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Stamford, Connecticut
—  City  —

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Nickname(s): The City That Works, Lock City
Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°05′48″N 73°33′08″W / 41.09667°N 73.55222°W / 41.09667; -73.55222Coordinates: 41°05′48″N 73°33′08″W / 41.09667°N 73.55222°W / 41.09667; -73.55222
Country United States
State Connecticut
County Fairfield
NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford
Region South Western Region
Settled 1641
Incorporated (city) 1893
Consolidated 1949
Government
 - Type Mayor-Board of representatives
 - Mayor Michael Pavia (R)
Area
 - City 52.1 sq mi (134.9 km2)
 - Land 37.7 sq mi (97.9 km2)
 - Water 14.3 sq mi (37.0 km2)
 - Urban 465.3 sq mi (1,205 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2007)[1]
 - City 118,475
 Density 3,175.3/sq mi (1,226/km2)
 Metro 902,775
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 069xx
Area code 203
FIPS code 09-73000
GNIS feature ID 0211129
Website www.cityofstamford.org

Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to 2007 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 118,475, making it the fourth largest city in the state. Stamford is part of the New York metropolitan area.

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History

Stamford was known as Rippowam by the Native American inhabitants to the region, and the very first European settlers to the area also referred to it as such. The name was later changed to Stamford after a town in Lincolnshire, England. The deed to Stamford was signed on July 1, 1640 between Captain Turner of the New Haven Colony and Chief Ponus. By the Eighteenth century, one of the primary industries of the town was merchandising by water, which was possible due to Stamford's proximity to New York.

In 1692, Stamford was home to a less famous witch trial than the well-known Salem witch trial, which also occurred in 1692. The accusations were less fanatical and smaller-scale but also grew to prominence through gossip and hysterics.[2]

Starting in the late 19th century, New York residents built summer homes on the shoreline, and even back then there were some who moved to Stamford permanently and started commuting to Manhattan by train, although the practice became more popular later. Stamford incorporated as a city in 1893.

A massive urban redevelopment campaign (starting in the 1960s and gaining steam in the 1970s) resulted in a downtown with many tall office buildings. The F.D. Rich Co. was the city-designated urban renewal developer of the downtown in an ongoing redevelopment project that was contentious, beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1970s. The company put up what was the city's tallest structure, One Landmark Square, at 21 floors high, and the GTE building (now One Stamford Forum), along with the Marriott Hotel, the Stamford Town Center and many of the other downtown office buildings. One Landmark Square has since been dwarfed by the new 35-story Trump Parc condominium tower(topped out), and soon by the 400-foot 39 story Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences development, another project by the Rich Company in partnership with Cappelli Enterprises.[3] Over the years, other developers have joined in building up the downtown, a process that continued, with breaks during downturns in the economy, through the 1980s, 1990s and into the new century.

Geography

Stamford is situated near the southwestern point of Connecticut. It is bordered on the north by Pound Ridge, New York, to the south by Long Island Sound, by Greenwich to the west, and both Darien and New Canaan to the east.

Climate

Stamford experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average high temperature annually is 62.4 °F (16.9 °C). The average low temperature annually is 40.6 °F (4.8 °C). The highest recorded temperature was 104 °F (40 °C) in 2001. The lowest recorded temperature was −18 °F (−27.8 °C) in 1982. The average warmest month is July. January is the average coolest month. The maximum average precipitation occurs in May. The average precipitation from November to March is 21.39 inches (543 mm). During the winter months, it is not uncommon for snowfall to occur in the northern part of the city, while remaining rain in the downtown and coastal areas of the city. This is mainly due to the tempering effects of Long Island Sound on climate.

