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Relying on God’s providence and embracing the call of the Gospel and the social teachings of the Church, Catholic Charities is dedicated to championing the dignity of the person, improving the quality of life, and advocating for the social good of the human family, so that the poor and vulnerable, always welcomed and loved, embrace opportunities necessary to realize their potential. County Services Offered: Anger management • Counseling • Pregnancy & Parenting Support • Co-parenting • Trans-Parenting • Basic Needs Assistance • Homeless Prevention • Adoption Assistance • Referrals • Health Care for the Uninsured • Refugee Resettlement • Utility Assistance • Senior Services • Safety Net & Stability Services • Case Management Allegheny County

212 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Administration and General Inquiries .................................................................................... 412-456-6999 Development ............................................................................................................................ 412-456-6960 Human Resource....................................................................................................................... 412-456-6995 Volunteer Office ........................................................................................................................ 412-456-6696

Beaver County Outreach

276 East End Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009 ..........................................................724-775-0758

Butler County Outreach

120 W. New Castle Street, Butler, PA 16001 ..........................................................724-287-4011

Greene County Outreach

72 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 ..........................................................724-627-6410

Lawrence County Outreach

119 E. North Street, New Castle, PA 16101 ..........................................................724-658-5526

Washington County Outreach

331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301 ..........................................................724-228-7722

Program Sites Free Health Care Center

212 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 ............................................. 412-456-6911 Free medical and dental services for individuals who are uninsured and who meet income eligibility requirements.

St. Joseph House of Hospitality

1635 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Hill District) ............. 412-471-0666 Rooms, meals and supportive services for older men (50+) who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Catholic Charities is the primary social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh serving all regardless of religious affiliation in their time of great need.

Challenges: Options in Aging New Castle Center Shenley Square, 2706 Mercer Road, New Castle, PA 16105 ...... 724-658-3729 In-home and supportive services for individuals 60+ who are seeking alternatives to nursing home care and to enhance their independence. ocial, recreational and physical fitness activities, and educational programs for ages 50+. Ellwood City Center 1405 Woodside Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117 ............................ 724-752-9435 ocial, recreational and physical fitness activities and educational programs for ages 60+.

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Emergency Services.............. Police, Fire, Medical Call 911 for emergency Non-Emergency Services Pittsburgh Parking Authority.................412-560-7275 ....................................... www.pittsburghparking.com City Tow Pound ......................................412-255-2500 Utilities Equitable Gas.........................................412-395-3050 ................................................www.equitablegas.com Dominion People’s Gas .........................412-244-2626 .................................................www.peoples-gas.com Duquesne Light ................................. 1-888-393-7100 ............................................. www.duquesnelight.com Comcast Cable ......................................412-771-1300 ........................................................www.comcast.com

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Post Offices ....................................... www.usps.com Hospitals Allegheny General .................................412-359-3131 320 E. North Ave. Presbyterian University Hospital ...........412-647-2345 DeSoto & O’Hara Streets Children’s Hospital.................................412-692-5437 3705 5th Ave. Mercy Hospital .......................................412-232-8111 1400 Locust St. Miscellaneous Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ...................... 412-263-1100 (main switchboard) or 1-800-228-6397 (customer service)

................................................ www.post-gazette.com Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ....................412-321-6460 .......................................................... www.triblive.com Animal Control .......................................412-255-2036 ................ www.pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol/info

D.M.V.......................................................412-565-7781 ...................................................www.dot4.state.pa.us Disposal Service (Garbage)...................412-255-2773 ........................................ www.pittsburgdisposal.com Recycling ................................................412-255-2773 ............www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/html/recycling Poison Control ...................................... 412-681-6669 .............................www.pittsburghpoisonallstars.com Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh .............412-622-3114 Carpet Cleaning ............................Citiwide Chemdry 1-888-581-1345 ...........................www.citiwidecd.com City Employees Mayors Office ........................................ 412-255-2626 City Clerks Office ...................................412-255-2138 Transportation Checker Cab Company .........................412-381-5600 Greyhound/Trailways Bus......................412-231-2222 Port Authority Transit.............................412-442-2000


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Looking for a great way to stay in shape and get that dancer body you always wanted? Become a part of the Basic Adult Dance Program at Millennium Dance Complex! Conveniently located near SouthSide Works, Pittsburgh’s newest, state-of-the-art dance studio offers weekly classes in hip hop, ballet, contemporary, jazz, technique, social dances and more. No dance experience required and all classes are taught at a beginner level.

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oergel Orchards has been a year-around tradition for generations of families, just as it has been a Soergel Family tradition since the 1800s. A longtime gem of the southwestern Pennsylvania region, it is something not to be missed four seasons of the year! Come see what all the fuss is about, and you’ll be a fan, too.

The orchard was established quietly by John Conrad Soergel, a German immigrant who planted our first trees in the mid 1850s. Originally a wholesale business, Soergel Orchards has evolved over six generations into what it is today: a thriving family business that rests on a foundation of outstanding and diverse products, wholesome family experiences and an unstoppable work ethic displayed by each member of the family and staff (who are treated as family, too). The cornerstone of the Soergel’s experience is the Market where you will find Eric Voll and Katie (Voll) Morrison. Customers know they will be greeted with a smile, and often by name. Produce is center stage, always fresh and of the highest quality. Over the years, the rest of the 8

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Regardless of the season, there is always something special at Soergel’s made in the USA and, again, often locally sourced, the stock changes frequently so there is always something new to see. Naturally Soergel’s, established in 2007, is widely appreciated as a one-stop-shop for gluten-free, allergen-free and organic products. Health and wellness are central to every product offered. Amy (Soergel) Foster is the family member behind Naturally Soergel’s. After Amy’s own health required her to fully embrace a gluten-free lifestyle, she embarked upon a journey leading to everything Naturally Soergel’s has become. Amy is happy to share her tips, and she and her staff are well known for giving great advice in terms of gluten- and allergen-free living. The Garden Center, run by Randy Soergel, stocks four seasons of plants and outdoor items. An expert in all things gardening, Randy and his staff are helpful and

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CONTENTS FEATURES

SPORTS

PROFESSIONALS

INSIDE COVER PERSONAL DIRECTORY

74 SIX OF EIGHT STEEL CITY CHAMPS

138 TOP TEN PAMPERING HOT SPOTS

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PUBLISHERS WELCOME CONTENTS PAGE

11 CITY FACTS 27 WASHINGTON COUNTY

DESTINATIONS 32 DESTNATION SWICKERY

37 12 TOP NEIGHBORHOODS 56 ART & CULTURE

86 STEEL CITY TRIPLE THREAT 94 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BUCCOS

161 STEEL CITY ON COURSE FOR TEE TIME

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT 98 STEEL CITY TRUCK THAT BRING THE FOOD TO YOU 99 EDITORIAL BY CHEF CHUCK KERBER 118 DINING 121 CONVERTING THE CITY

57 MUSEUMS

126 2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR

69 MAPS

135 SHOPPING

62 FACTS ABOUT PITTSBURGH

142 HEALTHY YOU EDITORIAL

129 10 DESIGN TRENDS

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AboutPittsburgh… the City W is the seat of Allegheny County

with a population of 306,211 and is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

ith a metropolitan combined statistical area population of 2,661,369, it is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia and the 20th-largest in the U.S. Pittsburgh is known as both “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and “the City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, 2 inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification, and the source of the Ohio at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. This vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest cuts through the mineral-rich Alleghenies which made the area coveted by the French and British Empires, Virginia, Whiskey Rebels, Civil War raiders and media networks. Known for steel, Pittsburgh also led innovations and industries in aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, appliances, sports, transportation, computing, retail, cars, and electronics.This creative wealth placed Pittsburgh third (after New York City and Chicago) in corporate headquarters employment for much of the 20th century, second only to New York in bank assets and with more stockholders per capita than any other U.S. city. America’s 1980s deindustrialization laid off area bluecollar workers, with thousands of downtown white-collar workers joining them after multi-billion-dollar corporate raids relocated the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters of Gulf Oil, Sunbeam, Rockwell and Westinghouse. This status as a global industry center, its melting pot of immigrant workers, and top-10 rank among the largest cities in the U.S. until 1950 and metro areas until 1980 left the region with a plethora of internationally regarded museums, medical centers, parks, research infrastructure, libraries, a vibrantly diverse cultural district and the most bars per capita in the U.S. These legacies have earned Pittsburgh the title of America’s “most livable city” by Places Rated Almanac, Forbes, and The Economist while inspiring National Geographic and Today to name the city a top world destination. Since 2004, the area has added over 3,000 hotel rooms with higher occupancy than 11 comparable cities.

Area: 58.3 sq. miles (151 Km2 ) Nickname(s): The ‘Burgh, City of Bridges, Steel City, City of Champions

Motto: Benigno Numine,

which translates to ‘By the favour of the heavens’

Apple, Google, and Intel are among 1,600 technology firms generating $10.8 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls, with the area serving as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. R&D leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh annually produce multiple startups as the city has earned the top rank as “America’s smartest” with a total of 68 area colleges and universities, 38 of them non-profit. The nation’s fifth-largest bank, nine Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 US law firms make their global headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, Nova, Bayer, FedEx, GSK and NIOSH have large regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best metro area for U.S. job growth. Pittsburgh is a leader in environmental design with 60 total and 10 of the world’s first green buildings, including downtown’s convention center, even as billions have recently been invested in the area’s energy renaissance with Marcellus shale. A renaissance of Pittsburgh’s 116-year-old film industry—that boasts the world’s first movie theater—has grown from the long-running Three Rivers Film Festival to an influx of major productions including Disney and Paramount offices with the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.

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History…

Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes (a Scotsman) in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

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Gazette was started, and in 1787, the Pittsburgh Academy was chartered. The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 saw unrest and federal troops. By 1797, glass began to be manufactured in the city, while the population grew to around 1,400.

ittsburgh was incorporated as a township in 1771 and as a borough on April 22, 1794 with the following Act: “Be it enacted by the Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...by the authority of the same, that the said town of Pittsburgh shall be...erected into a borough, which shall be called the borough of Pittsburgh for ever.” Pittsburgh is one of the few American cities to be spelled with an h at the end of a burg suffix. From 1890 to 1911 the city’s “h” was removed but after a public campaign it was officially restored by the United States Board on Geographic Names.

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse, dating to 1764, is the oldest extant structure in the City of Pittsburgh

The area of the Ohio headwaters was inhabited by the Shawnee and several other settled groups of native Americans. The first European was the French explorer/trader Robert de La Salle in Monongahela River scene, 1857 his 1669 expedition down the Ohio River from Quebec. European pioneers, Lord Jeffrey Amherst ordered blankets primarily Dutch, followed in the early 18th inoculated with smallpox distributed to century. Michael Bezallion was the first to the tribes surrounding the fort in 1763. describe the forks of the Ohio in a 1717 The attempt at Fort Pitt was a major manuscript, and later that year European success and as smallpox spreaded into traders established area posts and other Native American areas, it killed settlements.In 1749, French soldiers from between 400,000-500,000 (possibly up to Quebec launched a serious expedition 1.5 million) Native Americans. to the forks to unite Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers.Governor The 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix allowed Dinwiddie of Virginia sent Major George the Penns to purchase the modern region Washington to warn the French to from the Iroquois. A 1769 survey of the withdraw. During 1753–54, the British land situated between the two rivers hastily built Fort Prince George before referenced the future city as the “Manor a larger French force drove them off. of Pittsburgh”. Both the Colony of The French built Fort Duquesne based Virginia and the Province of Pennsylvania on LaSalle’s 1669 claims. The French claimed the region until 1780 when it and Indian War began with the future was agreed to extend the Mason-Dixon Pittsburgh as its center. British General Line westward, placing Pittsburgh in Edward Braddock was dispatched with Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1771 Bedford Washington as his aide to take Fort County, Pennsylvania was created to Duquesne.The British and colonial force govern the frontier. On April 16, 1771, met defeat at Braddock’s Field and it the city’s first civilian local government was not until General John Forbes’s 1758 was created with Pitt Township. William march that the French surrendered the Teagarden was the first constable, and forks. Forbes began construction on Fort William Troop was the first clerk. Pitt, named after British Secretary of State and soon-to-be Prime Minister William Following the American Revolution, the Pitt the Elder while the settlement was village of Pittsburgh continued to grow. named “Pittsborough”. One of its earliest industries was boat building for settlers of the Ohio Country. Pontiac’s Rebellion had native tribes lead In 1784, Thomas Viceroy completed a a siege of Fort Pitt for two months until town plan which was approved by the Colonel Henry Bouquet’s victory at the Penn family attorney. Pittsburgh became Battle of Bushy Run. The battle’s outcome a possession of Pennsylvania in 1785. was also the first use of biological warfare. The following year, the Pittsburgh Post14

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The War of 1812 cut off the supply of British goods, stimulating American industry. By 1815, Pittsburgh was producing significant quantities of iron, brass, tin, and glass. On March 18, 1816, the 46 year old local government became a city. In the 1830s, many Welsh people from the Merthyr steelworks immigrated to the city following the aftermath of the Merthyr Rising. By the 1840s, Pittsburgh was one of the largest cities west of the Allegheny Mountains, before the Great Fire of Pittsburgh destroyed over a thousand buildings in 1845. The city rebuilt and by 1857, Pittsburgh’s 1,000 factories were consuming 22 million coal bushels yearly. The American Civil War boosted the city’s economy with increased iron and armament demand. Andrew Carnegie began steel production in 1875 at the Edgar Thomson Steel Works in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, which evolved into the Carnegie Steel Company. In 1901, Carnegie merged several companies into U.S. Steel. By 1911, Pittsburgh was the nation’s 8th largest city, accounting for between a third and a half of national steel output. The city’s population swelled to over a half million with European immigration via Ellis Island. By 1940, non-Hispanic whites were 90.6% of the city’s population.Pittsburgh was a main destination of the African-American Great Migration, with 95% percent becoming unskilled steel workers. World War II saw area mills operate 24 hours a day to produce 95 million tons of steel, but also recorded the highest levels of air pollution in its almost century of industry. The city’s reputation as the “arsenal of democracy” was being overshadowed by James Parton’s 1868 observation of Pittsburgh being “hell with the lid off”. Following the war, the city launched a clean air and civic revitalization project known as the “Renaissance”. This muchacclaimed effort was followed by the “Renaissance II” project in 1977 and focusing on cultural and neighborhood development. The industrial base continued to expand through the 1970s,


History: continued but beginning in the early 1980s both the area’s steel and electronics industries imploded, with massive layoffs from mill and plant closures. In the latter 20th century, the area shifted its economic base to education, tourism, and services, largely based on healthcare/ medicine, finance, and high technology such as robotics. Although Pittsburgh

successfully shifted its economy and remained viable, the city’s population never rebounded to its industrial-era highs. While 680,000 people lived in the city proper in 1950, a combination of suburbanization and economic turbulence caused a decrease in city population. During the late 2000s recession, Pittsburgh was economically strong, adding jobs when most cities were losing them, and one of the few cities in the

United States to see housing property values rise. Between 2006 and 2011, the Pittsburgh MSA experienced over 10% appreciation in housing prices—the highest appreciation of the largest 25 MSAs in the United States as 22 of the top 25 MSAs saw a depreciation of housing values. Pittsburgh’s story of economic regeneration was the inspiration for President Barack Obama to host the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit.

Geography… Many of the city’s neighborhoods are steeply sloped with two-lane roads. More than a quarter of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods make reference to “hills,” “heights,” or other similar indicators by name.

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ittsburgh has a total area of 58.3 square miles (151 km2), of which 55.6 square miles (144 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (or 4.75%) is water. The 80th meridian west passes directly through the city’s downtown. There are 4 million residential homes in Pittsburgh. The city is on the Allegheny Plateau, within the ecoregion of the Western Allegheny Plateau, The Downtown area (also known as the Golden Triangle) sits where the Allegheny River from the northeast and Monongahela River from the southeast form the Ohio River. The actual

convergence is in Point State Park and referred to as “the Point.” The city extends east to include the Oakland and Shadyside sections, which are home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Carnegie Museum and Library, and many other educational, medical, and cultural institutions. The southern, western and northern areas of the city are primarily residential. The city has some 712 sets of outdoor pedestrian stairs with 44,645 treads and 24,090 vertical feet including hundreds of paper streets composed entirely of stairs

and many other steep streets with stairs for sidewalks. Many provide vistas of the Pittsburgh area while attracting hikers and fitness walkers. Bike and walking trails border many of the city’s rivers and hollows, but steep hills and variable weather can make biking a challenge. The Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath connect the city directly to downtown Washington, D.C. (some 245 miles (394 km) away) with a continuous bike/running trail.

Cityscape…

The city consists of the Downtown area, called the Golden Triangle, and four main areas surrounding it. These surrounding areas are further subdivided into distinct neighborhoods (in total, Pittsburgh contains 90 neighborhoods).

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hese areas, relative to downtown, are known as the North Side, South Side/ South Hills, East End, and West End. The city consists of the Downtown area, called the Golden Triangle,and four main areas surrounding it. These surrounding areas are further subdivided into distinct neighborhoods (in total, Pittsburgh contains 90 neighborhoods).These areas, relative to downtown, are known as the North Side, South Side/South Hills, East End, and West End. Downtown Pittsburgh is compact, featuring 30 skyscrapers, 9 of which top 500 feet (150 m). U.S. Steel Tower is the tallest at 841 ft (256 m). The Cultural

District comprises a 14-block area of downtown along the Allegheny River. It is packed with theaters and arts venues, and is seeing a growing residential segment. Most significantly, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is embarking on Riverparc, a fourblock mixed-use “green” community, featuring 700 residential units and multiple towers between 20 and 30 stories. The Firstside portion of downtown borders the Monongahela River, the historic Mon Wharf and is home to the distinctive PPG Place Gothic glass skyscraper complex. This area is seeing a growing residential sector, as new condo towers are constructed and historic office towers are converted to residential use. Downtown

is serviced by the Port Authority’s subway and multiple bridges leading north and south. It is also home to Point Park University, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University which borders Uptown. The North Side is home to various neighborhoods in transition. What is known today as Pittsburgh’s North Side was once known as Allegheny City and operated as a city independently of Pittsburgh. Allegheny City merged with Pittsburgh under great protest from its citizens. The North Side is primarily composed of residential neighborhoods and is noteworthy for well-constructed Play • Work • Live

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Cityscape: continued and architecturally interesting homes. Many buildings date from the 19th century and are constructed of brick or stone and adorned with decorative woodwork, ceramic tile, slate roofs and stained glass. The North Side is also home to many popular attractions such as Heinz Field, PNC Park, Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory installation art museum, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Highmark SportsWorks, Penn Brewery and Allegheny Observatory. The North Side is also home to Allegheny General Hospital, listed among the 1999 US News & World Report 2000 best hospitals nationwide. The South Side was once composed primarily of dense inexpensive housing for mill workers, but has in recent years become a local Pittsburgher destination. The South Side is one of the most popular neighborhoods in which to own a home in Pittsburgh. The value of homes in the South Side has increased in value by about 10% annually or the past 10 years. The South Side’s East Carson Street is one of the most vibrant areas of the city, packed with diverse shopping, ethnic eateries, pulsing nightlife and live music venues. In 1993 the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh purchased the South Side Works steel mill property, and worked together with the community and various developers to create a master plan for a mixed-use development including a

is Pittsburgh’s Little Italy and is known for its Italian restaurants and grocers. Lawrenceville is a revitalizing rowhouse neighborhood popular with artists and designers, which is expected to benefit from the recent new construction of a new Children’s Hospital. The Strip District is an open-air marketplace by day and a clubbing destination by night.

Shadyside riverfront park, office space, housing, health-care facilities, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers indoor practice fields. Construction began in 1998, and the Southside Works is now open for business with many store, restaurants, offices, and the world headquarters for American Eagle Outfitters The East End is home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University, Chatham University, The Carnegie Institute’s Museums of Art and Natural History, Frick Art & Historical Center (Clayton and the Frick art museum), Phipps Conservatory, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The neighborhoods of Shadyside and Squirrel Hill are large, wealthy neighborhoods featuring large shopping/business districts. Oakland, heavily populated by undergraduate and graduate students, is home to most of the universities, Schenley Park and the Petersen Events Center. Bloomfield

The West End includes Mt. Washington, with its famous view of the Downtown skyline and numerous other residential neighborhoods like Sheraden and Elliott. Pittsburgh’s patchwork of neighborhoods still retain an ethnic character reflecting the city’s immigrant history. These include: German: Troy Hill, Mt. Washington, and East Allegheny (Deutschtown) Italian: Brookline, Bloomfield, Morningside, Oakland and Beechview Polish and other Central European: South Side, Lawrenceville, and Polish Hill African American: Hill District, Homewood, and Larimer Jewish: Squirrel Hill Several neighborhoods on the edges of the city are less urban, featuring tree-lined streets, yards and garages giving a more characteristic suburban feel, while other aforementioned neighborhoods, such as Oakland, the South Side, the North Side, and the Golden Triangle are characterized by a more diverse, urban feel.

Regional Identity… The Pittsburgh metropolitan area (also called Greater Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania or the Pittsburgh Tri-State) is the largest population center in both the Ohio River Valley and Appalachia.

