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Squirrel Hill Farmer’s Market Celebrates Its Second Year By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
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SHUC President’s Message
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This Just In
The Day School at The Children’s Institute Connected to the Squirrel Hill Community By Kathy Fenton
Joint Effort Brings Night Market to Squirrel Hill By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
A Restaurant Guide to Squirrel Hill By Katie Maloney
Sixth Presbyterian Church to Offer Live Music as Part of Squirrel Hill Night Markets By Scott J. Bell
Squirrel Hill Historical Society The Flavor of Fun in the Old Days By Helen Wilson
People on the Street Food, Friends, and Fun in Squirrel Hill By Barbara Shema
The Independent Brewing Company—Where Quality (and Beer!) Matter By Michael Jehn
Good News from Our Schools Neighborhood Notes SHUC Snapshots News and Notes from your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
How well do you know your Squirrel Hill signs? Each letter for this cover has been taken from a local restaurant sign. Can you figure out each one? Photos and cover art by Meghan Poisson-DeWitt.
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From the Editor
The summer months are full of fun pastimes, family vacations, and holiday celebrations. We beat the summer heat at swimming pools, water parks, and splash zones. Grills are fired up to serve crowds of family and friends in parks and backyards across the city. Local eateries and events can often be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of summer fun. We at Squirrel Hill Magazine wanted to celebrate these businesses and happenings by sharing stories and connecting our readers to sweet eats and awesome activities. Have a safe summer, readers! If you have comments or suggestions for future issues, please send them to
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SQUIRREL HILL URBAN COALITION OFFICERS: Raymond N. Baum, President Richard Feder, Vice President Gregg Roman, Vice President Ceci Sommers, Vice President Chris Zurawsky, Secretary Barbara Grover, Assistant Secretary Peter Stumpp, Treasurer James Burnham, Assistant Treasurer Stephen Kijanka, Assistant Treasurer Steven Hawkins, Immediate Past President BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Raymond N. Baum, James Burnham, Norman Childs, Vivian Didomenico, Andy Dlinn, Richard Feder, Lori Fitzgerald, Ed Goldfarb (Board Member Emeritus), Barbara Grover, Steve Hawkins, Michael D. Henderson, Karen Hochberg, Lois Liberman, Cynthia Morelock, Gregg Roman, Tracy Royston, Ceci Sommers, Sidney Stark (Board Member Emeritus), Erika S Strassburger, Peter Stumpp, Erik Wagner, Roger Westman, Chris Zurawsky Marian Lien, Executive Director
Our Mission The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preserving, improving and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh.Volunteer-supported standing committees provide leadership to our community by studying, debating, and advocating positions on issues affecting our neighborhood’s vitality. Our mission is implemented through a long-range planning process, which fosters community-based initiatives in the areas of education, public safety, transportation, parks and open spaces, and commercial, institutional and residential development.
MAGAZINE STAFF: Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Editor CONTRIBUTORS: Ray Baum, Scott J. Bell, Rita Botts, Kathy Fenton, Melanie Linn Gutowski, Michael Jehn, Carolyn Ludwig, Katie Maloney, Nick Paradise, Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Barbara Shema, Elizabeth Waickman, Helen Wilson DESIGN & PRINT: Patricia Tsagaris, Pinkhaus Design, Creative Director Knepper Press, Printer Printed with soy inks and 100% wind energy! A Publication of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
Squirrel Hill Magazine, Vol. 13, Issue 3, is published through the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Please direct any questions or comments to SHUC by calling 412.422.7666 or emailing email@example.com. To inquire about advertising, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Familiar Faces part 2: Your Coalition Board Members By Raymond N. Baum, President firstname.lastname@example.org
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and our community are fortunate to have so many people who are dedicated to the comminity’s preservation, improvement and enjoyment. This is the second of a series of articles saluting and introducing you to our dedicated Coalition board members. Richard Feder Rich Feder is a natural leader of the Coalition’s Squirrel Hill Master Plan Committee and many of our other community planning initiatives, with his background as Director of Transit Planning for the Port Authority of Allegheny County from 1980 to 2007. He also served as a transit and traffic planner at several Pittsburgh area engineering and consulting firms and teaches transportation planning at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Rich has been on our board for over 10 years, is Vice President and may be our hardest working director. No project that has the potential of improving traffic or parking or fostering quality development is too ambitious or daunting for Rich to take on. No neighborhood dispute is too thorny for Rich to solve through careful communication and diplomacy. Rich is lead board member for our efforts to bring about the private redevelopment of the many vacant and underutilized properties in the Forward/Murray area. He recently coordinated the efforts of the Coalition and the faculty and students in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture Master’s Degree program to completely re-envision the uses and possibilities for this blighted, crucial and potentially strong part of Squirrel Hill. The initial report can be viewed on our website SHUC.org.
Barb Grover Barb Grover is SHUC’s board secretary and chair of our Litter Patrol. She has been organizing the Litter Patrol’s Squirrel Hill litter clean-ups for over 10 years and has been a member of our community since 1989. Barb has used her Ph.D. professionally and in the community. She has taught mathematics at the junior and senior high school level, was an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department of Ohio University, and was a math education researcher at Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center. In her spare time, Barb plays tennis, skis cross country and downhill, bicycles, hikes, gardens and pursues her deep passion for environmental issues such as climate change, clean air, clean water, protecting public lands, and banning fracking. Barb describes best the reasons for her work in the community and on the Coalition board: “I want to see my neighborhood continue to be a vibrant, welcoming community for all its residents. That means paying attention to housing, quality of education, safety, economic development, aesthetically pleasing environment, and building a community atmosphere among businesses and residents. The Coalition attends to all these issues. The SHUC board is a fantastic group of intelligent, knowledgeable, energetic people who care deeply about this community and are willing to give hours and hours of their time and talents to it.” Why Barb loves Squirrel Hill: “It’s a vibrant community that offers an incredible diversity of activities available through institutions like the JCC and the library. It’s walkable. I can walk from my home to the movies, the library, the bank, grocery store, drugstore, ice cream parlors. It has an amazing array of ethnic restaurants. A majority of residents care about this neighborhood and pay close attention to the election and actions of their governmental representatives at the local and state levels.”
