- For other places with the same name, see Bridgeport (disambiguation).
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 Station is served by frequent Metro-North and Amtrak trains.
- Tweed New Haven Regional Airport(HVN) Located 23 miles northwest of the center of Bridgeport, Tweed Airport is referred to as Southern Connecticut's Airport and there are daily flights to and from Philadelphia by USAirways. After arrival you can get a rental car, or taxi and bus service can both can transport you to the New Haven Union Station/Metro North Train Service.
- Westchester County Airport(HPN) is an airport in Westchester County, New York, offering flights nationwide. It is 50 minutes away
- Laguardia Airport(LGA) is a major airport in Queens, offering flights worldwide. It is 70 minutes away.
- JFK International Airport(JFK) is a major airport in Queens, offering flights worldwide. It is 80 minutes away.
- Newark Airport (EWR) is a major airport in Newark, NJ, offering flights worldwide. It is 90 minutes away
- Stewart International Airport (SWF) is an airport in Newburgh, NY. It is 100 minutes away.
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.
- Klein Memorial Auditorium, 177 State St., Box Office: phone: 203-345-4800 x 150,  is a performing arts theater with a variety of performances throughout the year. If you enjoy the symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony performs regularly.
- Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., phone: 203-331-1104, fax: 203-331-0079, . Tu-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, Su 12PM-4:30PM. Exhibits about P.T. Barnum and the history of the city. Located downtown, it is within walking distance to some great architecture downtown. $5, ages 4-17 $3.
- Burroughs-Saden Library, 925 Broad St., Phone: 203-576-7403. The main branch in Bridgeport. The third floor has a well-maintained historical collection with rotating exhibits and lots of genealogy information.
- Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Phone: 203-394-6565, . Daily 9AM-4PM. A wide variety of ecosystems presented, including a rainforest building, as well as tigers, otters, bison, etc. During the summer, usually late July/early August there are free theatrical showings, usually Shakespeare called Shakespeare in the park. The Beardsley park is also a lovely place to picnic. Adults $7, Seniors and ages 3-11 $5.
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.
There is a Two Boots Pizza restaurant near downtown which is always a delight.
- Holiday Inn, 1070 Main Street, Phone: +1 203 334-1234, .
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.
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