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he metropolitan area consists of the city of Pittsburgh in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding counties. By many definitions the area extends into the U.S. states of West Virginia and Ohio. The larger “tri-state” region is defined by the U.S. Census as the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) while definitions of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) are within Pennsylvania. The area is renowned for its industries including steel, glass and oil; its economy also thrives on healthcare, education, technology, robotics, financial services and the film industry and an emergent area for oil and natural gas companies’ Marcellus

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shale production. The city is headquarters to major global financial institutions including PNC Financial Services (the nation’s fifth-largest bank), Federated Investors and the regional headquarters of BNY Mellon. The region is also the 21st largest port in the United States with almost 34 million short tons of river cargo for 2011, the port ranked 9th largest in the U.S. when measured in domestic trade. Pittsburgh narrowly falls within the borders of the Northeastern United States as defined by multiple US Government agencies, but the Pittsburgh Combined Statistical Area extends into both the Southern United States (West Virginia) and the Midwestern United States (Ohio) with

the borders of the three regions meeting only 30 miles (48 km) from the city and is also in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, a collection of primarily Midwestern cities, reflecting Pittsburgh’s socio-economic connections to Ohio and points west. Pittsburgh falls within the borders of Appalachia as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and has long been characterized as the “northern urban industrial anchor of Appalachia”. In its post-industrial state, Pittsburgh has been characterized as the “Paris of Appalachia”, recognizing the city’s cultural, education, healthcare, and technology resources as well as its status as Appalachia’s largest city.


Climate, Air & Water Quality…

The Pittsburgh metropolitan area (also called Greater Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania or the Pittsburgh Tri-State) is the largest population center in both the Ohio River Valley and Appalachia.

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ittsburgh lies in the humid continental as it transitions to the humid subtropical climate.The city and river valleys lie in the USDA plant hardiness zone 6b while higher elevated areas lie in zone 6a. The area has four distinct seasons, with precipitation somewhat evenly spread throughout the year. The warmest month of the year in Pittsburgh is July, with a 24-hour average of 72.6 °F (22.6 °C). Conditions are often humid, and combined with highs reaching 90 °F (32 °C) on an average 9.5 days a year, a considerable heat index arises. The coldest month is January, when the 24-hour average is 28.4 °F (−2.0 °C), and sub-zero lows (≤ −18 °C) can be expected on an average 2.6 nights per year. Extremes in temperature range from −22 °F (−30 °C), on January 19, 1994 to 103 °F (39 °C), which occurred three times, most recently on July 16, 1988. Springs and falls in the area are generally mild. Average annual precipitation is 38.1 inches (970 mm) and total precipitation is greatest in May while least in October. On average, December and January have the greatest number of precipitation days. Snowfall averages 41.5 inches (105 cm) per season. There is an average of 59 clear days and 103 partly cloudy days per year, while 203 days are cloudy. In terms of annual percent-average possible sunshine received, Pittsburgh (45%) is similar to Seattle (43%). In a 2013 ranking of 277 metropolitan areas in the United States, the American Lung Association (ALA) ranked six other U.S. metro areas as having higher amounts of short-term particle pollution and

It’s the best it’s been in the lifetime for virtually every resident in this county...We’ve seen a steady decrease in pollution levels over the past decade and certainly over the past 20, 30, 40, 50 years or more.

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seven other U.S. metro areas having higher amounts of year-round particle pollution. Ozone (smog) pollution ranked 23 U.S. metro areas as having greater amounts than the Pittsburgh region. Although the area has improved its air quality with every annual survey the ALA’s rankings have been disputed by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), since data from only the worst of the region’s 20 air quality monitors is considered by the ALA, without any context or averaging. The lone monitor used is located immediately downwind and adjacent to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the nation’s largest coke mill and several municipalities outside the city’s jurisdiction of pollution controls, leading to possible confusion that Pittsburgh itself is the source or center of the emissions used for the survey. The region’s readings also reflect pollution from Ohio and West Virginia, though both are outside the jurisdictional powers of local leadership. Although the county was still below the “pass” threshold, the report showed

substantial improvement over previous decades on every air quality measure. Fewer than 15 high ozone days were reported between 2007 and 2009 and just 10 between 2008 and 2010 compared to more than 40 between 1997 and 1999. ACHD spokesman Guillermo Cole stated that “It’s the best it’s been in the lifetime for virtually every resident in this county We’ve seen a steady decrease in pollution levels over the past decade and certainly over the past 20, 30, 40, 50 years or more.” Local rivers have shown great improvement though continue to have pollution levels exceeding EPA limits. Fish catches in the city in 2007 were found to be more than twice as free of pollutants than catches on the Canadian side of Lake Erie and six times as free of pollutants than Allegheny River catches of the New York border area. Despite these positive results, there are concerns about local storm sewers and waste treatment plants frequently overflowing untreated sewage into local waterways due to flood conditions and antiquated infrastructure. The city boasts 31,000 trees on 900 miles of streets, by the last count conducted in 2005. A 2011 analysis of Pittsburgh’s total tree cover, which involved sampling more than 200 small plots throughout the city, showed a value of between $10 and $13 million in annual benefits based on the “urban forest” contributions to aesthetics, energy use and air quality. Energy savings from shade, impact on city air and water quality and the boost in property values were taken into account. The city spends $850,000/year on street tree planting and maintenance.

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At the 2010 Census, there were 305,704 people residing in Pittsburgh, a decrease of 8.6% since 2000.

population of 64.8% was White, 25.8% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 4.4% Asian, 0.3% Other and 2.3% mixed. 2.3% of Pittsburgh’s population was of Hispanic or Latino origin of any race. Non-Hispanic Whites were 64.8% of the

population in 2010, compared to 78.7% in 1970. The five largest white ethnic groups in the city are German- (19.7%), Irish-(15.8%), Italian- (11.8%), Polish- (8.4%), and Englishderived (4.6%), while the metropolitan area is approximately 22% German-American,

15.4% Italian American and 11.6% Irish American. Pittsburgh has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the nation, and also has the nation’s fifth largest Ukrainian community and the largest Croatian community in the USA. In the metro Pittsburgh area live more than Play • Work • Live

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Demographics: continued 200,000 Croatian descendants. According to a 2010 ARDA study reported 773,341 Catholics, 326,125 “Mainline Protestants”, 174,119 “Evangelical Protestants”, 20,976 “Black Protestants” and 16,405 “Orthodox Christians” with 996,826 listed as “unclaimed” and 16,405 as “other” in the metro area. There were 143,739 households, out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.2% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were nonfamilies. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.95. In the city the population was

Economy…

spread out, with 19.9% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,588, and the median income for a family was $38,795. Males had a median income of $32,128 versus $25,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,816. About 15.0% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under the age of 18 and 13.5% ages 65 or older. In a 2002 study, Pittsburgh ranked 22nd of 69 urban places in the U.S. in the

number of residents 25 years or older who had completed a Bachelor’s degree at 31%. Pittsburgh ranked 15th of the 69 places in the number of residents 25 years or older who completed a high school degree at 84.7%. The metro area has shown greater residential racial integration during the last 30 years. The 2010 census ranked 18 other U.S. metros as having greater black-white segregation while 32 other U.S. metros rank higher for black-white isolation. Within city limits both Carlow University and Chatham University have residential gender segregation above 90%, as Duquesne University and Point Park University both have female populations at 60% or greater as Carnegie Mellon University has a 60% male population.

Pittsburgh has adapted since the collapse of its century long steel and electronics industries. The region has shifted to high technology, robotics, health care, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, education and services.

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otal annual payroll of the region’s technology industries, when taken in aggregate, exceeded $10.8 billion in 2007, and in 2010 there were 1,600 technology companies. Reflecting the citywide shift from industry to technology, former factories have been directly renovated into modern office space. Google has research and technology offices in a refurbished 1918-1998 Nabisco factory, a complex known as Bakery Square. Some of the factory’s original equipment, such as a large dough mixer, were left standing in homage to the site’s industrial roots. Pittsburgh’s transition from its industrial heritage has earned it praise as “the poster child for managing industrial transition”. Other major cities in the northeast and mid-west have increasingly borrowed from Pittsburgh’s model in order to renew their industries and economic base. The largest employer in the city is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with 48,000 employees. All hospitals, outpatient clinics, and doctor’s office positions combine for 116,000 jobs, approximately 10% of the jobs in the region. An analyst recently observed of the city’s medical sector: “That’s both more jobs and a higher share of the region’s total employment than the steel industry represented in the 1970s.”

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Pittsburgh is the poster child for managing industrial transition

Dr. Robert Mauro Area retail is anchored by over 35 shopping malls and a healthy downtown retail sector as well as boutique shops along Walnut Street, in Squirrel Hill and Station Square. Education is another major industry in the region. The largest single employer in that industry is the University of Pittsburgh, with 10,700 employees. Nine Fortune 500 companies calling the area home ranks Pittsburgh for eighth most Fortune 500 headquarters in the nation. In 2006, Expansion Magazine ranked Pittsburgh among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation for climates favorable to business expansion. These include downtown’s PNC Financial Services, PPG Industries, U.S. Steel, H. J. Heinz Company, WESCO International, both Mylan and CONSOL Energy of Cecil Township, Pennsylvania with Findlay Township, Pennsylvania based Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The region is home to Allegheny Technologies, American Eagle Outfitter, Bayer USA and Alcoa operation headquarters. Other major employers include BNY Mellon, GlaxoSmithKline, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Lanxess. The Northeast U.S. regional headquarters for Chevron Corporation, Nova Chemicals, FedEx Ground and the RAND Corporation call the area home. 84 Lumber, Giant Eagle, Highmark, Rue 21, General Nutrition Center (GNC), CNX Gas (CXG) and Genco Supply Chain Solutions are major non-public companies headquartered in the region. The global impact of Pittsburgh technology and business was recently demonstrated in several key components of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being manufactured and supplied by area companies. The nonprofit arts and cultural industry in Allegheny County generates $341 million in economic activity that supports over 10,000 full-time equivalent jobs with nearly $34 million in local and state taxes raised. The region is a hub for both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and Marcellus Shale energy extraction. Pittsburgh has hosted INPEX, the world’s largest invention trade show annually since ‘84, Tekko since ‘03, Anthrocon since ‘06 and DUG East energy trade show since ‘09.


Entertainment…

Pittsburgh has a rich history in arts and culture dating from 19th century industrialists commissioning and donating public works, such as Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Benedum Center

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ome to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera, respectively as well as such groups as the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Pittsburgh has a long tradition of jazz, blues and bluegrass music. The National Negro Opera Company was founded in the city as the first all African-American opera company in the United States. This led to the prominence of African-American singers like Leontyne Price in the world of opera. Pittsburgh has a number of small and mid-size arts organizations including the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Quantum Theatre, the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, and the early music ensemble Chatham Baroque.

Phipps Conservatory

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the National Aviary have served the city for over a century.

Pittsburgh Dance Council and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater host a variety of dance events. Polka, folk, square and round dancing have a long history in the city and are celebrated by the world famous Duquesne University Tamburitzans, a multicultural academy dedicated to the preservation and presentation of folk songs and dance. Hundreds of major films have been shot partially or wholly in Pittsburgh. The Dark Knight Rises was largely filmed in Downtown, Oakland, and the North Shore. Pittsburgh has also teamed up with a LA based production company, and has built the largest and most advanced movie studio in the eastern United States. Pittsburgh’s major art museums include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Mattress Factory. The ToonSeum, one of three museums in the US dedicated to cartoon art, is located downtown. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the fourth ranked natural history museum in the US and has extensive dinosaur, mineral, animal, and Egyptian collections. The Carnegie Science Center and associated SportsWorks has interactive technology and science exhibits. The Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a Smithsonian affiliated regional history museum located in the Strip District and its associated Fort Pitt Museum is located in Point State Park. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland

eclectic Bayernhof Music Museum is six miles (9 km) from downtown while The Clemente Museum is located in the city’s Lawrenceville section. The Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms showcase pre-19th century learning environments from around the world. There are regular guided and self-guided architectural tours in numerous neighborhoods. Downtown’s cultural district hosts quarterly Gallery Crawls and the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival. Pittsburgh is home to a number of art galleries and centers including the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, University Art Gallery of the University of Pittsburgh, the American Jewish Museum, and the Wood Street Galleries.

Pittsburgh is home to one of the several state licensed casinos. The Rivers Casino is located on the North Shore along the Ohio River, just west of Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field.

Cathedral of Learning

Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa is a recent artist to have a number one record. His anthem “Black and Yellow” (a tribute to Pittsburgh’s official colors) reached number one on Billboard’s “Hot 100” for the Week of February 19, 2011 Not since grammywinning blues guitarist George Benson, has a Pittsburgh artist received such national acclaim. Perry Como and Christina Aguilera are from Pittsburgh suburbs. Hip hop artist Mac Miller recent Blue Slide Park reach number 1 on Billboard’s album chart; its first independent artist #1 since Snoop Dogg in 1995. Many Punk Rock and Hardcore punk acts, such as Aus Rotten and Anti-Flag, originated in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Zoo houses Western Pennsylvania military exhibits from the Civil War to present. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side features a planetarium and interactive exhibits for children. The

Pittsburgh is home to the world’s largest furry convention known as Anthrocon where it has been held annually at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center since 2006. In 2013 Anthrocon drew over 5,000 visitors and had an economic impact of $6.2 million.

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Livability…

At the 2010 Census, there were 305,704 people residing in Pittsburgh, a decrease of 8.6% since 2000.

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ittsburgh often places high in lists of the nation’s most livable cities. After placing fourth and first in the first two editions of Places Rated Almanac, Pittsburgh finished third in 1989, fifth in 1993, 14th in 1997 and 12th in 2000, before reclaiming the number one spot in 2007. The survey’s primary author, David Savageau, has noted that Pittsburgh is the only city to finish in the top 20 of every edition. In 2005, 2009 and 2011, Pittsburgh was named most livable city in the United States and in those years, between the 26th and 29th most livable city worldwide by The Economist.Pittsburgh ranked No. 28 in the book Cities Ranked and Rated (2004) by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander. In 2010, Forbes and Yahoo! listed Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the United States. A month later, Forbes named Pittsburgh the 7th best place to raise a family. Pittsburgh was ranked the 4th best city for working mothers by Forbes in 2010 and the city was ranked as one of the best for entrepreneurs by

Entrepreneur. Forbes named Pittsburgh, in an 8-way tie, the world’s 10th cleanest city for 2007. The Economist Intelligence Unit named Pittsburgh the top place to live in the United States in 2011, and behind only Honolulu for 2012. The city was listed among the 10 best U.S. places to retire in 2012 by CBS Money Watch and U.S. News. In February 2013 Forbes again placed Pittsburgh among its 10 most unexpectedly romantic world locations. In April 2014, Niche rated Pittsburgh the 15th best city for millenials. Livability rankings typically consider factors such as cost of living, crime, and cultural opportunities. Pittsburgh has a low cost of living compared to other northeastern U.S. cities. According to the Federal Housing Board the average price for a 3- to 4-bedroom, 2-bath family home in Pittsburgh for 2004 is $162,000, well below the national average of $264,540. Average 2010 rent for all bedrooms in Pittsburgh was

$789. This compares to the nationwide average of $1,087. Enhancing Pittsburgh’s livability is that the area faces little natural disaster risk such as an earthquake, hurricane, wildfire, or tornado. Forbes ranked Pittsburgh as having the 2nd lowest natural disaster risk in the nation for 2009. Greater Pittsburgh is not entirely free of natural disasters, however. Residents living in extremely low-lying areas near the rivers or one of the 1,400 creeks and streams experience occasional floods, such as those caused when the remnants of Hurricane Ivan hit rainfall records in 2004. River flooding is relatively rare due to federal flood control efforts extensively managing locks, dams, and reservoirs. Residents living near smaller tributary streams are less protected from occasional flooding, and the cost of a comprehensive flood control program for the region has been estimated at a prohibitive $50 billion. Pittsburgh has the most bars per capita in the nation.

Government & Politics…

The Government of Pittsburgh is composed of the Mayor of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh City Council, and various boards and commissions. council members are chosen by plurality elections in each of nine districts. The government’s official offices are located in the Pittsburgh City-County Building.

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he mayor and the nine-member council serve a four-year term. Since the 1950s the Mayor’s Chief of Staff has assumed a large role in advising, long term planning and as a “gatekeeper” to the mayor. City

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds sessions in Pittsburgh, as well as Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is represented in the Pennsylvania General Assembly by three Senate Districts and nine House Districts. Federally, Pittsburgh is part of Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district.

Politics

In 2006, Council President Luke Ravenstahl was sworn in as mayor at age 26, becoming the youngest mayor in the history of any major American city.

His successor, Bill Peduto, was sworn in January 6, 2014. Current Pittsburgh City Council members are: Darlene Harris, Theresa Kail-Smith, Natalia Rudiak, Cory O’Conner, R. Daniel Lavelle, Deborah Gross, Dan Gilman, and Rev. Ricky Burgess. The president of city council is Bruce Kraus. Prior to the American Civil War, Pittsburgh was strongly abolitionist and was selected as the birthplace of the national Republican Party, when the party held its first convention in February 1856. From the Civil War to the 1930s, Pittsburgh was a Republican stronghold until the Great Depression combined with entrenched local GOP scandals swept in the Democratic Party. With the exceptions of the 1973 and 1977 elections (where lifelong Democrats ran off the party ticket), Democrats


Government: continued have been elected consecutively to the mayor’s office since the 1933 election. The city’s current ratio of party registration is 5 to 1 Democrat. Pittsburgh is represented in the Pennsylvania General Assembly by three Senate Districts (Jim Ferlo-district 38, Wayne D. Fontana-42, and Jay Costa-43) and nine House Districts (Jake Wheatley-19, Adam Ravenstahl-20, Dom Costa-21, Erin Molchany-22, Dan Frankel-23, Ed Gainey-24, Dan Deasy-27, Paul Costa-34, and Harry Readshaw-36). Federally, Pittsburgh is part of Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat

Michael F. Doyle since 1995.

immediate suburbs.

Law enforcement: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police vehicles

The county’s lead law enforcement officer is Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala while the Allegheny County Medical Examiner heads forensics. Crimes of a federal nature are covered by the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania.

The area’s largest law enforcement agency is the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, with close to 1,000 sworn officers. The city also has separate housing and school police departments. Other agencies also provide police protection within the city because of overlapping jurisdictional boundaries. The Allegheny County Sheriff focuses on jail and courthouse security. The Allegheny County Police primarily patrols county-owned parks and airports, while providing detective/investigatory functions for smaller suburbs and the Port Authority police patrols rapid transit. Pennsylvania State Police Troop B provides patrols for the city and

Crime

Pittsburgh annually ranks as one of America’s safest big cities, recently being named the 3rd “most secure” big city by Farmers Insurance. Among crime rates of the 60 largest U.S. cities, 43 had more instances of property crime while 16 had less when compared to Pittsburgh. More instances of violent crime were reported in 21 of the largest cities while 37 had less.

Education…

Pittsburgh is home to many colleges, universities and research facilities, the most well-known of which are Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

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ittsburgh is home to many colleges, universities and research facilities, the most well-known of which are Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Also located in the city are Carlow University, Chatham University, Point Park University, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. The region’s suburbs also host several colleges and universities such as: Clarion University of Pennsylvania, LaRoche College, Slippery Rock University, Westminster College and Grove City College north of the city, Robert Morris University and Geneva College west of the city, Washington & Jefferson College, California University of Pennsylvania and Waynesburg University to the south, and Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania to the east. The campuses of Carlow, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh are located adjacent to each other in the Oakland neighborhood that is the city’s traditional cultural center. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university founded by Andrew Carnegie and is ranked 23rd overall on US News & World Report list of America’s Best National Universities. CMU is globally respected for its Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Tepper School of

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Carnegie Mellon University

Business, Heinz College, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, Social and Decision Sciences, and psychology programs. The University of Pittsburgh, established in 1787 and

popularly referred to as “Pitt”, is a state-related school with one of the nation’s largest research programs. Pitt is ranked as the 21st national public university by US News & World Report and 62nd overall, and is known for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, and other biomedical and health-related sciences. Carlow University is a small private Roman Catholic university that while coeducational, has traditionally educated women. Chatham University, a liberal arts women’s college with coeducational graduate programs, is located in the Shadyside neighborhood, but also maintains a 388-acre (157 ha) Eden Hall Farm campus located in the North Hills. Duquesne University, a private Catholic university located in the Bluff neighborhood and is noted for its song and dance troupe, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, as well as programs in law, business, and pharmacy. Point Park University was founded in 1961 and is well known for its Conservatory of Performing Arts and its Pittsburgh Playhouse. Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers are paid well relative to their peers, ranking Play • Work • Live

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Education: continued 17th in 2000 among the 100 largest cities by population for the highest minimum salary offered to teachers with a BA ($34,300). Pittsburgh ranked fifth in the highest maximum salary offered to teachers with an MA ($66,380). Local public schools include many charter and magnet schools, including City Charter High School (computer and technology focused), Pittsburgh Montessori School (formerly Homewood Montessori), Pittsburgh Gifted Center, Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12,

Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6–12, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, and a school for the blind, The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, or otherwise challenged children. Private schools in Pittsburgh include North Catholic High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, Central Catholic High School, Oakland Catholic High School, Winchester Thurston School, St. Edmund’s Academy, and The Ellis School. Shady Side Academy maintains a PK–5 primary school campus in the

Point Breeze neighborhood, in addition to its 6–12 middle and upper school campuses located in nearby suburban Fox Chapel. The city also has an extensive library system, both public and university. Most notable are the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System, which rank 9th largest (public) and 18th largest (academic) in the nation, respectively.

