Stamford, Connecticut

Stamford (/ˈstæmfərd/) is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of 2017, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 131,000, making it the third-largest city in the state (behind Bridgeport and New Haven) and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

Stamford is home to four Fortune 500 Companies,[4] nine Fortune 1000 Companies, and 13 Courant 100 Companies, as well as numerous divisions of large corporations. This gives Stamford the largest financial district in the New York metropolitan region outside New York City itself and one of the largest concentrations of corporations in the United States.

Interactive map of Stamford, Connecticut

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 present name is after the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.[5] The deed to Stamford was signed on July 1, 1640 between Captain Turner of the New Haven Colony and Chief Ponus. By the 18th century, one of the primary industries of the town was merchandising by water, which was possible due to Stamford's proximity to New York.

Stamford Aerial 2017
Aerial view of the Downtown and South End neighborhoods of Stamford with Long Island in the distance.

In 1692, Stamford was home to a less famous witch trial than the well-known Salem witch trials, which also occurred in 1692. The accusations were less fanatical and smaller-scale but also grew to prominence through gossip and hysterics.[6]

New Canaan officially separated from Stamford when it incorporated as a town in 1801, followed by Darien in 1820.

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.

In 1950, the Census Bureau reported the city's population as 94.6% white and 5.2% black.[7]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Stamford's commercial real estate boomed as corporations relocated from New York City to peripheral areas.[8] A massive urban redevelopment campaign during that time 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 34-story Trump Parc Stamford condominium tower, and then again by the Atlantic Station development, another project by the Rich Company in partnership with Cappelli Enterprises.[9] 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.

Since 2008, an 80-acre mixed-use redevelopment project for the Stamford's Harbor Point neighborhood has added additional growth south of the city's Downtown area. Once complete, the redevelopment will include 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) of new residential, retail, office and hotel space, and a marina. As of July 2012, roughly 900 of the projected 4,000 Harbor Point residential units had been constructed.[10] New restaurants and recreational activities have come up in the Harbor Point area, which is considered as New Stamford.

Geography

Stamford CT night aerial from the west
Night aerial view of Stamford from the west, with Norwalk, Bridgeport, and New Haven behind to the northeast. The dark area in the upper right is the Long Island Sound.

Stamford is situated near the southwestern point of Connecticut, on the Long Island Sound. It comprises a number of neighborhoods and villages including Cove, East Side, Downtown, North Stamford, Glenbrook, West Side, Turn Of River, Waterside, Springdale, Belltown, Ridgeway, Newfield, South End, Westover, Shippan, Roxbury and Palmers Hill. North of the Merritt Parkway is considered the North Stamford section of the city. North Stamford encompasses the largest land mass in Stamford, however it is the least densely populated area of the city. North Stamford functionally and legally acts as one municipality with the City of Stamford. Towns surrounding Stamford include Pound Ridge, New York to the north, Greenwich to the west, and both Darien and New Canaan to the east.

The city has an area of 52.09 square miles (134.9 km2), making it the largest city by area in the state.[11]

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Stamford has a temperate climate (Cfa), with long, hot summers, and cool to cold winters. Stamford, like the rest of coastal Connecticut, lies in the broad transition zone between the continental climates of New England and southeast Canada to the north, and the milder temperate and subtropical climates to the south.

The warm/hot season in Stamford is from mid-April through early November. Late day thundershowers are common in the hottest months (June, July, August, September), despite the mostly sunny skies. The cool/cold season is from late November though mid March. Winter weather is far more variable than summer weather along the Connecticut coast, ranging from sunny days with higher temperatures to cold and blustery conditions with occasional snow. Like much of the Connecticut coast and nearby Long Island, NY, some of the winter precipitation is rain or a mix and rain and wet snow in Stamford. Stamford averages about 30 inches (75 cm) of snow annually, compared to inland areas like Hartford and Albany which average 45–60 inches (110–150 cm) of snow annually.

Although infrequent, tropical cyclones (hurricanes/tropical storms) have struck Connecticut and the Stamford metropolitan area. Hurricane landfalls have occurred along the Connecticut coast in 1903, 1938, 1944, 1954 (Carol), 1960 (Donna), 1985 (Gloria). Tropical Storm Irene (2011) also caused moderate damage along the Connecticut coast, as did Hurricane Sandy (which made landfall in New Jersey) in 2012.

