As one of the nation's most important wartime and post-World War II metal manufacturing centers Waterbury was nicknamed The Brass City.
A historic downtown venue, the newly refurbished Palace Theater, once again draws audiences to the city center. Large town green, flourishing restaurants, beautiful churches and other architectural landmarks are all part of the downtown area.
Away from the center, long-time families, including many from ethnic backgrounds, continue to live in close knit neighborhoods. These diverse ethnic communities also support and maintain all kinds of cultural centers, places of worship, schools and social clubs.
Many neighborhoods are graced with historic parks. Rounding out the city's lifestyle offerings are two municipal golf courses, a private golf course, museums, a municipal stadium, Seven Angels Theater, movie houses and bustling shopping districts, including the Brass Mill Center Mall.
For higher education, Waterbury is also home to the new University of Connecticut Waterbury Branch, Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Many other Connecticut universities and colleges also offer ancillary programs in the city.