(jpeirpont @ Mar. 13 2005,22:33) Science Hill isn't much of a trip from campus, though it's up a rather steep incline. It's hard to explain, its obviously part of the university but the way it's situated makes it seem far away. Most kids there ride their bikes from there dorms up there. There is some great pizza down there, try Pepe's. Popeye's for fried chicken. Union League for French, Hot tomato's for upscale Italian and there a ton of Asian restaurants around the campus. There is also some shopping. J.Press and the shoe store a window front over are great. The shoe store stocks Aldens and AEs if I remember correctly.
Shoe store went out of business, I'm afraid. The name escapes me. There's the Owl for tobacco and Del Monico Hatter too. There used to be a lot of haberdashers.
The shoe store lives, but under a different name. I can't remember the details, but two long-time staffers bought the business and continued the tradition. I believe it's still near the Doodle (Broadway and York?). Re neighborhood, I'm sorry to say I still can't remember the name of the residential neighborhood adjacent to science hill. Some people also live near East Rock and West Rock parks. If you have the money, there are also nice apartments and condos downtown. Don't forget the thriving theatre scene in New Haven.