New England’s “El Barrio del Nueva Inglaterra”- Exploring The Frog Hollow Neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut.

The view from Park and Broad Street

The view from Park and Broad Street

Recently I took a walk through the “rough and tumble” neighborhood of Frog Hollow in Hartford, Connecticut which is a Latin American neighborhood that encompasses the area around Trinity College.  The neighborhood is  between Trinity College to downtown Hartford on Broad Street but is seemingly worlds apart from New England’s “Little Ivy League College” which is situated on a hill at the highest point in the city.

Trinity College

Trinity College

Broad and Park Street

Broad and Park Street

The heart of the neighborhood is Broad Street and Park Street where the highest concentration of restaurants and cafes are located. Here you can find Puerto Rican, Brazilian, and Mexican food all within a few blocks.

19th Century Farm House

19th Century Farm House

Abandoned Building

Abandoned Building

Apartment

Apartment

Architecture

Mexican restaurant and appliance repair.

Mexican restaurant and appliance repair.

The Billings Forge Cultural Center is also located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood and is worth a visit for grabbing a bite to eat, bumping off some wifi, or getting an espresso drink at their cafe called The Kitchen.  I met the wonderful folks that live and work here and was given a tour of the building that has mixed income housing in a refurbished industrial building. There is a gallery and vegetable gardens on the premises. They’ve just opened a wonderful seasonal menu restaurant called Fire Box which serves lunch and dinner.

Billings Forge

The interior of The Kitchen which boasts an open kitchen.

The interior of The Kitchen which boasts an open kitchen.

The Kitchen

I suggest taking a walk or riding a bicycle from Trinity College to Downtown Hartford along Broad Street to get a sense of the neighborhood. Keep your wits about you!

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