The city's official nickname is the Hardware City because of its history as a manufacturing center. The Polish population in New Britain Connecticut is very high and this town is sometimes referred to as New Britski. It is also often referred to as Hard Hittin' New Britain" because its population considers it a friendly, yet tough town. Many residents refer to New Britain's Broad Street area as Little Poland.
New Britain has the largest Polish population of any city in the state of Connecticut. Broad Street, which is located in downtown New Britain is famous for having a wide selection of Polish stores and delis.
Home to a huge number of Polish businesses, Broad Street's Polish community has been given credit for revitalizing the town. Little Poland is a section in New Britain Connecticut that has become almost a town itself. It has its own post office, police station, many banks, spas, salons, restaurants, stores, a television station and even some Polish language newspapers.
The late Pope John Paul II visited in New Britain Connecticut. Also Cardinal Karol Wojtyla gave mass at Broad Street's Sacred Heart Church. A statute of the future Pope was built in 2007 to honor him. In 2006, Hollywood entered in New Britain Connecticut, when Broad Street's Nozewski's Meat Market and Staropolska Restaurant were shown by the Discovery Channel's Taste of America. The neighborhood is also a famous and popular stop on the campaign trails of various politicians.
In the summertime, many Polish people travel to and stay in New Britian Connecticut because of special activites such as picnics and festivals that feature Polish music and events. A traveler in New Britian Connecticut can find tradtional Polish jewelry and wooden boxes that are hand-carved. Of course, there is an abundance of Polish food.
Visitors in New Britian Connecticut will find the New Britain Museum of American Art to be of interest, as it is the oldest art museum in the United States. It has a very refinded collection beginning at the 18th century. Residents and travelers alike in New Britian Connecticut will also find the Hold in the Wall Theate, the New Britain Youth Museum and Captiol Lunch. Capitol Lunch in New Britian Connecticut is famous for it’s unique and secret chili sauce.
The City of New Britain has rich history. Those traveling to New Britain Connecticut will find there are over one thousand acres of park systems, sporting complexes and a vast array of cultural attractions
Visitors can enjoy a hotdog while watching New Britain's Double-A baseball team, the Rock Cats, play a game at the friendly confines of the Willow Brook Park Sports Complex; play a round of golf at the Stanley Golf Course; or simply take a quiet stroll through historic Walnut Hill.