Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All the Cool Kids are Coming to the Steel City

According to the Huffington Post, Pittsburgh is one of four cities gathering hip momentum and attracting enough "cool kids" to be the next Portland.  Not sure if that's good or not, but maybe it beats the alternative.

Here's a link to the story.

Pictured is Pittsburgh's hipster heaven neighborhood, Lawrenceville.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's Restaurant Week in Pittsburgh, and Whirl Magazine has 10 recommendations of places you might like to try.  Participating restaurants offer a price fixe dinner showing off some of their signature concoctions!  You can see Whirl's recommendations here.  Pictured above is East Liberty's Paris 66.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Exhibit A: Pittsburghers are Nuts

An annual event cooked up by some masochists occurs every Saturday after Thanksgiving here in Pittsburgh, the Dirty Dozen bike race/ hill climb.  It challenges cyclists to climb 13 of the steepest hills in the city, all in one day.  Having driven up and down many of these hills myself, I can attest that it's terrifying traversing them in a car, much less on a bicycle at the end of November!

Here's a piece by the Washington Post covering our little corner of craziness!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Travel & Leisure Magazine: Go to Pittsburgh!

Travel & Leisure magazine named Pittsburgh one of it's top destinations for 2016.  See the story here.
That's a shot of the Schenley Plaza fountain and the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, by the way.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Allegheny City Historic Gallery Opens in Deutschtown

The Allegheny City Historic Gallery, displaying vintage photos of the days when our North Side section of Pittsburgh was its own city, Allegheny, has opened just up the street from us on East Ohio Street.  The gallery is a labor of love by the volunteers, and takes us back to the Victorian era when the North Side was home to Pittsburgh's robber barons.

Here's a link to a Pittsburgh Magazine blog post about the gallery.

Here's a link to the Gallery's You Tube page, featuring some fascinating films of the North Side's history.

The shot above shows the corners of Federal Street and North Avenue.  Some of the buildings are still extant, including the Garden Theater, which is being redeveloped into a restaurant.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Year on the Mon

Here's an fascinating photo display by photographer John Beale about life on the Monongahela River, the only river in North America to flow South to North, and one of the two rivers creating the confluence at Pittsburgh's point.  This gives you a flavor of river life here in Western Pennsylvania.

See the photo array here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Plans Announced for Civic Arena Site

The City of Pittsburgh announced development plans for the site which had once housed the Civic (then Mellon) Arena, home of the Penguins.  This part of town, called the lower hill, should help connect downtown to the upper hill neighborhood and create a more seamless experience.  Here's hoping that the project moves forward!

Here's a story from the DesignBloom website discussing the development plans.