• Clinton Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    we'll call it the first official day of the dirtbike season. All evening up and down clinton/front/state street. If it continues looks to be a long summer.
  • Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    All over Fair Haven today, pulling wheelies, against and around traffic. The usual idiocy.
  • 1-13 Lewis Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Received a notification that 40 lbs of kitty litter had been delivered to the front door. Went to pick up the litter 15 minutes later and box was gone. Either a very big cat or again a package stealer is active in the Front Street neighborhood.
  • 14 Grand Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Ah yes, the season has begun, I almost forgot the joy of having an otherwise pleasant sunday afternoon disrupted by the ABSOLUTELY OBNOXIOUS AND SCREECHING SOUND of a souped up DIRTBIKE SCREAMING down the side streets and avenues of my neighborhood. I have no idea what inspires the adolescent (or stunted adult) mind to intentionally manipulate a bike engine to be audible from over a mile away. But then are many things in life (especially new haven life) that are beyond my albeit limited experience (low riding honda civics, for example).
  • 434 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    And with arrival in Spring come the dirt bikes. Several flying around Fair Haven Heights and Front Street today and over the weekend. Though was a little quieter last year seems like it could be a long, loud summer. Seems like while city hall is writing a narrative of an up and coming downtown, in the outer neighborhoods we deal with, year in and year out, the same quality of life issues. A tale of two cities, to be sure.
  • 313 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    Last snows of a mild winter have passed, a slight chill in the air of the early easter weekend, lilly and lilacs beginning to bloom in sidewalk gardens. Playgrounds full on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons, children again on the run through the neighborhood. Old furniture out on the sidewalk on tag sale. The first signs of spring in New Haven…


  • Chatham Square New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    From what I can piece together, friends of the person murdered on Friday night held a spontaneous memorial at Chatham Square Park last night. I understand the grief and anger, and support their attempts to come together to support and grieve.

    But, in grief and memoriam, they also spray painted all over the granite blocks in the center circle of the park. Wish they had found a different way to express themselves and so hope the graffiti can be cleaned up.

  • Dear NHPD Archived
    Lewis Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    Dear NHPD,

    please know that Lewis Street is a one way street. So, when you drive at near 60 mph up the hill, against the one way sign, you put yourself and others at much danger. One cruiser just did so at about 9:35 pm, and unfortunately not the first time. sincerely, a grateful, though concerned new haven resident

  • Stray Cat - Archived
    253 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    A very friendly stray has been hanging around Front Street, approaches looking for good pet and play after being fed, meows at door looking for entry. He is a medium sized, all grey tabby, now thin after about 4 - 5 months on the street. We are considering taking him in but would prefer to return to owner.
  • Dirtbikes Archived
    107-169 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Bad dirtbike day for Front Street/Fair Haven Heights. 7 pm, 2 (with an escort of motorcycles) screaming up Front Street, wheelies, on the sidewalk. They were at it earlier in the afternoon as well. Seemed like the usual jerks, one guy on a white and red bike with a knap sack and baklava around his face. With all the vaunted development and real estate deals downtown, would be nice if the powers that be could work a little harder to improve quality of life for those of us in the outer neighborhoods.
  • 181 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    upwards of 40 dirtbikes/ATV flying down Lewis Street, on to Front Street, right by 20 children at the park. They find strength in numbers, too cowardly to try to terrorize children on their own. So tired of this game...
  • 160-166 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Some guys camping out (taking care of hygiene needs) and then hanging out drinking beer at the corner of Front and Grand, the benches at the edge of the river run. I know, I should have a little more compassion (the shelter in fair haven are notoriously dangerous etc etc), but it's a very public space, kids and families all around, so those guys need to at least move their activities to a less public venue.
  • 37 Grand Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Dirtbikes, pulling wheelies, terrorizing children in parks and street, the usual mayhem. Front Street, Grand Avenue, Chapel Street.
  • 88-108 Mitchell Drive New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock
    Dirtbikes on mitchell drive at 6 pm today, dirt bikes on ferry street bridge at 6 pm 4/14/15. Fair Haven is infested with them. Seems like this is not a priority for police chief and mayor, not a peep from either on how they are going to implement confiscation laws to get the bikes off the street (I remember that she was the one member of the New Haven delegation in Hartford to not co-sponsor the legislation allowing the city to raise fees to reclaim confiscated bikes). It's going to be a long hot summer...
  • 181 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square

    dirtbikes, dirtbikes, dirbikes, dirtbikes....

    Front Street, 4:10 pm.

  • 72 Middletown Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Quinnipiac

    3 pm this afternoon, 4 ATVs flying down Middletown from Clinton to Front Street, pulling wheelies. The usual.

    So, there was some success last year using the new law on illegal dirt bike and ATV activity. I'm hoping the police department is able to track down addresses and locations of these ATVs and dirt bikes and confiscate them asap. But concerned that kids have learned from last summer and now slicker about where they hide their bikes.

  • Ella T Grasso Boulevard New Haven, Connecticut - Hill
    The temporary re-configuration of traffic lanes at the entrance to northbound I 95 at exit 45, at Ella Grasso Blvd, is a danger zone. Cars moving east, going on to the ramp, are constantly cutting off cars moving west, towards Kimberly Ave. That's not the best description of the problem but drive around that area of exits and entrances and you'll see how difficult it is to navigate and avoid oncoming traffic.
  • 223 Clinton Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Young male with scarf over his face, on green and white dirt bike, flying down Clinton Ave pulling wheelies, in front of Clinton Ave School and then by Mary Wade nursing home. Would be nice to have some public update from NHPD or City Hall on how goes the effort to get dirt bikes/ATVs off the streets. My sense is that this is not on Mayor Harp's radar (she wasn't involved, to my knowledge, in legislative effort in 2013 to pass the ATV/Dirtbike law in Hartford). Until this becomes a headache for her (telephone calls, Clickfixing, Alder committee hearings) I don't expect Chief Esserman to get going on this again.
  • 270 Front Street New Haven, Connecticut - Chatham Square
    Pack of ATVs terrorizing residents on Front Street as they try to dig out from the snow storm. Riding at residents, threatening them, pulling wheelies against traffic and blocking traffic.
  • 33-43 Humphrey Street New Haven, Connecticut - Fair Haven
    Not particularly interesting or inspired graffiti on the walls of the railroad underpass between Humphrey and Lombard. The architecture of the underpass, though, with dozens of arches and a sort of catacomb ambiance, might work well for a talented graffiti artist looking for a large and unconventional canvas.