Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #7, 31 December 2007

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the cool waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my collection of articles on coastal New England. A new article is posted here every two weeks.

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New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, founded in 1638, is located in southwestern Connecticut about 45 miles from the New York border. New Haven is located at the intersection of coastal highway Interstate 95, and Interstate 91 from the north. Here is a map of the area.

The city is the home of well known Yale University, founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School. It is the third oldest institution of higher education in the US. Visitors to New Haven should plan a visit to Yale including the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, or the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. Yale offers free guided tours at the visitor information center, located at 149 Elm Street. Tours last approximately one hour, fifteen minutes.

New Haven was the first planned city in the United States. The New Haven Green was part of the original city plan, and covers 16 acres in the center of downtown. The Green borders the eastern edge of the Yale campus, and hosts a variety of cultural, entertainment, and social events during the year.

Five Mile Point Light, New Haven, CT Dining out in New Haven presents a bit of a challenge, there are so many choices. From Italian to Greek to Turkish, New Haven boasts a wide variety of dining possibilities. Two notable dining landmarks worth mentioning can be found in Wooster Square. The first is Sally's Apizza. It is said that when Frank Sinatra was in New York, he would have his driver go to New Haven and pick up a few pizzas from Sally's. Also in the running for the best pizza in town is Frank Pepe's Pizzeria. Which do you prefer? Some research may be in order.

Getting around downtown New Haven is made easier, thanks to the free electric trolley that runs from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.

Those arriving by water, like myself, are sure to notice the Five Mile Point Light, also known as New Haven Harbor Lighthouse (see photo). It is located at the harbor entrance to Long Island Sound, five miles from Downtown New Haven.

Looking for a place to stay? While New Haven offers the usual assortment of hotels and inns, why not make your stay special? The Swan Cove Bed and Breakfast, for example, offers three accommodations plus a suite, furnished with antiques. The grounds are simply beautiful in the summer, and you will love the relaxing atmosphere.

More information on the city of New Haven may be found at and

As we begin a new year, I would like to wish everyone calm seas and warm friends.

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