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Thousands gathered on the Harbor Point boardwalk Saturday to enjoy live music, exercise classes, carnival rides — and even a cardboard kayak race. SoundWaters, a long-standing Stamford-based nonprofit, launched HarborFest, an inaugural event to celebrate the Long Island Sound, the city’s harbor and 375th anniversary. “A vital harbor is not just about high-rises and restaurants, as awesome as this all is,” said Leigh Shemitz, president of SoundWaters. “It’s about …

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Think you can fashion a kayak out of cardboard and tape in two hours? Then you might want to join the city’s first ever cardboard kayak race taking place at Stamford Harbor. Participants receive 10 sheets of cardboard, three rolls of duct tape, 10 rolls of clear packing tape, a utility knife, a yardstick and a marker to get the job done. Then prepare to set sail on your …

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It was mid-May when I got my exclusive first peek into Boothbay Lobster Company. Construction was well under way and they were just weeks away from opening their doors. Amongst the buzz saws and hammers, we walked through the estimated 2800 square foot space while the team painted a picture of what what the space will look like, their menu, and their commitment to a quality product. Well i’m …

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The Harbor Point restaurant and retail scene got a big endorsement with its popular eateries and stores taking home 11 wins in the 2016 “Best of the Gold Coast Awards.” Moffly Media, publisher of Stamford Magazine, honored Fortina, Harlan Social, Dinosaur BarBQue, Sign of the Whale, Crab Shell, World of Beer, Fairway Market, Design Within Reach, Exhale, and Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in a variety of different categories, demonstrating …

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A well-heeled favorite among Fairfield County pizza lovers is set to step onto the dining scene this week in the city’s South End. Two Boots is scheduled to open Wednesday its approximately 1,600-square-foot pizzeria at 717 Atlantic St., in the new Metro Green mixed-use development, a block from the downtown Metro-North train station. The soft opening will be followed by a grand opening, likely later in August. “Stamford is …

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The city harbor will come to light, so to speak, this month. The Stamford Partnership, a quasi-public organization aimed at improving living and working conditions in the city, is planning a waterfront fireworks show in the South End on Aug. 27. The display, originally planned for Labor Day weekend as part of ongoing celebrations for the city’s 375th anniversary, was moved to coincide with a harbor fest being organized …

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Could there be a more beautiful site for an upscale art show than a New England harbor in summer? That’s the question asked by Sue Brown-Gordon, mixed-media painter, jewelry artist and arts educator. Brown-Gordon is the driving force behind the Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point, now in its second year. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. And because of support from the developers, both …

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Every start-up dream begins with two words: what if? Once upon a time, David Galin and his buddy George Craig fantasized about opening their own unique restaurant. But they were young and fate was very fickle. So each forged a highly successful non-culinary career — in academics (David) and finance (George). A generation later, the two pals found themselves fishing up in Maine; and on a sudden whim, once-upon-a-time …

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Harbor Point is set to finally serve up a long-awaited addition from the Maine coast to its menu of dining destinations. Boothbay Lobster Company plans to open its restaurant at 14 Harbor Point Rd. in the first half of July, according to its founders. The establishment was originally scheduled to open in early 2016, but construction delays pushed back the debut. Now, Boothbay’s management say the building work on …

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Building and Land Technology engaged Biederman Redevelopment Ventures to further activate the public spaces in the thriving community of businesses and residents at Harbor Point in Stamford, CT. Biederman, best known for rehabbing NYC’s Bryant Park and establishing it as its neighborhood’s core, will help BLT realize its vision of Harbor Point as an urban waterfront mixed-use destination. The collaboration seems fitting. For several years, BLT has hosted an …

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The South End’s newest restaurant, Prime: An American Kitchen and Bar, will open its doors to the public on Wednesday. The Bohlsen Restaurant Group’s eatery will take over the space formerly occupied by Dolce in developer Building and Land Technology’s Stamford Landing development. The restaurant held private cocktail parties over the weekend to celebrate a soft opening before the official grand opening on Wednesday. Prime’s menu will feature a …

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The high-rise offices and apartment buildings, and the bars and restaurants in the Harbor Point Road area near Stamford’s waterfront, have seemingly sprung up overnight. But the development has been in the making since 2009, transforming a once-blighted neighborhood into an upscale destination. Sign of the Whale, a restaurant opened in August 2014, can be found in this new domain. “People love to have a drink somewhere, then hop …