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This Just In Forward/Murray Fire Forces Multi-Building Demolition On Thursday, May 14, a four-alarm fire ripped through a brick structure on the southeast corner of the intersection of Murray and Forward Avenues. The building had been unoccupied and without utilities for about six months, local officials told the Pittsburgh PostGazette. The cause of the fire had yet to be determined several days after the fire, at press time. Once the fire was extinguished, the structure was immediately demolished so that roadways could be cleared in time for the following day’s rush hour. The building at Murray and Forward was formerly the home of a succession of small businesses, most recently a martial arts studio. All of the former tenants either closed or relocated in anticipation of a proposed mixed-use development, Forward Square, which was never built. Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank held the listing for the vacant property in recent months, and spokesman David Glickman told the Post-Gazette the fire would not affect negotiations for the plot of land and its neighbor, the former Squirrel Hill Theater on Forward Avenue. A neighboring structure, the former Poli seafood restaurant, survived the blaze with minimal damage to its second floor. However, since it was already slated for demolition this autumn for future redevelopment, city officials condemned the building on May 15 and razing began later that day. Jewish Residential Services and ACTION-Housing are collaborating on a redevelopment of the former Poli property, to include a new Howard Levin Clubhouse, office space and affordable housing.
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The intersection of Murray and Forward is known as the “Gateway to Squirrel Hill” and has housed many different restaurants, shops and small businesses over the decades. With the abrupt closing of Poli in December 2005, other businesses began to follow, including the Squirrel Hill Theater around the corner in 2007. With a firm plan for the Poli property and positive signs from another possible developer, local officials hope the intersection will once again be a welcoming point of entry.
Furever Pet Heather Pavlik began making homemade personal care products four years ago when she discovered the soap and lotions her family were using contained harmful chemicals. As soon as she began using her own blends, she knew there was no going back to store bought products. She soon began to share them, and her healthy mission, with friends and family. When her coconut oil lotion worked better for a friend’s son than the doctor prescribed eczema medication, she knew she had to start sharing the importance of what you put on your body with others. Sale of her products began online and. In November of last year, Heather opened Coco Bella Naturals, offering her own brand of all-natural, handmade skin care products. Located at 2102 Murray Avenue, just south of Hobart Street, Coco Bella offers body scrub, lotion, facial scrub, candles, eye cream, bar soaps, lip gloss, and bath bombs. Her 4-year-old has also created a popular product, dubbed ‘goo’. All her products are made from all-natural ingredients that are gentle on skin and eco-friendly.
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Hillel Academy Receives Arts and Music Endowment It was in March of this year that Hillel Academy, a private Orthodox Jewish day school here in Squirrel Hill, was gifted an endowment of nearly a million dollars. This endowment, given on behalf of the late Joshua Sindler by his family, will be used to create an arts and music program in his name. “What this program will do,” explained Dan Kraut, CEO of Hillel, “is that it'll provide us with dedicated staff members for both art and music. Then these individuals will be responsible for integrating the programming into our school.” Hillel uses a co-teaching model that breaks each classroom of students into separate groups, which allows multiple subjects to be studied during the same period. Students cycle through these groups for 45 minutes at a time. The Joshua Sindler Creative Classrooms Art & Music Program is meant to seamlessly blend into the daily schedule. Two teachers will be hired, one for music and one for art. These teachers will work in tandem with the rest of the teaching staff to pull arts and music into each year’s curriculum. This endowment will allow the program to continue indefinitely without the concern of budget cuts that many schools face. “Historically, the first thing to go when budgets get tight, are the arts,” Kraut said, “This [endowment] ensures that this will never be an issue for us because these funds are dedicated to keeping this alive forever.”
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Colfax Shines By Carolyn Ludwig
Pittsburgh Colfax concluded the 20142015 school year with boundless energy! We celebrated a fabulous Teacher Appreciation Week, complete with door decorations and countless thoughtful gifts, to commemorate the continuous giving of all our teachers and staff to our children throughout the year. Spring festivities began with our Wake up the Garden event – complete with food, live music, games and the Grow Pittsburgh and the Edible Schoolyard programs showing us all the wonders of preparing our vegetable gardens. And we closed a very generous fundraising year with our annual Spring Plant Sale. Colfax produced its second annual Middle School Musical, Once on this Island, Jr. A round of applause goes to our stellar cast, crew, our Musical Director, Bridget Purdue, and our teacher sponsor, Alexandra Lucci. It was truly a spectacular explosion of song, dance, and theatrical talent. Also showcasing our abounding student talent was our fourth annual Talent Show. There was a long list of enriching field trip opportunities available to our students during the final weeks of the year. Some of these include: Romp-N-Roll, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Carnegie Science Center, Cranberry Pool, Pirates baseball, and overnight field trips to Baltimore and Hershey Park. Capping our festive sentiments was our annual, end-of-the-year party, Carnaval! Cultural tents highlighting our ethnic heritage, games and prizes, the delectable global café, and fantastic community partners all contributed to our celebratory event. Congratulations are due to our beloved teacher, Donna McCartney (Science and Kindergarten), who will retire after 25 years of teaching at Colfax. We’ll miss you. We are looking forward to another paragon school year in September!
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It’s Full Steam Ahead for Friendship Circle! When Gullifty’s restaurant announced its closure in August of 2013, the sad departure of this local icon was tinged with a bright ray of hope. Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization that pairs teen volunteers to children with special needs, purchased the space for their new location. Their current offices, located on Northumberland Street, are small, providing little more than office space. Events hosted by Friendship Circle have to be held at partner locations throughout the Squirrel Hill area. The Murray Avenue location, once completed, will have enough space to house all of their classes and events, as well as a hang out space for socializing and much more. Plans for a Green Roof have also been added to the design after discussions with the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. After many months of meetings, design discussions, and planning efforts, the interior construction finally began in April of this year. “All is well and we’re moving along,” said Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, executive director of Friendship Circle. “They've been working at 1922 and are currently laying the foundation for the elevator shaft as well as the stairwell. It is our hope that we’ll be in by November!” In spite of all the support Friendship Circle has received from the community and the City of Pittsburgh, there’s still a lot of work to be done and money yet to be raised. Through foundation and private contributor support, a large portion of the $7 million dollars needed to complete the project has already been raised. “Our overall total has been increased to include all details of our Green Roof and we currently have about 5 million raised,” Rudolph said. “We are working hard to secure the remainder and would be grateful for any and all support.” If you want to make a donation in support of the project, please visit http://www.fcpgh.org. SHM and SHUC are looking forward to seeing a finished interior in the months to come!
