It's a banner day for New Haven notables on upper Chapel Street
NEW HAVEN — In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been asking you who you think are the most prominent 200 people from Greater New Haven over the last two centuries. The project is part of the Register’s ongoing 200th-anniversary celebration, which will hit its peak in December.
We’ve gotten some great names: Artie Shaw, the band leader, Robert Moses, who transformed the New York cityscape, Emma Ruff, New Haven’s first black high school teacher. Keep those names coming!
|Actor Paul Giamatti, born in New Haven, on Chapel Street.|
(Photos by Mara Lavitt, New Haven Register)
The banners include actors Paul Giamatti and Patricia Smith (who were born here) and Meryl Streep (who first starred at Yale), boxer Chad Dawson and Red Sox player Craig Breslow (in an Oakland A’s uniform, two teams ago), Rev. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, civil rights activist Adam Clayton Powell and others. They are the product of the Chapel West Special Services District.
|Albie Booth and Walter Camp on Chapel Street.|
The criteria to be included: “They should be born in New Haven or at least developed their career in New Haven. There’s only like one or two that were not born in New Haven … but the Yale connection goes a long way.”
|Eli Whitney and James Hillhouse on Park Street.|
They’re among the projects the district undertakes to increase the area’s quality of life. “We do what the city doesn’t have time to do or can’t get to,” he said.
It’s great that we’re not the only ones who want to celebrate people from New Haven. And we’re still interested in your nominations. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 203-789-5743.