Coastal Connecticut is the broad transition zone where so-called "subtropical indicator" plants and other broadleaf evergreens can successfully be cultivated. Stamford averages about 90 days annually with freeze - about the same as Baltimore, Maryland. As such, Southern Magnolias, Needle Palms, Windmill palm, Loblolly Pines, and Crape Myrtles are grown in private and public gardens. Like much of coastal Connecticut, Long Island, and coastal New Jersey, the growing season is rather long in Stamford - averaging 210 days from April 8 to November 5 according to the National Weather Service in Bridgeport.

Neighborhoods

Stamford is composed of approximately 45 distinct neighborhoods, including 2 historic districts.[14]

ZIP Codes

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

Islands

Five islands are situated in Long Island Sound: Cove Island, Grass Island, Greenway Island, Jack Island, and Cuties Island, also known as Vincent Island.

Stamford Skyline 2018

Skyline of Downtown Stamford, Connecticut

One Landmark Square Stamford Night

One Landmark Square, the second tallest building in Stamford

Palace Theatre Stamford

The Palace Theatre at Stamford Center for the Arts in Downtown Stamford

Mill River Park Stamford

An autumn evening in Mill River Park

Alive@Five Stamford Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men performing at the 2015 Alive@Five Summer Concert Series hosted by Stamford Downtown

Stamford CT Old Town Hall

Stamford's Old Town Hall- a beaux arts building

UCONN Stamford Building

UCONN Stamford's main campus building

Ferguson Library Stamford

The Ferguson Library in Downtown Stamford

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,540
189010,396309.3%
190015,99753.9%
191025,13857.1%
192035,09639.6%
193046,34632.1%
194047,9383.4%
195074,29355.0%
196092,71324.8%
1970108,79817.3%
1980102,466−5.8%
1990108,0565.5%
2000117,0838.4%
2010122,6434.7%
Est. 2016129,113[3]5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

The population density is 3,101.9 people per square mile (1,197.5/km2).

Age and gender

The proportion of the population under the age of 18 was 21.6%, age 18 to 24 was 7.8%, age 25 to 44 was 32.5%, age 45 to 64 was 25.0%, and 65 years of age or older was 13.1%. The median age of 37.1 is slightly lower than the U.S. median age of 37.2. Composition of the population based on sex is 50.7 females to 49.3 males. (Source: 2000 U.S. Census)

Education

Stamford has one of the most highly educated populations in the U.S. Nine out of ten are high school graduates. Those possessing a bachelor's degree or higher is estimated at 43.6% of the population. Stamford is tied with Iowa City, Iowa for the U.S. metropolitan area with the highest percentage of the adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher; 44 percent of adults hold a degree.[15]

Ethnicity and Race

2017 Census Statistics counted Stamford’s population to be 131,000. A 2009 Census survey estimated 48,676 housing units to be in existence. Stamford's population characteristics are as follows (Source:U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 US Census):

More than one out of three residents (35%) are foreign born. A language other than English is spoken at home by 45% of the population. The main ancestries of the population (Source: 2013 American Community Survey Estimate) are: Italian (12.4%), Irish (5.9%), Polish (4.5%), English (2.9%), German (2.9%), and Russian (2.3%). The top ten countries of origin for the foreign-born population (Source: 2010 US Census Bureau) are:

StamfordHarbor
View of Stamford Harbor with 'Stamford Harbor Park' office buildings in the background
  • Dominican Republic - 8,144
  • Guatemala - 7,707
  • India - 5,133
  • Haiti - 5,071
  • Jamaica - 2,753
  • Colombia - 2,679
  • Peru - 2,560
  • Mexico - 2,478
  • Ecuador - 2,313
  • China - 1,991
  • Honduras - 1,279

Housing

There are 47,317 housing units at an average density of 1,253.6 per square mile (484.0/km2). 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.

Income

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.[16] 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.

