October 16, 2020, By Lucy Gellman- "A group of six dancers practiced their best bachata sidestep in Edgewood Park. Just up the street, diners sat down with matching mojitos, scanning a menu that included tacos, fragrant ceviche, and butter-smooth guacamole studded with red onion. Half a block away, Mohamanad Hafez poured his dozenth cup of coffee for the day and set a vegan baklava gingerly beside it. That’s the scene in Westville, which has become an unexpected story of economic resiliency in the midst of COVID-19.
Tuesday | October 20, 2020
September 24, 2020, by Thomas Breen- "Nearly everyone at the tables around me was well-coiffed, wore stylish, wrinkle-free clothing, and stood up periodically to take pictures of the crowd and close ups of their food. “Are all these people influencers?” someone at a nearby table asked her dining partner. I think by virtue of the fact that I spilled a fair amount of chipotle ketchup on my notepad, I am not an influencer. But I was hungry.
Thursday | March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020 by Thomas Breen- "Ocean Management plans to build 129 new apartments and over 7,000 square feet of new commercial space at the site of the long-shuttered 500 Blake Street Cafe in Westville. Local attorney Jim Segaloff revealed those plans in a site plan, inland wetlands plan, and special permit application that he recently submitted to the City Plan Commission on behalf of his clients 500 Blake Development LLC and 881 Whalley LLC. Both holding companies are owned by Shmuel Aizenberg, the founder of the large-scale local landlord and property management company Ocean
Thursday | February 13, 2020
The lines are so close together and so meticulously drawn that they buzz by proximity to one another. The effect is disorienting, like an optical illusion, a trick, a puzzle. It gets that much more intense when you see that New Haven-based artist Daniel Eugene’s drawings can be interpreted as a maze — a series of patterns that invite you to take a closer look, and slowly but surely, have your vision rearranged just a little. “Seduced By The Minotaur” — Eugene’s latest art show, running at Da Silva Gallery until Feb. 29, with an opening reception on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.
Friday | October 4, 2019
October 3, 2019 by Thomas Breen- "A local developer plans to knock down a blighted Westville commercial building and build in its stead 200-plus luxury apartments, now that he and his partner have purchased the property for $3.1 million. That was one of two multi-million-dollar transactions among the latest property transfers recorded with the city. The other was on Norton Street. According to city land records, on Sept. 26, 50 Fitch LLC, a holding company owned by local developers Mendel Paris and Sim Levenharz, purchased the two commercial buildings at 50 Fitch St.
Tuesday | September 24, 2019
September 23, 2019, by Brian Slattery-"The first impression of Brian Flinn’s work may be of humor. Some of his figures have the out-of-proportion features of cartoons, the odd poses, the uneven faces. But there’s detail within the comedy, layers of images on the skins of his subjects. There’s an eye that’s startlingly human. The other eye, upon closer inspection, isn’t an eye at all. The layering makes the skin seem translucent. Or maybe the body is in flux. Take another step back, and the image seems more like a flickering film.
Friday | September 6, 2019
“The whole place has just kind of come alive,” skateboarder Noé Jimenez says. It’s about an hour before sunset, and skaters are weaving through Edgewood Skate Park, riding the ramps to set up for tricks, grinding on the edges of obstacles or simply cruising back and forth, their wheels crunching on asphalt and humming along the park’s smooth new concrete surface. Located on the site of an old outdoor ice rink since 2000, Edgewood Skate Park has experienced a renaissance in the past year, thanks in great part to the tenacity of local skaters who spent years pushing for improvements and fundi
Wednesday | July 10, 2019
July 9, 2019, by Lucy Gellman- "On one end of Kehler Liddell Gallery, musician Pat Benatar is looking straight out at the viewer. Her name floats above her head in thick, stenciled letters, so punchy they might have been colored in with someone’s sticky red and mauve lipstick. Paint splatters surround her body in yellow and purple.
Wednesday | April 24, 2019
April 19, 2019, by Thomas Breen- "A large local real estate company is the new landlord of a half-dozen commercial buildings and vacant parking lots at the heart of Westville, including the former home of the long-shuttered 500 Blake Street Cafe. According to city land records, on March 25, Paula Perrotti and David Perrotti transferred ownership of 500 Blake St., 881 Whalley Ave., 883 Whalley Ave., 476 Blake St., 12-14 Tour Ave., 20 Tour Ave., 24 Tour Ave., and one-half-interest of 16 Tour Ave.