Media that Covers Pittsburgh… Media in Pittsburgh, List of films shot in Pittsburgh and List of television shows shot in Pittsburgh KDKA studios at Gateway Center.

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here are two major daily newspapers in Pittsburgh: the Pittsburgh PostGazette and the Pittsburgh TribuneReview. Weekly papers in the region include the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Catholic, The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, The New People, and the New Pittsburgh Courier. Independent student-written university-based newspapers include The Pitt News of the University of Pittsburgh, The Tartan of Carnegie Mellon University, The Duquesne Duke of Duquesne University, and The Globe of Point Park University. The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is also home to JURIST, the world’s only university-based legal news service. The Pittsburgh metro area is served by many local television and radio stations. The Pittsburgh designated market area (DMA) is the 22nd largest in the U.S. with 1,163,150 homes (1.045% of the total U.S.). The major network television affiliates are KDKA-TV 2 (CBS), WTAE 4 (ABC), WPXI 11 (NBC), WPGH-TV 53

(Fox), WPCW 19 (CW), WINP-TV 16 (Ion), WPMY 22 (MyNetworkTV), and WPCB 40 (Cornerstone). WBGN-CD 16 is an independent station owned and operated by the Bruno-Goodworth Network. WQED 13 is the local PBS station in Pittsburgh. It was established on April 1, 1954, and was the first communitysponsored television station and the fifth public station in the United States. The station has produced much original content for PBS, including Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, several National Geographic specials, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? There are a wide variety of radio stations serving the Pittsburgh market. The first was KDKA 1020 AM, also the world’s first commercially licensed radio station, airing on November 2, 1920. Other popular stations include KQV 1410 AM (news), WBGG 970 AM (sports), KDKA-FM 93.7 FM (sports), WKST-FM 96.1 FM (pop and hip-hop), WAMO-AM 660 AM (hip-hop & R&B) WBZZ 100.7 FM ( Hot Adult

Contemporary), WDVE 102.5 FM (album rock), WPGB 104.7 FM (talk), and WXDX 105.9 FM (modern rock). There are also three public radio stations in the area; including WESA 90.5 FM (National Public Radio affiliate), WQED 89.3 FM (classical), and WYEP 91.3 FM (adult alternative). Three non-commercial stations are run by Carnegie Mellon University (WRCT 88.3 FM), the University of Pittsburgh (WPTS 92.1 FM), and Point Park University (WPPJ 670 AM). Pittsburgh’s 116-year-old film industry accelerated after the 2006 passage of the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit. According to the Pittsburgh Film Office, over 123 major motion pictures have been filmed, in whole or in part, in Pittsburgh, including The Mothman Prophecies, Wonder Boys, Dogma, Hoffa, The Silence of the Lambs, “Flashdance”, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Pittsburgh became “Gotham City” in 2011 during filming of The Dark Knight Rises. George A. Romero has shot nearly all his films in the area, including his Living Dead series.

Utilities that Power Pittsburgh… The city is served by Duquesne Light, one of the original 1912 power companies founded by George Westinghouse. Water service is provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Pennsylvania American Water. Natural gas is provided by Equitable Gas, Columbia Gas, Dominion Resources, Direct Energy, and Novec.

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Providers of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare… The two largest area health care providers are the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) (since 1893) and Allegheny Health Network (since 1882). Both flagship hospitals annually rank as among the best overall in the United States, with UPMC being among U.S. News and World Reports “Honor Roll” every year since 2000.

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of California, he first military San Francisco. hospital in U.S. UPMC’s Thomas history as well Detre founded as the first west of the International the Atlantic Plain— Society for Bipolar General Edward Hand Disorders at a Hospital—served the world medical area from 1777 to 1845. conference in Since 1847, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh in 1999. has hosted the world’s The $80 first “Mercy Hospital”. million ($110 This was followed by million today) West Penn hospital UPMC Sports in 1848, Passavant Performance Hospital in 1849, the Complex for University of Pittsburgh the Pittsburgh Medical School in 1883, Panthers & Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh in 1887, and Magee Steelers opened Womens Hospital Allegheny General, the flagship of WPAHS in 2000. In 2002, in 1911. In 1954, AGH opened its Allegheny General $30 million ($40 million today), 5 floor, (AGH) was among the first to administer 100,000 sq. ft., cancer center. The $130 Cobalt therapy.Allegheny General, the million ($170 million today) 350,000 flagship of WPAHS sq. ft. Hillman Cancer Center opened in 2003 as UPMC entered into an In 1980, UPMC 8-year, $420 million ($524 million today) announced agreement with IBM to upgrade medical a $250 technologies & health information million ($812 systems. million today) expansion In 2009, the $600 million ($657 million and also hired today) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of transplant UPMC opened. The campus was featured pioneer Dr. in world news in 2012 for several unique Thomas approaches to patient care. UPMC Starzl. In 1984, officially adopted in Erie, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Hamot Medical Center in 2010. The General Pittsburgh Penguins announced a state surgeons of the art training facility with UPMC in pioneered UPMC’s flagship, UPMC Presbyterian 2012.UPMC announced in 2013 that it modern brain had partnered with Nazarbayev University surgery. Dr. to help found its medical school. Starzl arranged the 1985 liver transplant of 5 year old Amie Garrison as a UPMC surgery team flew to Baylor University, Health discoveries starting its transplant program.Also Many notable physicians have made in 1985, UPMC surgeons Drs. Griffith, major world discoveries and innovations Hardesty & Trento reveal a new device at area hospitals including polio vaccine after a heart-lung transplant. In 1986, developer Jonas Salk, MRI inventor UPMC announced a $230 million ($495 Paul Lauterbur, pediatric psychoanalyst million today) modernization. In 1996, Benjamin Spock, CPR and intensive UPMC’s planned Sicily ISMETT branch care unit pioneer Peter Safar, surgeon was approved by the Italian government Thomas Starzl who perfected organ as transplant surgeons supervise and transplantation, pathologist Maud deliver the world’s third (both earlier ones Menten who made enzyme kinetics done at UPMC)—and first public—cross discoveries, orthopedic surgeon species marrow transplant at University and sports medicine expert Freddie

Fu, pioneering immunologist Niels Kaj Jerne, forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, Vitamin C’s discoverer Charles Glen King, pediatrician Jack Paradise, head and neck cancer surgeon and otolaryngologist Eugene Nicholas Myers, laparoscopic liver resection pioneer David Geller, breast cancer treatment pioneer Bernard Fisher, and virologists Patrick S. Moore and Yuan Chang, who co-discovered Kaposi’s sarcomaassociated herpesvirus. UPMC has pioneered several world firsts including the first known cystic fibrosis heart-lung transplant (1983), the world’s first simultaneous liver & heart transplant operation on a child (6-year-old Stormie Jones in 1984), the youngest heart-lung transplant (9 years old in 1985), the world’s first heart-liverkidney transplant (1989), the world’s first heart-liver transplant on an infant (1997), the first pediatric heart-double lung-liver transplant (1998), the nation’s first double hand transplant (2009) and the first total forearm & hand transplant (2010), as well as the state’s first heart transplant (1968).

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The Lancet published a 2012 UPMC study of two 9 year quadriplegics being able to move a robotic arm by thought, to pick up objects, shake hands, and even eat. Wiring the brain around spine damage to restore arm and leg muscle function was successful using robotic arms controlled via an embedded computer to translate signals near a small group of neurons with 200 needles.

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Getting in and out of the City… The two largest area health care providers are the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) (since 1893) and Allegheny Health Network (since 1882). Both flagship hospitals annually rank as among the best overall in the United States, with UPMC being among U.S. News and World Reports “Honor Roll” every year since 2000.

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ittsburgh is a city of bridges with a total of 446, it has three bridges more than Venice, Italy, which has historically held the title “City of Bridges.” Around 40 bridges cross the three rivers near the city. The Smithfield Street Bridge was the world’s first lenticular truss bridge. The city’s Three Sisters Bridges offer a picturesque view of the city from the North. The southwestern “entrance” to Downtown for travelers coming in from Interstate 79 and the Pittsburgh International Airport is through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and over the Fort Pitt Bridge. The Fort Duquesne Bridge carrying Interstate 279 is the main gateway from Downtown to both PNC Park, Heinz Field and the Rivers Casino. The Panhandle Bridge carries the Port Authority’s Blue/Red/Brown subway lines across the Monongahela River. The renovated J&L Steel Company bridge has been a key traffic/running-biking trail conduit connecting the Southside Works and Pittsburgh Technology Center. Over 2,000 bridges span the landscape of Allegheny County.

Rail

Pittsburgh’s rail industry dates to 1851 when the Pennsylvania Railroad first opened service between the city and Philadelphia. In 1865 Andrew Carnegie opened the Pittsburgh Locomotive and Car Works which manufactured for the industry until 1919. Carnegie also founded the Union Railroad in 1894 for heavy freight services and it still serves the area’s steel industry, while George Westinghouse’s Wabtec has been a leader in rail engines and switching since 1869. Pittsburgh is home to one of Norfolk Southern Railway’s busiest freight corridors, the Pittsburgh Line, and operates up to 70 trains per day through the city. The suburban Conway Rail Yard—originally built in 1889—was the largest freight rail center in the world from 1956 until 1980 and is today the nation’s second largest. CSX, the other major freight railroad in the eastern U.S. also has major operations around Pittsburgh. Amtrak provides intercity rail service 24

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At least fifteen of Pittsburgh’s bridges are visible in this aerial photo.

via the Capitol Limited and the Pennsylvanian which use Penn Station. Port The Port of Pittsburgh ranks as the 21st largest port in the United States with almost 34 million short tons of river cargo for 2011, the port ranked 9th largest in the U.S. when measured in domestic trade.

Expressways and highways

Locals refer to the interstates fanning out from downtown Pittsburgh as the “parkways.” Interstate 376 is both the “parkway east” connecting to Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and the “parkway west” connecting to Interstate 79, the Pittsburgh International Airport, the Ohio end of the Turnpike and Interstate 80. The “parkway north” is Interstate 279 connecting to I-79. The “crosstown” is Interstate 579 allowing access to the heart of downtown, the Liberty Tunnels and the CONSOL Energy Center. Expressways such as Pennsylvania Route 28 and U.S. Route 22 also carry traffic from downtown to the northeast and western suburbs, respectively. Interstate 70, 79 and 76 (the Turnpike) roughly form a triangularshaped “beltway” with Interstate 68 and 80 within the media market’s northern and southern limits. Turnpike spurs

I-279 such as the Mon–Fayette Expressway, Pennsylvania Route 576 and Route 66 also help traffic flow. The non-expressway Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Belt System serves navigation in the region.

Airports

Pittsburgh International Airport and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport provide commercial passenger service to the metropolitan area.

Public transit The Steel Plaza subway station.

Port Authority of Allegheny County, commonly known as the Port Authority, but sometimes referred to by its former nickname “PAT” or “PAT Transit”, is the region’s mass transit system. While serving only a portion of the Pittsburgh


In & Out of the City: continued area (the nation’s 20th largest metro area), it is the 11th largest transit agency in the nation and helped the region rank 8th on commuters that use non-car means to work, 2nd to only Chicago in metros outside the Northeast corridor.Port Authority runs a network of intracity and intercity bus routes, the Monongahela Incline funicular railway (more commonly known as an “incline”) on Mount Washington, a light rail system that runs mostly above-ground in the suburbs

and underground as a subway in the city, and one of the nation’s largest busway systems. The Duquesne Incline is operated by a non-profit preservation trust,but accepts Port Authority passes and charges Port Authority fares. Since 2007, the Port Authority cut annual expenses by $52 million and raised revenues by $14 million to help alleviate a $472 million gap in the state transportation budget.

The Steel Plaza subway station.

A View from the Top… Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is home to 135 completed high-rises, 29 of which stand at least 300 feet (91 m) tall.

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he tallest building in Pittsburgh is the 64-story U.S. Steel Tower, which rises 841 feet (256 m) and was completed in 1970. It also stands as the fourth-tallest building in Pennsylvania and the 43rd-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is BNY Mellon Center, which rises 725 feet (221 m). The history of skyscrapers in Pittsburgh began with the 1895 completion of the Carnegie Building; this structure, rising 13 floors, was the first steel-framed skyscraper to be constructed in the city. It never held the title of tallest structure in the city, however, as it did not surpass the 249-foot (76 m) tower of the Allegheny

Ariel view of Pittsburgh Skyscrapers

County Courthouse, which was completed in 1888. The Carnegie Building was later demolished in 1952 to make way for an expansion of a Kaufmann’s (now Macy’s) department store. Pittsburgh experienced a large building boom from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. During this time, 12 of the city’s 21 tallest building were constructed, including the city’s three tallest structures, the U.S. Steel Tower, BNY Mellon Center, and PPG Place. The city is the site of 10 skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) in height, of which two rank among the tallest in the United States. As of 2014, the skyline of Pittsburgh is ranked 18th in the United States and 77th in the world with 25 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.

Unlike many other major American cities, Pittsburgh was the site of relatively few skyscraper construction projects in the 2000s decade. The most recently completed skyscraper in the city is Three PNC Plaza, which rises 344 feet (105 m) in height and was completed in 2009. As of 2013, the largest high-rise development under construction in Pittsburgh is the 545foot (166 m) Tower at PNC Plaza, which is expected to be complete by 2015. Overall, as of May 2014, there were five high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Pittsburgh.

Tallest Skyscrapers in the Steel City 1. U.S. Steel Tower — 64 Floors 2. BNY Mellon Center — 54 Floors 3. One PPG Place — 40 Floors 4. Fifth Avenue Place — 31 Floors 5. One Oxford Centre —45 Floors 6. Gulf Tower — 44 Floors 7. Cathedral of Learning — 42 Floors 8. 525 William Penn Place — 41 Floors 9. K&L Gates Center— 39 Floors 10. Grant Building — 40 Floors 11. Koppers Tower — 34 Floors 12. Two PNC Plaza — 34 Floors 13. EQT Plaza —32 Floors 14. One PNC Plaza —30 Floors 15. Regional Enterprise Tower — 30 Floors 16. Three PNC Plaza — 23 Floors 17. Federated Tower — 27 Floors 18. 11 Stanwix Street —23 Floors 19. Oliver Building — 25 Floors 20. Three Gateway Center — 24 Floors 21. Centre City Tower — 26 Floors 22. William S. Moorhead Fed. Bldg. —23 Floors 23. Bell Telephone Building — 20 Floors 24. Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh — 22 Floors 25. Frick Building— 20 Floors 26. Four Gateway Center — 22 Floors 27. Washington Plaza — 24 Floors 28. Commonwealth Building — 21 Floors 29. The Carlyle —21 Floors Play • Work • Live

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On the Move?

Welcome!

Save money!

New to the area? Never used transit before? No problem–this brochure will have you riding in no time!

Fuel costs taking a toll on your wallet? Save hundreds of dollars per month by purchasing a Port Authority monthly pass and get unlimited rides.

Each day, 215,000 riders use Port Authority bus, light rail, incline and paratransit service. Our fleet includes approximately 700 buses, 83 light rail vehicles and two inclines–the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline.

Save the environment!

Port Authority also sponsors ACCESS, a door-to-door, advance reservation, shared-ride transportation program that primarily serves seniors and persons with disabilities.

Port Authority’s 32 eco-friendly hybrid-electric buses help to improve the air we breathe.

For more than a half-century, Port Authority has helped commuters get where they need to go. It’s much faster, cheaper, more convenient and more environmentally friendly than driving. Here’s how.

ConnectCard

Save time! The typical U.S. commuter spends nearly eight full workdays per year sitting in traffic. Take transit and significantly reduce that number. We have more than a dozen express routes that use Port Authority’s three exclusive busways– the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway, the South Busway and the West Busway. The I-279 North HOV lanes provide rapid service to the northern communities. The T, Port Authority’s light rail system, provides frequent service to Downtown Pittsburgh, the North Shore and southern communities.

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Nationally, transit saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline each year and reduces the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons.

ConnectCard offers a more convenient and secure way to pay fares. The plastic smart card can store a variety of fare options such as period passes (annuals, monthlies and weeklies) and/or stored cash value. Reload your ConnectCard at Port Authority's Downtown Service Center, most area Giant Eagle locations and other select retailers. For a complete list of locations, go to connectcard.org.

Contact Us: Twitter: www.twitter.com/pghtransit Blog: www.transitpgh.blogspot.com Customer Service: 412.442.2000

Tell me more! Go to onthemove.portauthority.org or scan the QR code below to receive more information and a special offer from Port Authority!


Things to know before you go 1. Plan ahead. Go to Port Authority.org to map out your commute or call Customer Service at 412.442.2000 for assistance. 2. Arrive at your stop a few minutes earlier than the scheduled time. 3. Look for a sign at your stop listing the name and number of each route serving that stop. 4. Check the illuminated sign above the vehicle’s windshield for the route designation. 5. Pay when you board if you’re headed toward Downtown Pittsburgh and pay when you exit if you are leaving Downtown.* Use exact fare when paying with cash. Operators do not carry change.

6. Purchase a transfer if your commute requires more than one route to reach your destination. Transfers are valid for up to three hours. 7. Pull the yellow cord located above the window in the vehicle to alert the operator when approaching your stop. 8. Exit the vehicle using any door when arriving in Downtown Pittsburgh. Exit through the front door all other times. *A limited number of bus routes are exceptions to this rule. After 7 p.m., pay upon boarding when using buses.

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Forward Thinking

Port Authority operates a three-zone system.The Free Fare Zone includes Downtown Pittsburgh on the bus and Downtown/North Shore on the light rail system. We also have One-Zone and Two-Zone fares. Fares are based on the distance traveled from Downtown Pittsburgh. For more information, go to the “Fares & Passes” page at portauthority.org

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Founded - March 28, 1781 Named for -George Washington

Welcome to Washington County, one of the fastest growing destinations in Pennsylvania. Visitors, businesses and locals alike recognize Washington County as a complete leisure, recreational and commercial destination providing lasting memories, joyous experiences and unparalleled opportunities for all. There's no shortage of things to do. Plan to visit an intriguing historic site. Make your way to a family farm. Catch a Wild Things and PONY League baseball game. Reserve your seats to live theater and jazz. Ready to connect with a slew of attractions?

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Beauty doesn’t happen, it’s created!

JEWELRY - HANDBAGS - CLOTHING - POUCHEES BELSNICKLES - GARDEN DECOR - WENDELL AUGUST

Local artisan designs and world treasures!

Make someone smile!

We have gourmet dog treats, gifts, dog grooming, birthday cakes, and we also have a fenced-in area your dogs can run in!

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Dog Grooming - Gift Baskets & More!

OUR DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN!

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM-5PM

Fragile Paradise

All services provided by Certified Master Colorist

BELLA COLORE SALON

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724.222.1300

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM-5PM

412.281.1300

By appointment Tuesday thru Saturday

Have a cup, or pot...or two. Choose from our selection of 100+ loose tea’s.

An eclectic selection of candles, purses, jewelry, clocks, crystal and accessories.

From soups and salads to vegan and Indian treats, you are bound to find something you’ll love. Decadent Baked - Vegan/Gluten Free.

Gift Baskets • Special Orders

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Pittsburgh’s Unique Source for Natural Beauty!

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THE FRENCH QUARTER

Shoppes at Quail Acres BEYOND THE ORDINARY

Very unique shopping and dining experience. Original building, built in 1837, houses fine dining restaurant. Various barns and outbuildings house various gift shops, coffee and tea shop, salon and spa, organic cosmetics, organic soaps and lotions, flower arrangements and gifts, dog treats and grooming, performing arts studio, handmade chocolates.

Natural & Organic Beauty Boutique Organic Beauty Products - Makeovers

The Shoppes at Quail Acres are conveniently located at the intersection of Route 19 and Racetrack Road, just ½ mile from the Meadows Racetrack Casino, Tanger Outlets, and Interstate 70.

724.222.4526

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A Fashion Fantasy Land for Children

1445 Washington Road Washington, PA 15301

Clothing - Shoes - Accessories Dance Apparel - Custom-made Rag Dolls

Handcrafted E-juices, electronic cigarettes, and APV’s Viggo by Vape Jam Mods Aspire Nautilus Tanks - Anyvape Gamma RBA - Authentic Brass Krakens

CHANDELLE CHALEUR - OOH LA LA

724.222.4480

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM-5PM

Palazzo 1837 Ristorante is the area’s premier Italian dining experience. Steaks - Seafood - Pasta - Chicken - Veal Extensive Wine List - Imported European Beer

Tuesday thru Saturday 11AM - 10PM

724.223.1837 palazzo1837.com

Let the bond with your K9 be UNLEASHED! By Appointment Only

quailacres.com Local artisan designs and world treasures!

