway. Yale University Properties announced Sunday evening that it had signed a deal to bring MexiCali Grille to 320 Elm St., filling the vacancy next to Ivy Noodle. University Properties has spent over two years searching for a burrito shop to add to its revitalized Broadway district. The »

Mixed development slated for blighted riverfront

September 16, 2002
A shipyard soon could highlight the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. In August, the New Haven Development Commission approved the acquisition of seven properties along River Street to begin the $20 million redevelopment process of the 42-acre zone. New Haven economic development officials hope to launch an industrial park, possibly centered on a shipbuilding firm. »

Chapel Square renewal going slowly

September 12, 2002
Plans for the complete revamping of the Chapel Square Mall are proceeding — slowly. Signs in its vacant street-front windows say the mall will reopen with a new look in the spring of 2003. Area business development officials had predicted that new stores would open by New Year’s Day, but delays in evicting former tenants »

Despite bankruptcy, Tweed service constant

September 11, 2002
Air service will remain constant in New Haven for at least the remainder of 2002, according to recently released airline schedules. U.S. Airways, the sole air carrier currently servicing Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport, released its fall and winter flight schedules on Aug. 30 with service to the Elm City unchanged. New Haven airport officials had »

No rush to fill empty storefronts

September 6, 2002
The long-running transformation of Broadway is by no means complete. Ashley’s ice cream parlor is preparing to open in the former Whimsels site later this month. But three vacant storefronts owned by Yale University Properties remain on Broadway: the former Krauszer’s site, a property adjacent to Ivy Noodle, and the space between J.Crew and Alexia »

City looks to address lack of parking

September 5, 2002
With the impending demolition of the New Haven Coliseum, parking could soon become tighter downtown. The city’s plan to eliminate the Coliseum will wipe out the 2,300 parking spaces in the garage that towers above the arena. But parkers could find relief in the renovated Temple Street Garage that opens Sept. 10 and other garages »

New Haven closes Coliseum for good

September 4, 2002
One of the largest and most imposing structures in New Haven — and the site of some of its biggest entertainment events — will soon be consigned to the scrap heap. The Veterans Memorial Coliseum closed on Aug. 31 after city administrators determined that the 31-year-old facility was too expensive to keep running, costing as »

DeStefano laughs it up at Rowland commerce speech

April 26, 2002
For one day, at least, Connecticut Gov. John Rowland and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. were on the same ticket for the 2002 gubernatorial election. Yesterday morning, DeStefano announced his humorous idea for a joint ticket at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s 208th annual meeting at the Omni-New Haven Hotel at Yale. »

Little by little, a new downtown

April 25, 2002
When it first opened in 1965, the Chapel Square Mall was a small part of an urban renewal program that included large department stores such as Macy’s and Malley’s. Five years later, the arrival of the New Haven Coliseum several blocks away established New Haven as Connecticut’s premier destination for shoppers and spectators. But modern »

Some local eateries face tough times

April 22, 2002
With the recent closing of a short-lived crepe and ice cream shop, the chances for a new restaurant to make an impact in New Haven’s Broadway shopping district have grown smaller. Whimsels, a creperie formerly located at 280 York St., closed last month after profits failed to meet the owner’s expectations, manager Kenneth Bush said. »