Climate data for Stamford
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3.3)
41
(5)
50
(10)
62
(16.7)
73
(22.8)
81
(27.2)
85
(29.4)
83
(28.3)
76
(24.4)
65
(18.3)
53
(11.7)
42
(5.6)
62
(16.7)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
21
(-6.1)
29
(-1.7)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
56
(13.3)
62
(16.7)
61
(16.1)
53
(11.7)
42
(5.6)
34
(1.1)
25
(-3.9)
41
(5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.50
(114.3)
3.32
(84.3)
4.70
(119.4)
4.51
(114.6)
4.97
(126.2)
4.33
(110)
4.09
(103.9)
4.26
(108.2)
4.82
(122.4)
4.42
(112.3)
4.58
(116.3)
4.29
(109)
52.79
(1,340.9)
Source: Weather Channel[4] 2009-05-17

Neighborhoods

The commonly known neighborhoods throughout Stamford (with ZIP Codes that roughly cover the same areas) are as follows:

Complete neighborhoods list

  • Atlantic Square
  • Belltown
  • Downtown Stamford
  • East Side
  • Glenbrook
  • Harbor Point(Under Construction)
  • High Ridge
  • Hubbard Heights
  • Hunting Ridge
  • Landmark Square
  • Long Ridge
  • Mill River Park
  • Newfield
  • North Stamford
  • Revonah
  • Revonah Woods
  • Richmond Hill
  • Ridgeway
  • Roxbury
  • Shippan
  • Shippan Point
  • South End
  • Southfield
  • Springdale
  • Talmadge Hill
  • The Cove
  • Turn of River
  • Waterside
  • Westover
  • West Side
  • Woodside

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 18,839
1910 28,836 53.1%
1920 40,067 38.9%
1930 56,765 41.7%
1940 61,215 7.8%
1950 74,293 21.4%
1960 92,713 24.8%
1970 108,798 17.3%
1980 102,453 −5.8%
1990 108,056 5.5%
2000 117,083 8.4%
Est. 2007 118,475 1.2%

The 2007 Census Population estimate for Stamford is 118,475. A 2005 Census survey estimated 49,911 housing units to be in existence. The average median age of 39.3 is slightly higher than the US average median age of 36.4. Stamford's population characteristics are as follows (Source: 2006 Census American Community Survey):

  • White - 64.2%
  • Black - 15.4%
  • Asian - 6.2%
  • All Other Races - 13.2%
  • Two or More Races - 1.7%
  • Hispanic - 19.7%

One out of three residents are foreign born. A language other than English is spoken at home by 40% of the population. The main ancestries of the population (Source: 2000 US Census Bureau) are: Italian (16.9%), Irish (10.5%), German (6.6%), Polish (5.6%), and Russian (3.1%). The top ten countries of origin for the foreign-born population (Source: 2000 US Census Bureau) are:

  • Haiti - 3,524
  • Guatemala - 3,067
  • India - 2,577
  • Jamaica - 2,289
  • Greece - 2,100
  • Colombia - 1,937
  • China - 1,495
  • Mexico - 1,414
  • Peru - 1,268

Stamford has one of the highest educated populations in the US. Nine out of ten are high school graduates. Those possessing a bachelor's degree or higher is estimated at 45.9% of the population.

The population density is 3,101.9 people per square mile (1,197.5/km²). There are 47,317 housing units at an average density of 1,253.6/sq mi (484.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.79% White., 15.39% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 5.00% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 3.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.77% of the population.

There are 45,399 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.13.

The proportion of the population under the age of 18 was 22.1%, from 18 to 24 was 7.4%, from 25 to 44 was 35.0%, from 45 to 64 was 21.7%, and 65 years of age or older were 13.8%. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $72,315, and the median income for a family was $88,205.[5] Males had a median income of $48,386 versus $36,958 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,987. About 5.4% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Italians form the largest ethnic group in Stamford. Irish, Polish, Jewish, Puerto Rican, African-American, and Caribbean people also make up a significant portion of the population.