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Squirrel Hill Farmer’s Market Celebrates Its Second Year By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
Last month marked the re-opening of Squirrel Hill’s very own farmer’s market. Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm, this weekly event draws in local food lovers from across the city. Now in its second year, residents are looking forward to mingling with their neighbors, enjoying local musicians, and purchasing high quality, locally grown produce. “The one big strength we have to leverage in the city, in Squirrel Hill, in relation to the suburbs, is culture and lifestyle,” says Alec Rieger, founder of NextGen: PGH, the non-profit organization partnered with Citiparks on this project. “Farmer's markets are growing, but they're hugely important for our generation. It's not just housing, jobs and schools [that affect our choices]. Community openness, community offerings and community aesthetics are key.” The numbers for last year’s market proved just how true that is. The market boasted around 20,000 attendees and over $100,000 of economic impact both for the vendors and for the merchants, according to Rieger. Longtime residents, however, may find the convenience of local produce familiar. In 2010, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition convened a focus group to discuss the neighborhood, brainstorming what would make the neighborhood even better. A farmer’s market topped their list. To meet this demand, the Coalition invited local farmers to join their Harvest Festival celebrations in October of that year. One farmer claimed he sold more that one evening than he ever had before. This savvy Amish entrepreneur returned almost every Saturday for a year and, with Coldwell Banker’s permission, set up shop to sell his locally grown produce to Squirrel Hill residents. Unfortunately, the commute became too difficult for him to continue beyond 2011. His departure did not dim the need for fresh, local PAGE12 Food, Friends and Fun
and easily accessible produce. Many other neighborhoods, including East Liberty and Greenfield, host regular farmer’s markets. When our own market finally came to fruition once again, residents rejoiced. Rieger has discussed in previous interviews the three big issues he sees the market impacting, including public health and environmental concerns. But it is the community development aspect that Rieger is most passionate about. “When you are getting together anywhere from 1,000-2,000 people weekly, in the center of a neighborhood, that’s very powerful. This is the essence of ‘placemaking;’ In order to mobilize people you first need to engage them and increase communal “idea flow.” It was this missing element that inspired the market project. “We’ve got this remarkable little downtown business corridor and my hypothesis is that we’re not doing enough to leverage that strength. We need to actively “program” the public spaces of Squirrel Hill and we really need to bring people together.” The success of last year’s market has inspired future projects, such as this summer’s Night Market, a joint endeavor between NextGen: PGH, Uncover Squirrel Hill and the Coalition. The diversity of the neighborhood has brought up the possibility of hosting International celebrations, such as Diwali or Lunar New Year, though these events are still in the idea phase. This year’s farmer’s market returns to the parking lot between Beacon and Bartlett streets, behind the future location of Friendship Circle on Murray Avenue. The market will feature 15-20 vendors weekly offering an assortment of organic produce and foods, such as baked goods and artisanal cheeses, as well as local musicians entertaining the crowds. The biggest addition to this year’s market scene? “Shade and seating,” said Rieger. The market team hopes to make the environment friendlier to residents who have trouble standing for long periods of time. “We’re creating a third place. You’ve got work. You’ve got home. Now in Squirrel Hill on Sunday afternoons, you’ve got the Farmer’s Market.” SHM
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Local World Refugee Day Celebration Recognizes Pittsburgh’s Newest Neighbors By Elizabeth Waickman
one of Pittsburgh’s four resettlement agencies, and the only one based in Squirrel Hill, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is the first point of contact for more than 200 refugees out of several hundred arriving to Pittsburgh annually. But each year, approximately 43 million refugees around the world are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. To honor and recognize their journeys and raise awareness of the refugee experience, World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations and is held in countries around the world every year on June 20th. Locally, the observance of World Refugee Day in Pittsburgh is a collaborative effort of the major refugee resettlement agencies and service providers in the local community. The annual event debuted in Pittsburgh in 2012. This year, Pittsburgh’s World Refugee Day will be celebrated on Friday, June 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. JF&CS, Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMSC), Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO), Red Cross of Southwest Pennsylvania, AmeriCorps, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, CISV Pittsburgh and the Change a Heart Sanfranciscan volunteer program will collaboratively host the celebration. The event is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Vibrant Pittsburgh. “The Pittsburgh celebration of World Refugee Day recognizes the refugee experience and honors their contributions to our community,” said Leslie Aizenman, director of refugee and immigrant services at JF&CS. “Refugees in Pittsburgh have a tremendous
impact on our region’s economy and diversity; they have gone on to raise their families, buy homes and open their own businesses in their new neighborhoods. This is a great way for community members to get to know their new neighbors, and a wonderful educational opportunity to learn about who refugees are and why they are here.” The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. World Refugee Day will feature local refugee groups performing traditional musical and dance numbers, cultural crafts and activities for kids. Traditional cuisine representing countries around the world, including Nepal, Zambia, Kenya and several other ethnicities, will be available for purchase from local restaurants and vendors. “Pittsburgh’s World Refugee Day is about bringing local refugees and community members together to connect with one another and celebrate their cultures,” said Kheir Mugwaneza, Director of Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement at NAMSC. “We have put together an exciting and diverse event with people all across the world.” Through their extensive work in refugee resettlement, the hosting organizations have helped thousands of refugees, including most recently Bhutanese, Burmese, Africans/Somalis and Iraqis, successfully resettle in communities throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area, as well as providing additional services including career services, social and human services and support. Through partnership and collaboration between local agencies, community members and regional business owners and employers, Aizenman said there is much potential to expand on these efforts. She encourages community members to volunteer or donate household goods, clothing or furniture for refugees to JF&CS and other resettlement agencies like NAMSC, and encourages business owners to contact JF&CS to find out how they may be able to employ refugees, who arrive fully authorized to work in the U.S. “Our hope is that World Refugee Day encourages our community members to become more involved in welcoming refugees and supporting the resettlement and acculturation efforts of JF&CS and our partner agencies,” Aizenman said. SHM Food, Friends and Fun PAGE15
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The Day School at The Children’s Institute — Connected to the Squirrel Hill Community By Kathy Fenton
Students from The Day School at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh participated with many Squirrel Hill residents in the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) Litter Patrol’s 2015 Spring Clean Up on April 26. Students and their families sold reusable cloth tote bags, which their classmates had decorated prior to the event, and donated all proceeds —$240! — back to the Squirrel Hill community to support future litter clean-up efforts. “We’re excited about The Day School joining the Litter Patrol,” describes Eva Kehm, lead school nurse at The Day School and a member of the SHUC Litter Patrol Committee. “In addition to participating in the annual event, we have adopted a block on Shady Avenue adjacent to our campus — students, with their teachers and therapists, are now taking care of that block on an ongoing basis.” Students learn, receive therapies and reach their fullest potential at The Day School, an approved private school for those ages 5-21 who are challenged by complex multiple disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. With about 200 students from more than 65 school districts, The Day School is one of only 23 schools in the country recognized by the National Commission for Accreditation of Special Education Services. Community-based instruction, including participation in the Clean Up, and other activities with community retailers, restaurants and organizations, is a core element of the school curriculum. Rita’s Italian Ice Thank you Little’s Shoe Store Post Office to Our Library Sponsors Cold Carnegie Stone Creamery
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“Though most of The Day School students do not live in Squirrel Hill, this community is a vital part of their learning experience,” explains Associate Chief School Administrator and SHUC Board Member Cynthia Morelock. “Engaging in community activities with teachers, therapists, family and friends promotes self-sufficiency and the opportunity for our students to participate fully in a variety of life experiences.” The Day School’s community-based instruction activities are designed to help students meet their goals after graduation in the areas of employment, volunteer opportunities, post-secondary education and training, and independent living, all while enjoying the greatest level of independence possible. “Leaders at The Day School made this relationship happen, and the students contributed so much to the Spring Clean Up,” says Barbara Grover, board member, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, and chair, Litter Patrol Steering Committee. “The Coalition’s mission is for Squirrel Hill to be a vibrant, connected community, and having The Day School as a partner benefits all of the citizens who call Squirrel Hill home.” “Truly, Squirrel Hill is our campus,” concludes Kehm. “We are grateful to the many Squirrel Hill businesses and organizations that actively support The Day School's community based instruction initiatives.” SHM The Exchange Gluuteny Rite Aid Bagel Factory Giant Eagle Nu Life Cleaners Starbucks Five Points Bakery
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Joint Effort Brings Night Markets to Squirrel Hill By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
An exciting new event is coming to theneighborhood: Squirrel Hill Night market! A joint venture between the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Uncover Squirrel Hill, and NextGen: PGH, the Night Market will bring music, food, and festivities to our streets starting this summer.
