Bridgeport

Population

2010: 144,229, #168 in U.S., #1 in Connecticut

1950: 158,709, #63 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 916,829, #56 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 504,342, #35 in U.S.

Setting

Bridgeport, on Long Island Sound, was first settled in 1659. The city was chartered in 1836. The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company has ferry service between Bridgeport and Port Jefferson, Long Island. The University of Bridgeport is just south of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Bridgeport Center (1988), 16 stories

Stores

Bridgeport has no downtown department stores. Lafayette Plaza, an enclosed shopping mall in the downtown area (with a Sears and Gimbels) opened in 1968 and was closed and torn down in the mid-‘90s.

Trains

The Metro-North Station in Bridgeport has Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor, north to Boston and south to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The station also has commuter service on the Shore Line East between New Haven and New London, Connecticut, and on the Metro-North Railroad to Grand Central Station in New York City.

Museums

The Barnum Museum and Housatonic Museum of Art are located downtown.

 

 




Barnum Museum, Bridgeport
(Photo by Magnus Manske)


Theaters

Two old movie palaces, the Loew’s Palace and Loew’s Majestic (both 1921), are unoccupied.

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony plays at Klein Memorial Auditorium (1940), west of downtown. The Downtown Cabaret Theater is in downtown Bridgeport.

Sports

The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League play at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (1998). The Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League play at the Webster Bank Arena (2001).

Map of Downtown Bridgeport

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