Stamford is tied with Iowa City, Iowa for the US metropolitan area with the highest percentage of the adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher; 44 percent of adults hold a degree.[6]

Politics

Located in a fairly liberal state, Stamford is mostly Democratic, home to about 21,500 active registered Democrats and 14,000 Republicans in October 2005. The partisan ratio was 1.5 Democrats per Republican. 100 individuals were registered with minor parties, while roughly 20,000 did not have any party affiliation.[7]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005[8]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Republican 13,916 5,342 19,258 25.61%
  Democratic 21,493 7,115 28,608 38.05%
  Unaffiliated 20,118 7,062 27,180 36.15%
  Minor Parties 100 40 140 0.19%
Total 55,627 19,559 75,186 100%

Transportation

Mass transit

Buildings in Downtown Stamford

Stamford is located on the main branch of the New Haven Line on the Metro-North Railroad, the commuter rail system for northern metropolitan New York City. Stamford is the third busiest station on the Metro North system and serves as a major transfer point for local trains. Stamford Station is also the terminus of a Metro-North branch that ends in New Canaan, 8 miles (13 km) away, and a part time terminal of Shore Line East trains. Two smaller train stations in Stamford are Glenbrook and Springdale, both a part of the New Canaan branch. With a recent spike in development in the East Side neighborhood, the city is considering putting in a proposal to construct a new stop to service the East Main Street area close to the New Canaan branch overpass.

Commuter trains come into Stamford from all points between New London to the east and New York (Grand Central Terminal) to the south. Several express (non-stop) trains leave Stamford each morning and evening for Grand Central. The average non-stop commute is forty-five minutes. Stamford has seen a significant increase in ridership. Much of this increase is a result of reverse commuting, individuals commuting from New York City to Stamford for work. Trains operate from the Stamford station between 4:43 AM (first departure to Grand Central) until 12:25 AM (last departure to Grand Central). On the weekends the first departure for Grand Central occurs at 5:03 AM. Fares during rush hour (on peak) are higher than during non-rush hour (off peak). On peak fares are charged between 4:43 AM – 9:10 AM for trains originating to Grand Central. Trains in transit to Stamford are charged on peak fares from 5:35 AM – 8:37 AM and from 4:02 PM – 7:40 PM. On peak fares do not apply on weekends and/or holidays. Tickets can be bought on board, yet the surcharge can make the price steep.

Stamford also serves as a station along the Amtrak route. Acela, the high speed train service between Boston and Washington, makes several daily stops in Stamford. Amtrak's Regional (Springfield, MA to Washington, DC) and Vermonter (Saint Albans, VT to Washington, DC) also make daily stops in Stamford. Amtrak tickets can be purchased on the upper level of the Stamford station.

Late in 2007 the city contracted a private San Francisco company to conduct a 6 month feasibility study to look at the possibility of creating an inner-city light rail line. With the proposed Harbor Point development set to break ground in the South End neighborhood sometime in 2008, the idea is to create a line that would connect the new developments to points north, such as the transportation center, Landmark Square in downtown and other various points up to the Bulls Head area.

Airports

Stamford is within forty-five minutes of four major airports. Westchester County Airport (often referred to as White Plains Airport) which borders the town of Greenwich, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y., and Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport.

Many people also use Bradley International Airport In Hartford, Connecticut

Buses

City bus transportation is provided by CT Transit, which is run and financed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The main terminal is adjacent to the train station on State Street, under the I-95 highway. Bus service runs along major arterial roads through the towns of Darien, Norwalk, Greenwich and Port Chester, New York. A non-stop direct route is also offered to White Plains, New York. Commuters can connect in Norwalk to points as far east as Milford and as far north as Danbury. Additional connections can be made in Port Chester and White Plains to all points covered by the Bee-Line bus system in Westchester County.

Greyhound provides some bus service from the lower level of the Stamford train station. Same bus service is provided to New Haven (Union Station) and New York (Port Authority).

Highways

Two limited-access highways run through the city. Interstate 95 serves as the main route through downtown Stamford with four exits (6-9). The Merritt Parkway runs through the northern part of the city. This road is designated for passenger vehicles only. Any congestion on the Merritt Parkway is mostly likely to occur on the southbound lane in the morning and the northbound in the evening (route to and from New York). At night, due to the absence of lighting visibility on the Merritt Parkway is relatively poor. Stamford exits on the Merritt Parkway are 33-35, and exit 36 is just over the border in New Canaan.