What IS a night market? A night market can perhaps best be compared to a street bazaar. Most common in Asian countries, these open air markets begin at dusk, when the intense heat of the day is finally starting to wane. Merchants, artists, food vendors, and musicians cater to an ever growing crowd of shoppers. These pedestrian friendly events are often hosted weekly throughout the year, with growing regularity in the hottest summer months.
cornerstone neighborhood. I think it will drive revenue for local merchants and I think above and beyond that, it will be great publicity for the neighborhood.” As a neighborhood, Squirrel Hill is well known for its diversity. A colorful combination of Pittsburgers call it home — from young families just starting out and students from the local universities to immigrants from across the globe and seniors who have lived here their entire lives. Squirrel Hill supports and welcomes them all. It’s a wonderful melting pot of cultures and people, making it the perfect place to host an event of such international flavor. “Inspired by Asia’s lively outdoor markets, the Squirrel Hill Night Market, centered in the heart of our commercial district, would not only celebrate the diverse ethnic identities of our neighborhood, but do double-duty by showcasing Squirrel Hill's emerging vibrant food and culture scene to the rest of the city,” said Marian Lien, executive director of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. “Food, art, and music have historically been the gateways to understanding differing cultural identities and groups; the Squirrel Hill Night Market would serve as that bridge of greater understanding and celebration for our merchants, as well as the residents, customers, and patrons in our vibrant, diverse neighborhood.”
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In the United States, night markets are most common on the West Coast (though many large East Coast cities, like Philadelphia, offer them as well) and range in size from a few streets to multiple blocks. Even Pittsburgh hosts several a year in different locations across the city, such as the popular Garfield Night Market, now entering its third year. This begs the question…
Why Squirrel Hill? “I think the vision is that we’ll be delivering a marquee event to the entire city in Squirrel Hill,” commented Alec Rieger of NextGen:PGH. “We’ll be repositioning Squirrel Hill as a PAGE18 Food, Friends and Fun
The Squirrel Hill Night Market will be held on Forbes Avenue between Shady and Murray. This segment of Forbes will be closed to traffic, freeing up valuable street space to hold stalls and stages. The event will feature local musicians on open air stages paired with an assortment of food trucks, independent artists and craft vendors from organizations like I Made It Market, as well as neighborhood merchants. The night market is not just a shopping event nor is it meant to replace the Sunday farmer’s market. It’s a celebration of our people, our community and our city. It’s an opportunity for the neighborhood to take a moment and relish what city life has to offer. On behalf of the Coalition, Uncover Squirrel Hill and NextGen:PGH, Squirrel Hill Magazine cordially invites you to join the party! Keep up to date with news and dates on our website, SHUC.org. SHM
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News and Notes from your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition 2015 Spring Clean-up Really Cleans Up! By Rita Botts
The Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol, a committee of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, has been working to keep our neighborhood clean for years. In addition to year-round litter maintenance by its volunteers, the Litter Patrol holds an annual spring cleanup event. This year’s cleanup on April 26 was a great success. Nearly 140 Pittsburghers of all ages worked to clear Squirrel Hill’s streets and sidewalks of litter. Lending a hand were many neighborhood residents, as well as students from Carnegie Mellon University and Community Day School, members of Compass AmeriCorps and KEYS AmeriCorps, and volunteers from Repair the World. Several local luminaries, including Murray the Squirrel, Councilman Corey O’Connor, Senator Jay Costa, and Judge Hugh McGough joined volunteers at the cleanup.
year, but litter is a constant presence in our community. When everyone pitches in, even just a few minutes every day or each week, the challenge can be met. You can help by committing to clean the area around your home or business on a weekly basis. Fifteen Squirrel Hill families have already adopted a block. To join them, contact Dave Grover at AdoptABlock@gmail.com or call (412) 521-9526.
Replanting the Remembered Garden Volunteers came out on May 16th in spite of the weather to help plant flowers in SHUC’s Remembered Garden. Tucked away near the Parkway East 376 on ramp in Squirrel Hill, this small plot of greenspace gets beautified every year by a handful of generous locals. Don’t hesitate to swing by to see the results!
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Together, they collected more than 30 large bags and 115 smaller bags of litter, as well as more than 80 grocery bags of recyclables. Volunteers combed the business and residential sections of Squirrel Hill from Forbes to Forward Avenues between Shady and Wightman Streets.
On Thursday, October 22nd, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition celebrates the fifth Annual Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards. This year’s ceremony will honor civic leader Bill Isler, composer David Stock, and restauranteur Mike Chen. The 2015 Place Awardee is Taylor-Allderdice High School.
Students from The Children’s Institute, under the supervision of Eva Kehm, sold cloth shopping bags that they had decorated, providing funds for next year’s cleanup. Students from Minadeo Elementary and Community Day School also participated in decorating bags and were awarded prizes for their artistry.
Tickets are $90 per person and include access to the event as well as a catered dinner. In lieu of speeches, a short film produced by Pittsburgh Filmmakers will celebrate the contributions of the treasures. The event takes place at the Pittsburgh Golf Club.
The Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol is very grateful to its cleanup sponsors: Allegheny Cleanways, Dunkin’ Donuts, First Commonwealth Bank, Giant Eagle, JAA Center for Rehabilitation, Corey O’Connor, Squirrel Hill Wine & Spirits, Starbucks, and Whole Foods. A special thank you goes to the City Public Works and Recycling departments for picking up all the trash and recyclables collected. The Litter Patrol is thankful for all of these volunteers and businesses coming together to improve our neighborhood on a single day each
All proceeds from the Treasure Awards support the ongoing work of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, please go to www.shuc.org or call us at (412) 422-7666.
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A Restaurant Guide to Squirrel Hill By Katie Maloney
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Aiello’s Pizza Featuring pizza, hoagies, salads and pasta. 2112 Murray Ave. (412) 521-9973
Grilliance Serving kosher food and meat including Chinese, burgers, salads and sandwiches. 2118 Murray Ave. (412) 421-2620
Mineo’s Pizza House Serving quality pizza, calzones, subs and more for over 55 years. 2128 Murray Ave. (412) 521-9864
Murray Avenue Kosher Offering a variety of Kosher groceries. 1916 Murray Ave. (412) 421-1015
Napoli Pizzeria Offering pizza, pasta, sandwiches and other italian classics. 2006 Murray Ave. (412) 521-1744
Mexican Cuzamil Serving all your favorite Mexican dishes from tamales to tacos. 2109 Murray Ave. (412) 521-3250
Mediterranean The Greek Gourmet Serving mediterranean classics including gyros, spinach pies, and hummus. 2130 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2998 The Mediterranean Grill Serving baba ghannouj, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and more. 5824 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-5505 Turkish Kebab House Offering classic Mediterranean fare such as musakka, chicken adana kebab, and baklava. 5919 Forbes Ave. (412) 226-9116
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Nu Jewish Bistro Serving traditional Jewish food with a modern twist. 1711 Murray Ave. (412) 422-0220
Asian Bangkok Balcony Offering Thai cuisine with vegetarian dishes and a full bar. 5846 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-0728 Chaya Japanese Cuisine Serving sushi and Japanese fare in a BYOB setting. 2032 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2082 Chengdu Gourmet Specializing in Sichuan dishes and other traditional Chinese fare. 5840 Forward Ave. (412) 521-2088 Curry on Murray Serving authentic Thai dishes including customizable curry, pad thai and crab rangoons. 2121 Murray Ave. (412) 422-3120 Everyday Noodles Enjoy a meal and a show as cooks transform a ball of dough into noodles. 5875 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-6668
How Lee Chinese Food Serving Chinese classics including Sichuan dishes. 5888 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-1888 Green Pepper Korean Serving traditional Korean cuisine as well as beer and soju. 2020 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2277 Ka Mei Hong Kong Cuisine Specializing in traditional Cantonese dishes to compliment its ChineseAmerican classics. 2209 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2828 Ramen Bar Offering custom-made ramen with a variety of toppings. 5860 Forbes Ave (412) 521-5138 Rose Tea Café A casual eatery offering authentic Chinese recipes. 5880 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-2238 Sakura Teppanyaki Offering Japanese dishes including hibachi items, noodles and sushi. 5882 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-7188 Sichuan Gourmet Offering a menu of Chinese staples including spicy Sichuan dishes. 1900 Murray Ave. (412) 521-1313 Silk Elephant Specializing in Thai entrees and serving wine and cocktails. 1712 Murray Ave. (412) 421-8801
Sukhothai Thai Bistro A cozy BYOB spot serving up spicy Thai dishes. 5813 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-8989 Sun Penang Serving Malaysian, Thai and Chinese fare, including cart-style dim sum. 5829 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-7600 Sushi House Specializing in sushi including California rolls, sashimi, and chicken tempura. 2130 Murray Ave. (412) 422-9306 Tan Lac Vien Serving a wide array of Vietnamese dishes, both new and old. 2114 Murray Ave. (412) 521-8888 Zaw’s Asian Food Offering authentic asian fare including beef lo mein and sweet and sour soup. 2110 Murray Ave. (412) 521-3663
Indian Coriander India Grill Serving various regional Indian cuisines à la carte and in buffets. 2201 Murray Ave. (412) 904-3654 Sree’s Foods Offering both a menu of South Indian cuisine and vegan dishes. 2103 Murray Ave. (412) 860-9181
Middle Eastern Aladdin’s Eatery Serving traditional LebaneseAmerican dishes with vegetarian options and smoothies. 5878 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-5100
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Basha 21 A vegetarian friendly eatery specializing in Middle Eastern fare from shawarma to falafal. 1821 Murray Ave. (412)904-2764 Naya Cuisine Featuring middle-eastern cuisine including a variety of kabobs, fattoush salad, and sambousek. 2018 Murray Ave. (412) 421-1920
Breakfast Bruegger’s Bagels Stop in for bagels, deli-style sandwiches and coffee. 1717 Murray Ave. (412) 421-5744 Pamela’s Diner Offering modern twists on classic breakfast foods including croissant French toast. 5813 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-9457 Waffallonia An authentic Liège waffle station bringing serving hearty waffles with a variety of toppings. 1707 Murray Ave. (412) 521-4902
Sandwiches & American Classics Uncle Sam’s Subs Offering specialty sub sandwiches and vegetarian options. 5808 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-7827 Subway Offering customizable delistyle sandwiches and salads. 1926 Murray Ave. (412) 422-4214 Smallman Street Deli Serving butcher-cut meats and cold cuts to go, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1912 Murray Ave. (412) 421-3354
restaurant guide cont. Milky Way Serving a variety of vegetarian dishes along with pizza, paninis, and more. 2120 Murray Ave. (412) 421-3121
Pink Box Bakery Offering Chinese, Taiwanese, American and European fusion baked goods. 2104 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2138
Tutti Frutti Serving a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings. 5874 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-8999
Eat ‘n Park An old-timey diner offering 24-hour access to burgers, sandwiches and buffets. 1816 Murray Ave. (412) 422-7203
Allegro Hearth Bakery Traditional bakery offering breads and pastries. 2034 Murray Ave. (412) 422-5623
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Sumi’s Cakery Offering handcrafted Korean style pastries. 2119 Murray Ave. (412) 422-2253
Murray Avenue Grill Bar and grill featuring gourmet salads, burgers and other American classics. 1720 Murray Ave. (412) 521-1272 Squirrel Hill Café Featuring a wide selection of beer and classic grill options including burgers and sandwiches. 5802 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-3327 Independent Brewing Company Offering beers brewed in Western Pennsylvania and upscale American fare. 1704 Shady Ave. (412) 422-5040 Silky’s Sports Bar Offering a wide selection of beer along with grill classics and gourmet specials. 1731 Murray Ave. (412) 421-9222 Squirrel Hill Sports Bar Offering nightly beer and food specials. 5832 Forward Ave. (412) 422-1001
Bakeries Gaby et Jules Offering authentic Parisian-style French baked goods including macarons. 5837 Forbes Ave. (412) 682-1966 Bagel Factory Serving fresh bagels, sandwiches and other lunch and dinner classics. 5885 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-8100 PAGE24 Food, Friends and Fun