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It’s official. The Boothbay Lobster Company will be opening its first restaurant in early 2016 at Harbor Point in Stamford. In fact, owner David Galin had just finished hanging up the announcement sign in the window of the new location, when we asked about his plans. Since Boothbay is Lobster Haven in Maine, our first question had to be, “Connecticut Lobster Roll or New England Lobster Roll?” “Both,” Galin …

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STAMFORD Magazine’s 4th annual Best Bartender Contest will take place at Stamford’s newly completed Harbor Point waterfront patio on Wednesday, June 15th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The evening, spent on the water, will include summer dishes from Stamford’s best restaurants and top chefs, complimented by signature cocktails from competing bartenders. All guests will vote for their favorite cocktail and the subsequent winner will be featured in the September/October issue of …

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For Ashley Popoli, a new studio space near Harbor Point in Stamford allows her students to soar higher and higher. Popoli is owner of Stamford’s Vertical Addiction, a pole fitness and aerial arts studio. The expansive new space in a historic building has the most important feature for an aerial arts studio — high ceilings. “The space is actually allowing us to expand our class offerings.” Popoli said. “In …

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I started this post with a goal of simply sharing Harbor Point’s exciting list of summer events and activities. But, if we can, let’s just get real about Harbor Point for a second. It just blows my mind to think about how far this area has actually come. I’m just being completely honest here, but growing up in Stamford, the South End was not a hub for nightlife or …

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Building and Land Technology (BLT) has announced the engagement of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (BRV) to assist in the development and activation of the more than 12 acres of public open space in Harbor Point, including Commons Park, Harbor Point Square and the Harbor Point Boardwalk. BRV is a world-class firm, best known for its successful program to revitalize Bryant Park in New York City, and will collaborate with BLT, …

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Finding activities to do outside in Stamford during the warm summer months is a walk in the park—quite literally. Of the 58 parks available to the public, there is, without a doubt, one fit for every occasion. “Each park has its own special meaning and character for Stamford residents,” said Kevin Murray, the city’s Operations Manager of Parks & Facilities. “The beach parks during this time of year typically …

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Well my friends, I can confirm that we are now just weeks away from getting “Wicked Fresh Maine Lobster” in Stamford! Construction is well underway on Harbor Point’s Boothbay Lobster Company, and it’s estimated that the ‘fast-casual’ seafood restaurant will open end of May/early June. That said, just last week I was able to get an exclusive first look. And, well, from what I can tell, it’s going to …

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When the owners of Fortina in Stamford opened their outdoor patio for the first time recently, they decided to take an unusual approach. “We wanted to do something different,” Christian Petroni, one of the restaurant’s owners, told the Daily Voice. “We could very easily turned this into your normal patio [by] serving the food from downstairs, but we wanted to try something different and keep it fun and fresh.” …

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Dan Biederman of Chappaqua has been retained by Building and Land Technology of Stamford to bring improvements and programming to Harbor Point, the large mixed-use district on the Long Island Sound waterfront. Biederman, the President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures in New York gained national attention for transforming Bryant Park in New York City and building new parks and public spaces all over the country. At Harbor Point, BRV will …

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Last week, CTBites reported that Dolce in Stamford had been sold to Bohlsen Restaurant Group, the team behind Prime in Huntington, NY. Today CTBites can confirm that the space that once housed Dolce will soon be transformed into another location of the popular Long Island restaurant. I had the chance to speak with Michael Bohlsen for an inside peek at what’s to come. Prime, billed as an “American Kitchen …

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Zoning officials ended a years-long boycott on Harbor Point approvals Monday night by giving the developer the green light to build a 16-story apartment building. In a 3-2 vote, Building and Land Technology won approval to build 391 apartments at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Atlantic Street. BLT’s plans for new apartments in the massive South End development stalled before zoning over the last two years as it …

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Stamford, Connecticut’s deep, protected harbor has long been hailed as a destination for racing sailors, with Stamford Yacht Club hosting the prestigious Block Island and Vineyard Races, and the Breakwater Irregulars hosting their weeknight racing series just outside Stamford Harbor since 1967. However, in the last five years, the waterfront on both the east and west branches of the harbor has been transformed into a bustling public space with …

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Traversing Stamford’s social channel is no small trick. Not only is there a lot of traffic, but it takes a special kind of mariner to smoothly navigate all the personalities fording the busy West Branch of Stamford Harbor. Capt. Frank Fumega is just such a skipper, with years of pleasure boating experience under his belt. Take a trip down to the water in the South End on any Thursday, …