Stamford is also served by four other state highways. Route 1, also known as Main Street in Stamford, is also used as a major artery during the morning and evening commute. Most traffic via Route 1 is short distance or fairly local, yet vehicles have utilized Route 1 during times of heavy congestion on I-95 as a re-route. Route 137 (Washington Boulevard and High Ridge Road) is the main north-south road of the city and runs from the Stamford Transportation Center and serves the Turn of River, North Stamford, and High Ridge sections of the city. Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) branches off from Route 137 to serve the Long Ridge section. Route 106 (Courtland Avenue) serves the Glenbrook neighborhood and continues towards the town of Darien.

Economy

Stamford's cluster of corporate headquarters includes a number of Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 and Courant 100 companies.

Among the larger companies with headquarters in Stamford are Thomson Corporation, World Wrestling Entertainment, Time Warner Cable, Tasty Bite and Pitney Bowes. UBS also has its North American headquarters here and its trading floor holds the Guinness World Record as the largest column-less trading floor in the world. Royal Bank of Scotland moved its North American operations into Stamford in 2009, including its RBS Greenwich Capital subsidiary.[9]

In recent years, many large corporations have moved offices outside of the city due to the high rental cost, including Xerox, MeadWestvaco, International Paper, GE Capital, NBC and Clairol.

Crime

Stamford was the ninth-safest city in the United States in 2006 (among cities with populations of 100,000 or more), up from the 11th safest in 2005, according to the FBI. The 2006 ranking represented the sixth consecutive year the city ranked in the top 11. FBI crime statistics for the city showed crime went down 1.7 percent in 2006 because of a plunge in property crimes. But the rate of violent crime went up by a total of 29 percent in the two years 2005 and 2006 combined. The increase was due in part due to violent gang battles, often on the West Side.[10]

The violent crime rate climbed five years in a row up through 2006, and the 2005 increase was also in the double digits. The city's 300-officer police force responded to 393 reports of violent crimes in 2006, up from 353 in 2005 and 305 in 2004. The total number of serious assaults dropped from 183 in 2005 to 172 in 2006, according to city records. Robberies rose from 150 to 197 in 2006. Serious assaults dropped 6 percent.[10]

There were three homicides and 23 rapes in 2006, up from two homicides and 18 rapes in 2005. the city reported 2,697 total crimes. With populations close to that of Stamford, Bridgeport (ranked 25th) reported 8,496, Hartford (ranked 26th) reported 10,955 and Waterbury reported 6,447 (New Haven hasn't reported statistics to the F.B.I. in years.)[10]

Fire Department

Stamford's fire protection is provided by several volunteer fire departments, as well as a paid fire department known as Stamford Fire Rescue (see main article), whose primary district is the downtown, east side, west side, woodside, and south end areas. Budgeting and districting of the various fire departments throughout the city have been unstable since 2007, due to an extended legal conflict between the volunteer departments and the Malloy administration. The final outcome is yet to be settled.

Education

Stamford has branches of the University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University. The University of Connecticut's campus is located in a large modern building in downtown that opened in 1998 after extensive renovations to an abandoned former Bloomingdales store that closed in 1990[11]. The branches of the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University are located in the River Bend Executive Center, Fairfield County's premier communication and information high tech park. All are commuter campuses.

As no study has been conducted to assess the cost of education in Stamford, it is difficult to tell whether or not Stamford has a well-funded public education system. Although providing a public education is a state responsibility, Connecticut ranks near the bottom in state share of public education expenditures. Thus, the majority of education funding must come from local governments like that of Stamford. According to the State Department of Education, in the 2004-05 academic year, 42.7% of Stamford's public school students were economically disadvantaged, 34.8% did not have English as a home language and 11.6% were students with disabilities. Research has shown that these populations need additional resources to meet state academic standards. Owing to the state school finance system, the burden of these extra necessary costs of education falls primarily on Stamford's local government. The public school system is an integrated district with racial balance requirements exceeding those of the state of Connecticut. State standards require that a school's racial makeup be within 25% of the community's racial makeup. Stamford's standard is a more strict 10%. Over the years, schools have become unbalanced.

