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Black Rock
Neighborhood of Bridgeport
Location in Bridgeport
Location in Bridgeport
Municipal City of Bridgeport
NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford
Region Greater Bridgeport
County Fairfield County
Settled 1644
 • Total 9,979
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 203
FIPS code 09-08000
GNIS feature ID 0205720

Black Rock is a neighborhood in the southwestern section of the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. It borders Fairfield and the Ash Creek tidal estuary on the west, the West Side/West End of Bridgeport on the north and east, and Black Rock Harbor and Long Island Sound on the south. Black Rock comprises census tracts 701 and 702 and part of census tract 703. It includes two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Residences comprise 86% of properties in Black Rock, 10% are commercial, and 4% are industrial or other property classes.


Black Rock was settled about the same time as Fairfield, which was many years before Brigeport even existed. As Bridgeport grew to be the largest city in Connecticut, Black Rock was absorbed into its city limits.

Early Map of Fairfield and Black Rock - Before the settlement of Bridgeport.

Before Black Rock was incorporated into Bridgeport, there was also the community of Stratfield which has also been absorbed into modern Bridgeport. Stratfield was originally known as Pequonnock and was located about midway between Black Rock and the original settlement of Bridgeport. The cemetery known as Stratfield Burying Place is located here and has many of Black Rock's early settlers interred there.

Historic districts

There are two historic districts in the neighborhood that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One was listed in 1979 and includes houses and other structures. The district is known as Black Rock Historic District. The other is Black Rock Gardens Historic District. It has 12 buildings built for workers during World War I.


Black Rock attracts artists, academics, young professionals, and retirees who desire to live in an affordable waterfront community on Long Island Sound. This Fairfield County community has been the focus of three articles by the New York Times over the past few years, "Living in St Mary's-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: The Saltwater Smell Means You're Home" (May 23, 2010), “Living in Black Rock, Connecticut: A Community with Spirit and an Edge” (August 8, 2004) and “If You’re Thinking of Living In St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, Connecticut: At Peninsula’s End, a Waterside Enclave” (June 9, 2002).

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Queen Anne-style houses within the Black Rock Historic District

Black Rock has become even more desirable since the Fairfield Metro train station construction was completed . Because technically the train station will be located in Fairfield, not Bridgeport, it is not to be called the Black Rock train station despite its proximity to the town line. The access road to the train station will connect to Brewster Street in Bridgeport. Black Rock is also convenient to I-95 for commuters to Stamford or New Haven.

Black Rock has a rich history dating back to its heritage as a colonial seaport. In the late 19th century and early 20th century wealthy merchants built beautiful homes in Black Rock. One of these homes with 3 acres (12,000 m2) of land and 16 rooms "("The Chimneys") is located on Old Battery Road. Old Battery Road is located on Grovers Hill, one of the highest elevations in Black Rock, which also affords views of the Sound. Grovers Avenue, Penfield Place, Beacon Street, and Anchorage Drive are also have direct waterfront properties and deep water docks.

The S. S. Norden Club (founded 1902), Captain’s Cove Seaport, Black Rock Yacht Club, Fayerweather Yacht Club, Harborview Market, & the Arts & Entertainment District on Fairfield Avenue offer culture, dining, and recreational activities. Black Rock is an artsy and eclectic community where newcomers are quickly integrated into the neighborhood as they join together on community projects and events.


Fairfield Avenue is Black Rock's primary artery. Black Rock is also accessible from exit 25 on I-95 and from Route 1, both of which run just north of the area. Black Rock is served by the Fairfield Metro station on Metro-North's New Haven Line, located just across Ash Creek in neighboring Fairfield, which opened on December 5, 2011.

Community Council

The Black Rock Community Council (BRCC), founded in 1976, is the oldest and largest community membership organization in the area. The Council’s mission is to promote projects that will enhance the quality of life of Black Rock’s residents and businesses, including recreational, educational, and business development initiatives. Some of the Council’s activities include:

  • The Black Rock Day Road Race, Parade & Picnic
  • The Black Rock Newsletter
  • Beautification Efforts
  • Lighthouse Preservation
  • Little League Sponsorship
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Community Forums
  • Public Safety/Block Watches
  • Black Rock Business District Initiatives
  • Scholarships
  • Community Planning


Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock is going through significant revitalization which includes restaurants like Fire Engine Pizza Company and Walrus and Carpenter, art galleries, and a new library with WI-FI capabilities. The neighborhood's nearby waterfront, the location of the commercial corridor and the new commuter rail station have all had a positive effect on the area.

Bodies of water


Black Rock has an overall moderate climate, the average January temperature is around 23 degrees (F) and the average high in July is 82 degrees (F). Black rock has in the past been hit with a number of large winter snow storms. Although the average snowfall is 29", the following is the list of top snow-accumulating winters (October 1 - April 30):

  1. 1995-96 - 75.7"
  2. 2002-03 - 64"
  3. 2010-11 - 62.6"
  4. 1966-67 - 61.6"
  5. 2012-13 - 61.3"

Notable residents

  • John Ratzenberger, actor
  • Christopher Shays, former Fourth District congressman
  • David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and author of Comeback America (published January 2010)
  • Sidney Wood, tennis player
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