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Chef Aarón Sánchez is a two-time cookbook author, a cookware product designer, co-star of the Food Network’s hit series Chopped (among other cooking shows), and oh yeah, restaurateur. Last July he added to his restaurant empire with the opening of Paloma in Harbor Point and the eatery quickly became a staple of our area’s dining scene. We had a chance to visit the eatery and were treated to a …

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Who do you think makes the best cocktail in Stamford? Well, Stamford Magazine is doing their best to find out with their Best Bartenders Event right on the outdoor patio at Harbor Point which is located at 2200 Atlantic Street. The competition (and tastings) splash down on June 17 from 6:30-9 with tickets costing $20 if you pre-purchase or $25 at the door. Entry into the Best Bartenders Contest …

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Harbor Point’s the place to be this summer and we’ve got some major proof for ya including a duo of car shows, a BBQ, outdoor movies, a 5K that presents a justified reason to drink beer and eat from food trucks. Click Here To Read More

Stamford Conn.’s Harbor Point residential and commercial neighborhood, located in the city’s South End, has announced a full slate of activities through the summer, including a car show, road races, art festival and paddleboard demonstrations. It may still be spring, but Stamford’s Harbor Point area already has plans for the summer. In June and July, alone, there are about six new events aimed at drawing all ages to Building …

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In this era of wall-to-wall television shows about chefs competing, fighting and sometimes even cooking, some diners like to go to restaurants with a camera-ready face at the helm. And in Stamford now, Paloma fits the bill. Aarón Sánchez, chef-partner at the restaurant, has appeared as a co-host on “Heat Seekers,” as a judge on “Chopped!” and as a co-star on other shows. The chef’s expertise is evident in …

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Despite Saturday’s rain nearly 100 runners participated in the annual Shamrock Stroll starting at Harbor Point. “I think it’s a pretty great turnout considering the weather today,” said Carla Catanzaro, event coordinator for Harbor Point and Building and Land Technology (BLT). It’s the third year the city of Stamford hosted the free 5K Fun Run and Walk. It’s one many 5k runs the city of Stamford hosts in partnership …

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Building and Land Technology has begun leasing its newest residential high-rise in Stamford, the 22-floor Beacon at Harbor Point with 240 units overlooking Stamford Harbor. The Beacon boosts the apartment count to 2,300 units built by Stamford-based BLT at Harbor Point. The building’s apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel kitchen appliances and wood design flooring. The building includes a rooftop terrace with fire pit, a health club and yoga …

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The Spot Experience, the premier and fastest-growing pet care services provider that partners with residential developers as well as the airline and hospitality industries, today announced it has opened a new dog care facility in Stamford, Connecticut. The 4,000 square foot facility is located at Harbor Point, one of Stamford’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Spot Harbor Point is planning to open in mid-December. As part of a special package for …

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When the first resident of The Lofts moved in four years ago, it wasn’t the lackluster surroundings of the South End apartment building — converted from a shell of the former Yale & Towne factory — that sealed the lease deal. Quite a different view awaits the first inhabitant of the new Vault Apartments — one block over — scheduled for Tuesday. In a figurative sense, developer Building and …

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The new “gastro” district of Stamford surely is Harbor Point with what seems to be a veritable explosion of new eateries. Handling the Asian fare in the neighborhood is Asian Bistro, a beautiful restaurant tucked into a storefront opposite Fairway Market. It has become oddly common now to lump together all sorts of Asian cuisines under a single roof, usually with uneven results. Asian Bistro, with some real talent …

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I never thought “gourmet” and “Mexican” belonged in the same sentence. Until I had dinner at Zarela’s, a Mexican restaurant which had just opened on Second Ave. back in 1987. A revelation! Zarela Martinez orchestrated textures and flavors just as artfully and lovingly as the new chefs who were redefining Manhattan’s food scene. Zarela’s fast became the Nobu of Mexican food, one of the hottest spots in town. There, …

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We love Fortina. Christian Petroni and Jodi Bernhard’s wood fired Italian kitchen is arguably the best around. Only trouble, Fortina is not really “around” It lies off in Armonk, New York, which for most of our readers is a haul, a long drive over narrow and twisting Back Country trails. Grazie a Dio. We are happy to report that Fortina is coming to Stamford’s booming Harbor Point. Late last …

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