724.884.5334

RESTAURANT HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday 11AM to 10PM STORE HOURS (May vary): Tuesday thru Saturday 10AM to 5PM

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Tuesday thru Saturday 11AM - 10PM

Mon-Fri 10AM to 7PM | Sat-Sun 8AM to 3PM

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The Southpointe Chamber was founded in 1993 - Today we have…

PEOPLE GROW ON THE

Available to our members…

• Over 100 video interviews • 26 Quarterly Magazines • 600 Members • 6,100 online subscribers/readers • Networking events • Over 31,000 Readers of our “Southpointe Magazine and Quarterly Report/Directory” • Work with Marcellus Shale Chamber

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ou don’t have to work or live in Southpointe to be a part of the growth including the Marcellus gas/oil industry! Just become a member and ‘network’ into this unique industrial community. The park features corporate office buildings, 300 companies with over 60 gas oil related, and residential homes all nestled around the Southpointe Golf Club course. Walkways, golf cart paths and bike riding trails connect all areas of this 900 acre park. The national news media dubbed this park as the

‘Marcellus Shale Industry Headquarters’ with over 60 major gas oil companies in the park. We have 300 companies in Southpointe. Don Hodor is Executive Director who founded the chamber with a mission of business growth for you

Call Don Hodor for breakfast, lunch or after hour time to discuss how we can help you!

125 Technology Dr. Suite 103, Canonsburg, (Southpointe), PA 15317 Phone 724-873-7777 Fax 412-291-1773 admin@southpointe.net

Newly opened Satellite Office: The George Washington Hotel, 60 S. Main St., Washington, PA 724-873-7777 32

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At the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum!

Imagine a Museum where visitors are actually encouraged to touch the exhibits and ride in them too! We are a lot more than a trolley ride; our museum guides will put the trolley in its historical context, and explain what life was like 50-100 years ago. Admission includes 4-mile scenic trolley rides, exhibits, guided tour, theater, museum store and picnic area. Free parking.

2015 Hours: March 27-Memorial Day, Labor Day through December 13: Friday 10-4, Saturday & Sunday 10-5 Memorial Day-Labor Day: Monday-Friday 10-4, Saturday & Sunday 10-5 Tours begin on the hour and the last tour begins 1 hour before closing. Directions: Take I-79 to Exit 41 Race Track Road and follow Museum signs 3 miles.

1 Museum Road Washington, PA 15301 www.patrolley.org

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DESTINATIONS Known as the Native American word for “sweet water,” Sewickley, Pennsylvania is a small, one square mile of land with 3,827 residents. Sewickley is just twelve miles northwest of Pittsburgh with the Ohio River running through the area. Sewickley has had a role in popular culture as scenes from the movies Houseguest, The Mothman Prophecies, Jack Reacher, and The Lifeguard were filmed here. Filming for the film Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum began in October 2012. Within a short walking distance, Sewickley’s business district has over 140 businesses and 14 restaurants, including spas, salons, bars, and boutiques. This town is also known for having some of the best schools in Western Pennsylvania and for pushing toward an active, involved community. 34

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Pittsburgh has a lot of charming neighborhoods, and Sewickley is one of those places in which you immediately feel comfortable. There’s just something about a walkable community where people can meet for dinner and drinks, enjoy events and parades with their families, and shop in the many independent stores. Any local will tell you that it’s a sweet spot to play, work, and live. But Sewickley’s also a great destination for visitors. The classic-meets-contemporary Village is just one square mile, which makes it easy to travel by walking or biking. Sewickley offers plenty of distractions and fun, family friendly things to do, from art and nature classes to pottery painting, yoga and fitness, and, of course, plenty of shopping. Pittsburgh ’s top foodies regularly frequent a delicious array of restaurants. Community Events Whether you’re interested in pets, painting, or partying, Sewickley has an event that you’ll love. Each month features an “Explore Sewickley” event like the Soup Crawl in March, Sewickley Unleashed in May, Sewickley Oktoberfest in October, and Light Up Night in December. Between Sewickley’s many organizations, retailers, and restaurants, finding a fun event or festival will never be a problem. Check out ExploreSewickley.com, where you’ll find a calendar of everything that’s going on in Sewickley. History There’s an idyllic quality about the central business district that makes you think about the history that’s happened on the Village streets, and history buffs will find Sewickley to be a playground of facts and significant events. Once a summer retreat for Pittsburgh’s wealthiest iron and coal barons, it contains the unique designs of some of America’s best-known 19th century architects, Sewickley is a classic Pennsylvania village that’s never been a mill town, a “commuter” suburb, or a development. Sewickley in 2015 is a regional hub for first-class shopping, dining, and amenities. About Explore Sewickley
Explore Sewickley is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate the business district of Sewickley into a vibrant and economically successful regional destination. To learn more, visit Explore Sewickley at 611 Beaver Street and www.ExploreSewickley.com, plus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

alex lancianese explore sewickley marketing & events director 412.741.7530 | alex@vgpsewickley.com

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Café des Amis offers typical French atmosphere - a gathering of friends- in our bistrostyle café. We have a very casual layout with 2 large display cases featuring desserts, salads, and dozens of entrées for eat in or takeout. At our café, everything is made fresh to order using only the very finest ingredients, we specializes in traditional French cuisine. Although we are a traditional French bakery and café, we strive to prepare as many healthy choices as possible to accommodate all of our guests.

BYOB - NO CORKAGE FEE

COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI FRENCH & AMERICAN CUISINE 443 Division Street Sewickley, Pa 15143 412-741-2388 cafedesamis@verizon.net

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Loose Tea's to custom created coffee ,Cocothé is a chocolate company specializing in hand-crafted chocolates, confections and pastries.We strive to use the best quality ingredients to create the finest product possible.

www.cocothe.com

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Where Garden Magic Meets American Cuisine

The Sewickley Cafe, on Beaver Street in downtown Sewickley, is an enchanting restaurant serving beautiful dishes that satisfy even the most discriminating taste. Enjoy fine American continental cuisine and a full service bar inside the Cafe’s warm, wood-grained atmosphere, or outside on the beautiful patio garden. The Sewickley Cafe also offers catering for any occasion. Trib-Total Media Reader’s Choice Awards. The Cafe is award winning for Best Hamburger, Sandwich, Take-out, Caterer, Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant, Steak Restaurant, & Romantic Restaurant Catering to Pittsburgh Peguins & Stanley Cup Celebration Parties.!

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Over the years, Pittsburgh has evolved from a steel city of the industrial boom into a modern mecca of culture and education, many consider it a hidden gem and has been hailed as the “Miracle city,” “America’s smartest city” and “America’s most livable city!”

NO WONDER WHY…

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Neighborhoods

Here’s a guide to 12 top neighborhoods in and around the city. Each has great curb appeal (shops and restaurants). Plus, there are tips to show you how you can do each neighborhood on the cheap!

In and around the city

While many cities are defined by their topography and skylines, Pittsburgh is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods (and its skyline!). Pittsburgh’s strength and grit, diversity and vitality are rooted in our neighborhoods. Although each has its own personality and distinct appeal, Pittsburghers-natives, transplants and boomerangs-make our city the best place to live in the country. 40

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Lawrenceville

At first, it’s hard to wrap your head around a place like Lawrenceville, a place that remains in a bit of an identity crisis.

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alf of this neighborhood is made up of artsy galleries and trendy boutiques, and half retains something a little more inspired by nostalgia. There’s a patina that you could imagine the shopkeepers wiping from their windows. It seems to say: “Don’t forget that we worked hard for all of this.” Home to the 16:62 Design Zone, lower Butler Street is crowded with fine-art galleries, interior design shops and design-oriented businesses. If someone mentions Lawrenceville, you think art. While that could mean that Lawrenceville is a place that could make you a little wishful about your wallet, simply stepping off the sidewalk and browsing a gallery reminds you that there are people here in Pittsburgh who are making beautiful and thought-provoking art daily.

Art thrives in Lawrenceville, and hosts meet-ups with local crafters not just at the street level. Function- and offers classes on how to make ing in the background are places everything from dream pillows to like the distribution headquarters yarn. for Justseeds, a North American artist collective that uses their work Lawrenceville was built on the to speak up for social, political sweat of the mills, mines and arand environmental change. The senal. What lives on in the neighBlackbird Artist Studios have open borhood is an ethic of working hard, and then supporthours when you can meet the arting that work—an ethic Lawrenceville is ists, watch them home to some diverse that Pittsburgh just can’t seem to shake. Whethwork and talk with (and free!) annual er we’re talking about them about their events, giving the inventing Koolvent aluprocess. And who could forget Ev- public a great oppor- minum awnings (and eryone an Artist, tunity to discover the then purchasing them Pittsburgh’s only unique offerings of en masse) or building an oasis where the visual gallery dedicated many businesses on arts can thrive, Pittsburgh to artwork produced Butler Street. is all about supporting its by locals with behavown. Those artists, the ioral and intellectual disabilities. Milestone, Everyone local business owners, the craftan Artist’s parent organization, of- ers—they’re all working hard. Be fers studio space in Lawrenceville a good ’Burgher and head over to to help those individuals bring that Lawrenceville. art into being.

Piccolo Forno 3801 Butler St. 412/622-0111 piccolo-forno.com

Even the fancy clothing boutiques are locally owned, and many—including Pavement and Sugar Boutique—sell clothes by spectacular designers who haven’t made it big just yet. WildCard stocks prints by local photographers and artists, and also sells art to benefit local initiatives like Grow Pittsburgh. It

Crystal Bead Bazaar 4521 Butler St. 412/687-1513 crystalbeadbazaar.com

Church Brew Works 3525 Liberty Ave. 412/688-8200 churchbrew.com Alchemy N’ Ale 5147 Butler St. 412/252-2156

Round Corner Cantina 3720 Butler St. 412/904-2279 roundcornercantina.com Tamari 3519 Butler St. 412/325-3435 tamaripgh.com

Allison McGeary Floral 3625 Butler St. 412/621-6427 allisonmcgeary.com Asian Influences 3513 Butler St. 412/621-3530 asianinfluences.com

Pageboy Salon & Boutique 3613 Butler St. 412/224-2294 pageboypgh.com

Lawrenceville locals aren’t ready to let anyone forget that. These are the folks who arranged not just a cookie tour, not just a garden tour, but an artists’ studio tour, too. They’re the ones who thought up the spectacular Art All Night, an annual daylong volunteer-run event that celebrates the work of novice and professional artists alike. In 2011, the work of 1,200-plus local artists was featured, and more than 12,000 guests were in attendance. Play • Work • Live

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Downtown

Location, location, location. Those three essentials for assessing the value of real estate could have been invented with downtown Pittsburgh in mind. the decline of industry.

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his strategic piece of property, wedged where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to create the mighty Ohio, was destined for great things—from Fort Pitt to the modern Golden Triangle. Visually speaking (or seeing), downtown is what defines Pittsburgh. For residents and visitors alike, it is the face of the city—its very quintessence. The mighty skyscrapers that create the skyline indicate Pittsburgh’s importance as a longtime hub of business and commerce. But look carefully: The U.S. Steel Tower, the city’s tallest building, now carries a lighted UPMC sign atop its 64 stories. It’s a symbol of the ongoing identity shift here—no longer just the Steel City, we’re now a center for “eds and meds.” Of course, change is not new to downtown. In fact, it might be seen as a constant through its more than 250-year history. Arising from the forest primeval, this prime location has transformed from a contested outpost of colonial empire to a fledgling settlement, then growing into town, borough and city. It was drastically reshaped by urban renewal in the mid 20th century and several Renaissances, and has needed to reinvent itself to respond to the growth of the suburbs and

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livened by parades—Veterans Day, Labor Day, St. Patrick’s Day and more—and by celebrations for Steelers, Penguins and Pirates victories.

Journey into downtown, and you’ll see the myriad elements that constitute the Golden Triangle in the 21st century—from the Block House, a During the summer, you might find remnant of Fort Pitt and Pittsburgh’s fishermen (or women) casting their oldest building (built in 1764), to the lines along the riverfronts. When latest skyscraper, Three PNC Pla- winter arrives, skaters head for the za (completed in rink at PPG Place. Some 2009), the August of them can even walk Explore and learn Wilson Center for there, because downAfrican American about Market Square, town’s also a neighborCulture (2009) and the Cultural District, hood. Increasingly, more uptown’s CONSOL Pittsburghers are living Pittsburgh bridges, Energy Center in the heart of the city— river shores and (2010), home to opting for contemporary more—without the Pittsburgh Penhigh-rises or recycled spending a dime! guins. landmarks (including The Pennsylvanian, a grand Downtown is a hub for business, old train station). commerce, government, education, shopping and dining. There are ven- Moreover, because it’s the place that ues for the arts and entertainment virtually all people in the Pittsburgh within the Cultural District. There region have seen, visited and expeare museums and houses of worship. rienced—and share in common— There are parks and plazas, outdoor downtown is really everyone’s sculptures and murals (don’t miss a neighborhood. witty interpretation of Andy Warhol and Andrew Carnegie painted on the side of a 19th-century building). Major annual events are staged downtown, including First Night, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and a July Fourth extravaganza. It’s en-

Franktuary 325 Oliver Ave. 412/288-0322 franktuary.com

Habitat 510 Market St. 412/773-8848 habitatrestaurant.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House 6 PPG Place 412/391-4800 ruthschris.com Seviche 930 Penn Ave. 412/697-3120 seviche.com Six Penn Kitchen 146 Sixth St. 412/566-7366 sixpennkitchen.com

Carl W. Herrmann Furs 634 Smithfield St. 412/281-5528 carlherrmannfurs.com Larrimor’s One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Ave. 412/471-5727 Saks Fifth Avenue 513 Smithfield St. 412/263-4800 saksfifthavenue.com


The Allegheny-HYP Club is a lovely, historical landmark dining club located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The club is modern in creativity and rich in history.

The Allegheny HYP Club is a prominent membership organization tracing it’s roots to three premier city clubs whose committed memberships have helped shape the city of Pittsburgh: Harvard Yale Princeton Club, Pittsburgh Club, and The Allegheny Club. For over 75 years, charming ambiance, sumptuous food, and personable service have been hallmarks of the Allegheny HYP Club.

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Bloomfield

When people talk about Bloomfield, they call it “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.” And why shouldn’t they? There’s a sign that says as much at the foot of the Bloomfield Bridge. walking to Donatelli’s Italian Food Center for some fresh mozzarella balls. The neighborhood also pulses with a youthful, subversive spirit. The Big Idea Bookstore is a one-stop shop for underground literature, and everywhere you look there’s a bike punk pumping her fixed-gear The more time you spend in Schwinn through the potholes. You’ll find the gamBloomfield, the more it feels like a thriving, This is a place with ut of urban-tribal fashion statements, old-fashioned neighold brick walls, from creative piercborhood, the kind of wide sidewalks, ings to mythic tatbrick-and-slate community that has long an old-fashioned toos. Every resident under 40 seems to been endangered. Life barbershop and a play in a rock band, in Bloomfield is lived bocce league. and if you listen largely outdoors, on carefully, you can porches and walkusually hear one ways, and as afternoon wanes, clumps of friends gather practicing in a side-street garage. outside Lot 17 and Crazy Mocha, talking and laughing and planning The best part of a real neighbortheir evenings. They swarm into hood is its cast of characters, the the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern to eccentric drifters that everybody listen to amateur bands and feast seems to know. Who are they? Just stick around. You’ll find them. on the Polish Platter. Tessaro’s. Bloomfield has its share of Starbucks and Subways, but most of the shops are independently owned. Some are quirky, like the dollar stores, while others are respected institutions, like Boxheart Gallery.

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talian restaurants line Liberty Avenue. Italian flags are everywhere. A new mural sprawls across a Cedarville Street wall, depicting a smiling man and woman in traditional Italian dress. You want cannoli? Gelato? Prosciutto? Bloomfield’s got it covered. Could there be any doubt, despite its Anglo name, that Bloomfield is the epicenter of Italian culture in Pittsburgh? Even the parking meters are striped with red, white and green. But when people talk about Bloomfield, they also call it something else: a real neighborhood. This is a place with old brick walls, wide sidewalks, an old-fashioned barbershop and a bocce league. In winter, you can rendezvous at any number of warm pubs, and in summer, you can spend entire afternoons sipping cappuccino on the sidewalk. Bloomfield straddles Liberty Avenue, but it is also a maze of back-alleys and bikeways, strange corners and unexpected church steeples. If you want a haircut, Dan Cercone’s is a real barbershop. A real hamburger? Come to

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And if you really spend time in Bloomfield, you’re gradually sewn into its patchy quilt. You find yourself renting an obscure movie from Dreaming Ant or attending a fish fry at a local church. You might dip in the public pool or see your friend’s band at Howlers Coyote Café. You spot new pals on the street, because there they are, just

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern 4412 Liberty Ave. 412/682-8611 bloomfieldbridgetavern.com Paddy Cake Bakery 4763 Liberty Ave. 412/621-4477

paddycakebakery.org Pleasure Bar and Italian Restaurant 4729 Liberty Ave. 412/682-9603 Tessaro’s 4601 Liberty Ave. 412/682-6809 Thai Cuisine Restaurant 4627 Liberty Ave. 412/688-9661

Allure 4730 Liberty Ave. 412/687-6390 allure4me.com Groceria Italiana 237 Cedarville St. 412/681-1227 Joan’s Hallmark Shop 4748-50 Liberty Ave. 412/683-7335 hallmark.com Michelle’s 4718 Liberty Ave. 412/231-1900 Paul’s Compact Discs 4526 Liberty Ave.


East Liberty, Garfield & Friendship These are working-class neighborhoods, where row houses are old and weathered, and the sidewalks are cracked. This is where Pittsburghers do what they do best: make something out of nothing. a month in an abandoned Borders. For one year, ArtDimensions Pittsburgh and Näkturnal occupied a former PNC Bank. East Liberty became home to Abay, the first Ethiopian restaurant in Pittsburgh, and it was so successful that a rival restaurant, Tana, opened down the block.

BY ROBERT ISENBERG “I love Unblurred!” people say. “I come down every first Friday. Even in winter!”

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hey come even when the streets are covered with sleet and slush and night descends at 5 p.m. Even in the dead of winter, people flood Penn Avenue and walk purposefully from gallery to gallery. They sip wine from plastic cups and trade stories and study paintings and sculpture. They don’t care how hard it is to park. Let the rain pour. They wouldn’t miss this for the world. And that is the spirit of the East End, this mishmash of neighborhoods, where Friendship and Garfield and East Liberty flow into each other without a visible break or border.

tured plucky independent businesses, like Dinette, Plum Pan-Asian Kitchen and Voluto Coffee.

Meanwhile, visitors can still lose themselves among the backstreets of Friendship and East Liberty, where scenic sidewalks and cultural surprises lie around every corner. Before This is where the Children’s Home they became innovation colonies, these neighborhoods once of Pittsburgh was were home to immigrants rebuilt, where the And that is the and laborers of all stripes, Pittsburgh Glass spirit of the East and that authentic lifestyle Center constructed its studios, where End, this mishmash is preserved in old buildings of neighborhoods, and corner stores. FriendAwesome Books opened its doors and where Friendship ship’s houses are among the where the Union and Garfield and most beautiful and digniProject took over a East Liberty flow fied in Pittsburgh, and dicing them into apartments disused church. On a into each other has only made Friendship still struggling block without a visible friendlier. of Penn Avenue, master chef Kevin break or border. On any given night, a Sousa envisioned Salt of the Earth—now the most re- band is playing, spoken word is pervered restaurant in the city. All these formed, benefits are hosted, art is unprojects began as crazy ideas, but the veiled and glass is blown. Once you invention and tenacity of their cre- know them, it’s hard not to love these neighborhoods. ators made them successful. New development has popped up all around the East End, most recently the eco-friendly Glass Lofts, the Bakery Square development and a brand-new Target. But even these super-new constructions have nur-

BRGR Bar 5997 Penn Circle South 412/362-2333 brgrpgh.com

Plum Pan Asian Kitchen 5996 Penn Circle South 412/363-7586 plumpanasiankitchen.com Quiet Storm Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe 5430 Penn Ave. 412/661-9355 qspgh.com Salt of the Earth 5523 Penn Ave. 412/441-7258 saltpgh.com

Meadeworth Interiors 11 Penn Circle West 412/441-2484 meadeworthinteriors.com Natural Stitches 6401 Penn Ave. 412/441-4410 naturalstitches.com Trader Joe’s 6343 Penn Ave. 412/363-5748 traderjoes.com

Residents here are serious about their neighborhoods. They put cafés in run-down old buildings, like Shadow Lounge and Quiet Storm Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe. They renovate defunct storefronts and create art galleries, like ModernFormations, Garfield Artworks and Most Wanted Fine Art. Bohemians and entrepreneurs coexist with families and shopkeepers who have lived here since time immemorial. The district hosts all kinds of wild experiments, like The Waffle Shop, a multimedia breakfast nook, or the bookstore Fleeting Pages, which spent Play • Work • Live

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Mount Washington

This is a historic neighborhood, built for a generation of Pittsburgh steelworkers and home to real, blue-collar families for nearly 200 years.

