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Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Downtown Bridgeport, CT

Bridgeport is the most populated city in Connecticut and the fifth most populous city in New England. Located in southwest Connecticut on Long Island Sound, Bridgeport is just over 60 miles from New York City via I-95, just over 120 miles from Providence, Rhode Island and approximately 220 miles from Boston. Major routes in addition to I-95 include the Route 8/Route 25 Connector and US 1. Bridgeport’s close proximity to New York City is enhanced by train service (Metro-North commuter line and Amtrak) and bus service. Many Bridgeport residents take advantage of the city’s lower housing and living costs and commute daily to New York City. Charter air service is offered by Sikorsky Memorial Airport, and ferry service to Port Jefferson, NY is also available.

Originally settled by farmers in the 1600s, Bridgeport’s location on Black Rock Harbor was ideal for the development of maritime trades, including shipbuilding and whaling, in the 1800s, and Bridgeport was chartered as a city in 1836. Its later growth was fueled by the Industrial Revolution, and by 1930, more than 500 factories operated in Bridgeport, including a factory built by Elias Howe. Manufacturing began to decline in the 1950s, and the city has had some difficulties revitalizing itself.

Known as “Park City,” Bridgeport features numerous parks, including Beardsley and Seaside. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also created New York City’s Central Park, both Beardsley and Seaside Park are two of the over fifty city landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 36-acre Beardsley Park Zoo features a carousel and indoor rainforest. Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum, another city landmark, celebrates PT Barnum, former Bridgeport mayor, famed self-promoter and at one point, the richest man in the world.

Other Bridgeport attractions include the Discovery Museum and Planetarium as well as Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, home rink for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL hockey team. Located next to the arena, the Ballpark at Harbor Yard is home to the Bridgeport Bluefish minor-league baseball team.

Cultural diversions include the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Housatonic Museum of Art, which features a large, world-class collection including works by Renoir, Miro, Picasso, Rodin, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Chagall, Klimt, Giacometti, and Ansel Adams.

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Bridgeport Weather

Average monthly temperatures range from highs of 66 °F to 82 °F in July to lows averaging between 23 °F to 37 °F in January. Precipitation is relatively constant throughout the year ranging from just under 3 inches in March to just over 4 inches in May.

Current Bridgeport Weather

Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 07/26/2017 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 60s.
Overcast
Thursday 07/27/2017 20%
Overcast
Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 80F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Friday 07/28/2017 20%
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 83F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 07/29/2017 50%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 76F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Clear
Sunday 07/30/2017 0%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High around 80F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Photo credits: The picture of downtown Bridgeport is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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