Gluuteny Specializing in gluten free and dairy free baked goods with soy free and vegan options. 1923 Murray Ave. (412) 521-4890 The Gingerbread Shop Offering a variety of baked goods including the classic gingerbread. 5819 Forward Ave. (412) 425-6177
Frozen Treats & Desserts The Chocolate Moose Serving a wide selection of imported chocolates and offering custom-molded chocolates. 5830 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-2208 Coldstone Creamery Serving design-your-own treats that are hand-mixed in front of you. 5800 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-2291 Rita’s Serving Italian ices and frozen custards. 5880 Forbes Ave. (412) 421-1941 Razzy Fresh Offering self-serve frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings. 1717 Murray Ave. (412) 521-3145
Dunkin’ Donuts Serving coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches. 5889 Forbes Ave. (412) 521-2618 The Coffee Tree Roasters Serving fresh coffee and breakfasts snacks. 5840 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-8929 61C Coffee Shop Serving coffee, tea, smoothies, and snacks. 1839 Murray Ave. (412) 521-6161 Crazy Mocha Offering fresh coffee, a wide variety of biscotti, and other treats. 4400 Forbes Ave. (412) 802-7766 Dobra Tea Specializing in hot tea, cold tea, loose leaf tea, served in a Bohemian-style tearoom. 1937 Murray Ave. (412) 449-9833 Starbucks Coffee Serving coffee, tea, snacks and other specialty drinks. (2 locations) 6304 Forbes Ave. & 2345 Murray Ave. (412) 421-6244 Té Cafe Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in an arty atmosphere. 2000 Murray Ave. (412) 422-8888 Commonplace Coffeehouse & Roastery Serving fresh roasted coffee and treats. 5827 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-0404
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The Flavor of Fun in the Old Days By Helen Wilson Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society
Schenley Park had two baseball fields What did people in Squirrel Hill do for recreational use. It had other for fun in the late 1800s and early amenities, too, among them a large 1900s? Well, lots of things. The bandstand where the Anderson Spencers of Amberson Avenue, written Playground is now and a menagerie, in 1959 by Ethel Spencer, is a vivid the forerunner to the Pittsburgh Zoo, memoir about growing up in on Flagstaff Hill. Schenley Oval was Shadyside (not so far from Squirrel a real horseracing track with a stately Hill) in those days. She writes of grandstand. Racing was popular, not activities still popular today, such as only on racetracks but on local roads. bike riding, roller-skating and climbWhen Beechwood Boulevard was ing trees. Other pastimes are gone, constructed in the early 1900s, it but details make her memories was used for racing. In his book, memorable, such as the joy of havSchenley Park merry-go-round, 1913. Pittsburgh City Pittsburgh: A New Portrait, Franklin ing the iceman come in the swelterPhotographer Collection, 1901-2002, AIS.1971.05, Archives Toker says, “Pittsburgh’s ruling class ing summer heat with huge blocks of Service Center, University of Pittsburgh used to run motorcar races along the curves of Beechwood ice. When he took the ice into the house, she and her friends Boulevard as soon as that fine road was laid out in 1903; that scrabbled in his wagon for small chips to cool their mouths, and activity might have been a condition of its design.” when he drove away, “there was always a fringe of children hanging to the back of the wagon.” Children enjoyed riding a different kind of vehicle: a 40-ft. diameter carousel was housed in a building at the corner of Panther Some of the ice for neighborhood iceboxes was locally made. The Hollow Drive and Greenfield Avenue. The carousel had 46 horses Bruce ice ponds were up in Squirrel Hill around Wightman Street and other animals. It was in operation from 1913 to 1940. and Wilkins Avenue. The Bruces cut blocks of ice from the ponds in winter and stored them in a nearby icehouse. A side note In the early 1900s people began to go to the newfangled moving about the Bruces: They eventually sold their business because picture shows. The Orpheum Theater at the corner of Forbes and they found raising goldfish for pets more lucrative. Murray was possibly the first of the theaters in Squirrel Hill; the Manor and others followed. By the 1950s, children were lining Ethel Spencer’s recollections of fun things to do ranged from the up around the block to spend a Saturday afternoon watching carmundane—making swirls with her heels in the soft asphalt road in toons at the Manor for a quarter. Popcorn, Boston Baked Beans, hot weather—to the grand—the end-of-summer visit to the Sky Bars and other treats were sold at the concession stand. Exposition in downtown Pittsburgh. She writes, “The atmosphere was a rich amalgam of delicious odors: the nutty fragrance of popFrancis G. Couvares, in his book, The Remaking of Pittsburgh, Class corn balls, the syrupy smell of taffy … the sharp smell of pickles.” and Culture in an Industrializing City, 1877-1919, quotes Margaret Her favorite booth was Heinz’s, where she could sample some of Byington of the Pittsburgh Survey as saying, “… children were the 57 varieties of relishes and jellies handed out by smiling girls. always begging for five cents to go to the nickelodeon … and The “Expo” was a big deal—described as “part country fair and part on Saturday nights, whole families regularly sought ‘a glimpse of World’s Fair.” It had a Main Hall, Machinery Hall and Music Hall, the other side of life.’” A 1916 advertisement for the Orpheum with 100,000 feet of exhibition space in the three buildings. The Theater in the Jewish Criterion featured the five-reel movie, Expositions lasted from 1889 to 1916, losing out in favor of hock“Fear of Poverty.” ey, the ice made by the latest refrigeration technology of the time. Couvares notes that the new moving picture medium was Baseball was big then, too. In 1908 people were singing, “Take me “produced and distributed by small-time operators, many of out to the ballgame, Take me out with the crowd, Buy me some them Jewish immigrants.” On a related note, an article in the peanuts and Cracker Jack …” Cracker Jack came along in 1896. March Allegheny City Society newsletter by James W. Kastner Professionals first played at Exposition Park on the north shore mentions that the Gould Theater on East Ohio Street, which and then Forbes Field in Oakland. Food, Friends and Fun PAGE27
historical society cont. showed silent films, was one of the members of Gould Amusements founded by Squirrel Hill resident Samuel Gould. Gould didn’t own the Orpheum Theater, but that theater had a different Jewish connection. It was rented by the congregation of Beth Shalom for services before the synagogue was built high on Beacon Street. Local churches offered other social opportunities. When Mary S. Brown Memorial Chapel at 3424 Beechwood Boulevard was dedicated in 1909, the Methodist congregation held a weeklong celebration that included, besides the religious ceremonies, a grand organ recital, a “profusely illustrated” lecture of “The Holy Land Through Heart and Eye,” a musical recital, and a Grand Pew Social, where members were “invited to select their pews and sittings for the year.” Life was different back then, but one thing has stayed the same: People find ways to enjoy themselves, with whatever means they have at hand. SHM Anyone interested in learning more about Squirrel Hill history is invited to attend the meetings of the Squirrel Hill Historical Society held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Go to www.squirrelhillhistory.org to view upcoming lectures and events. Consider joining the SHHS. Membership is only $10 per year. There is no charge for attending the meetings.