Politics

Stamford is predominantly Democratic, yet the least Democratic of Connecticut's urban cities. The current mayor is David Martin, a Democrat. Notable Republicans include former US representative Chris Shays, former Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele, and former mayor Michael Pavia. Democrats include Attorney General William Tong, Former Governor Dannel Malloy, US Senator/former CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, CT Attorney General George Jepsen, former US Attorney General/mayor Homer Stille Cummings, CT Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald, and Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court Richard A. Robinson. Other notable politicians with Stamford roots include Independent (former Democrat) US Senator/2000 Vice-Presidential nominee/CT Attorney General Joseph Lieberman, conservative commentator William F. Buckley, Jr., and French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of November 2017.[17]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percent Change Since 2014[18] Percentage
Republican 13,742 524 14,266 +7.7% 20.1%
Democratic 27,471 1,145 28,616 +13.9% 40.2%
Unaffiliated 25,377 1,420 26,797 +16% 37.6%
Total 68,029 3,169 71,198 +13.8% 100%

Transportation

Mass Transit

Stamford Transportation Center Metro North Train
Manhattan-bound Metro-North Train leaving the Stamford Transportation Center.

Stamford is located on the New Haven Line on the Metro-North Railroad, the commuter rail system for northern metropolitan New York City. Stamford is the busiest station on the Metro-North system, after only Grand Central Terminal, and serves as a major transfer point for local trains.[19] Stamford Station is also the terminus of a Metro-North branch that ends in New Canaan, 8 mi (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.

Commuter trains come into Stamford from all points between New London to the east and New York (Grand Central Terminal) to the south. The average non-stop commute is forty-seven minutes. Trains operate from the Stamford station between 4:43 AM (first departure to Grand Central) until 12:55 AM (last departure to Grand Central).

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 Northeast Regional (Springfield, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C.) and Vermonter (Saint Albans, Vermont to Washington, D.C.) also make daily stops in Stamford. Amtrak tickets can be purchased on the upper level of the Stamford station.

Airports

Stamford is within reasonable driving distance of six airports: two regional, four international.
Regional: Westchester County Airport (often referred to as White Plains Airport) which borders the town of Greenwich, and Tweed New Haven Airport, in East Haven, CT.
International: LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport both in Queens, N.Y., Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark/Elizabeth, New Jersey and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, 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 inter-city bus service from the lower level of the Stamford train station. Bus service is provided to New Haven (Union Station), Boston (South 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

1 Blachley Rd-NBC Sports Group
NBC Sports Group world headquarters at 1 Blachley Road in Stamford, Connecticut.

Stamford's cluster of corporate headquarters includes a number of Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, and Forbes Global 2000 companies. In 2017, Stamford had four Fortune 500, nine Fortune 1000, three Forbes Global 2000,[20] and one Fortune Global 500 company.[21]

Among the larger companies with headquarters in Stamford are Charter Communications, Synchrony Financial, Indeed.com, United Rentals, Conair, Gartner, Henkel North American Consumer Goods, WWE, Pitney Bowes, Gen Re, NBC Sports Group, Nestle Waters North America, Crane Co. and Vineyard Vines.[22] UBS's Stamford trading floor holds the Guinness World Record as the largest column-less trading floor in the world. The Royal Bank of Scotland moved its North American operations into Stamford in 2009, including its RBS Greenwich Capital subsidiary.[23]

The Harbor Point development, located in the South End, is one of the largest private-sector development projects in the United States.[24] Many large retail stores, such as Design within Reach (which is also headquartered in Stamford) and Fairway Market have moved in, along with multiple companies including ITV America, McKinsey & Company, Bridgewater Associates, and the headquarters of Starwood Hotels (Now Marriott International), and KAYAK.com.

Crime

According to FBI statistics in 2014, Stamford is the 16th safest of the 269 cities in the nation and well ahead of any in Connecticut with a population greater than 100,000 that report crime statistics to the FBI.[25] In 2015, Stamford had 3 murders, 19 rapes, and 92 robberies.[26] Crime in Stamford is much more controlled in comparison to cities with similar population size in Connecticut and nationally. Lower crime rates in Stamford are attributed to the city's robust economic growth in recent decades.

Criminal cases are prosecuted by The State's Attorney's Office and Stamford is home to a State Superior Court which is located on Hoyt Street adjacent to the Stamford Police Department.

Emergency services

Stamford Emergency Medical Services

A not-for-profit agency, Stamford Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) provides pre-hospital emergency care in Stamford, Connecticut. SEMS also provides contracted paramedic intercept response to Darien Emergency Medical Services, located in Darien, Connecticut. SEMS is the only Connecticut EMS service accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). All SEMS units are staffed by at least one Connecticut-licensed paramedic.[27] Stamford EMS responds to 14,000 calls annually.

