If you're thinking of living in Bridgeport...
What You'll Find: history, neglect, struggle, profound economic hardship surrounded by immeasureable wealth.
What You'll Pay: cheap!
The Schools: of hard knocks.
The Commute: a little over an hour to Grand Central on Metro North
What to Do: go urban exploring.
1. Drive by the abandoned Remington Arms factory before it's all torn down:
The Shot Tower is still standing.
2. Go down to to the harbor:
4. Visit Mr. P.T. Barnum (showman, businessman, scam artist) on his throne in Seaview Park overlooking Long Island Sound:
The view is a bit bleak with post-Sandy damage unrepaired.
On a grey, January day.
5. Pay your respects to Mr. Barnum in Mountain Grove Cemetery:
And General Tom Thumb is right across the way!
A big obelisk for a man of small stature:
A plaque reads: This monument is a memorial to Charles S. Stratton, a native of Bridgeport, who gained worldwide fame as Tom Thumb in the exhibitions of P.T. Barnum. The lifesize statue was erected before Tom Thumb's death on July 15, 1883. In 1959 vandals smashed the statue. It was restored by the Barnum Festival Society and Mountain Grove Cemetery Association with funds raised by public subscription.