New Haven Warnings and Dangers
New Haven is full of history. It also has a few dangers and warnings you need to know about before visiting. Here are some tips other visitors recommend.
There are some excellent destinations to visit in New Haven. At nighttime the entire downtown comes alive with all sorts of clubs, bars and restaurants remaining open until late. With that said, there are a handful of different areas in town you should try to avoid at night. New Haven’t isn’t an overtly dangerous city, but some of the rougher sides can present itself in these neighborhoods. Fair Haven, Newhallville and Hill neighborhoods are locations you should skip at night, while parts of Whalley Avenue heading into these neighborhoods does become a bit sketchy as well. Close to downtown is the Brookside Avenue housing projects, which is another location you’ll want to avoid.
Kensington Street By St. Raphaels Hospital
You’ll often find most hospitals are not always in the best part of town. The same is true in New Haven. Outside of the medical buildings and support facilities, several off streets, including Kensington, is home to some drug use. Now, you don’t really have a reason as a tourist to walk through this area (especially at night), but if you are in the neighborhood, keep an eye out. If you see anything such as this going on it is best to just keep your head down and move along. To go along with the drug use you’ll likely see some prostitutes working the area as well. The prostitutes are not overtly calling out people in order to avoid any possible legal issues, but you will see these individuals often picked up in vehicles and dropped off not long after.
If you are not from a cold weather climate, or at least one that sees regular snowfall, you should probably avoid renting a car in the winter. New Haven sees a good amount of snowfall throughout the year and driving in this is completely different from any form of driving. It is especially dangerous if you are not accustomed to snowfall or know what to do should your vehicle hit a patch of ice. You also become a danger to other drivers on the roadway. So, while it might be easier to rent a vehicle during the winter months, think twice about it.
New Haven is like most midsize American towns. Yes, there are some problem areas to avoid (as already mentioned), but as long as you are smart about it you should avoid any real kind of trouble. If you have to walk more than a few city blocks at night, it is best to take a cab. Stick to well lit areas at night and you’ll be fine.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in New Haven, Connecticut.