Stamford has several public high schools, Westhill High School, Stamford High School, and the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering. The city also has several private schools, including King Low Heywood Thomas and Trinity Catholic High School, and Bi-Cultural Jewish Day School as well as two state charter schools: Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School and Stamford Academy Charter High School, both operated by human services nonprofit Domus.

Libraries

Stamford's public library, the Ferguson Library, is one of the largest in Connecticut. The main library downtown is the second in the country to rent space to a Starbucks (since September 1999).[12] The store has its own doors to the street and to the library, and is open earlier and later than the library. The library also shows movies and has a used-book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library.

The library has branches in South End, Springdale, and the Turn of River sections of the city, it also has a bookmobile that runs daily to different neighborhoods. The Turn of River branch, officially called the Harry Bennett Branch, is the largest library branch in the state. That branch also has a used book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library.

Attractions

Parks and recreation sites

  • Cummings Park, a public beach, was once a popular spot for shellfishing. The park, developed in 1906, previously was known as Halloween Park because Mayor Homer Cummings cast the deciding vote to create it on Halloween Night.[13]
  • The 83 acre Cove Island Park, once a farm and then an enormous factory site, offers visitors a choice of beaches as well as picnic grounds and bluffs. It has a small wildlife sanctuary in the southwest corner that might be interesting for bird watchers. SoundWaters Community Center for Environmental Education is located at the northeast part of the park.
  • Terry Connors Ice Rink shares a parking lot with Cove Island Park. It offers public ice skating for all ages and ability levels, group lessons and ice hockey. It is the home of the Stamford Youth Hockey Association [11].
  • Scalzi Park on Bridge Street has a playground, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, bocce courts, basketball courts, roller hockey courts, and a baseball stadium named "Cubeta Stadium." Stamford baseball leagues play baseball there. J.M. Wright Technical High School is next to the park. A skate park was opened at Scalzi in July 2007. The city sought input from users in planning the $309,850, concrete skate park and hired Grindline Skateparks Inc. of Seattle, Washington to provide a unique design and build it.[14]
  • Stamford boasts two municipal golf courses. Sterling Farms Golf Course opened in May 1972 and is the more more popular of the two courses [15]. The facility also has a driving range, restaurant, and six tennis courts. In the fall of 2005, Sterling Farms began Phase 1 of an extensive renovation project which will result in improvements to the entire golf course and adjacent facilities. Each fall and spring since 2005, 3 to 4 different holes have been renovated resulting in new tees, bunkers and cart paths. At this point, the entire front 9 has been completed and the back 9 is well underway. All is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010. E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, referred to locally as Hubbard Heights, opened for play in 1922 as a private course and was purchased by the city in 1949. A long range Master Plan is currently being designed by Stephen Kay - Doug Smith Golf Course Design and renovation work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2010.
  • Mill River Park - This park is located in the center of downtown but its ancient grist mill (present when George Washington traveled through Stamford) was modernized in the 1920s. The result was interference with the seasonal changes in the riverflow, chronic backup of silt, a loss of wildlife and an accumulation of debris. Demolition of the dam to re-establish the natural flow of the river and create a park designed by Olin Associates (the same firm that designed Bryant Park in New York) is currently underway.

Arts, science and cultural attractions

Science and nature

Theatre and film

  • Stamford Center for the Arts: The Palace Theatre, originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1927, reopened as a nonprofit theater in 1983. It was joined in 1992 by the Rich Forum, another downtown venue. Both have been run by the Stamford Center for the Arts. The Rich Forum is now being rented by NBC Universal as a television studio.
  • Curtain Call Inc. presents plays and other entertainment at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave.
  • Bow Tie Cinemas has two first-run movie houses in Stamford with a total of 15 movie screens: Landmark 9 and Majestic 6. On February 13, 2004, the Avon Theatre Film Center, a nonprofit movie house focusing on classic, alternative and art films, opened in the former Avon Theatre on Bedford Street. In Springdale, the two-screen State Cinema, run by Garden Homes Cinemas of Stamford, has second-run films. The Ferguson Library also shows films.

