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East Rock is trendy, social, and educated, but can also be a down-to-earth gathering place for private moments and emotional memories.
From lively café table debates to happy-hour politics, East Rock is the textbook neighborhood for anyone seeking intellectual stimulation. Affectionately referred to as the “Grad Ghetto,” East Rock attracts a large number of students, researchers, and other Yale professionals with its tree lined streets and trendy sidewalk cafes.
The backbone of the neighborhood, Orange Street is home to a variety of indoor and outdoor dining, from traditional American and Italian fare to creative fusion dishes. With its wide bike lanes shaded by old-growth trees, Orange Street is a popular destination for pedestrians and cyclists from across the neighborhood and from all over New Haven.
Lush old-growth trees create shady canopies throughout East Rock and provide a sense of privacy and seclusion from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Living in East Rock, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the office is only a few minutes away from home, or that there’s a looming traffic jam right around the corner.
East Rock is trendy, social, and educated, but can also be a down-to-earth gathering place for private moments and emotional memories. Yale might be the heart of New Haven, but East Rock residents breathe life into the city each morning.
One of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods, East Rock is a collection of well-manicured and stately homes and apartments where families are a rarity. East Rock is close to downtown, commuter rail, and even closer to Yale, making it prime New Haven real estate. On top of that, it’s a beautifully laid out and well-preserved neighborhood.
New York City ex-pats are discovering East Rock as an affordable and enticing alternative to their borough neighborhoods. More than two-thirds of East Rock residents are young professionals without children, searching for a neighborhood with charm and accessibility. Still in school or waiting for the right opening in their career path, a majority of them rent.
East Rock’s well-educated and trendy crowd is reflected in rental and real estate prices. Many apartments are stylish and modern, while retaining the charm of 20th century architecture that is prevalent throughout East Rock. A moderate commute to New York City makes monthly rentals between $1,500 and $2,000 highly desirable and very affordable in contrast to their Big Apple competition.
While real estate values and prices for East Rock are some of the highest in New Haven, purchasing a home here is a good value and smart investment. Many of the neighborhood’s homes are highly sought after properties and 75% of them are valued at $300,000 or more. As a rule, the closer to Yale a property is, the higher the price may be.
Yale Peabody Museum Full of dinosaurs, rocks, and lifelike dioramas of native Connecticut wildlife, the Peabody is a kid’s dream. Plan to spend a full day exploring every floor. 180 Whitney Avenue (203) 432-5050 peabody.yale.edu
New Haven Free Public Library The Ives Main Library is a brusque walk or casual bike ride from East Rock. Built in 1911, the library is a cornerstone of the New Haven Green and holds over 400,000 volumes. 133 Elm Street (203) 946-8130 nhfpl.org
Farmington Canal Greenway Bike from East Rock to the south end of the greenway at Temple Street. Pack a picnic lunch and ride the nearly continuous 84 miles through picturesque central Connecticut towns and hills to Northampton, Massachusetts. farmingtoncanal.org.
*MUST DO IT!* East Rock Park Look for artwork by the mysterious artist Zoe pinned to the trees around the park. When you see one you like, help yourself and check to see if Zoe is watching from the woods. Follow the winding road to East Rock summit. On a clear day, the view of downtown New Haven is stunningly close — as if you can reach out and touch the buildings — and Long Island Sound fills the horizon. Snap a few selfies and climb the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for an even more dramatic panorama of the New Haven area basin. Orange and Cold Spring Streets (203)946-6086 newhavenct.gov
Eli Whitney Museum This museum is a great place to bring the kids on a rainy day. There is nothing better than hands on fun for creative learning. Make a donation and don’t miss the water-learning lab. 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (203) 777-1833 eliwhitney.org
Caffé Bravo What began as a small Italian market has grown to one of New Haven’s best-known dining establishments. Pair a crisp white or zesty red wine with homemade gnocchi, scrod Calabrese, or vitello Milanese and relax while dining and people watching on Orange Street. 794 Orange Street (203) 772-2728 caffebravo.com
Archie Moore’s Bar & Restaurant A family friendly neighborhood watering hole, Archie Moore’s offers a variety of comfort food including grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches. Try the Super with four cheeses or grab a two-fisted cracked peppercorn burger flamed in bourbon. 188 ½ Willow Street (203) 773-9870 archiemoores.com
Mezcal Serving up classic familiar Mexican cuisine, Mezcal is a lively spot for the hip and hungry East Rock crowd. 14 Mechanic Street (203) 782-4828
One 6 Three For anyone who thinks pizza is boring, it’s time for a visit to one of New Haven’s newest pizza joints where bacon is abundant and creativity sells pies. Order The King — topped with peanut butter sauce, bacon, and cranberry jam — and you’ll never eat plain pizza again. 163 Foster Street (203) 775-5141 one6threect.com
Cave à Vin Forget the cliché beer flight. Order a signature cheese board and then sample any three wines on the menu with a wine flight at this cozy nightspot. 975 State Street (203) 777-6206 caveavinwinebar.com
Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro If every cheese has a story, then this French-accented cheese shop and bistro is the publisher. Pick up artisan cheeses, olives, and local farmstead foods and host a stunning dinner party, or try one of the bistro’s small-plate specials. Better yet, do both and be the happiest host in East Rock. 93 Whitney Avenue (203) 624-3373 caseusnewhaven.com
Nica’s Market Shop at Nica’s and be transported into an old-world European village. Stop by the deli where Nica’s chefs prepare mouthwatering selections every day. Sample cheeses and the best imported meats from around the world as you negotiate the crowded aisles full of tempting ingredients and gourmet treats. 603 Orange Street (203) 787-5919 nicasmarket.com
Swords into Plowshares Honey & Candles Producing some of Connecticut’s best wildflower honey, Swords into Plowshares has been selling natural sweetness and lighting the night with natural beeswax candles for over 20 years. 178 Nicholl Street (203) 787-0494
New Haven Museum Preserving New Haven’s history for almost 400 years, the museum presents a panorama of the city’s past through fine and decorative arts, photographs, and technology. 114 Whitney Avenue (203) 562-4183 newhavenmuseum.org
St. John’s Episcopal Church Built in 1895, this English Gothic style structure features an imposing bell tower and rich earth-toned stone construction. 400 Humphrey Street (203) 562-1487 stjohnsnewhaven.org