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iscover Oz in the ’Burgh Travel over the rivers, up a big hill and into the woods, and you’ll witness a metropolis greeting the wild in a wonderful paradox of intrinsic nature. Once called the Grandview Scenic By Way, the aptly named Emerald View Park spans 235-plus acres and encompasses three anchor parks: Grandview, Mt. Washington, and Olympia. Visitors can take in amazing views of the Golden Triangle, remarkable neighborhoods and lush hillsides while hiking on wooded trails, shooting hoops, frolicking in playgrounds, and enjoying annual events such as the Grandview Park Community Day, Wild Art Wild Trails, Park Bark and Cinema in the Park. Residents of Pittsburgh have no need to click their heels three times to get back home. Their home is near Emerald View Park, and that’s just where they want to be. You wake up on a Sunday morning and you’re ready to eat. A lot. Where do you go? Well, we at Living Pittsburgh recommend you head up the mountain, make your way to Grandview Avenue, and then turn down Shiloh Street. Just a wee bit on your left, you’ll find the Shiloh Grill; inside, there’s a brunch spread that will surely put a smile on your face. The claim on their menu, “over one million different things on the buffet,” may be a bit of an exaggeration, but

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it sure does seem like it! Brunch is ter, the connection between the waserved from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on ters at the point and the Mayan 2012 Sundays, and the 16-foot-long, all- prophecy, and the famous Mrs. Soffel, you-can-eat buffet includes java from who is thought to still haunt Shiloh Street. Tours last around Coffee Tree Roasttwo hours and cost $16 a ers and all your favorites, even made- Travel over the rivers, person, which includes a to-order omelets! up a big hill and into round trip Monongahela Your choice of a the woods, and you’ll Incline ride. If you’re looking to park for free, try frozen mimosa or witness a metropolis your luck at street park“Hair of the Dog” Bloody Mary, in- greeting the wild in a ing near the gas station cluded in the price wonderful paradox of on East Carson or on one of the side streets nearby. of brunch, will top intrinsic nature. Our evening tour sold out, off your tasty meal. as we hear it does often, so At $14 per person, it’s a pretty great deal, especially for reserve your space early online. those with hardy appetites. Shiloh Grill also offers something for those What’s more romantic than a breathwho prefer Happy Hour to brunch: taking view of the city atop Mount Every weekday from 5-7 p.m., you Washington? How about a few things can enjoy half-priced drafts, frozen to go along with that great view, like martinis on Grandview, a romantic cosmopolitans and tasty wings. ride on the incline, wine, dinner and The history of a city can be told from a movie to take home? Early birds many perspectives. A good story- might prefer a huge brunch spread teller can choose to narrate the past with mimosas, an incline ride to Stathrough its sights, its sounds, its tion Square, wine tasting and a pertastes, its architecture…or even via sonalized custom labeled bottle of its ghosts. If you’re looking to absorb wine to remember your day. some of Pittsburgh’s past through stories of early 20th century preachers, Wing lovers can head up to Mount steel workers, jaded lovers, and sinis- Washington on weekdays to score ter villains, look no further than the cheap wings. Cafe Niko’s and RedPittsburgh Ghost Tour from Haunted beard’s both have a nighttime wing Pittsburgh Tours. Learn about Henry special, and Shiloh Grill offers halfClay Frick’s bizarre ghostly encoun- off wings Mon. through Fri., 5-7 p.m.

An added bonus: Also half-off is Shiloh’s extensive draft list and frozen cosmos to wash those wings down.

Georgetowne Inn 1230 Grandview Ave. 412/481-4424 Isabela on Grandview 1318 Grandview Ave. 412/431-5882 isabelaongrandview.com LeMont 1114 Grandview Ave. 412/431-3100 lemontpittsburgh.com Monterey Bay Fish Grotto 1411 Grandview Ave. 412/481-4414 montereybayfishgrotto.com

Becky’s One Stop Shop 26 Southern Ave. 412/481-1660 Patricia Boutique 326 Bigham St. 412/488-8833


North Side

“History takes time. History makes memory,” observed writer Gertrude Stein, a native of the North Side. At the time of Stein’s birth in 1874, however, this area was known as Allegheny City.

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o understand the North Side, it helps to know its history. At the time of Allegheny’s annexation to Pittsburgh in 1907—a forced “marriage” opposed by a majority of residents—it was the third-largest city in Pennsylvania and boasted a long, proud history that extended back to the late 1700s. Before its absorption into Pittsburgh, Allegheny could be considered a rival to its bigger neighbor across the river, with its own government, industry, shopping district, parks and impressive residential thoroughfares (some, like Ridge Avenue, lined with the mansions of millionaires.)

To many residents of the tri-state Allegheny City days. The character region, the North Side means that and feel of North Side neighborstretch of turf, now called the North hoods varies widely, from the VicShore, where Heinz Field, PNC torian townhouses of the Mexican Park, Carnegie Science Center and War Streets to the suburban sprawl Rivers Casino have arisen on the of Brighton Heights. plains along the riverfront. Attractions such as the National Aviary, Notable residents of the North The Andy Warhol Museum, The Side and Allegheny City, beyond Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the the aforementioned Stein, include Andrew Carnegie, Mary New Hazlett Theater and the MatRoberts Rinehart, Mary Change has reshaped Cassatt, Martha Graham tress Factory are well-known land- this city within a city and Franco Harris. And marks within a few throughout the years, the legacy of one Pittsburblocks of those ma- particularly during the gher has been added to jor destinations. mid-20th century via the North Side—the late Fred Rogers resides here urban renewal and today in memory, thanks But the new North Side institutions on highway construction. to a larger-than-life sculpture and monument near that familiar swath Heinz Field. Mr. Rogers of land are just the most visible, most familiar faces of presides over many a “beautiful day the North Side. Because of the area’s in this neighborhood” and adds to former identity as Allegheny City, it its history. encompasses considerable territory. Within its boundaries is a mosaic of 18 distinct neighborhoods. Manchester is home to Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a resource for art, education and music, including a jazz series. Troy Hill offers the Penn Brewery and St. Anthony’s Chapel, with its incredible collection of relics of the saints. Observatory Hill boasts Riverview Park, a 287-acre expanse that’s another legacy from

Andrew’s Steak and Seafood 777 Casino Drive 412/231-7777 theriverscasino.com Bistro to Go 415 E. Ohio St. 412/231-0218 bistro-togo.com

Clark Bar and Grill 503 Martindale St. 412/231-5720 Max’s Allegheny Tavern 537 Suismon St. 412/231-1899 maxsalleghenytavern.com Penn Brewery 800 Vinial St. 412/237-9402 pennbrew.com

Andy Warhol Museum Store 117 Sandusky St. 412/237-8300 warhol.org Bernie’s Photo Center 525 E. Ohio St. 412/231-1717 berniesphoto.com Children’s Museum Gift Shop 10 Children’s Way 412/322-5058 pittsburghkids.org The Farmers Market East Commons Park (along Cedar Avenue and East Ohio Street) deutschtown.org

Change has reshaped this city within a city throughout the years, particularly during the mid-20th century via urban renewal and highway construction. Yet the memory of Allegheny lives on today through much of its surviving cityscape—including the Allegheny Commons, a visionary plan of urban green space. Its name is still evoked with places such as Allegheny General Hospital and the Allegheny Observatory, in historic neighborhoods such as Allegheny West and East Allegheny, and through the Allegheny City Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the lost city. Play • Work • Live

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Oakland

The old hands, they say everything changes in Oakland. Unless it was built by Carnegie, Frick or the University of Pittsburgh, it can be razed, remodeled or rehabbed.

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hanks to Oakland’s student population, the whole city can take advantage of amazing food deals offered throughout the neighborhood. Joe Mama’s offers half off pizza daily from 4-5 p.m. Mad Mex serves most of its menu items at half price every day from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., along with $7 Big Azz (double sized) margaritas from 4:30-6:30 p.m. India Garden offers an all-you-can-eat Deluxe Dinner Buffet (offered Sunday and Tuesday) for $8.99, half off appetizers from 6-8 p.m., and half off dinner entrees from 5-6 p.m. and then again from 9-11! If you’re looking for something different at breakfast time, try Fuel & Fuddle’s “Bar Brunch.” Every item is $7.50 or less and includes bottomless coffee and Bloody Mary’s for $1.50! For an array of delicious grub, head to Taste of Oakland, an annual food affair held in May. The event gives participants the opportunity to sample foods from multiple area restaurants in an upbeat, festive atmosphere. Admission is $5 and includes additional discounts, like free admission to the Carnegie Museums. Name your price for a play The Pittsburgh Playhouse recently introduced its Pay-What-You-Will Saturdays program, offering theatergoers the chance to pay whatever amount they desire (as long as it’s at least $1). You can see the first

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Saturday afternoon performance mission for a whole year for two of every Playhouse production by adults and up to four children per heading to the box office the day of household. Membership for a famthe show (beginning at noon) and ily of four will pay for itself after naming your price for any available the second visit. You’ll also get disseat. You can buy as many tickets counts on classes and in the store, invites to members-onas you’d like as long as all purchases are On a hot summer day, ly events, and a free made in-person. The Original Hotdog subscription to Phipps Magazine & Education Shop still simmers You won’t find News. Through Septemand smokes out onto ber, you’ll also receive a Boy George at this monthly museum Forbes Avenue, and at free one-year subscripevent, but you can night, its cursive neon tion to Better Homes & Gardens magazine with expect a crowd of sign still burns red your membership. arts devotees mingling over cocktails. The Culture Club focuses on a dif- The Nationality Rooms at the Uniferent topic each month, and ad- versity of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral mission is $10 (which includes two of Learning are a fantastic way to drink tickets and museum admis- be culturally entertained on dime. sion). Recent topics have included Admission is only $3 for adults and “Artists and Scientists: Creative $1 for children age 8-18. Children Thinkers,” “Experiencing Architec- under 8 are always free. Each year, ture through Film and Photogra- Pitt hosts a free holiday open house phy,” “Caring for Works of Art” and that includes ethnic foods, crafts, more. The Carnegie Museum also performances and more. Visit Livoffers free admission days and other ingPittsburgh.com for more info on discounts for students, Access EBT the Nationality Rooms. cardholders, military personnel and others. Phipps Conservatory grants the public an occasional free or half off admission day throughout the year, but families can get a great deal without the wait. Family memberships are $75 and offer free ad-

Fuel & Fuddle 212 Oakland Ave. 412/682-3473 fuelandfuddle.com

Lulu’s Noodles 400 S. Craig St. 412/687-7777 Red Oak Café 3610 Forbes Ave. 412/621-2221 redoakusa.com Tamarind: Flavor of India 257 N. Craig St. 412/605-0500 tamarindpa.com

Caliban Book Shop 410 S. Craig St. 412/681-9111 Iron City Bikes 331 Bouquet St. 412/681-1310 ironcitybikes.com New Balance Pittsburgh 3810 Forbes Ave. 412/697-1333 stores.newbalance.com Top Notch Art Center 411 S. Craig St. 412/355-0444 tnartsupply.com


Regent Square

Things have worked out well for the East End neighborhood called Regent Square. The solid middle-class homes built here have held up well. beyond. At the Katerbean Coffee store here closed in the late 1990s, Shop and Internet Cafe, Jackie Go- replaced by a bar called D’s Six odrich sells delicious carrot cake Pax & Dogz. You’ve got to love a cupcakes and serves as ringleader neighborhood where the gun shop becomes a hot-dog-andfor the morning Residents brag that circus of regulars unusual-beers emporithey can walk and passersby. um.

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he bumpy waves in the classy brick streets now force drivers to slow down as they navigate along beautiful tree-lined avenues. Frick Park and the lovingly restored Nine-Mile Run are just to the west, and there are paths and roads that lead deep into nature there. Other than the park, there are no strict borders on what constitutes Regent Square. The name originally designated only the grid of streets between Braddock Avenue and the park, the area still acknowledged locally as “the Square,” part City of Pittsburgh and part Swissvale. But businesses and homeowners nearby wanted to be Regent Square too, so boundaries expanded to include many blocks in Edgewood and Wilkinsburg.

If you need ex- A bountiful breakfast OK, I’m biased. I own a ercise, just down at Square Cafe. A fresh house here. And I still bouquet of flowers at love learning local lore Braddock Avenue, Hepatica. To get their like the fact that George there are rare, spines straightened, Westinghouse lovingly tended once their dogs groomed owned the old farmclay tennis courts. and their clothes house across the street, If you’re here on dry-cleaned. and the big house at the the right day, you corner of Richmond and can do the 5K Run Around The Square. And on Trevanion was built with materials one Spring Saturday, you can hike salvaged the old Heinz mansion on around gathering bargains at the Penn Avenue. annual Regent Square Yard Sale. It’s an interesting, comfortable Even after dark, the business dis- neighborhood. And I’m happy here. trict stays busy. Bars are only on the Swissvale side of Braddock Avenue; across the street is Edgewood, and it’s dry. So the new Italian eatery called Cibo and the much anticipated Root 174 are BYOB in arid Cibo Edgewood, while the Map Room, 1103 S. Braddock Ave. 412/871-5923 Murphy’s Tap Room and Dunning’s Grill are in saucy Swissvale. Maybe my favorite story about Regent Square is that the old gun

Curry Away 247 Edgewood Ave. 412/731-0740 curryaway.com

D’s Six Pax and Dogz 1118 S. Braddock Ave. 412/241-4666 regentsquare.net/ds6pax.html The Green Mango 1109 S. Braddock Ave. 412/244-3310 thegreenmango.com Square Café 1137 S. Braddock Ave. 412/244-8002 square-cafe.com

Ambiance Boutique 1039 S. Braddock Ave. 412/243-5523 ambianceboutique.org Concept Art Gallery 1031 S. Braddock Ave 412/242-9200 conceptgallery.com LeMix Antiques 1115 1/2 S. Braddock Ave. 412/241-5800 Typhoon Lighting 1130 S. Braddock Ave. 412/242-7050 typhoonlighting.com

Residents brag that they can walk to everything. A bountiful breakfast at Square Cafe. A fresh bouquet of flowers at Hepatica. To get their spines straightened, their dogs groomed and their clothes dry-cleaned. The shopping district along Braddock Avenue comprises a convenient mix: jewelry store, bank, spicy Thai restaurant, art gallery, groovy antique shop, doctors’ offices, beer distributor who plants messages in his flower garden, and Play • Work • Live

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Shadyside

The tree-lined streets of Shadyside, the neighborhood many consider to be the jewel of the East End, have been home to a diverse population of Pittsburghers.

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ince the late 1800’s, the residents of this neighborhood have represented everything from the working class to the uppermost reaches of society, including artists, activists, academics and professionals. Many of Shadyside’s ritzier streets are dotted with meticulously maintained Victorian homes with wide porches, while the landmark Millionaires Row of Fifth Avenue showcases historic mansions. Some of those have been converted to condominiums or luxury boutique hotels, including Sunnyledge at the corner of Fifth and Wilkins, or its neighbor across the street, the newly renovated Mansions on Fifth. Shadyside and education have long been linked. Three of the best schools the city has to offer serve the area: Liberty School, a Pittsburgh Public School with classes for children in pre-K through fifth grade; The Ellis School, a private school for girls; and Winchester-Thurston, a co-ed private school. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts holds exhibits, classes and camps for children and adults on a variety of visual arts. Chatham University, just over the Shadyside border in Squirrel Hill, boasts one of the nation’s oldest and most highly rated colleges for women as well as co-ed graduate courses. For most, though, Shadyside means

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shopping. While the neighborhood son Gallery and Gallerie Chiz draw is home to three business districts, art lovers from miles away. Some each within walking distance of the of the city’s most loved restaurants others, Walnut Street is indisputably are on Ellsworth, including Soba Lounge, Fajita Grill, Umi the heart of things. Many of Shadyside’s and Harris Grill. A tiny stretch, just ritzier streets are a few short blocks dotted with meticulously Just a few blocks east of from Ivy Street maintained Victorian Ellsworth is South Highto Aiken Avenue, homes with wide land Avenue, bordering Walnut Street is porches, while the home to some of on East Liberty. Restaulandmark Millionaires rants are the highlight the most desirable Row of Fifth Avenue here as well, including shops in the reshowcases historic a new Mad Mex, the algion, from eclectic ways-popular Buffalo independents to mansions. Blues, and the Mediterinternational powranean delight, Casbah. Oh Yeah! erhouses. Ice Cream and Coffee, which was Shadyside has achieved a content- featured on the cover of Pittsburgh ed co-existence between beloved magazine’s July issue, is also here, as decades-old institutions, like Kards are antique shops and the legendary Unlimited, the Shadyside Variety Smiley’s Pet Pad, offering some of Store, Schiller’s Pharmacy and Toad- Pittsburgh’s most personalized, exflax, and big-name retailers like Ap- pert shopping for pet supplies. ple, American Apparel and United Colors of Benetton. Don’t miss the If you can shop, dine and stroll shopping gems tucked away just off through Shadyside often, you’re Walnut, like Eureka! on Copeland lucky. If you get to call this neighborhood home, you’re luckier still. Street. Just a few blocks northeast of Walnut Street is Ellsworth Avenue, a distinctive blend of art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and niche retailers. Vintage clothing stores like Hey Betty! and Eons have clothed the retro hip for years, and Mendel-

Casbah 229 S. Highland Ave. 412/661-5656 bigburrito.com/casbah

Girasole 733 Copeland St. 412/682-2130 733copeland.com Harris Grill 5747 Ellsworth Ave. 412/362-5273 harrisgrill.com Soba 5847 Ellsworth Ave. 412/362-5656 bigburrito.com/soba Umi 5849 Ellsworth Ave. 412/362-6198 bigburrito.com/umi

Caesar’s Designs 5417 Walnut St. 412/621-0345 caesarsdesigns.com Henne Jewelers 5501 Walnut St. 412/682-0226 hennejewelers.com MODA 5401 Walnut St. 412/681-8640 modapittsburgh.com


South Side

South Side’s East Carson Street is bordered on one side by a river, houses a strip of industry and gives way to staggering hills. Can you get more Pittsburgh than that? play pool at Dee’s, sing karaoke at Lava Lounge, or hit up a few animal-sounding bars. While you’re drinking, make a mental note to stay away from the six tattoo parlors until you sober up. And for a morning pick-me-up, The first bridge in there’s outdoor SaturPittsburgh—the day yoga in Tunnel Park with BYS Yoga, a plethSmithfield Street ora of coffee shops, and Bridge—crossed to it seems like everyone’s South Side. It was replaced in 1846 after serving breakfast on the sidewalk. In fact, it the Great Fire burned wouldn’t be surprising the original in 10 to see a friend.

placed in 1846 after the Great Fire burned the original in 10 minutes, and today’s version of the bridge—rebuilt again in 1883—is the longest lenticular truss bridge around. Of course it is. Welcome to Pittsburgh.

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Back in the day, there were six inclines to help the steel and glass workers get back home. Before 1870, though, they used the minutes. stairs. Thousands This is South Side. Pull of stairs. The South Side has always separated up a chair and join in. Those Who Have Calves from Those Who Have Naught. Some say the locals still risk their lives every winter as they traverse Dish Osteria and Bar them, and let’s not even talk about 128 S. 17th St. the cyclists. 412/390-2012 dishosteria.com Today, South Side is known less for the Bessemer Converters, Folino’s Ristorante whose 15,000 workers once made 1719 E. Carson St. steel here at a rate of 3,000 tons 412/488-8108 per day, and moreafor what we do eatatfolinos.com after a hard day’s work. It is home to 47 bars (not including bars that Ibiza Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar consider themselves restaurants 2224 E. Carson St. first, which would bring the num- 412/325-2227 ber up to 56). You might decide to ibizatapasrestaurant.com

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This is South Side, after all, where everything is influenced by something else. The Irish, Germans and Eastern Europeans left their mark throughout the last 100 years, and today, you can learn to belly-dance at Zafira Dance Studios, get a Tarot card reading with dinner at the Gypsy Café or take part in a late-night hookah run at Hookah Bookah—and why not? South Side is the one of the best places to try something new. The first bridge in Pittsburgh— the Smithfield Street Bridge— crossed to South Side. It was rePlay • Work • Live

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Squirrel Hill & Greenfield

A wide range of housing prices, a vibrant business district, excellent private and parochial schools, and acres and acres of parks make Squirrel Hill a perpetually popular place to live Though most Pittsburghers consider Squirrel Hill to be one neighborhood, the city actually divides it But Murray Avenue’s culinary of- in two: North of Forbes and South ferings don’t stop there. The street is of Forbes. North is certainly home an ethnic food lover’s paradise, also to some of the swankier addresses, while South features a featuring Asian, On a warm day, more eclectic mix. The Italian, Mexican North of Forbes area and even Libyan Forbes is a perfect cuisine. Three of spot for a slow stroll, also includes the beautiful (and aptly-named) Pittsburgh’s most ice cream or Italian Woodland Road, which popular pizzeriice in hand, checking includes much of the as—Aiello’s, Miout the newest fash- Chatham University neo’s and Napoli—are all within ions and listening to campus, and homes by a block of each the occasional street masters of 20th century modern architecture, inother; passionate musician. cluding Walter Gropius, defenders of these Marcel Breuer (both of establishments can be found in each, proudly claiming the famed Bauhaus school), Richard Meier and Robert Venturi. that their favorite is best. is home to Kosher markets and restaurants.

