Open Data: Reported Assaults and Confirmed Gunshots

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By , June 2, 2015 7:19 am

Using information from data.hartford.gov, one can see — without the dramatic music or insensitive teasers on social media — what has been happening in Hartford from April 15-May 15, 2015. This time period is just before the local mainstream media’s non-stop coverage of recent violence began.

Both maps use the same datasets. The first simply shows reported incidents; assaults are marked in purple, while confirmed gun shots are marked in red.

The map below uses the same data, but shows the incidents appearing in chronological order. Continue reading 'Open Data: Reported Assaults and Confirmed Gunshots'»

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By , June 1, 2015 7:43 am

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We Got the Beat (City Beauties)

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Kiki Soirée, performs to “All About That Bass”

The Wadsworth Atheneum played up he freakshow angle of the Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008  exhibit by  bringing in sword-swallowers, a strongman, and more, but largely missing from this experience was inclusion of Burlesque at the Beach, a tradition in Brooklyn since the mid-1990s.

How appropriate, then, for the Beat City Beauties — Hartford’s burlesque troupe –  to unintentionally select the exhibit’s closing weekend for its most recent performance. As soon as Hysteria Sidesaddle, the “Master(ress) of Ceremonies,” picked up the mic at The Russian Lady, all guesswork was over as to why the oldest continually-running public art museum in the United States may have skipped over burlesque.

Kiki Soirée, Misery Moonshine, Gouda Neville, Tedd E Bare, Cat Coquette, and Miz Marvelous Lee returned to the stage on Saturday, joined by a new male burlesque performer who sang opera. Those who think this is just a strip show have not bothered to check it out in person. Continue reading 'We Got the Beat (City Beauties)'»

Some Access to Bushnell Park Restored

By , May 29, 2015 5:43 pm

After months of no apparent work happening, the chain-link fences have finally been removed, restoring north-south pedestrian access in and out of Bushnell Park near Union Station. For those with short memories, the construction project began late last year; sidewalks were impassable for all of the winter, despite little visible progress on the area. Work is still underway, but walking here feels less like trespassing in a construction zone now.

June 2015 Hartford Events

By , May 27, 2015 2:02 pm

June 1

  • Wesleyan University professor Nikesha Anderson will be giving a talk on “Connecticut’s Role in Stem Cell Research: Questions and Concerns” at 11:30 a.m. in the Hartford History Center. This is cosponsored by the Connecticut Science Center and Hartford Public Library. HHC is located on the top floor of the library. Free.
  • Free yoga in Bushnell Park every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House Gallery. Bring your own mat.
  • Yelp Helps & Bear’s Cares: A Fundraiser for K9s for Warriors. Yelp with Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be raising funds to provide a service canine for a vet. They say this would be for someone “suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11″ with hopes that the service canine can help the vet “return to civilian life with dignity and independence.” The event is from 6-9 p.m. at Bear’s on Arch Street. $10, or, you can skip the event and just donate online.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at the Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m.

June 2

  • Free yoga in Keney Park every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pond House off of Edgewood Street. Bring your own mat.
  • The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will give a free lunchtime performance in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (née Hartbeat Park) at noon on the rear patio, 140 Garden Street. Rain date: June 3rd.
  • Opening day for the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Ave). 4-7 p.m.
  • Monthly workshop meeting of the Board of Education from 5-7 p.m. at Moylan Elementary School, 101 Catherine Street. No public comment, but the public is welcome to attend.
  • Stop by Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street) for board games, 6-10 p.m. They provide the games. Free.
  • Hartford Seminary will be hosting a free screening for Of Many at 7 p.m. Discussion follows.

June 3

  • Visit The Cottage in Elizabeth Park for the annual sale of tulip bulbs from the park’s Tulip Garden. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Discover the Asylum Hill Neighborhood: Mary Falvey leads today’s “Gospels in Stone” tour. 12-1 p.m. Meet at the YWCA at Broad and Farmington. Wear comfortable shoes. Free.
  • Free yoga in Elizabeth Park every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  Meet on the Rose Garden Lawn. Bring your own mat.
  • Composting 101: learn best practices in this one-time class. 5:30-7 p.m. at KNOX, 75 Laurel Street. RSVP. 860) 951-7694 ext 28 or emilyp@knoxparks.org
  • Get HYPEd at The Mezzanine (960 Main). Casual networking event for young professionals. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your business cards.
  • Downtown North Project Update and Panel Discussion at Hartford Public Library. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6. Free.

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By , May 26, 2015 7:11 am

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New Business on Pratt: Capital Spirits

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By , May 24, 2015 1:23 pm

73 Pratt Street is occupied again, this time with a package store.

Paving Schedules

By , May 21, 2015 5:55 am

paving schedule posted on the Department of Public Works website

Though Real Hartford announced the night-time construction on Park Street, many residents were caught completely off-guard. That is despite the City’s press release stating that it and SAMA (Spanish American Merchants Association) would be contacting Park Street business owners and landlords. We have heard from both area landlords and residents that they were not given notice. In an election year when the public is bombarded with a constant stream of information, it is easy for news about travel and sleep disruptions to get lost.

The City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works has posted on its website some information about Spring road construction. As of May 21, 2015, the only dates listed are for the construction that began on Park Street earlier this week.

As it turns out, this is an incomplete list. Continue reading 'Paving Schedules'»

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By , May 18, 2015 7:28 am

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National Bike to Work Day

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By , May 15, 2015 9:56 am

To mark National Bike to Work Day, cyclists and pedestrians gathered at the Old State House for coffee and bagels. State Senator Beth Bye spoke about how cycling may be an environmental or health choice for some, but for many in Hartford, it is a matter of having reliable transportation to work. Continue reading 'National Bike to Work Day'»

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