New Glaven: 12 Nerdy Facts About Connecticut’s Nerdiest City
1. In 1638 New Haven (arguably) becomes the first planned city in America.
2. New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport and the sixth-largest in New England with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 129,779 people.
3. New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans, and a year later eight streets were laid out in a four-by-four grid, creating what is now commonly known as the “Nine Square Plan”, now recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a National Planning Landmark. The central common block is now known as New Haven Green.
4. New Haven is the home of the Ivy League school Yale University.
5. New Haven had the first public tree planting program in America, producing a canopy of mature trees (including some large elms) that gave New Haven the nickname “The Elm City”
6. New Haven is the birthplace of former president George W. Bush, who was born when his father, former president George H. W. Bush, was living in New Haven while a student at Yale.
7. New Haven is a notable center for higher education. In addition to Yale University, New Haven is also home to Southern Connecticut State University, part of the Connecticut State University System, and Albertus Magnus College, a private institution.
- Connecticut Financial Center 383 ft (117 m) 26 floors
- 360 State Street 338 ft (103 m) 32 floors
- Knights of Columbus Building 321 ft (98 m) 23 floors
- Kline Biology Tower 250 ft (76 m) 16 floors
- Crown Towers 233 ft (71 m) 22 floors
9. There are 56 Zagat-rated restaurants in New Haven, the most in Connecticut and the third most in New England (after Boston and Cambridge).
10. New Haven is the home port of a life-size replica of the historical Freedom Schooner Amistad, which is open for tours at Long Wharf pier at certain times during the summer.
11. The Erector Set, the popular and culturally important construction toy, is invented in New Haven by A.C. Gilbert.
12. the Frisbee is said to have originated on the Yale campus, based on the tin pans of the Frisbie Pie Company which were tossed around by students on the New Haven Green