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Old 01-29-2013, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Thanks to everyone for all this info. Good to know about Walnut Hill Park area. I noticed a lot of nice houses there.

I hope for the city's sake it turns around. I'll be up there again in March.

Btw, climate wise is New Britain the same as Hartford's? I noticed there are some large hills/small mountains to New Britain's west. Do they affect the climate at all?
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Thanks to everyone for all this info. Good to know about Walnut Hill Park area. I noticed a lot of nice houses there.

I hope for the city's sake it turns around. I'll be up there again in March.

Btw, climate wise is New Britain the same as Hartford's? I noticed there are some large hills/small mountains to New Britain's west. Do they affect the climate at all?
Yeah, the Walnut Hill Park area is beautiful - tons of nice homes in that area, nothing at all like the rough areas you saw. Stanley golfcourse area is also nice, with the same older housing stock.

If you're coming back to New Britain, do yourself a favor and check out East Side Restaurant. It's the only German restaurant I know of and it's a great place! I figured since you're of German ancestory you might appreciate it. It's fun regardless of what your ethnicity is, but you should definitely check it out.

Climate is pretty much the same in Hartford vs. New Britain. Hartford is further north, but only a little bit and it's not so far that there's much of a difference (if any.)

Alot of NB's downtown architecture is nice. I also would like to see people reinvest in downtown again and use it to their advantage. Some of it has held up well - if you didn't get a chance to visit the city library, it's worth a visit - it's beautiful and huge inside. And the city's museum is amazing - and free on saturday mornings! I was there last October to do a beer& wine tasting for a Halloween party there and I couldn't believe how nice it is. The city definitely has potential and personally I feel it's improved compared to where it was a few decades ago. Still has a ways to go, but it still has its merits
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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visit capital lunch... thats all i got
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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My favorite place in New Britain is Walnut Hill Park. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Hartford born landscape designer responsible for both Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC. It's truly spectacular.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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My favorite place in New Britain is Walnut Hill Park. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Hartford born landscape designer responsible for both Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC. It's truly spectacular.
Yep, he also designed Elizabeth Park here in CT.

I had no idea that Olmstead had designed parks nationwide until recently. I found a website that actually listed all the ones he oversaw. All the parks I've been to that he designed are beautiful, including those in our state.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Btw, climate wise is New Britain the same as Hartford's? I noticed there are some large hills/small mountains to New Britain's west. Do they affect the climate at all?
I was just in New Britian this morning. Just a great and different feeling being inland rather than near the coast. With that said, Light snowpack was still on the ground where as near the coast grass has been more commonly seen this winter.

As far as climate differences.. Probably not noticeable on a larger scale but Hartford will be a touch warmer than New Britian. When I say a touch "warmer" I dont mean you can wear short sleeves in Hartford and need a Jacket in New Britian. Although Hartford is technically north more it sits in a Valley and has more population and CO2 around. New Britian has more terrain nearby which will enhance snowfalls, rainfalls, and fluctuate the temps. Current temps Meriden (south of New Britian) is 52 degreesF. Hartford is 54. If you asked the climate difference of the coast and inland CT than I would have more to say but there's not much difference from NB and Hartford. They are hills not mountains so it doesnt really affect weather substantially
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Some of it has held up well - if you didn't get a chance to visit the city library, it's worth a visit - it's beautiful and huge inside.
The NB Public Library is fantastic! I've lived in Hartford and now right outside of Atlanta in Cobb County and the NB Public library is the best I've seen hands down! (The libraries are so underfunded here in Cobb County that they don't even catalog paperbacks. It drive me crazy!)
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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The NB Public Library is fantastic! I've lived in Hartford and now right outside of Atlanta in Cobb County and the NB Public library is the best I've seen hands down! (The libraries are so underfunded here in Cobb County that they don't even catalog paperbacks. It drive me crazy!)
It's great. I used to go there all the time high school if I needed to do research or work on a project. The library in the town I grew up in was fine, but NB's was always better, even then. And it was nice because I never saw anybody I knew there, which made it easier to get work done cos I wouldn't socialize with friends there. I also found it quiet and relaxing, even when it was crowded. Oh, and they have everything there - and I mean EVERYTHING.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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visit capital lunch... thats all i got
What's Capital Lunch like?
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I was just in New Britian this morning. Just a great and different feeling being inland rather than near the coast. With that said, Light snowpack was still on the ground where as near the coast grass has been more commonly seen this winter.

As far as climate differences.. Probably not noticeable on a larger scale but Hartford will be a touch warmer than New Britian. When I say a touch "warmer" I dont mean you can wear short sleeves in Hartford and need a Jacket in New Britian. Although Hartford is technically north more it sits in a Valley and has more population and CO2 around. New Britian has more terrain nearby which will enhance snowfalls, rainfalls, and fluctuate the temps. Current temps Meriden (south of New Britian) is 52 degreesF. Hartford is 54. If you asked the climate difference of the coast and inland CT than I would have more to say but there's not much difference from NB and Hartford. They are hills not mountains so it doesnt really affect weather substantially
Good to know. I can imagine that New Haven is much warmer and has less snowfall than New Britain or Hartford. I think the same thing can be said about Long Island/Brooklyn vs Westchester County. Another big climate difference I was just made aware of is central DC compared to its western and northern suburbs. Temps at National Airport on the tidal Potamac are sometimes 10 to 15 degrees warmer than they are at Dulles Airport in Fairfax County. I was there during the blizzards of 2009/2010 and National Airport had about 19 inches of snow while just 5 miles away in western Arlington (hillier area where I was staying) they had 30 inches of snow.

Back to New Britain though, I guess my friend can expect a much cooler climate there than he currently has in Brooklyn.

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