In Stamford, medical facilities include;

  • Stamford Hospital, Level II Trauma Center
  • Tully Health Center
  • Franklin Street Community Health Center

Fire Department

Fire protection in the city of Stamford is provided by the paid The Stamford Fire Rescue Department(SFRD) and 4 all-volunteer Fire Departments: Glenbrook-New Hope, Belltown, Springdale, Turn of River, and 1 Combination Company, Long Ridge.

Budgeting and districting of the various fire departments throughout the city has been unstable since 2007, due to an extended legal conflict between the volunteer departments and the Malloy administration.[28] As of May 16, 2012, a decision was reached by the city's charter revision committee to combine the paid and volunteer fire departments into one combination fire department, known as the Stamford Fire Department.[29]

Police Department

The Stamford Police Department (SPD) is Stamford's only police force and has lost four officers in the line of service since 1938. The police force has about 280 sworn police officers making it the 5th largest police force in Connecticut after Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury.[30] Most Stamford Officers were trained at the Connecticut Police Training Academy before patrolling in the city. Aside from Police Headquarters, located at 805 Bedford St. in Downtown Stamford, SPD also operates substations in Stamford's West Side at Wilson St. and W. Main St. and at 1137 High Ridge Rd and Hope Street. A new police headquarters is currently being constructed adjacent to the current one, and it is expected to open at the end of 2018. The current Chief of Police is Jonathan Fontneau who was appointed by former Mayor Michael Pavia in 2012.[31]

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 Bloomingdale's store that closed in 1990.[32] The University of Bridgeport is located in the River Bend Executive Center, Fairfield County's premier communication and information high tech park, While Sacred Heart University is located at Landmark Square. In 2017, UCONN Stamford opened a 300 student dormitory hall around the corner from the Stamford Campus on Washington Blvd.[33]

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 three 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 Trinity Catholic High School, Villa Maria School, and Bi-Cultural Jewish Day School, King Low Heywood Thomas, and The Long Ridge School as well as two state charter schools: Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School[34] and Stamford Academy Charter High School,[35] both operated by human services nonprofit Domus.[36]

Libraries

Stamford's public library, the Ferguson Library, is one of the largest in Connecticut. The library also shows movies and has a used book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library. There is a Starbucks located right next to the 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.

Sports

  • The first Marathon race to be held in the United States, on September 19, 1896, had its start line at Stamford Armory. The race, which finished in Williamsbridge, Bronx, was won by John J. McDermott of New York City in a time of 3:25:55.6.
  • The New England Force, a professional soccer team based in Stamford, made its debut in the American Soccer League in August 2014.[37]

Parks and Recreation Sites

  • 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. There are numerous community activities offered at the park coordinated by the Mill River Park Collaborative.
  • Cummings Park, a public beach, was once a popular spot for shell-fishing. The park was developed in 1906 and had been known as Halloween Park because Mayor Homer Cummings cast the deciding vote to create it on Halloween Night.[38]
  • Shippan Landing Stamford Connecticut Skyline Aerial
    Stamford boasts miles of accessible shoreline for recreation as well as two public beaches.
    The 83-acre (340,000 m2) Cove Island Park, once a farm and then an enormous factory site (Stamford Manufacturing Company), 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.
  • Jackie Robinson Park on the West Side is named after baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who lived in Stamford.
  • Terry Connors Ice Rink[39] shares a parking lot with Cove Island Park. It offers public ice skating, group lessons, and ice hockey. It is the home of the Stamford Youth Hockey Association.[40]
  • Scalzi Park on Bridge Street has a playground, baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts, bocce courts, basketball courts, roller hockey courts, and a baseball stadium named "Cubeta Stadium." A concrete skate park was opened at Scalzi in July 2007 for $309,850 which was designed and built by Grindline Skateparks Inc. of Seattle, Washington.[41]
  • Stamford has two municipal golf courses. Sterling Farms Golf Course[42] opened in May 1972 and is the more popular of the two courses.[43] The facility also has a driving range, restaurant, and six tennis courts.
Shippan Landing Stamford Connecticut Skyline Aerial
Stamford boasts miles of accessible shoreline for recreation as well as two public beaches.