Music

  • Stamford Symphony Orchestra In a typical season, the SSO gives five pairs of classical concerts and three pops concerts at the 1,586-seat Palace Theatre, as well as a concert for elementary school students and a family concert series.
  • Connecticut Grand Opera, a not-for-profit, professional opera company performs at the Palace Theatre. On its web site, the CGO claims to offer "the most ambitious opera season of any company between New York and Boston."

Media

The NHL on Versus airs its studio show from Stamford. The Yes Network headquarters is in Stamford. World Wrestling Entertainment has its international headquarters in Stamford.

Stamford, Connecticut served as a location for one of five branches of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company from the US television series, The Office.

Stamford, Connecticut is featured as the start of events that unfold in the Marvel Comics Civil War crossover series.

The 2001-2005 television sitcom My Wife and Kids starring Damon Wayans was set in Stamford.

Beginning in 2009, NBC Universal moved production of three syndicated programs to the Rich Forum Theatre. Maury originally taped in New York City while The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show come to Stamford from Chicago.

Print media

Radio stations in the city

  • WSTC-AM 1400; 1,000 watts; shares programming with WNLK-AM 1350
  • WEDW-FM 88.5; 2,000 watts, a National Public Radio station

Notable people, past and present

Stamford has been home to many famous people, among them band leader Benny Goodman, actor Christopher Lloyd, who was born in the city, and actor Bob Crane, star of Hogan's Heroes.[16] Actor and comedian Gene Wilder and singer Cyndi Lauper are current residents. Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams and former Yankees/Mets pitcher David Cone reside in Stamford.

World Wrestling Entertainment headquarters in Stamford

Baseball star Jackie Robinson made Stamford his home, and football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli was born in the city, as was baseball manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine also owns a popular restaurant in downtown Stamford that bears his name. Boxing champion Gene Tunney is buried in town. Cooking author Ina Garten and physicist Robert Jaffe grew up in Stamford. Singer Willy DeVille was born in Stamford in 1950.

Former NBA Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy was born at Stamford Hospital lived most of his life in the City. He taught at St Basil's Preparatory School before being elected to two terms as Mayor of Stamford.

Georges Clemenceau, the French premier during World War I taught at a girl's school in Stamford in the 1860s. U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was born here in 1942. Former US Rep. Christopher Shays is a former resident. John J. McCloy, a prominent advisor to presidents, died in Stamford. William F. Buckley Jr., founder of National Review magazine, also died in Stamford. Earl Hindman, "Wilson" of the TV show, "Home Improvement," died in Stamford.

Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore, lived in the city for 10 years. His home and studio on Studio Road decades later became the home and studio of painter Nicholas Krushenick and later, sculptor Reuben Nakian. The artist John A. Ten Eyck died in the city. Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Major-Archdiocese of Lviv, and one of the cardinals considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II in 2005, was educated at St. Basil's College in Stamford.

Walter Cronkite, the veteran CBS newsman lived in the city for a number of years while he worked in New York City.

Robert Jarvik, inventor of the first artificial heart, grew up in the city.[17][18] Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, was at one time a resident and organized the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament held in Stamford until 2006, when it was moved to Brooklyn, New York City.

Many professional wrestlers and executives associated with World Wrestling Entertainment reside in Stamford or in neighboring towns, as the city is home to WWE's corporate headquarters. Rihanna, pop/R&B singer, currently resides in Stamford.[19]

Some films shot in Stamford

These are some of the films shot in the city, in reverse chronological order:

