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Introducing New Haven

Much maligned for decades as a decayed urban seaport notable only for being an uneasy home to the venerable Yale University, Connecticut's second-largest city is shaking off its negative reputation with its growing urban sophistication and thriving arts scene.

At the city's center stands tranquil New Haven Green, laid out by Puritan settlers in the 1600s and dotted with white-steepled churches. Around it, the 300-year-old ivied Yale campus offers visitors a wealth of architectural and artistic attractions, from world-class museums and galleries to a lively concert program and walking-tour tales of secret societies.

While Yale may have put New Haven on the map, there’s much to savor beyond campus. Well-aged dive bars, ethnic restaurants, barbecue shacks and cocktail lounges make the area almost as lively as Cambridge's Harvard Square – but with better pizza.