The E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course,[44] referred to locally as Hubbard Heights, opened for play in 1922 as a private course and was purchased by the city in 1949.

  • Dorothy Heroy Park Is located in North Stamford.
  • The Italian Center[45] features tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, a playground and a miniature golf course.
  • The YMCA[46] of Stamford offers swimming lessons and sports which include; basketball and indoor soccer. Programs are also available periodically for physical fitness.
  • The Stamford Yacht Club[47] is a private organization that provides members with access to boating activities and additional amenities.

Arts, Science, and Cultural Attractions

Science and Nature

  • The Stamford Museum and Nature Center on a 118-acre (0.48 km2) site in the northern end of town, has a collection of works by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, who was a Stamford resident for a decade.
  • The Fairfield County Astronomical Society was started up in 1954 runs the Stamford Observatory, which has a 22-inch (560 mm) telescope.
  • Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is a 91-acre (370,000 m2) botanical gardens and science education center boasting over 850 specimen trees and plants from around the world. It is also home to several Champion Trees; the largest of their species within Connecticut.
  • SoundWaters Community Center for Environmental Education is located in Cove Island Park.

Theatre, Film, and Video

Avon Theatre Stamford 2013
Avon Theatre, in 2013
  • Curtain Call Inc. presents plays and other entertainment at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave.
  • 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 occupied by NBCUniversal as a television studio where various television shows are taped and produced including The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, and The Steve Wilkos Show, The Trisha Goddard Show, and Crazy Talk.[48]
  • Bow Tie Cinemas has two first-run movie houses in Stamford with a total of 15 movie screens: Landmark 9 and Majestic 6.The Avon Theatre Film Center, a two-screen nonprofit movie house focusing on first-run independent movies, is located on Bedford Street. The Ferguson Library also shows movies.

Movies shot in Stamford

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."
  • Alive @ Five is an annual summer concert located in Columbus park typically lasting 6 weeks.
  • Treetops CMS, a non-profit chamber music organization, is located in Westover, providing six chamber music concerts annually, as well as art exhibits and installations.
St. Mary's Church II
A view of the gothic revival exterior of St. Mary's Church on Elm Street in Stamford.

Fine Art

Interior Design & Antique Community

Stamford has long been a center for interior design and antiquing with many of the old warehouses in Stamford's South End being converted into galleries. [49] Major centers include Hamptons Antique Galleries, The Antique and Artisan Gallery, Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Centré, Avery & Dash Collections, Stamford Modern, Juliska Design Shop, and Lillian August. The world headquarters for mid-century modern furniture company, Design Within Reach is also in Stamford's Design District, with all of the furniture designers located above a large showroom and sales floor. [50]

Media

Print Media

  • Stamford Magazine, published by Moffly Media
  • Stamford Advocate, daily newspaper, owned by Hearst Communications.
  • The Stamford Times, weekly newspaper, owned by The Hour Newspapers.
  • Stamford Plus magazine is published by Canaiden LLC.
  • El Sol News, weekly Spanish-language newspaper.
  • La Voz, weekly Spanish-language newspaper.

Radio Stations in the City

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

Notable people

Noteworthy past and present residents include:

Sister cities

See also

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Further reading

External links

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, Connecticut contains 93 acres of parkland, gardens, landscapes, and hiking trails that focus on the regional plants, ecology and character of Southwestern New England. The Arboretum is open and accessible to the public every day of the year and is located at 151 Brookdale Road.

The herbarium of the Bartlett Arboretum is a collection of over 3500 specimens. While most specimens are from the Northeastern United States, the collection also houses material from the Southeastern United States and Adjacent Mexico (200), the Caribbean (100), Amazonian Peru (150), the former Soviet Union (200),and Africa (100). This collection includes approximately 2,500 species of vascular plants, and 1,000 species of Bryophyte. The collection currently houses one type specimen.

Frank Sander Residence

The Frank S. Sander House ("Springbough") is a 2,200-square-foot (200 m2) house located in Stamford, Connecticut. It was designed by the noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952.

Springbough is composed of mahogany, burnt face brick and glass and is built into the side of a rocky ledge.In 2002 the house was toured by participants of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy meeting in New York.