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Sixth Presbyterian Church to Offer Live Music as Part of Squirrel Hill Night Markets
By Scott J. Bell
ixth Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Murray and Forbes, will feature local musicians as part of the Night Market evenings starting in July. Strategically located at the end of the blocked off section of Forbes, Sixth Presbyterian is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the eclectic musical offerings. Revered Vincent Kolb, Senior Minister at Sixth, says, “We hope that on a hot evening, people will take a break from the heat and stop in at 6th and listen to some great music.” All concerts will begin at 7:00pm and are free and open to the public.
On July 11, the concert will feature soprano Charlene Canty with pianist Larry Allen. Ms. Canty is well known for her “sumptuous voice” and “beautiful tone” across the international stage. She is adept in many musical styles including opera, lieder, traditional sacred and gospel. She has promised an offering of many different styles. Larry Allen is currently organist and choirmaster for Mt. Lebanon Lutheran Church. He is equally at home in many musical settings and has been seen all over the world as an organ recitalist, collaborative pianist and choral conductor. On August 15, the Squirrel Hillbillies will grace us with a selection of their unique blend of folk, blues, and country music. From Squirrel Hill to England and all points in between, musicians Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth charm audiences wherever they go. “Jenny and Gary connected with everyone in the house through their fresh songs, lively playing and engaging stories. We were hooked for the night,” said Don Ash, the owner of Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe in Angelica, New York.
In September, the Trio Nova Mundi will be in Squirrel Hill after recent outreach trips to Africa and Mexico. Violinist Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, cellist Elisa Kohanski and pianist Becky Bullock are currently the ensemble-in-residence at Grove City College. As their name implies, they are focused on music from the Americas in many diverse styles from traditional to tango to contemporary. Individually and collectively, these musicians have won many international competitions and have been seen on virtually all of the world's most prestigious musical stages. Sixth Presbyterian Church is an enthusiastic supporter of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. Peter Kaplan, former Coalition President and member of Sixth Church had this to say about the upcoming concerts: “We at Sixth Presbyterian are excited to be part of the Night Market festivities. It gives us a chance to open our doors and connect with the community.” SHM
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Food, Friends, and Fun in Squirrel Hill Photos and Interviews by Barbara Shema
In early May, artist/writer Barbara Shema visited Forbes and Murray Avenues and asked folks what brought them to Squirrel Hill for the day. Here’s what they had to say:
This Blackridge resident came to go to Amazing Books on Murray. She also frequents Tutti Frutti. Deepa Mani & Sriram Balachander
“It’s a nice day to come out for lunch at Ramen Bar and get bubble tea from Rose Tea Café.”
“We’re never disappointed when we come to Squirrel Hill. Love the culture of Pittsburgh. Our favorite place is Mineo’s Pizza House …always for pizza!” Dayve, Jade & Janae
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These locals, stopped in the midst of running errands, like to eat at a variety of restaurants with their children, such as Mediterranean Grill, New Dumpling House, Bagel Factory, and Starbucks.
Mahnoush, Yaya, Yalda & Sareh
This group came into Squirrel Hill for lunch at The Greek Gourmet Marketplace because of the food, the family atmosphere, and the really good hummus! They come to Greek Gourmet when craving healthy, fresh food. They also like Silk Elephant and Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi. Jillian & Joe Leopold Erin, Caitlin & Kody
These three out-of-towners drove in from Wheeling go to Color Me Mine. Erin had been there for a bachelorette party and wanted to come back with her friends.
“My wife works in Squirrel Hill, so I brought my daughter to spend the day…we ate our way through Squirrel Hill. We went to Pizza Bellino and Dunkin Donuts, and also the library and Little’s Shoe Store. We don’t eat out much, but go to Eat & Park and Bellino’s because of my daughter.”
This mother-daughter duo came out so Maggie could get a haircut at Philip Pelusi before heading to Classic Books on Forbes. Liz like the restaurants in Squirrel Hill because they’re convenient, offer lots of good food, and Maggie can walk here with her friends after school. Favorites include Bangkok Balcony, Everyday Noodles, Italian Village, Coriander, and New Dumpling House. Maggie & Liz Swartz
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These locals are out enjoying the nice weather, having lunch at Silk Elephant, and getting ice cream at Tutti Frutti.