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While Murray Avenue is a feast for foodies, Forbes Avenue is heaven for shoppers. Even if you’re not spending, this long block of boutiques provides fabulous window-shopping and people watching. On a warm day, Forbes is a perfect spot for a slow stroll, ice cream or Italian ice in hand, checking out the newest fashions and listening to the occasional street musician. Being able to easily walk “up street” (as Squirrel Hill natives call the business district) is one of the most enjoyable benefits and charms of living in the neighborhood.

No matter your address, though, Squirrel Hill is an idyllic city neighborhood.

Aladdin’s Eatery 5878 Forbes Ave. 412/421-5100 aladdinseatery.com Gullifty’s 1922 Murray Ave. 412/521-8222 gulliftys.us

Murray Avenue Grill 1720 Murray Ave. 412/521-1272 murrayavenuegrill.com Silk Elephant 1712 Murray Ave. 412/421-8801 silkelephant.net Smallman Street Deli 1912 Murray Ave. 412/421-3354 smallmanstreetdeli.com

Capriccio 5825 Forbes Ave. 412/422-4225 Charles Spiegel 5841 Forbes Ave. 412/421-9311 charlesspiegel.com Dales Maxima 5867 Forbes Ave. 412/421-6400 Framework 5868 Forbes Ave. 412/421-4940 frameworkonforbes.com


Strip District

If you want visitors to love Pittsburgh, you take them to the Strip District, ideally early on a Saturday morning.

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etBY breakfast at DeLuca’s, Jojo’s RICK SEBAK or Pamela’s, then walk around, checking out the sidewalk vendors. Wander into Wholey’s to see some fish. Get coffee at Prestogeorge Coffee and Tea and then some Italian bread at Mancini’s Bakery. You buy cheese at Pennsylvania Macaroni Co., macaroons at Enrico’s and a stack or two of fresh tortillas at Reyna Foods. You sample the new Berkshire prosciutto at Parma Sausage—maybe even pick up a pound of lonzetta. You explain to your guests that locals don’t giggle about the name of this neighborhood. It’s a strip of flat land along the left bank of the Allegheny River between Lawrenceville and downtown. It’s the part of town where produce was unloaded from trains and sold for most of the 20th century. This wholesale food-distribution center gradually transformed throughout decades into a retail shopping center for unusual foods, all sorts of ethnic specialties and odd small businesses that make everyone happy. Now it has nice restaurants, the Society for Contemporary Crafts and the Sen. John Heinz History Center, so it’s tony as well as food-y and funky.

22nd or so, we’ll gladly walk around, ket Outlet, too. And if you’ve never scoping out old favorites and new browsed an Asian grocery store, you surprises. We stock up on crusty have choices: Lotus Noodle, Kim breads and cheeses at Jimmy & Do or Wing Fat Hong. Consider a Nino Sunseri’s, see what’s happen- Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich from ing at Hermanowski’s, have a fish Lucy Sheets at her stand outside the Firehouse Bar. sandwich at RoYou explain to your land’s. We try the Peruvian chicken guests that locals don’t You must never be afraid on 21st Street, too. giggle about the name to try new things in the Strip. That’s how it stays And then go crazy of this neighborhood. vital. How about those buying spices at It’s a strip of flat land miniature sinkers at Peace Penzey’s. along the left bank of Love & Little Doughnuts? Oh, there are histhe Allegheny River Have you had the salmon toric businesses between Lawrenceville sandwich at Penn Avenue Fish Co. yet? The kielbasa around here, like and downtown. at S&D Polish Deli? Or Mike Fineberg’s— tried Pittsburgh Marshwhere novelties, party supplies and Steelers mer- mallow Factory’s sweet treats sold in ch are always available. You can the Public Market section of the old get massive quantities of paper Produce Terminal building? Fresh at Schorin’s, or you can go across ideas, good food and open minds the street and buy your choice of make this work. sporty T-shirts. Standing still for a moment, you may be tempted by Your visitors may think they’re mung-bean pancakes on the grid- in heaven. dle outside new Sambok Oriental Foods or shrimp rolls and grilled chicken-on-a-stick at Bob Ching’s trailer. Indulge yourselves. Vegetarian visitors may want to learn about fresh Strip produce, so scoot over to Stan’s, where everything is sold at more than reasonable prices. Check out the new Mar-

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Wholey’s Fish Market 1711 Penn Ave. 412/391-3737 wholey.com Artistry 2613 Smallman St. 412/765-2522 Hacienda Furniture Co. 24th and Railroad St. (Cork Factory) 412/904-4477 haciendapgh.com In The Kitchen 1725 Penn Ave. 412/261-5513 shopinthekitchen.com

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Pittsburgh is home to a wide range of public art that is as accessible as it is bizarre. Walk or drive, map them out or just come upon them be as it may the statues are something to look up to. Question is…

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The Cultural District is home to Downtown Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Discover a multitude of choices for live entertainment - contemporary music, modern dance, visual art and thought-provoking theater, as well as classical music, opera, ballet, popular musical theater and more. You can find new and exciting things to do year-round in the Cultural District. Located between the Convention Center and Stanwix Street in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the 14-square block Cultural District encompasses over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and art installations and a dozen art galleries.

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artist Andy Warhol, who influenced the world with his pop-art style. The museum features multimedia exhibits including film, video, performing arts, installation art, painting, and illustration. The 7-story museum is the largest dedicated to a single artist, although other artists are periodically featured.

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(412) 622-3131 www.carnegiemnh.org he Carnegie Museum of Natural History is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the United States! The 115,000-square-foot museum is organized into 20 galleries, plus research, library, and office space. About 10,000 specimens are displayed at any given time out of the museum’s 21-million specimen collection. The admissions price includes both the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art, so you can visit two museums for one great price! Phipps Conservatory

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(412) 622-6914 phipps.conservatory.org his 13-room Victorian greenhouse was opened in 1893 as a gift by Henry Phipps to the city of Pittsburgh. It is one of the world’s greenest public gardens, and one of Pittsburgh’s largest green spaces. Exhibits at the Phipps Conservatory vary depending on the month & season, so there is always something new to see!

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Gallery Crawl Looking for a more historical day in Downtown? Head over to the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western PA Sports Museum to explore their newest exhibit. The Sports Museum captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 handson interactive exhibits, and 20 audio-visual programs. The History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Or, take a stroll down to the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh-perfect for field trip, families and history buffs!

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Making Your Way Downtown Galleries & Exhibits

3G Gallery - 1001 Liberty Ave 707/709 Penn Gallery - 707 Penn Ave 943 Gallery - 943 Liberty Ave The Andy Warhol Museum - 117 Sandusky St Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery of Art - 420 Boulevard Of The Allies August Wilson Center for African American Culture - 980 Liberty Ave CAPA Gallery - 111 Ninth St Carnegie Science Center - One Allegheny Ave Carnegie Science Center/Highmark SportsWorks - One Allegheny Ave Future Tenant: A Space for Art - 819 Penn Ave Senator John Heinz Regional History Center - 1212 Smallman St SPACE Gallery - 812 Liberty Ave Wood Street Galleries - 601 Wood St Xplorion - 425 Sixth Ave

Theaters & Performance Venues

921 - 923 Liberty Ave Parking Lot - 921-923 Liberty Ave Altar Bar - 1620 Penn Ave Arcade Comedy Theater - 811 Liberty Ave August Wilson Center for African American Culture - 980 Liberty Ave Benedum Center - 237 Seventh St Bricolage Production Company - 937 Liberty Ave Byham Theater - 101 Sixth St Cabaret at Theater Square - 655 Penn Ave Future Tenant: A Space for Art - 819 Penn Ave Harris Theater - 809 Liberty Ave Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts - 600 Penn Ave O’Reilly Theater - 621 Penn Ave Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company - 937 Liberty Ave

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The Andy Warhol Museum - 117 Sandusky St Carnegie Science Center - One Allegheny Ave Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh - 10 Childrens Way Fort Pitt Museum - 101 Commonwealth Pl Senator John Heinz Regional History Center - 1212 Smallman St ToonSeum - 945 Liberty Ave


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Moving to a new city, especially Pittsburgh, is an adventure filled with occasional uncertainty and constant curiosity. Usually, the only way to get familiar with your new city is through a “live and learn” process, but that can take years! Heartland Homes wants to help (anxious) newcomers with some insights from a local’s perspective–allbeit the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh yes, how could we forget the tunnels. There is an unexplainable force in the city’s tunnels that causes drivers to drastically slow down upon entering the tunnel. This results in major traffic jams that, in extreme cases, can last hours. Not to mention the countless bridges laid across the rivers, which have more lanes and available directions to go than anyone would prefer. Throw in an unexpected 3 ft. deep pothole every mile or so, and you have a pretty clear image of what driving in Pittsburgh is like. Now that you understand what you’re up against, here are some recommendations to better prepare you for the journey:

Steelers Fans

1. Forget Your Favorite Sports Team Welcome to the City of Champions! Pittsburgh has an unparalleled loyalty to its sports teams: The Penguins, The Steelers, and The Pirates. You might be thinking, “Yeah right, I’ll never betray my hometown team.” But it’s only a matter of time until the contagious energy that consumes Pittsburgh when any of its prized teams are playing, home or away, effortlessly coaxes you into a becoming a loyal fan. If you don’t realize that it’s a game day when you wake up, just take a step outside and you will see a black and gold jersey on nearly everyone you encounter. It’s easy to confuse this with any other day of the week when you will see a similar scene. Pittsburgh’s pulse is so connected with its sports teams that the attitude of the general population is greatly affected by a win or a loss on a game day. Here are some tips on living in a city that is obsessed with it’s teams:

Spend a day or two exploring the city without a destination to help familiarize yourself with road (and bridge) names. Don’t forget a GPS to get yourself back home at the end of the day. If you’re going somewhere you haven’t been in Pittsburgh, review your directions prior to your departure. Often by the time your GPS vocalizes the turn or exit you were supposed to take, you’ve already passed it. Being aware of sudden turns or quick lane changes will put you ahead of the game. Be cautious of one way streets. They’re everywhere. Avoid the parkway during rush hour at all costs. Beware of residential permit parking areas! The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is omnipresent and will write you a ticket in record time. Just be certain to read the signs twice before settling on a parking space.

If a Pittsburgh team is opposed by a team that you’re rooting for, it’s probably best to stay home where you can avoid any altercations If it’s a game day, the city adopts a black and gold dress code. This dress code also applies when it’s not a game day. Tickets to any home games are expensive, and difficult to come by. If someone offers you free tickets, they really like you.

Pittsburgh Driving 2. Prepare to Become an Amazing Driver Your drivers ed course will be of no help in Pittsburgh! It requires natural talent to be able to navigate the maze-like roadmap that weaves through the city. If you’re new to Pittsburgh, expect to get lost frequently. One missed exit (trust us, it’s easier to do than you think) can put you on the opposite side of the city and add 10 minutes to your trip so be prepared by giving yourself a little more time than needed. Getting one’s bearings while driving downtown is no easy task. The triangular shape of the area can confuse even the most experienced navigator or co-pilot. One minute you’re doing just fine, then suddenly you’re on a bridge and headed through a tunnel that puts downtown out of sight in less than 60 seconds.

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Have a Drink 3. No worries, it’s part of the culture!

USA Today published a study revealing that Pittsburgh has 12 bars per 10,000 residents, more per capita than any other city in the nation. In other words, drinking is a big part of Pittsburgh’s culture. No matter what night of the week it is, it’s likely that there’s a happy hour within walking distance of you. A Yuengling and a basket of fries might cost you $5.00 at the end of a long workday, and it’ll hit the spot every time. In addition to the multitude of bars in Pittsburgh, it also has quite a few hometown breweries and distilleries (too many to list here). Here are some pointers that will have you clinking glasses with the locals in no time: If you’re moving to Pittsburgh from out of state, beware of the unique liquor laws in Pennsylvania. Liquor can only be purchased from a state store (called “Wine & Spirits”) and cases of beer can only be purchased from a beer distributor, which means you’ll need to plan ahead. Pennsylvanian grocers generally do not carry alcohol, but this is gradually changing. If you’re unsure of where to go to get what

you need, a Pittsburgh resident is usually happy to point someone in the right direction. Bars close at 2 AM in PA. Each neighborhood in the city offers a unique “going out” experience. Find the one that best suits you. Many bars throughout the city have game day specials, so go out to watch the game and take advantage of the deals!

Treat Yourself 4. Live the good life

Pittsburgh may not be the biggest or most expensive city in the country, but that’s exactly what makes it so special. Affordable is the keyword when it comes to living in Pittsburgh. Housing costs are low, allowing your money to go further. Don’t assume that because Pittsburgh is affordable, it doesn’t have its luxuries. In fact, quite the opposite. Because you’re not spending all of your money on your room and board, you can treat yourself to some of the finer things in life! With its amazing restaurants, one of a kind boutiques and outstanding spas, this is a city that knows how to live the good life. Not all luxuries are costly, though. Pittsburgh has many beautiful parks and green spaces where you can spend the day being active by ice skating, playing golf, or participating in a tennis match. Sun bathing is encouraged, too. So go ahead and buy yourself that gym membership you’ve been talking about, or maybe season tickets to one of the many local theaters in Pittsburgh. You (and your wallet) will be thankful you did.

Map of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods 5. Explore the Neighborhoods Pittsburgh is a city of many neighborhoods. Each one has its own qualities, and caters to a different crowd of people. If you plan to move into the city, ei-

ther ask a friend about each neighborhood or explore them for yourself. It can take a lot of time to see what each community has to offer, but discovering each of them makes the experience of moving to Pittsburgh one of a kind. Just when you think you’ve seen the whole city, you stumble upon a previously unknown shopping district or a small group of restaurants tucked away in a neighborhood. The best, and fastest, way to get familiar with all the neighborhoods is to choose a new destination each weekend and spend a day exploring the neighborhood. If you’re totally unfamiliar with the area, the map above can be a little overwhelming. Here, we’ll list the most popular neighborhoods that every new resident of Pittsburgh should become familiar with to get you started:

Southside Squirrel Hill Oakland Shadyside Lawrenceville Strip District North Shore Downtown Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh Public Transportation 6. Public Transportation is a Last Resort Okay, we’ll admit that we’re being a tad dramatic, but it’s hard not to hold a grudge after you’ve been left waiting an hour for a bus that never shows up. The truth is that the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s bus, light rail, incline, and paratransit services reliably get 215,000 daily riders to where they need to go! If it’s within your means, having a car in Pittsburgh is highly recommended. Taxis in Pittsburgh are notoriously unreliable with wait times of up to an hour or more on rare occasion. This situation is improving, however, with new services like Lyft making their services available in Pittsburgh. If owning car isn’t in the picture don’t panic, here are some tips to help you get where you need to go using the city’s public transportation: Use a Maps application (Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.) on your smartphone and select the public transportation option to get directions to your destination. This will tell you exactly when to expect the bus, and where to get on. Plan ahead! If you know that you’re going to be


using Pittsburgh’s public transportation, reserve your taxi or look up your bus route ahead of time. This will help you to avoid wait times. Just because the buses say they run until 2AM, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be one on your route. In other words, have a backup plan to get home after a night out on the town. It’s not too easy to hail a cab in Pittsburgh, but not impossible. Your best bet is to call one of the city’s taxi services, or use their app. Be prepared with an address, because most services won’t accept an intersection as a pickup location. Have exact change for buses! You don’t want to pay $10 for a $2.50 ride because you can’t get change

\’pits-berg\ Pittsburghese

The accent, slang, and verbal shorthand of someone born in Pittsburgh comes in part from speaking more quickly than normal, producing slurs such as the infamous “Jeet jet?”

Learn Pittsburghese 7. Learn the dialect The people of Pittsburgh have developed a special dialect, accompanied by an impressive original vocabulary, that might sound odd to a newcomer. The city’s own language has become known as “Pittsburghese” and it’s severely contagious. After spending a year in Pittsburgh, you’ll notice that your friends and family from out of state will comment on the unusual way you speak. To see some examples of classic Pittsburghese phrases, click here. It’s recommended that you become familiar with at least some of the local language, because you never know when your boss might ask you to go to the “Gian’Iggle dahn’a street” for something. Characters such as Pittsburgh Dad are famous because of their perfect articulation of Pittsburghese. You’ll be speaking like a local before you know it!

Yarn Bomb Pittsburgh 8. Get to Know the Locals

Aside from its low cost of living, champion sports teams, and fascination with beer, the true charm of Pittsburgh comes from the locals. The people are what makes the city one of a kind. If you’re moving to Pittsburgh and want to fall in love with the place you’re going to call home, just spend some time getting to know the people who already do. The history of the city has cultivated a culture of people who are down to earth, hardworking, and kind. The pride that “Pittsburghers” have in their city is what drives its continued growth. There’s a sense of community that is hard to find in a city. If you don’t make a conscious effort to join that community, it will likely be more difficult to fall in love with Pittsburgh, as so many have.

Do some people watching, learn the language, and make some friends. You’ll be pridefully calling Pittsburgh home before you know it.

Yinz

Stillers Reg-uh-lur

Frige-dare

Gumband Flustrated Jimmies

Babushka

Hunky-doory

Jagoff

Nebbynose

“What kinna birrisat?”

“Kinnywood’s open!” “Airyago!”

“A whole nuther mahl”

“Yinz guys getcher bess sleep onna Serta?

“Gawrsh, it’s coledoutdair!” Play • Work • Live

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A City of

First Heart, Liver, Kidney Transplant - December 3, 1989

The first simultaneous heart, liver and kidney transplant was done at Presbyterian-University Hospital.

The First Internet Emoticon - 1982

The Smiley :-) was the first Internet emoticon, created by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman.

First Robotics Institute - 1979

The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies rele vant to industrial and societal tasks.

First Mr Yuk Sticker - 1971

Mr Yuk was created at the Poison Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after research indicated that the skull and crossbones previously used to identify poisons had little meaning to children who equate the symbol with exciting things like pirates and adventure.

Pittsburgh was the first city in the world to do a lot of neat things! Here are a few of the most well-known.

First Night World Series Game - 1971

Game 4 of the 1971 World Series was the first night game in World Series history, a series that Pittsburgh went on to win, 4 games to 3.

Created by Jim Delligatti at his Uniontown McDonald’s, the Big Mac debuted and was test marketed in three other Pittsburgh-area Mc Donald’s restaurants in 1967. By 1968 it was a mainstay on McDonald’s menus throughout the country.

First Pull-Tab on Cans - 1962

The pull-tab was developed by Alcoa and was first used by Iron City Brewery in 1962. For many years, pull-tabs were only used in this area.

First Retractable Dome - September 1961

Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena boasts the world’s first auditorium with a retractable roof.

First U.S. Public Television Station - April 1, 1954

WQED, operated by the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Educational Station, was the first community-sponsored educational television station in America.

First Polio Vaccine - March 26, 1953

The polio vaccine was developed by Dr. Jonas E. Salk, a 38-year-old University of Pittsburgh researcher and professor.

19th Century

1845 - World’s first wire cable suspension aqueduct bridge was built in Pittsburgh over the Allegheny River at 11th Street. 1850s - On Seventh Avenue in Pittsburgh Samuel Kier established the Western Hemispheres first successful petroleum refinery. 1863 - William Bullock, of Pittsburgh, received a patent for the first printing press to use roll paper. 1869 - Pittsburgh’s George Westinghouse demonstrated the first practical air brake for railroads. 1881 AFL Sign - The first national convention of The American Federation of Labor (A.F. of L.) was held in Pittsburgh. 1885 - Long distance transmission of electricity became possible because Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse Electric developed alternating current. 1888 - The Pittsburgh Reduction Company was responsible for the world’s first production of commercial aluminum. 1889 - The first Carnegie Library in the USA was dedicated on March 30, 1889. This library is known as the Braddock Carnegie Library. Andrew Carnegie went on to finance the building of almost 3,000 public libraries throughout the English speaking world. 1893 - The first Ferris Wheel was the star of World’s Fair held in Chicago. George Ferris, a bridge builder from Pittsburgh, designed and built the

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of the Westinghouse manufacturing buildings in East Pittsburgh.

Daylight Savings Time - March 18, 1919

A Pittsburgh city councilman during the first World War, Robert Garland devised the nation’s first daylight savings plan, instituted in 1918.

The First Gas Station - December, 1913

In 1913 the first automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Company, opened in Pittsburgh at Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in East Liberty. Designed by J. H. Giesey.

The First Baseball Stadium in the U.S. - 1909

In 1909 the first baseball stadium, Forbes Field, was built in Pittsburgh, followed soon by similar stadiums in Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and New York.

First Motion Picture Theatre - 1905

The first theater in the world devoted to the exhibition of motion pictures was the “Nickelodeon,” opened by Harry Davis on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh.

First Banana Split - 1904 First All-Aluminum Building - ALCOA - August 1953

First Big Mac - 1967

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The first aluminum-faced skyscraper was the Alcoa Building, a 30-story, 410 foot structure with thin stamped aluminum panels forming the exterior walls.