  • 25/8(2009)- Filmed in the Tully Center, Westhill High school
  • Away We Go (2009)
  • Farlanders (2009) - Filmed on Vine Road and inside Remo's on Bedford Street
  • Everybody's Fine (2009)
  • Old Dogs (2008) - Filmed inside UConn Stamford Campus.
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2008)
  • Rachel Getting Married (2008) - Salon Shahin and in a home on Westview Lane
  • Righteous Kill (2008) - Filmed in front of UConn Stamford Campus, at Trump Parc.
  • College Road Trip(2008)- inside Lakeside Diner, at the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course and on Merritt Parkway
  • Pistol Whipped(2008) - AKA Marker
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)-Front of Dolan Middle School
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • What Just Happened (2008) - Locations include Canal Street, Tresser Boulevard, and the front of Stamford Town Center.
  • In Bloom (2008), Starting in August 2006, the movie became the first major, full-length film since "The Ice Storm" to be shot entirely in Connecticut. Locations include Waterside, Springdale, Glenbrook and the West Side, "St. Basil College, Victory Deli, Pellicci's Restaurant, Stamford Hospital and private homes on Scott Place and Apple Tree Drive, and the Palace Theater.[20][21]
  • Reservation Road (2007) started shooting in October 2006. Locations include Cove Island Park, Stamford Academy Charter High School, Long Ridge Church and Black Bear Saloon.
  • Person of Interest (2007)
  • Saving Grace (2007)
  • Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)
  • Too Bad (2006)
  • Wordplay (2006)[22] - Filmed at the Marriott hotel
  • Beyond the Mat (1999)
  • Scenes from a Mall (1991) - Scenes from the Stamford Town Center.
  • The Horror of Party Beach (1964) - West Beach and Cummings Beach, Shippan area and filmed almost entirely in various Stamford locations.
  • The Cardinal (1963) - Scene taken in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church on Atlantic Street.
  • Boomerang (1947) - Filmed almost entirely in Stamford.

Source (unless otherwise noted): Internet Movie DataBase page on Stamford

Sister cities

References

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Further reading

  • Springdale Remembered 1640-1949, by Rosemary Burns
  • The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut by Jeanne Majdalany

External links


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

STAMFORD, a city of Fairfield county, Connecticut, U.S.A., in a township of the same name, in the south-western part of the state, on Long Island Sound, 331 m. (by rail) N.E. of New York City. Pop. of the city (1900), 15,997, of whom 4078 were foreign-born; (1910, census) 25,138; of the township, including the city (1900), 18,839; (1910), 28,836. The city is served by the New York, New Haven & Hartford railway (which has other stations in the township at Glenbrook, Springdale and Talmadge Hill), by electric railway to Darien, Greenwich, &c., and by two lines of steamboats to New York City and ports on the Sound. The city is pleasantly situated with the Rippowam river flowing through it, the Mianus river on the west and the XXV. 25 Noroton on the east. It is the place of residence of many New York business men. Among its institutions are the Ferguson Library (1882; with 16,000 volumes in 1909), several private schools, a Y.M.C.A., the Stamford Hospital (private, 1893), two private sanatoria, the Convent of our Lady of Lourdes, St John's Church House, a day nursery (1902), with dispensary and kindergarten, and the Stamford Children's Home (1895). The Stamford and the Corinthian Yacht Clubs have club-houses here. Shippan Point, on the Sound, 11 m. south of the city, is a summer resort, near which the city bought land for a public park in 1906. Stamford's factory product in 1905 was valued at $5,890,416, 50.3% more than in 1900. The principal manufactures are builders' hardware, locks and keys (the works of the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company are here), woollen goods, dye stuffs, &c. The township of Stamford, known until 1642 by the Indian name of Rippowam, was settled in 1641 by twenty-nine persons who for religious reasons seceded from the Wethersfield church and joined the colony of New Haven. Discontent with the religious policy of New Haven, however, caused a number of the Stamford citizens to withdraw and to found Hempstead, Long Island, and for the same reason many of the people of Stamford approved of the union of the New Haven colony and Connecticut by the charter of 1662; and in October 1662 Stamford submitted to Connecticut. Stamford was chartered as a borough in 1830 and as a city in 1894.

See E. B. Huntington, History of Stamford (Stamford, 1868); and C. B. Gillespie, Picturesque Stamford (Stamford, 1893).


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