rundown section of city

Cove section of Stamford

The Cove section of Stamford, Connecticut, usually called "The Cove" is an area of mostly modest homes (although with some very expensive homes along the shoreline) in the southeast corner of Stamford, Connecticut.

As is the case with many neighborhoods anywyhere, there is no definite boundary between the Cove and neighboring sections of the city, although to the north, the Cove doesn't extend farther north than East Main Street (and Glenbrook doesn't extend south of it). Somewhere north and northwest of the Cove is the East Side and somewhere to the west and southwest is Shippan. The entrance to the Clairol plant at Cove Road is close to the western edge of the neighborhood, as is the eastern border of Cummings Park.

Cove Island Park is in the Cove section and shares a parking lot with Terry Connors Ice Rink.

William F. Buckley Jr., the late controversialist, magazine editor and syndicated columnist, was a decades-long resident at Wallack's Point, a very small gated community on the shoreline. His son, the author and magazine editor Christopher Buckley, grew up there.

The Cove area was one of the first sections of Stamford to be cleared and divided up between settlers. The neighborhood, which then made up most of what was called "East Fields", was apportioned to various settlers between 1641 and 1665.

The neighborhood is atop and on the eastern and southern slopes of Noroton Hill, which also extends north across Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1 into Glenbrook. East Main Street (also known as U.S. Route 1 and the old Boston Post Road) goes up and down across the ridge; Interstate 95 cuts across it; and the New Haven Line of Metro-North Railroad was built around the north side of it. Like many nearby hills formed by glaciers, Noroton Hill is much longer than it is wide. For the southern end of the Noroton River (a large stream that defines the Darien-Stamford boundary), Noroton Hill defines the bounds of the western side of the watershed (Weed Hill, on which the southern end of High Ridge Road in Darien runs, defines the eastern boundary). A water tower is located on the hill. World Wrestling Entertainment corporate headquarters is also on the hill at East Main Street.

Businessman and U.S. Representative Schuyler Merritt, for whom the Merritt Parkway is named, lived on an estate on Noroton Hill in the neighborhood. A large Clairol factory was later built on the site. On June 7, 2007, Proctor & Gambel announced that Clairol, now P&G Beauty, would be closing the Stamford site. The plant in the Cove neighborhood of the city will be split between locations in Massachusetts and Mexico by 2010, and the administration will be moving mostly to Cincinnati by 2008.



External links

  • City of Stamford
  • Stamford Historical Society
  • Article on manufacturing at the site of Cove Island Park (Stamford Historical Society newsletter)
  • More detailed article on manufacturing at the site of Cove Island Park (Stamford Historical Society newsletter)

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