First Zippo Lighter - 1932

George G. Blaisdell invented the Zippo lighter in 1932 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The name Zippo was chosen by Blaisdell because he liked the sound of the word “zipper” - which was patented around th same time in nearby Meadville, PA.

First Bingo Game - early 1920’s

Hugh J. Ward first came up with the concept of bingo in Pittsburgh and began running the game at carnivals in the early 1920s, taking it nationwide in 1924. He secured a copyright on the game and wrote a book of Bingo rules in 1933.

First U.S. Commercial Radio Station - November 2, 1920

Dr. Frank Conrad, assistant chief engineer of Westinghouse Electric, first constructed a transmitter and installed it in a garage near his home in Wilkinsburg in 1916. The station was licensed as 8XK. At 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920, 8KX became KDKA Radio and began broadcast ing at 100 watts from a make-shift shack atop one

world’s first Ferris Wheel, which could hold 2,160 passengers.

20th Century

1903 First World Series Sign - The Pittsburgh Pirates played in the First World Series in Major League Baseball, between the Boston Americans of the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. 1905 - The Nickelodeon, the world’s first theater devoted to motion pictures, opened on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh. 1909 - Forbes Field, the country’s first Forbes Fieldbaseball stadium, opened in Pittsburgh on June 30, 1909, to a standing-room only crowd of 30,338. The Chicago Cubs won the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, by a score of 3-2. 1913 - The nation’s first gas station opened in Pittsburgh. It was built by Gulf RefiningKDKA Radio Station Sign Company. 1918 - Daylight Savings Time came to Pittsburgh. This was the nation’s first daylight savings time. 1920s - Bingo was born in Pittsburgh. It was originally called Beano and dried beans were used as the markers. 1920 - Pittsburgh’s KDKA was the first commercial radio station in the United States. 1920 - KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh became the first commercially licensed radio station to broadcast presidential election returns on November 2, 1920 The election was between Ohio’s Governor James M. Cox and Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio.

Invented by Dr. David Strickler, a pharmacist, at Strickler’s Drug Store in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The First World Series - 1903

The Boston Pilgrims defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three in baseball’s first modern World Series in 1903.

First Ferris Wheel - 1892/1893

Invented by Pittsburgh native and civil engineer, George Washington Gale Ferris (1859-1896), the first Ferris Wheel was in operation at the World’s Fair in Chicago. It was over 264 feet high and was capable of carrying more than 2,000 passengers at a time.

Long-Distance Electricity - 1885

Westinghouse Electric developed alternating current, allowing long-distance transmission of electricity for the first time.

First Air Brake - 1869

The first practical air brake for railroads was invented by George Westinghouse in the 1860s and patented in 1869.

1921 - KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh becomes first radio station to broadcast a church service on January 2, 1921. Calvary Episcopal Church was the site of the first remote broadcast. 1926 - Construction began in Pittsburgh on the world’s first university skyscraper, The Cathedral of Learning, at the University of Pittsburgh’s campus in Oakland. It is 42-stories high and styled in the Late Gothic Revival style. 1952 - First Polio Vaccine trial - Dr. Jonas Salk, a researcher/professor at the University of Pittsburgh, developed the polio vaccine. 1953 - Pittsburgh’s Alcoa Building - The first all-aluminum skyscraper was built, 30 stories high, with aluminum walls only 1/8-inch thick. 1954 - Public Television - The first community-sponsored educational television station in the USA (WQED). WQED is known for producing Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? 1957 - The world’s first full-scale atomic-powered plant for production of electricity was opened a few miles away from Pittsburgh in Shippingport, PA. 1961 - Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, with its world-famous retractable stainless steel dome, first opened to the public. It was built as the home of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO) but the Ice Capades were the first event at the arena on September 19, 1961. 1962 - World’s First Pull Tabs on Cans , Pittsburgh’s Alcoa developed pull tabs for cans which were called zip tops. These pull tabs were first used by Pittsburgh’s Iron City Brewery.


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BY KIMBERLY POWELL

Made in Pittsburgh…

Think you recognized Pittsburgh in a movie? Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 60 motion pictures and television productions including several Academy-Award winning movies. The next time you’re looking for something new to watch, why not try one of these favorite movies made in Pittsburgh?

1) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

6) Angels in the Outfield (1951)

2) Night of the Living Dead (1968)

7) Dogma (1998)

3) The Deer Hunter (1978)

8) Flashdance (1982)

This Academy Award-winning crime thriller stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychopathic serial killer locked up in the Memphis, TN Town Hall (portrayed by the Pittsburgh Soldiers and Sailors Museum) and Jodie Foster as the FBI cadet in charge of the interrogation. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History also makes an appearance. This low-budget cult classic written and directed by George A. Romero revolves around people in a Pittsburgh suburb being stalked by ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) were also filmed in Pittsburgh, but the 2005 Land of the Dead was filmed in Canada for budget reasons. A powerful Vietnam war drama starting Robert De Niro, John Cazale and John Savage, The Deer Hunter won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The movie is set in the men’s hometown of Clairton, PA, west of Pittsburgh, with many of the scenes shot around Western Pennsylvania. The fearsome steel mill and the Orthodox church from the wedding scene are both in Cleveland, however.

4) Wonder Boys (1999)

Based on a novel by Michael Chabon, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, this movie stars Michael Douglas and Frances McDormand. Many of the film’s scenes were shot at Carnegie-Mellon University. Additional scenes were shot in Oakland, Downtown, Shadyside, Sewickley and Beaver. Many of the key scenes feature one of Pittsburgh’s many bridges!

5) Lorenzo’s Oil (1991)

This gripping, Academy Award-winning drama stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as parents working together to find a cure for a rare disease afficting their son after the medical establishment forsakes them. While set in Washington DC, most of the movie’s scenes were actually filmed in Pittsburgh.

Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh star in this fun film about a troupe of angels who come down from heaven to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win the pennant. Much of the movie was shot on location (very unusual for the time) at Forbes Field, the home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and includes footage of actual Pirates games. Pittsburgh International Airport stars as General Mitchell Airport, along with lead actor Bud Cort, in this fantasy comedy about two renegade angels trying to get back into heaven. This movie was shot almost entirely in Pittsburgh with locations including the USX building and a historic Roman Catholic church in East Liberty. Oh, what a feeling! The city of Pittsburgh co-stars in this 1983 romantic drama with Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. In the movie, Alex (played by Beals) dances through the Hall of Sculpture in the Carnegie Museum of Art. Her house was on the South Side, and the restaurant scene was filmed inside the Grand Concourse restaurant in Station Square. The Duquesne Incline also made an appearance in the first scene of the movie.

9) Hoffa (1992)

Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito star in this Academy Award-winning crime/drama where Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University doubled for a Washington DC courtroom.

10) Inspector Gadget (1998)

Non-stop action and a few too many special effects are the highlights of this comedy starring Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett and Joely Fisher. Pittsburgh shines, however - the Sixth Street Bridge (a.k.a. The Roberto Clemente Bridge) was closed for thirty days during filming and the beautiful glass castle PPG building served as the villain’s headquarters. If Inspector Gadget is too juvenile for you, try the similarly-themed Robo Cop, also filmed in Pittsburgh.

When it comes to movies, Pittsburgh is no understudy. Since the early 1900s, the city has played a starring role in the film industry. Whether it’s movies about Pittsburgh or movies filmed in the area, Pittsburgh and the movies have a long and storied relationship.

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lthough movies weren’t invented in Pittsburgh, the city boasts the first theater dedicated solely to moving pictures, as they used to be known. In 1905, Harry Davis and John P. Harris opened the world’s first movie theater on Smithfield Street, in downtown Pittsburgh, calling it the “Nickelodeon.” The name was a combination of “nickel” and “odeon,” the former noting the cost of admission, which was 5 cents, and the latter a reference to the ancient Greek term for theater. The 100-seat theater opened at 8 a.m. and closed at midnight, and nearly

7,000 people a day flocked there to see this new wonder of entertainment. The first films shown were Poor But Honest and The Baffled Burglar. Nickels filled the cashboxes, and soon 18 of the Davis Harris theaters were dotted throughout the city. The second “movies-only” theater opened in Warsaw, Poland. A Polish Pittsburgher realized that the theaters were a nickel mine, if not a gold mine, and went back to his native Poland to open the world’s second movie theatre in that country. Play • Work • Live

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Acclaimed Movies Filmed in Pittsburgh

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Pittsburgh was a major film exchange. Owned and operated by the movie studios, the exchanges housed offices, film libraries, and screening rooms. Paramount, Columbia Pictures, MGM, Universal Pictures and United Artists all had exchanges in the city on the Boulevard of the Allies. Today, the Paramount Building, with its signature mountain range logo above the entry, at 1727 Boulevard of the Allies, is the only building still intact. More than 109 motion picture and television productions have been filmed in the city starting with Tancred Commandery which was filmed in 1898 in Pittsburg when Pittsburgh was spelled without the “h”. Some blockbusters have been filmed in the area. Two films shot in Pittsburgh are among the American Film Institute’s 100 Years . . . 100 Movies List. The Deer Hunter, a 1978 film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Also garnering five Academy Awards was The Silence of the Lambs. This 1991 film shot in Pittsburgh won Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The thriller sent a collective chill up the nation’s spine as Jodie Foster, portraying FBI agent Clarice Starling, probed the diabolical mind of serial killer Hannibal Lecter, as portrayed by Anthony Hopkins. Since the 1980s, hundreds of films have been filmed in the area - everything from comedy to drama. This list includes films shot either completely or partially in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and/or the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Some of these are actually set in the city; others were shot in Pittsburgh but set in another real or fictional location. Hollywood film crews are drawn to Pittsburgh for its endless variety of architecture, neighborhood charm and great local support. More than 50 major films have been shot on location in the area during the past decade. Other highlights include:

One Shot (February 2013)

Tom Cruise, his wife Katie Holmes, and their daughter Suri spent several weeks during the fall of 2011 exploring Pittsburgh while in town for the filming of “One Shot,” a thriller based on a Lee Childs novel about ex-military investigator Jack Reacher. Expect scenes stretching from the North Shore to Mount Washington, and Sewickley to Dormont.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 2012)

This conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Batman trilogy was filmed for 18 days in Pittsburgh, as well as at locations in India, England, Scotland, Los Angeles and New York. Look for Heinz Field, Hines Ward, Mellon Institute and several scenes of downtown. Starring Christain Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway plus returning cast members Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Emma Watson, Logan Leman, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman and Johnny Simmons star in this movie version of the novel by Upper St. Clair native Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.Locations include the Fort Pitt Tunnel, Peters Township High School, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Bethel Presbyterian Church and the West End Overlook.

Won’t Back Down (March 2012)

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner-city school. Shot in the lower Hill District and Downtown Pittsburgh.

Unstoppable (2010)

Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, Unstoppable tells the story of a runaway freight train, and the two men (Washington and Pine) who attempt to stop it.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Based on true events, this suspense-filled movie thriller starring Richard Gere, and Debra Messing, tells the story of a man’s investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.

Wonder Boys (2000)

Based on a novel by Michael Chabon, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, this movie stars Michael Douglas and Frances McDormand.

Dogma (1999)

Pittsburgh International Airport stars as General Mitchell Airport in this comedy movie, along with Bud Cort.

Inspector Gadget (1999)

A hilarious comedy starring Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett and Joely Fisher.

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Desperate Measures (1998)

A riveting suspense thriller starring Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton.

Diabolique (1996)

Two women, one man. The combination can be a killer.... Sharon Stone is the star of this drama/thriller.

Kingpin (1996)

This comedy movie stars Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Bill Murray.

Boys on the Side (1995)

This dramatic comedy features Whoopie Goldberg, MaryLouise Parker and Drew Barrymore.

Houseguest (1995)

This comedy about a houseguest who never leaves stars Sinbad, stars Phil Hartman and Kim Greist.

Sudden Death (1995)

Terror goes into overtime in this action movie starring JeanClaude Van Damme and Powers Boothe.

Milk Money (1994)

This romantic comedy stars Melanie Griffith, Ed Harris and Michael Patrick Carter.

Only You (1994)

A love story written in the stars with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr.

Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray stars in this romantic fantasy about a crazy weatherman forced to relive on strange day over and over, until he gets it right.

Money for Nothing (1993)

A comedy/crime thriller starring John Cusack, Debi Mazar and Michael Madsen.

Striking Distance (1993)

Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker keep you entertained in this action/mystery/thriller filmed in Pittsburgh.

Hoffa (1992)

Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito star in this Academy Award-winning crime/drama.

Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

This gripping, Academy Award-winning drama stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This Academy Award-winning crime thriller stars Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1988)

Two cops and a detective’s daughter go after a chainsaw killer in this horror/comedy film.

Robocop (1987)

Sci-fi movie starring Peter Weller and Nancy Allen.

Gung Ho (1986)

Michael Keaton stars in this 1986 dramatic comedy filmed in several Pittsburgh area locations.

Flashdance (1983)

Oh, what a feeling! The city of Pittsburgh co-stars in this 1983 romantic drama with Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

A Vietnam war drama starting Robert De Niro, John Cazale and John Savage.

The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

A heartwarming story about a hopeless, underdog Pittsburgh basketball team.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

This George Romero classic revolves around people in a Pittsburgh suburb being stalked by ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. Black and white.

Angels in the Outfield(1951)

Film about the Pittsburgh Pirates stars Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh.

Movies About Pittsburgh Not only has Pittsburgh been the location for shooting films, it has also been the subject of numerous movies or has played itself on the silver screen. One of the earliest movies about Pittsburgh was Allegheny Uprising. It premiered in 1939 and starred a young John Wayne. Valley of Decision, a 1945 film, starred Gregory Peck and Greer Garson and depicted the tale of a housemaid who falls in love with the scion of the local steel mill. Their romance is threatened when her family goes on strike against the mill. The steel industry was also highlighted in the 80s hit Flashdance. This story of a young welder-by-day, dancer-by-night was the third-highest grossing film of 1983, and its signature song “Flashdance . . . What a Feeling” won the Academy Award. The beloved film Ground Hog Day finds egotistical weatherman Phil Connors repeating the same day over and over. Likewise this comedy filmed in 1993 and set in nearby Punxsutawney, repeatedly tops the charts as a favorite film of movie enthusiasts. When you’re the City of Champions it’s only natural that sports have played a prominent role on film. In 1941, legendary local boxer Billy Conn portrayed himself in The Pittsburgh Kid. Ten years later, baseball was the subject with Angels in the Outfield. It featured cameos by Bing Crosby and baseball greats Joe DiMaggio and Ty Cobb. Hockey was a hit in Slap Shot. Filmed in nearby Johnstown and starring Paul Newman, this comedy ranks as one of the all-time favorite sports movies. Sudden Death, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, was set in the Civic Arena. The 1995 action film was written by the wife of then Penguin owner Howard Baldwin. The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh was released in 1979 and featured a star-studded cast that included Jonathan Winters, Julius Erving, Flip Wilson, Debbie Allen, Stockard Channing, and Meadowlark Lemon. Whether you enjoy the drama of Dominick and Eugene, The Mothman Prophecies, Mrs. Soffel, Lorenzo’s Oil, or Dogma, the scares of Creepshow, or the lighthearted touch of the Cemetery Club or Inspector Gadget, all these films have one thing in common: Pittsburgh. Though few may know the amazing history of our city on film, Pittsburgh has been and will continue to be one of the film industry’s leading lights.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Pittsburgh Filmmakers is one of the largest and oldest independent media arts centers in the country. Founded in 1971 to provide media-making tools to artists, Pittsburgh Filmmakers serves everyone from emerging to established artists to nonprofit organizations and students. Their Three Rivers Film Festival is the region’s largest annual film event. Filmmakers offers a curriculum of courses in film, video and photography to university and independent students in the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh Filmmakers owns and operates three theaters in Pittsburgh. All theaters exhibit a wide variety of first-run foreign and independent American films as well as classics and documentaries.

Harris Theater

809 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - 412.682.4111 Located in the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District, the Harris Theater was the first theater in Pittsburgh to commercially show “art movies” The theater seats 200, and is open to the public 7 days a week.

Regent Square Theater

1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood, PA 15218 - 412.682.4111 The Regent Square Theater seats 300 and was purchased by Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 1998. It is one of the few large, single-screen theaters remaining in the county, and screens movies 7 days a week. In addition to the selection of eclectic American and foreign independent film, the Regent Square Theater also hosts a Sunday-night series of classic films.

Melwood Screening Room

477 Melwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - 412.681.5449 This modern venue was built in 1995 as part of extensive renovations that converted an urban warehouse into attractive headquarters for Filmmakers’ administrative offices, its classrooms and art galleries. Free parking is available in the evening at an outdoor lot directly across the street, or on the street. It seats 130.


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BY KIMBERLY POWELL

Reasons to

Pittsburgh…

If any city has had trouble shedding its old image, it’s Pittsburgh. It can’t seem to shake it’s dirty steel town rap. There are, at least in my mind however, many more reasons to love the former Steel City than to hate it. Whether you’re a potential transplant, a curious sightseer, or just planning a visit, here are some of the many great Pittsburgh sights, traditions, and reasons to come, stay, and live in the ‘Burgh.

1) Topography & Neighborhoods I gasped, much like everyone does, when I caught my first glimpse of Pittsburgh coming in through the Fort Pitt Tunnel back in 1987. The city’s geographical location is definitely one of its most stunning features, with rivers, hills and valleys coming together to form a remarkable tableau. The topography is also a big reason for Pittsburgh’s interesting patchwork of neighborhoods - 88 in the city of Pittsburgh alone. Defined by hills, separated by rivers and bridges, and demarcated by ravines, Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods are each small towns where families live for generations. Squirrel Hill, Polish Hill, Brighton Heights, Southside Slopes — these are all distinct communities, each with their own ethnic heritage, personality and charm.

2) Mount Washington & the Inclines It’s Pittsburgh’s Eiffel Tower, and just as amazing. The stunning view from Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington, once called Coal Hill for its generous coal seams, was ranked the second most beautiful place in America by USA Weekend’s 2003 Annual Travel Report. Several overlook pods situated along the edge of Mt. Washington’s Grandview Avenue offer breathtaking views of downtown and the surrounding area, as do most of the restaurants that line the street. Getting up the mountain is a big part of the fun, with two working 1800s inclines to take you both up and down again. The Monongahela Incline from Station Square is the most tourist oriented, but the Duquesne Incline features more beautiful cars, a historic museum, and the better view.

3) Arts & Culture Pittsburgh is ranked #1 among mid-sized cities in American Style Magazine’s 2007 “Top 25 Arts Destinations,” for a reason. Thanks to the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History, the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Classrooms, and the always funky Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh is on the map when it comes to art. A nice selection of musical and theater performances can also be found in downtown Pittsburgh’s thriving cultural district, home to five major theaters and even live Cabaret.

4) The Steelers

Pittsburgh is a city that bleeds black and gold, the colors of our three professional sports teams. But much as Pittsburghers love the Pengins (2009 Stanley Cup Champs!) and Pirates, the Steelers -- proud winners of six Super Bowls -- are more akin to a religion here. It’s not just in Pittsburgh either. Just about every town in America boasts an oasis of yinzers and twirling terrible towels - a true Steelers Nation.

5) Bridges & Steps Pittsburgh has more bridges than just about any city in the world, including Venice, Italy, and more steps than Cincinnati and San Francisco combined! Three rivers and hundreds of hills will do that to a place. Most downtown bridges are painted a distinctive golden yellow (the official city colors are black and gold).

6) Plenty of Green!

a beautiful network of rail trails offer additional opportunities for recreation within the city limits. And no Pittsburgher will let you miss the festivals, fort and fountain at tiny little Point State Park. It’s no wonder Pittsburgh was tagged as the top Urban Adventure City in the country by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2006. Another plus is Pittsburgh’s role as a pioneer in green technology -- the 22nd largest metro area in the nation ranks seventh for the number of LEED-certified structures.

7) Affordable Housing Compared with many large cities, home prices in Pittsburgh are refreshingly affordable. Recent surveys indicate an average home price in Pittsburgh of ranging from about $110,000 to $162,000 for a 3/4 bedroom, 2 bath home - about 40% below the national average. Where else can you find a 1903 schoolhouse or a former ketchup factory converted into luxury loft apartments? Or glorious, turn-of-the-century houses available in almost every neighborhood? City views, waterfront, rolling farmland, or cozy neighborhoods Pittsburgh has it all.

8) Primantis & Pierogies “Primanti Brother’s Famous Sandwich” You haven’t truly experienced Pittsburgh if you haven’t been to Primantis. The local Pittsburgh chain is renowned for its unique sandwiches, stacked high with meat, a pile of coleslaw, and an unhealthy helping of French fries - all between the bread. Many locals claim that Primanti’s developed these sandwiches for mill workers who didn’t have the time for plates or silverware... If a Primanti’s sandwich doesn’t already have your arteries shrieking in pain, the pierogies will. Here in Pittsburgh we eat more than 11 times the pierogies of any other city in the nation, according to a recent survey. The stuffed pasta creations are served up at church picnics and fairs all over the city.

9) Saturdays in the Strip District No, it’s not the Red Light District despite the way it sounds. Once the center of Pittsburgh’s wholesale produce industry, “The Strip” has grown into a marketplace of specialty groceries and restaurants, coffee shops, street vendors,and unique antique and gift shops. It’s also the place to be on Saturday mornings in Pittsburgh. Stop by for a great breakfast, local produce, or an interesting perspective on our eclectic city. .

