Category: Downtown

Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee

By , April 14, 2015 8:17 am

Since The Kitchen Café at the Hartford Public Library opened two summers ago, it has been critiqued for two things: limited hours and pricing. With the exception of opening for special events, the hours have not expanded. A new initiative, however, will begin to address the feeling that coffee at this location is off limits to some of the library’s most dedicated patrons.

The Kitchen, part of Billings Forge Community Works, is joining the “suspended coffee” movement, or caffè sospeso. This means that people who can afford to may purchase extra coffee for those who can not. Patrons who can not afford to purchase their own will be given a free cup of coffee during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8-4. Continue reading 'Hartford to Offer Suspended Coffee'»

Prescription Drug Collection Unit Installed in Public Safety Complex

By , April 13, 2015 11:48 am

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

A drug collection unit now sits in the Public Safety Complex lobby on High Street. The Hartford Police Department says that this gives the public a “safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.”

This box is one of 1,000 units sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project as part of a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of prescription drugs were obtained free from a friend or relative, and another 16.6% were bought or taken from a friend or relative. By far, the top reason teens have said that they use prescription drugs is because of access: more than 70 percent of teenagers, according to a 2014 study by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, said that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.

Meds can be dropped into this unit 24/7, no questions asked, police say.

Closures and Detours for the UConn Parade

By , April 11, 2015 9:55 am

Sunday’s victory parade for the UConn Huskies will impact streets Downtown for several hours.

The parade will begin at Elm and Trinity at 3, make its way down Elm Street, go alongside Bushnell Park, and turn up Trumbull Street. The rally at approximately 3:30 will take place in front of the XL Center.

Trumbull between Church and Asylum will close to southbound traffic at 10 and to northbound traffic at 11. This is expect to re-open around 4:30.

Trinity Street between Elm and Capitol will be used as a staging area and be closed to traffic from 1:30-3:30.

The parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 2:40-3:30.

Additionally, CTTransit reports that the parade will have some effect on bus service. Temporary detours are expected from 2:30-4:30. They say that  buses using Pearl or Asylum Street will use other downtown streets during this time. Buses that enter Downtown from the west, including the New Britain-to-Hartford Busway, will use Spruce and Church Street instead.

During those hours, the following stops will not be served: Asylum Street at Bushnell Park, Asylum and Trumbull, Asylum and High, Gold Street, and Pearl Street near TheaterWorks.

More of the CTfastrak buses will operate before, during, and after the parade on Sunday.

Temporary and Permanent Street Closures

By , April 8, 2015 7:26 am

Red denotes temporary closure. Purple marks the permanent closure of this portion to motorists.

Beginning on April 17th, the segment of Windsor Street between Pleasant and Trumbull will be permanently closed.

The City of Hartford says that this will initially be used as a construction staging area for the stadium. Later, at an unspecified time, this will be re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists for what officials are calling “Windsor Walk.” Continue reading 'Temporary and Permanent Street Closures'»

April 2015 Events

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By , March 29, 2015 9:56 pm

April 1

  • Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950′s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
  • The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
  • Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free.  Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
  • Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.

April 2

  • First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
  • Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
  • Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

By , March 21, 2015 3:21 pm

Delayed one week due to rain, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade began on Saturday with snow and ended with sunshine.

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Road Closures on Sunday

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By , March 18, 2015 8:00 am

A number of streets will be closed on Sunday due to the O’Hartford 5K.

From 10-3, Trumbull Street (Asylum to Jewell) and Pearl Street (Ann to Trumbull) will be closed.

From 10-1:30, Trumbull Street from Church to Asylum will shut down to traffic.

From 12:30-2, these streets will be impacted:

  • Pearl
  • Jewell
  • Main (Pearl to Park)
  • Park (Main to Park Terrace)
  • Park Terrace (Park to Capitol Avenue)
  • Capitol (Park Terrace to Trinity Street)
  • Trinity Street (Capitol to Ford)

March 2015 Events

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By , March 1, 2015 12:42 am

March 1

March 14, 2015 is the last chance to see “It’s a Wrap!” in the Widener Gallery before it wraps

  • Last chance to see Randy Gilman’s Sculpture and Assemblages at EBK Gallery [small works], 218 Pearl Street.
  • The Laszlo Gardony Trio will perform as part of the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free.
  • Every Sunday gives you a chance to check out Steve Davis and Friends performing live jazz at Max Downtown (185 Asylum St) 6-9 p.m. There’s no cover.

March 2

  • Novelist Amara Lakhous will give a lecture — “Italian Identity in the Making: Migration & Culture” — in the McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, 4:15 p.m. This is free and open to the public.

March 3

River Access?

By , February 26, 2015 10:37 pm

Signs point to “no” Continue reading 'River Access?'»

Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions

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By , February 25, 2015 11:38 pm

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

If you want to get more mileage out of those tax dollars, you can now use the Hartford Police Department’s parking lot to conduct your Craigslist transactions.

With a number of those exchanges turning into robberies — and worse –  it might bring peace of mind to buy and sell within shouting distance of the law. There is video surveillance of the lot and the front desk is staffed every hour of every day. Continue reading 'Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions'»

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