Bridgeport is a city of 144,229 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bridgeport is part of the Greater New York City Combined Statistical Area. Bridgeport is located along the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Pequonnock River.
Bridgeport's had early success with shipbuilding and whaling due to the location on the Long Island Sound. With the addition of a railroad in 1840 Bridgeport became a manufacturing center on the east coast. In 1930 Bridgeport was home to over 500 factories. De-industrialization occurred in the mid-20th century and a loss of jobs and population followed. However, the capital from Bridgeport's early success remains and the area still includes architecture, museums, theaters, and parks combined with 21st century revitalization plans.
Bridgeport has a variety of beaches and parks, including Seaside, one of the nicest in the state complete with a lighthouse and a walk out to it.
There many eating venues in Bridgeport, including Italian, Jamaican, Chinese, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and other Latino food, as well as many more typical American restaurants.
In the late 80's and early 90's, Bridgeport had a notable crime rate. The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, and drug dealers from New York all battled for control of the city's many housing projects, places like Father Panik Village, Pequonnock village, Marina Village and the PT Barnum Housing Projects. Today, for the tourist staying for a few days or weeks, Bridgeport's bark is bigger than its bite. The main attractions for tourists like the Harboryard and the PT Barnum Museum are in areas that are not to be considered high crime. Traveling to the East Side or East End is considered to be the Spanish harlem of the city, as that is where all the Spanish restaurants and shops are located along with a strong catholic religious background indicative of the churches located within this area as well.
Now, downtown is being rehabbed. The plan is to have apartments in former destitute buildings. Downtown will be the hustle and bustle it used to be, full of people and shopping happening on a daily basis. Downtown has limited parking so bring your quarters for the on street parking.