Just an express train ride away from Manhattan, Black Rock is a desirable coastal community on the Fairfield/Bridgeport border. Bounded by Long Island Sound on one side and the Ash Creek tidal estuary on the other, Black Rock has great water views from many home and public spaces. The St. Mary's-by-the-Sea park runs around the tip of the peninsula and Seabright Beach is a favorite for sunbathers and kayakers. Sidewalks along the water allow for water views while walking. Walking is a favorite pasttime in Black Rock and becomes a social event as people greet and chat with one another.
Since Colonial times, Black Rock has maintained it's own identity apart from the surrounding municipalities. Black Rock was part of Fairfield in the 1800's and then became part of Bridgeport in the late 1800's. It began as a bustling seaport with shipbuilders and deep water wharfs. Black Rock no longer has clipper ships doing trade with China, but it has a an active coastal lifestyle with two yacht clubs and a marina as well as a public boat launch.
Black Rock feels like a village because it is small in size and it is easy to get to know other members of the community. We have informal gathering places such as Harborview Market, where you can play a game of chess with a friend in front of a fire or play the piano or just enjoy the artwork by local artists on the wall. You can also enjoy a homemade hot meal each day or an espresso. There is also Port Coffeehouse, which serves Fair Trade coffee and gluten-free desserts or Home on the Range with its delicious wild blueberry pancakes. For more formal gatherings, there is the Black Rock Library and the Burroughs Community Center or the Fayerweather Yacht Club and Black Rock Yacht Club (if you are a member).
When we gather around the Christmas tree at Brewster Street for the tree trimming and carol singing or enjoy the Black Rock Day Parade in the early summer, it feels like an old-fashioned village from Colonial times. Living in Black Rock, Connecticut is living a village life, but the village is part of a vibrant, urban area only an hour and ten minutes away from Manhattan via the Fairfield Metro train station.
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