BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- Bridgeport is the biggest city in Connecticut, but a historic sign in the heart of the Park City clearly states it's part of the New York metropolitan area.
Bridgeport's city sign stands on the Green in front of the government center. It welcomes visitors and residents, as well as provides a quick overview of the city's history.
The sign mentions how Bridgeport has been Connecticut's largest city since 1974. However, residents are talking about one part of the sign that says the city is part of the New York Metropolitan area.
"Maybe they're just trying to identify themselves like a great city like New York," said Bridgeport resident Christopher Cunningham.
"Metropolitan areas are defined by how far people will commute to the primary center city, so New York City being the center of our metropolitan area has a very expansive draw," said David Kooris, the Director of the Bridgeport Office of Planning & Economic Development.
Bridgeport is a little more than 60 miles from New York City. News 8 asked residents whether they feel more connected to Connecticut or New York, and the first person we asked said New York.
"I do I think a lot of people who live in Bridgeport work in New York," said Bridgeport resident Fatima Fernandez.
"More with Connecticut," said Joyce Gonzalez, of Bridgeport. "I really don't think of it. I associate more with Bridgeport, it's further than others."
One city official says New York City has played a very significant role in Bridgeport's history, thanks to the railroad.
"It was really access to the jobs in Manhattan that fueled the growth in Fairfield and New Haven counties over those years and it's in that context that Bridgeport went from being an independent economic center to part of something larger," Kooris said.
"I commute five days a week to New York City to work and I don't find it to be a problem at all," Cunningham said.
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