Signs of the Time, by Sarah Laskow

"The history of these signs begins at the corner of College and Chapel, the city's heart. Here, New Haven thrives. Yale's faux-Gothic buildings share sidewalks with the brand name stores that feed off the University's economic power. The New Haven Green and the locally famous Claire's Corner Copia bustle with activity. At the corner, a name famous not only in New Haven, but around the world, presides over the downtown landscape — Bishop Desmond Tutu."

L’Occitane en Provence, at Warner Hall

"International retailer L’Occitane en Provence opened its newest boutique on Chapel Street just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The company signed a lease with Yale University Properties in early October and has spent the last several weeks refurbishing the building, which now features a wired glass and metal structure that is supposed to mimic a traditional greenhouse, according to a L’Occitane press release. Since its establishment in 1996 as a branch of the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, University Properties has sought to reinvigorate New Haven’s downtown shopping district by bringing in new restaurants and retailers to Broadway and Chapel streets."

Famous Restaurant Reborn with Accent

"Jean Pierre Vuillermet, the 36-year-old owner and head chef, said he has tried to make the restaurant and the new menu of French food different from its predecessor. The new light pink paint and a large but simple chandelier in the middle of the main dining room have brightened the restaurant, which was formerly known for its serious ambiance and expensive prices. A small, lighted box with a menu should be in place outside the restaurant's front door by tonight, he said, and a small neon sigh is already aglow on Chapel Street."

In conversation: Gregory Crewdson and Richard Deming, by Gideon Broshy

"This happened last fall and the fall before: I’m at the Union League with a visiting writer and some colleagues, and I’m sitting in the window and it’s late fall and I look out — and there’s a streetlight on Chapel, and there’s the leaves, and I think — two years in a row, it’s happened — this looks like one of Gregory’s photographs. Which is interesting because people talk about your work’s engagement with film, which is absolutely [important to me], but what was interesting to me was that, nope, his work has shaped not my sense of film but my sense of the real world. Which is I think what great art does, it gives you a way of seeing the world anew."

One part food, one part France, three parts personality, by Jessica Tom

"A little Jean-Michel, Jacques, Robin, Jean-Pierre. The meal, it is delicious. But at this point, it doesn’t matter. Robin, another out-of-place American woman who fell headfirst into a French enclave, said it herself: 'You’re only as successful as the people working around you.'"

‘Tradition’ lives on at Union League, by Rachel Engler

"A painting of a pheasant hangs above the coat closet. The molded ceiling, large glass windows and red-veined marble exemplify traditional refinement. Even the structure of the Union League Cafe reinforces the aura of tradition that defines the New Haven landmark. Carved above the fireplace is an inscription reading, 'This club house stands on the… Continue reading ‘Tradition’ lives on at Union League, by Rachel Engler

Old New Haven Society Clubhouse to be Street People’s Center

"For years, the prim, exclusive Union League was a mainstay of elite society in New Haven. It attracted men of wealth and prestige from the most proper New England stock. With changing values and declining fortunes, however, the league gradually became more of a memory than a social institution, and seven years ago, its gray… Continue reading Old New Haven Society Clubhouse to be Street People’s Center

The Junior Prom. of the Class of 1883, by Frederick W. Rogers

"Mr. Frederick W. Rogers, '83, the chairman of the Promenade Committee of the Class of '83, has written for the News the following interesting account of the Promenade of 1882: 'Junior Prom, at Yale a quarter century ago, probably aroused as much interest, enthusiasm and pleasurable anticipation in the undergraduate world as the more elaborate… Continue reading The Junior Prom. of the Class of 1883, by Frederick W. Rogers

Union League Café Serves Up Elegant Fare, by Rebecca Howland

"The prices may have been slashed in half, but the new Union League Café, which replaces New Haven's former Robert Henry's restaurant on Chapel street, has lost none of its pomp, splendor and old boy mystique. Admittedly my dinner companions and I, misled by the word café, might have arrived a little under-dressed. When we… Continue reading Union League Café Serves Up Elegant Fare, by Rebecca Howland