Gartner

Gartner, officially known as Gartner, Inc. is a global research and advisory firm providing insights, advice, and tools for leaders in IT, Finance, HR, Customer Service and Support, Legal and Compliance, Marketing, Sales, and Supply Chain functions across the world. They are a member of the S&P 500. Its headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. The firm changed its name from Gartner Group, Inc to Gartner in 2000.Research provided by Gartner has historically targeted CIOs, senior IT, marketing, and supply chain leaders. The acquisition of CEB, Inc. has expanded their range and breadth of offerings to support every business function in every industry and enterprise size. Gartner clients include large corporations, government agencies, technology companies and the investment community. Their client base consists of 12,000 organizations in over 100 countries. The company's products and services include Research, Executive Programs, Consulting and Events. Founded in 1979, Gartner has over 15,000 employees located in 100+ offices around the world.Gartner uses hype cycles and Magic Quadrants for visualization of its market analysis results.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish (Stamford, Connecticut)

Holy Name of Jesus Parish - designated for Polish immigrants in Stamford, Connecticut, United States.

Founded on July 19, 1903. It is one of the Polish-American Roman Catholic parishes in New England in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Holy Spirit Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

The Church of the Holy Spirit is a Roman Catholic parish in Stamford, Connecticut, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Indeed

Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004. It is a subsidiary of Japan's Recruit Co. Ltd. and is co-headquartered in Austin, Texas and Stamford, Connecticut with additional offices around the world. As a single-topic search engine, it is also an example of vertical search. Indeed is currently available in over 60 countries and 28 languages. In October 2010, Indeed.com passed Monster.com to become the highest-traffic job website in the United States.The site aggregates job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms, associations, and company career pages. In 2011, Indeed began allowing job seekers to apply directly to jobs on Indeed's site and offering resume posting and storage.

J. Walter Kennedy

James Walter Kennedy (June 8, 1912 – June 26, 1977) was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1963 until 1975. He is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Walter J. Kennedy.

Mill River Park

Mill River Park is 12-acre urban park located in Stamford, Connecticut which separates Downtown from the West Side.

The $8 million restoration of the Mill River, $5 million of which was federally funded, began in 2009. It was followed by second $12-million phase, which consisted primarily of installing infrastructure such as lighting, benches and plantings.Mill River Park was expanded in an $8.5 million project, including $4 million in federal funding earmarked in 2007, with the city government financing the rest of the cost. The federal funding was to pay for removing the Mill River dam and dredging.The project included narrowing the width of the river to less than half of its then-expanse, which would expand the park's area and provide space for more amenities. The master plan provides for a carousel, fountain, ice rink and network of trails connecting a greenway with the Kosciuszko, Southfield and Scalzi parks. Removing the dam will also allow fish to swim up from Long Island Sound. As of 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had spent $800,000 on preliminary studies, planning and design. As of 2013, the master plan for Mill River Park is projected to cost $60 million and encompass 28 acres.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Stamford, Connecticut

This is a list of the properties and historic districts in Stamford, Connecticut that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.This list includes 34 properties that are entirely or partially in Stamford. Other Fairfield County properties are covered in National Register of Historic Places listings in Bridgeport, Connecticut, National Register of Historic Places listings in Greenwich, Connecticut and National Register of Historic Places listings in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Eleven church complexes, with 26 buildings, were covered in a Multiple Property Submission study of churches in Stamford conducted in 1987. One of these, St. Andrew's Protestant Episcopal Church, was already listed on the National Register. Some of the others were subsequently listed as result of the study.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

Our Lady Star of the Sea is a Roman Catholic church in Stamford, Connecticut, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Rippowam River

The Rippowam River is a river in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. It drains a watershed area of 37.5 square miles (97 km2) and flows for 17 miles (27 km) from Ridgefield to Long Island Sound, which it enters in Stamford's harbor.Streamflow in the Rippowam River is controlled by several small dams. The Turn-of-River Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, crosses it. The river has been dammed to form both the North Stamford Reservoir in North Stamford, and the Laurel Reservoir on the Stamford/New Canaan border.

The lower eight miles of Rippowam River, from the North Stamford Reservoir to Harbor Point (Stamford), are known as "Mill River".Architect Philip Johnson built his Glass House on the eastern slope of the Rippowam River valley in New Canaan in the late 1940s to take advantage of the view of the valley formed by the river.

