Media Coverage

By David Sepulveda
June 8, 2016
New Haven Independent

Several brawls are now in progress as you read this — a biomorphic choreography of human outrage and agitation and the chaos it inspires. It’s the subject of artist Steve DiGiovanni’s paintings presently sharing space with the new work of artist Megan Craig at Audubon Street’s Silk Road Art Gallery.

By Phoebe Petrovic
April 8, 2016
New Haven Independent

Born and raised Jewish in Brazil, Marcia Calisman moved to Israel as a young woman, and again to the U.S. in 2006. When she arrived at her first stop —  Old Saybrook, just 20 minutes away from New Haven —  she wasn’t thinking about opening a business based around clothing and accoutrements.

By Michael Morand
March 22, 2016
Yale News

Walk along Whitney Avenue from Grove Street on a typical Saturday afternoon and you will find many people from campus, nearby neighborhoods, and beyond who are enjoying the area’s mix of restaurants, shops, and community arts venues. The foot traffic is hailed as a good sign for business — and that, in turn, is a good sign for New Haven’s tax base, which has grown stronger over the past decade.

Among the places drawing crowds on lower Whitney is Crêpes Choupette, opened last year by Adil Chokairy at 24 Whitney Ave. as part of Yale’s University Properties portfolio. An immigrant from France who came to America in 2005, Chokairy moved to New Haven from the suburbs in 2013. In 2014, he began pedaling a crêpe cart attached to a bicycle. Chokairy has since built on the cart’s success at his café on Whitney — where, he reports, take-out and sit-down business is strong during the weekdays, on evenings, and weekends.

Chokairy’s story illustrates how New Haven has become a “city transformed,” as it was described in aWashington Post article in 2014, which also touted the Elm City as a place “with Boston’s historic charm, Philadelphia’s artistic pleasures — and Buffalo’s beer prices.” The New York Post has said, “Connecticut’s capital of higher learning is getting its second wind,” while a New York Daily News headline proclaimed: “New Haven is happening.” Noted restaurateur Mario Battali described New Haven as “cosmopolitan and yet comfortable,” when he and his partners opened Tarry Lodge New Haven as a tenant of University Properties in the Broadway District in November 2014.

By David Sokol
March 31, 2014

For Yale University students and visitors, shopping can be edifying: urban redevelopment 101. There were once few reasons to venture beyond two small commercial stretches edging the historic New Haven campus, but some retail destinations are now farther afield …

By Lisa Prevost
February 10, 2014
The New York Times

NEW HAVEN — A firm that once turned up its nose at this collegiate city now wants to build a $360 million mixed-use development on a downtown parking lot. In a vote of confidence for the downtown area, the Canadian firm LiveWorkLearnPlay has signed on …