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The Independent Brewing Company Where Quality (and Beer!) Matter By Michael Jenn
Like many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods in these times of rapid transformation, one thing that I’ve noticed about Squirrel Hill is how often things change, particularly along the commercial corridors of Forbes and Murray Avenues. When one restaurant or storefront is replaced with another, which happens at a seemingly baffling pace, I often find myself stupefied by the unexpected switch—even if, as often occurs, the transition had actually taken place months earlier. The dramatic fire on May 14th at the corner of Murray and Forward, effectively clearing long-vacant structures including the legendary Poli restaurant for new development, is among the most tangible recent alterations of the community’s bustling urban landscape. Some changes have been hard to swallow, leaving behind a lingering bitterness and myriad poignant memories for Squirrel Hill residents: the departures of A Pleasant Present, Barnes & Noble, or beloved Gullifty’s, for example. Other changes, of course, have been refreshing: Eat’n Park’s all-over improvements and facelift, the Carnegie Library’s eye-catching renovation several years ago, or the repurposing of Gullifty’s as the expanded Friendship Circle headquarters. One recent development to applaud is the addition of the Independent Brewing Company to Squirrel Hill’s roster of eateries, pubs, coffee/tea shops and hang-out spots. I headed out with a friend one afternoon last September thinking that we were bound for beers, burgers, and the familiar smoky sports-bar atmosphere of Fanattics only to discover that the place had mysteriously undergone a makeover, changing costume and personality completely to emerge as a new venue called “The Independent.” I was in for a welcome surprise. The Independent Brewing Company, effectively opening for business five days after Fanattics shut down (with contractor-free remodeling provided by friends) operates under the belief that there’s strength in numbers for local craft breweries competing against mass-produced American-style lagers. Regional brewing businesses find a solid platform for patronage here, and a great deal of attention is devoted to the casual yet personal customer
experience. The number of taps is small but the drinks are carefully selected with an ever-evolving repertoire of beers and cocktails. By establishing strong relationships with local breweries, The Independent is able to guarantee a menu of fresh, often brandnew brews that celebrate the spirit and talents of Pennsylvania breweries. The cuisine, prepared by a skilled staff, is adventurous— not the usual burgers, wings and onion rings. The owners are Princeton-educated lawyers with extensive home brewing experience and passion for what they do. Most importantly, the staff are glad to make personal recommendations. The Independent, in short, is a must-stop destination for Craft connoisseurs and generalized beverage lovers alike. I recently attended a fundraiser for the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition at The Independent. It was a beautiful mid-spring evening and the restaurant’s storefront was open to the street. A diverse array of volunteers, civic leaders, Coalition members and coordinators packed the bar-side half of the space. Much to my pleasure, I noticed that the musical soundtrack for the evening, barely audible over the glorious chaos of the crowd’s steady roar, came from a turntable spinning classic vinyl behind the bar. One of the bartenders laughed, saying that she’d received a complaint from a young female patron about the music: “What is this?!” (It was Peter Gabriel. Thank you, Independent, for keeping it real!) I stayed long after the fundraiser was over, SHUC NIght Out: Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, SHM Editor; Councilman Corey O’Conner; growing increasingly Marian Lien, Executive Director hazy-headed from perhaps a few too many mixed drinks and brews, mingling with friends old and new. I couldn’t help but think that Squirrel Hill had been missing a place like this for years—and that it felt like home for a man who moved down the road to long-dry Wilkinsburg four years ago but still fancies himself an honorary Squirrel Hill guy. SHM The Independent Brewing Company is located at 1704-1706 Shady Avenue, just a skip up the hill from Forbes Avenue and directly across the street from Starbucks. Please visit www.independentpgh.com to view their craft beer offerings, food menu, and signature cocktails & spirits listings. You can also learn more about the restaurant and its unique vision at their website, check store hours, and peruse current specials. Food, Friends and Fun PAGE33
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Calendar Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch 5801 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill (412) 422-9650 or www.carnegielibrary.org Genre Book Club Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm June 17th: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker July 15th: I Capture the Castle by Rainbow Rowell May 20th: Into the Wild by Jon Karkauer Author Visit: Jennifer Pharr Davis Wednesday, July 29 at 6 pm Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, adventure speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In 2011, Jennifer covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes and claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the "A.T." Jennifer will speak about overcoming the odds and setting the 46-day, 47-mile-per-day Appalachian Trail record. She honestly relays the internal and external struggles of trying to maximize her miles and her potential. This is an inspired tale of determination, endurance, and teamwork. If you want to be motivated to do more than you ever thought possible, this is the talk for you. Author Visit: Joyce Wilde Wednesday, September 2 at 6 pm Joyce Wilde, author of The Wilde Woman’s Guide to Organizing in Five Simple Steps: Using Mindfulness to Change Your Habits, will speak about using mindfulness to help organize your life. Organizing will probably fail if it only addresses the symptoms of the disorganization and doesn’t get to the root causes. This workshop will assist people who would like to be organized as a way of living, rather than get temporarily organized. After the talk, Ms. Wilde will sell copies of her book.
Squirrel Hill Farmers Market Beacon/Bartlett Parking Lot Sundays 9 am – 1 pm Running through late November, this joint effort between NextGen:PGH and the Citiparks brings a farmers market right to you! Make sure to stop in and support the 20+ local vendors.
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Squirrel Hill Historical Society The Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month FREE at 7:30 p.m. June 9th: “Getting to Know our Neighbors: The Four Faces of Lawrenceville” Speaker: Jim Wudarczyk, Researcher for the Lawrenceville Historical Society July 14th: “Life of Andy Warhol and History of the Warhol Museum” Speaker: Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum September 8th: “Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies” Speaker: Elizabeth Williams-Herrman, author and College Archivist at La Roche College
Squirrel Hill Vintage Race Car Parade & Show Squirrel Hill www.pittsburghvintagegrandprix.com July 5-19 The 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is celebrating “The Marques of Italy.” Italian cars will be featured throughout all ten days of the event, including an All Italian race at Schenley Park on Sunday July 19. The cars of Italy will be featured at all of the car shows and Race Week events. If you own a new or vintage Italian car or are just a fan, the 2015 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this is the place to be this summer!
Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch Rose Garden, Mellon Park Sundays at 10 am The “Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch” concert series will be held this summer on Sunday mornings near the Rose Garden in Mellon Park, which is bordered by Fifth Avenue, Shady Avenue, and Beechwood Boulevard. Each concert starts at 10 am and is two hours long. Sleep late and bring a brunch to the park with you. Join the hundreds gathered every weekend to enjoy great music. Coffee and refreshments provided by The Bagel Factory. June 21st : Steel City Harmonizers June 28th: Quinta Voce Wind Quintet July 5th: River City Brass July 12th: Aeolian Winds July 19th: West Hills Symphonic Band
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Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival pittsburghjazzlive.com June 19-21
In its fourth year, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has established a reputation as a “laid- back, intimate, and inviting “weekend of incredible live music, dancing in the streets, and a jazz “hang” that is unrivaled amongst festivals of its size. This year’s festivities feature musicians such as Dianne Reeves, funk legends Fred Wesley and Dwayne Dolphin, virtuosos like Raul Midon, soulful stars like Gregory Porter and jazz masters like Joe Locke, Sean Jones, and Roger Humphries. Visit pittsburghjazzlive.com
9th Annual Steel City Big Pour Construction Junction 214 North Lexington Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208 Phone: 412-243-5025 www.constructionjunction.org September 12 Thousands agree: from Construction Junction’s unique warehouse ambience, to the live music and art, to the wide selection of the highest quality local craft beers and food from the finest area restaurants—there is NOTHING like the Big Pour! Tickets regularly sell out within minutes, raising funds to PAGE36 Food, Friends and Fun
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25th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival Riverplex, 1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead, PA 15120 412-422-1113 pghirishfest.org September 11-13 Celebrate the richness of Ireland through lively music, savory Irish food and world championship dancing at Pittsburgh Irish Festival! Discover the Irish culture firsthand. Enjoy an authentic Irish marketplace, extensive children's area, and four entertainment/cultural stages. Visit the variety of Irish dogs, dance the jig, play the harp and Irish drum, and learn the Irish language. Fun for the entire family ~ join us at the biggest Irish celebration of the year ~ the Pittsburgh Irish Festival!
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public! The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. Visit 3riversartsfest.org for a complete listing of events.
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Our Summer issue is the Food Friends & Fun Issue! Featuring a SqHill Restaurant guide as well as lots of features on local events.