Sacred Heart Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic church in Stamford, Connecticut, in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Saint Gabriel Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

St. Gabriel Church is a Roman Catholic parish in Stamford, Connecticut, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Saint Maurice Church (Connecticut)

St Maurice is a Roman Catholic church in Stamford, Connecticut, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

St. Benedict's Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

Saint Benedict - Our Lady of Montserrat, or simply St. Benedict's Church, is a Catholic church in Stamford, Connecticut, in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The historic brick Neo-Tudor church at 1A St. Benedict's Circle was built in 1930 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The architect was Henry F. Ludorf of Hartford, Connecticut. The exterior uses a variety of building materials, including brick, ashlar stone, timbering, and stucco. The church's main facade is asymmetrically arranged with its entrance on the left, under a handsome timber-frame porch, and a stone tower to the right which is topped by a bellpot roof.

St. Cecilia Church (Stamford, Connecticut)

St. Cecilia is a Roman Catholic church in Stamford, Connecticut, United States, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Stamford Transportation Center

The Stamford station, officially known as the Stewart B. McKinney Transportation Center or the Stamford Transportation Center, is a major railroad station in the city of Stamford, Connecticut, serving passengers traveling on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, and Shore Line East. In addition, it is also a major bus terminal for Greyhound, Peter Pan, and CTtransit buses. Annual ridership on Metro-North exceeded 8.4 million in 2016, making it the second busiest station in the entire system, after Grand Central Terminal.The station is 33 miles (53 km) from Grand Central Terminal. Just northeast of the station is the split for the New Canaan Branch. A few Shore Line East trains terminate at Stamford during the morning rush hour, and originate there in the evening.

United Airlines codeshares with Amtrak to provide service out of Stamford station to the train station at United's Northeast hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. As such, the train station has the IATA airport code (as an IATA-indexed train station) ZTF.

Downtown Stamford is directly north of the station, while the South End is directly south. The South End is currently going through one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the nation, branded Harbor Point.

Synchrony Financial

Synchrony is a consumer financial services company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. The company offers consumer financing products, including credit, promotional financing and loyalty programs, installment lending across industries in retail, health, auto, travel, and home, along with FDIC-insured consumer savings products through Synchrony Bank, its wholly owned online bank subsidiary.

Climate data for Stamford, Connecticut
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(21)
74
(23)
85
(29)
96
(36)
97
(36)
97
(36)
102
(39)
104
(40)
97
(36)
86
(30)
82
(28)
76
(24)
89
(32)
Average high °F (°C) 38.2
(3.4)
41.3
(5.2)
50.4
(10.2)
62.1
(16.7)
72.8
(22.7)
80.7
(27.1)
85.4
(29.7)
83.3
(28.5)
75.5
(24.2)
64.7
(18.2)
53.3
(11.8)
42.5
(5.8)
62.5
(17.0)
Average low °F (°C) 19.2
(−7.1)
21.0
(−6.1)
28.7
(−1.8)
37.6
(3.1)
47.4
(8.6)
56.2
(13.4)
61.6
(16.4)
60.6
(15.9)
53.2
(11.8)
41.6
(5.3)
33.5
(0.8)
24.8
(−4.0)
40.5
(4.7)
Record low °F (°C) −18
(−28)
−14
(−26)
−6
(−21)
16
(−9)
28
(−2)
35
(2)
43
(6)
37
(3)
28
(−2)
16
(−9)
7
(−14)
−13
(−25)
−18
(−28)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.50
(114)
3.32
(84)
4.70
(119)
4.51
(115)
4.97
(126)
4.33
(110)
4.09
(104)
4.26
(108)
4.82
(122)
4.42
(112)
4.58
(116)
4.29
(109)
52.79
(1,341)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 9.3
(24)
8.3
(21)
4.9
(12)
.8
(2.0)
trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
.7
(1.8)
4.6
(12)
28.6
(73)
Average precipitation days 10.5 9.7 10.9 12.5 12.5 11.7 10.2 9.7 9.8 9.2 10.6 11.3 128.6
Average snowy days 4.8 4.3 2.5 .4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .4 2.7 15.1
Source #1: NCDC[12]
Source #2: Weather Channel[13]
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