10) Pittsburghese How could a city this unique not have its own language? Of course, lots of cities can boast funny accents and unusual words. But Pittsburgh definitely has a language all its own. The first thing you notice when you listen to the locals is that words with an “ow” sound such as house, down and sauerkraut are sometimes pronounced with an “ah” sound (dahntahn for downtown). A few other sounds are changed as well, such as Pixburgh (Pittsburgh), warsh (wash) and Stillers (Steelers). And then there are the colloquial words and phrases: Gumband (rubber band); Slippy (slippery); Nebby (nosey); Redd up (tidy up); Jimmies (sprinkles); Jagger (thorns or briars); Yinz (you guys); N’at (and that, etc.).

If you like your cities on the green side, then Pittsburgh is for you. The city’s four regional parks offer thousands of acres of wooded escape from the city, while a multitude of rivers and streams, and

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about Pittsburgh… Pittsburgh is a neat city with a very rich past. I bet even people who have lived here all their lives won’t know all of these fun facts!

1) Pittsburg, Pittsburgh or

Pittsbourgh?

The town was named in 1758 by Scotsman John Forbes, who was honoring William Pitt the Elder. Forbes sent a letter to Pitt the same year to let him know that the city had been named for him, and in the letter he spelled it “Pittsbourgh.” Most experts agree that as a Scotsman, Forbes probably pronounced it the same way we pronounce Edinburgh. It wasn’t until 1769 that the “Pittsburgh” spelling first turned up on a surveying document, but the real controversy came with the 1891 United States Board on Geographic Names ruling that all towns with the spelling “burgh” needed to drop the “h.” Many people were outraged at the decision and refused to follow the rules, even the Pittsburgh Gazette, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange. In 1911, the Geographic Board gave in and officially restored the “h” that was never really missing for most people anyway.

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About them there Hills

San Francisco may be own for its hills, but Pittsburgh has it beat when it comes to verticality. In fact, Pittsburgh has more vertical feet than San Fran, Cincinnati and Portland, Oregon, combined. There are more than 700 sets of stairs in the city.

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Distinct Dialect

Pittsburgh dialect is so distinct, some locals who speak Pittsburghese have their own name: Yinzers. From what I understand, “Yinz” is kind of like “ya’ll.” Some examples of Pittsburghese: City Chicken = pork or veal cubes on a wooden skewer. Crudded milk = cottage cheese Gum band = rubber band Red up = clean up or tidy up

4) Heard in the Burgh You might not know WQED, the PBS station in the ‘Burgh… but you definitely know a couple of the shows it has produced. It’s where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego were both born. Michael Keaton (then Michael Douglas) was working as a cameraman for WQED when he got to appear on screen in a couple of shows, including as a “Flying Zucchini Brother” on Mister Rogers.

5) A Pretty Sweet Trip You can get all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. - that’s 245 miles - via a bike and running trail called the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath trail. Should you feel compelled to try it, you’ll pass landmarks like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, one of two surviving castiron truss bridges in all of North America, an abandoned railway tunnel called the Big Savage Tunnel, Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, and Georgetown University.

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6) A Computer First? You know this guy - :-) Love him or hate him, the Pittsburgh-originated smiley emoticon has been invading your computer screen since the early ‘80s, when Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Scott Fahlman came up with him. This was his original post on the Carnegie Mellon message board: 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(

7) Streets Alive with Zombies Many filmmakers feel a certain tie to the Pittsburgh area, but perhaps none as much as George Romero, “Grandfather of the Zombie.” Romero has filmed the majority of his Living Dead movies in Pittsburgh or the area. Much of Night of the Living Dead was filmed in or near Evans City, Pennsylvania, just 30 miles north of the Steel City. Dawn of the Dead was shot in Pittsburgh and Monroeville, a suburb. The city takes pride in its association with the undead, hyping it up with Zombie Walks (they held the Guinness World Record for a while), Zombie Fest and a local horror T.V. show called The It’s Alive Show.

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Big Mac, Big Smash in the ‘Burgh

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. That jingle never would have existed if it wasn’t for ‘Burgh area-resident Jim Delligatti. He operated several McDs in the area; when the Big Mac was a big smash at his Unionville location, it was tested at three Pittsburgh locations before it went national in 1967.

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Dumped on

Actress Sienna Miller outraged the fine residents when she called their city “Shitsburgh” after spending time filming 2008’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh there. She later backtracked and explained that she wasn’t happy about the all-night filming schedule, even though her comments to Rolling Stone seemed pretty clear: “Can you believe this is my life? Will you pity me when you’re back in your funky New York apartment and I’m still in Pittsburgh? I need to get more glamorous films and stop with my indie year.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette put it this way in a headline: “Semi-famous actress dumps on the ‘Burgh.”

10) Certified Green Pittsburgh may have a reputation as a polluted, industrial town, but much has changed since that reputation was earned in the early-to-mid 1900s. In fact, the city has the most certified “green” buildings in the U.S.


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ALL TOGETHER, A TOTAL OF BRIDGES ARE IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH, OFFICIALLY THE CITY WITH THE MOST BRIDGES IN THE WORLD, THREE MORE THAN FORMER WORLD LEADER VENICE, ITALY. The roberto clemente bridge is an impressive structure, but it’s not the only bridge in town. In fact, thanks to a recent study, it’s been determined that pittsburgh has a record number of bridges. The criteria for the count was that all bridges had to be within the city's limits and to qualify as a bridge, it had to have piers and a stand.

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The Sixth (Roberto Clemente), Seventh, and Ninth Street bridges are called the “Three Sisters” - the only identical trio of bridges in the United States. All three replaced former bridges, but the story of the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge is the most interesting - the original Sixth Street bridge burned in the late 1800’s because the sparrows nests in the beams caught fire from the steamboat smoke stacks.

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The Sixth Street bridge, one of the three identical sister bridges spanning the Allegheny river at downtown Pittsburgh, is one of the few surviving examples of large eyebar suspension bridges in the United States. The site did not allow for typical anchorages so the bridges were built with a unique self-anchored suspension design consisting of steel eyebars, the first such self-anchored suspension bridges constructed in this country. The American Institute of Steel Construction named the Sixth Street Bridge as the “most beautiful steel bridge” of 1928.

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The crumbling sidewalks and peeling paint keep this bridge from being as pretty as it once was, but it is still a very historically significant Pittsburgh bridge. Construction began in 1919, and on December 29, 1924, the 171st anniversary of the date that a young George Washington crossed the Allegheny River at this spot, the Washington Crossing Bridge was opened.

The Smithfield Street bridge (1883) is considered by most to be Pittsburgh’s most historically significant bridge for several reasons: 1) it replaced two bridge structures by well-known bridge engineers, Lewis Wernwag and John A. Roebling (creator of the Brooklyn Bridge); 2) it was the first American use of the lenticular (lens-shaped) truss design; and 3) it was one of the first major bridges in the US built primarily with steel, and is probably the oldest extant major steel truss remaining. The graceful Smithfield Street Bridge is also the oldest remaining river bridge in Allegheny County and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

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et ready for the ultimate understatement: Pittsburgh is a sports town. With a rich sports history going back more than a century, Pittsburghers bleed black and gold. Throughout the year, passionate fans pack world-class venues, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center, PNC Park, and Highmark Stadium to cheer on the hometown Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Power, and Riverhounds. For info on attending the games, click here for the pro teams and here for collegiate. But Pittsburgh also offers plenty of exciting opportunities to do much more than be a spectator. Miles of riverfront trails with spectacular views of the city skyline are ideal for walking, jogging, biking and rollerblading. Love the water? Rent a kayak and paddle down the sparkling Three Rivers. Downtown’s Point State Park, at the scenic confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, offers wide open green space for tossing a Frisbee, playing catch, or kicking the soccer ball around with the kids. Weather not what you hoped for? Check out indoor fitness centers and gyms.

Stadiums & Arenas A.J. Palumbo Center - 1304 Forbes Avenue Consol Energy Center - 1001 Fifth Avenue Cupples Stadium - 930 East Carson Street Heinz Field - 100 Art Rooney Avenue Highmark Stadium - 510 West Station Square Drive PNC Park at North Shore - 115 Federal Street

Parks & Outdoors The Fountain at Bessemer Court - 230 W. Station Square Drive Golden Triangle Bike Rentals - 600 1st Avenue Kayak Pittsburgh - 304 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor The Landing and Marina at Station Square - 350 W. Station Sq. Dr. Market Square - 23 Market Place Mellon Square Park - 529 Smithfiield St Point State Park - 101 Commonwealth Place The Rink at PPG Place - 4 PPG Place Riverlife - 707 Grant Street Venture Outdoors - 33 Terminal Way, Suite 537 East

Attractions Carnegie Science Cen./Highmark SportsWorks - One Allegheny Ave David L. Lawrence Convention Center - 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd The Fountain at Bessemer Court - 230 W. Station Square Drive National Aviary in Pittsburgh - 700 Arch Street The Rink at PPG Place - 4 PPG Place Rivers Casino - 1301 Beaver Ave Stage AE - 400 N Shore Dr Xplorion - 425 Sixth Avenue

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Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Pittsburgh Steelers

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ultiple world championships in baseball, football and hockey have brought Pittsburgh sports acclaim (and sometimes envy) from the rest of the nation. The best place to learn about the legends of Pittsburgh sports, and marvel up-close at a valuable array of memorabilia, is at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

The Riverhounds are a men’s professional soccer team that was founded in 1999 and currently competes in the USL Pro league. The Riverhounds play their home games in beautiful Highmark Stadium which opened in 2013 and is located in the Greater Downtown in Station Square on the South Shore at 510 West Station Square Drive. www.Riverhounds.com

The 6-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers are rightfully considered one of the great franchises in all of sports. “Steeler Nation” as the loyal fans are called, twirl their Terrible Towels overhead, and dress fully in black and gold for each game. The Steelers play their home games at Heinz Field located in the Greater Downtown area on the North Shore at 100 Art Rooney Avenue. www.PittsburghSteelers.com

The Power are a men’s professional area football team that was founded in 2011 and competes in the Arena Football League. The Power home games are held at the Consol Energy Center Downtown at 1001 Fifth Avenue. www.PittsburghPowerfootball.com

Pittsburgh Pirates

While black and gold certainly are the flag-waving colors of local sports, Pittsburgh bleeds a bit of Pitt’s blue and gold and Duquesne’s blue and red also.

PNC Park, also located in the Greater Downtown Area on the North Shore at 115 Federal Street, is considered by many to be the best ballpark in America, both for its intimate views of the field and its spectacular view of the skyline across the Allegheny River. The Pirates played in the first World Series in 1903 and have won 5 throughout their history. www.PittsburghPirates.com

Pittsburgh Penguins

A storied franchise that has been home to past and modern greats such as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Sidney Crosby, the 3-time Stanley Cup Champion Penguins now play in the Consol Energy Center, a stateof-the-art arena that has taken its place at the top of NHL venues. The Consol is located Downtown at 1001 Fifth Avenue. www.PittsburghPenguins.com

Collegiate

University of Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball, football, volleyball and more. www.PittsburghPanthers.com

Duquesne University Dukes Basketball, football, volleyball, and more. www.GoDuquesne.com

Point Park University Pioneers

Baseball, basketball, volleyball, and more. www.pointpark.edu/Athletics

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The Steelers have played in eight Super Bowls, winning six of them, including four in six years.

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he Steelers draft picks under Coach Chuck Noll made possible the team’s domination of the 70’s. The most important among those selections were L C Greenwood, ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. These were the Steelers’ defensive front four, the famed ‘SteeI Curtain’, and there’s not been a front four like them since.

and ’80. The Steelers were the first team to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. By ’84 most of the players responsible for the team’s success in the 70’s had retired. In the last 7 years under Chuck Noll the Steelers made the playoffs only once, in ’89. When Chuck Noll retired after the ’91 season he wore 4 Super Bowl rings, the most of any head coach in the NFL.

Thanks to the Steel Curtain the Steelers won their first Super Bowl in ’75. After ’75 the Steelers offense came to life, augmenting their formidable defense. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, receiver Lynn Swan and running back Franco Harris were among the offensive standouts as the Steelers continued their run by winning 3 more Super Bowls in ’77, ’79

Taking his place was Bill Cowher, a defensive coordinator for the Chiefs. Cowher’s approach to coaching brought instant rewards as the Steelers reached the playoffs the next six years, though suffering a defeat to the Cowboys in the ’96 Super Bowl. The Steelers didn’t reach the playoffs from ’98-’00, but began rebuilding. Payoff came with a Super Bowl victory in ’06. Their 4th

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ranked defense featuring linebackers Joey Porter, James Farrior and Larry Foote along with defensive standouts Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu was key to their victory. The offense was led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing to Heath Miller and Hines

Ward, but its main strength was a strong running attack with Willie Parker and Jerome ‘Bus’ Bettis. Cower resigned after the ’06 season, but the Steelers continued winning under new head coach Mike Tomlin. Riding on the strength of

its top ranked defense, the Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl in ’09.

No other team has won 6 Super Bowls.

The Tale of a Steeler Nation home games at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh’s North Side in the North Shore neighborhood, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons. Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

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he Steelers were founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, by Art Rooney, taking its original name from the baseball team of the same name, as was common practice for NFL teams at the time. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. The current owner is Art’s son, Dan Rooney, who has given much control of the franchise to his son Art Rooney II. Long one of the NFL’s flagship teams, the Steelers enjoy a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation. The Steelers currently play their

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The Steelers made the playoffs for the first time in 1947, tying for first place in the division at 8–4 with the Philadelphia Eagles. This forced a tie-breaking playoff game at Forbes Field, which the Steelers lost 21–0. That would be Pittsburgh’s only playoff game for the next 25 years; they did qualify for a “Playoff Bowl” in 1962 as the second-best team in their conference, but this was not considered an official playoff.

During World War II, the Steelers experienced player shortages. They twice merged with other NFL franchises to field a team. During the 1943 season, they merged with the Philadelphia Eagles forming the “Phil-Pitt Eagles” and were known as the “Steagles”. This team went 5–4–1. In 1944, they merged

In 1970, the year they moved into Three Rivers Stadium and the year of the AFL-NFL merger, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of three old-guard NFL teams to switch to the newly formed American Football Conference (the others being the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts), in order to equalize the

The Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL first took to the field as the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20, 1933, losing 23–2 to the New York Giants. Through the 1930s, the Pirates never finished higher than second place in their division, or with a record better than .500 (1936). Pittsburgh did make history in 1938 by signing Byron White, a future Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, to what was at the time the biggest contract in NFL history, but he played only one year with the Pirates before signing with the Detroit Lions.Prior to the 1940 season, the Pirates renamed themselves the Steelers.

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Super Bowl IX - Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6 Location: Tulane Stadium - New Orleans, Louisiana Date: January 12, 1975 Attendance: 80,997 Most Valuable Player: Franco Harris - RB

Super Bowl XIII - Steelers 35, Cowboys 31 Location: Orange Bowl - Miami, Florida Date: January 21, 1979 Attendance: 79,484 Most Valuable Player: Terry Bradshaw - QB

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Super Bowl XIV - Steelers 31, Rams 19 Location: Rose Bowl - Pasadena, California Date: January 20, 1980 Attendance: 103,985 Most Valuable Player: Terry Bradshaw - QB

Super Bowl X - Steelers 21, Cowboys 17 Location: Orange Bowl - Miami, Florida Date: January 18, 1976 Attendance: 80,187 Most Valuable Player: Lynn Swann - WR

with the Chicago Cardinals and were known as Card-Pitt (or, mockingly, as the “Carpets”). This team finished 0–10, marking the only winless team in franchise history.

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number of teams in the two conferences of the newly merged league. The Steelers also received a $3 million ($18.2 million today) relocation fee, which was a windfall for them; for years they rarely had enough to build a true contending team.

Greene retired after the 1981 season, Lynn Swann and Jack Ham after 1982’s playoff berth, Terry Bradshaw and Mel Blount after 1983’s divisional championship, and Jack Lambert after 1984’s AFC Championship Game appearance. After those retirements, the franchise skidded to its first losing seasons since 1971. Though still competitive, the Steelers would not finish above .500 in 1985, 1986, and 1988. In 1987, the year of the players’ strike, the Steelers finished with a record of 8–7, but missed the playoffs. In 1989, they would reach the second round of the playoffs on the strength of Merrill Hoge and Rod Woodson before narrowly missing the playoffs in each of the next two seasons.

years later. With that victory, the Steelers became the third team to win five Super Bowls, and the first sixth-seeded playoff team to reach and win the Super Bowl since the NFL expanded to a 12-team post-season tournament in 1990. He coached through the 2006 season which ended with an 8–8 record, just short of the playoffs. Overall Cowher’s teams reached the playoffs 10 of 15 seasons with six AFC Championship Games, two Super Bowl berths and a championship.

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he Steelers’ history of bad luck changed with the hiring of coach Chuck Noll for the 1969 season. Noll’s most remarkable talent was in his draft selections, taking Hall of Famers “Mean” Joe Greene in 1969, Terry Bradshaw and Mel Blount in 1970, Jack Ham in 1971, Franco Harris in 1972, and finally, in 1974, pulling off the incredible feat of selecting four Hall of Famers in one draft year, Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 1974 draft was their best ever; no other team has ever drafted four future Hall of Famers in one year, and only very few (including the 1970 Steelers) have drafted two or more in one year. The players drafted in the early ‘70s formed the base of an NFL dynasty, making the playoffs in eight seasons and becoming the only team in NFL history to win four Super Bowls in six years, as well as the first to win more than two. They also enjoyed a regular season streak of 49 consecutive wins (1971–1979) against teams that would finish with a losing record that year. The Steelers suffered a rash of injuries in the 1980 season and missed the playoffs with a 9–7 record. The 1981 season was no better, with an 8–8 showing. The team was then hit with the retirements of all their key players from the Super Bowl years. “Mean” Joe

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n 1992, Chuck Noll retired and was succeeded by Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bill Cowher, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Crafton. Cowher led the Steelers to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons, a feat that had been accomplished only by legendary coach Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns. In those first six seasons, Cowher coached them as deep as the AFC Championship Game three times and following the 1995 season an appearance in Super Bowl XXX on the strength of the “Blitzburgh” defense. However, the Steelers lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX, two weeks after a thrilling AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Cowher produced the franchise’s record-tying fifth Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XL over the National Football Conference champion Seattle Seahawks ten

n January 7, 2007, Cowher resigned from coaching the Steelers, citing a need to spend more time with his family. He did not use the term “retire,” leaving open a possible return to the NFL as coach of another team. A three-man committee consisting of Art Rooney II, Dan Rooney, and Kevin Colbert was set up to conduct interviews for the head coaching vacancy. The candidates interviewed included: offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, offensive line coach Russ Grimm, former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. On January 22, 2007, Mike Tomlin was announced as Cowher’s successor as head coach. Tomlin is the first African-American to be named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in its 75-year history. Tomlin became the third consecutive Steelers Head Coach to go to the Super Bowl, equaling the Dallas Cowboys (Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer) in this achievement. He was named the Motorola 2008 Coach of the Year. On February 1, 2009, Tomlin led the Steelers to their second Super Bowl of this decade, and went on to


win 27–23 against the Arizona Cardinals. At age 36, he was the youngest head coach to ever win the Super Bowl, and he is only the second African-American coach to ever win the Super Bowl (Tony Dungy was the first). The 2010 season made Tomlin the only coach to reach the Super Bowl twice before the age of 40. Tomlin led the team to his second Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLV) on Feb. 6, 2011. However, the Steelers were defeated in their eighth Super Bowl appearance by the Green Bay Packers by the score of 31–25. The Steelers recorded their 400th victory in 2012 after defeating the Washington Redskins. Since the NFL merger in 1970, the Pittsburgh Steelers have compiled a regular season record of 363–235–2 (.607) and an overall record of 394–253–2 (.609) including the playoffs, reached the playoffs 25 times, won their division 20 times, played in 15 AFC championship games, and won six of eight Super Bowls. They are also the only NFL team not to have a season with twelve or more losses since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

Thomas Tull. The Paul family of Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, who are primarily involved with Pittsburgh-based Ampco Pittsburgh Corporation as well as Morton’s Restaurant Group, Urban Active Fitness, Meyer Products and Harley Marine Services. Additionally, family members serve on numerous boards, including Cornell University, UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, the American Red Cross, Harvard Medical School and the Loomis Chaffee School. Former Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. GTCR chairman Bruce V. Rauner. The Varischetti family of Brockway, Pennsylvania, which owns several nursing homes and a commercial real estate business. Paul Evanson, chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Energy. Russ and Scott Swank of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. Logo and uniforms

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Ownership

Since 2008, the Rooney family has brought in several investors for the team while retaining control of the team itself. This came about so that the team could comply with NFL ownership regulations. Current Steelers Chairman, Dan Rooney, and his son, Art Rooney II, president of the franchise, wanted to stay involved with the franchise, while two of the brothers – Timothy and Patrick – wanted to further pursue racetracks that they own in Florida and New York. Since 2006, many of the racetracks have added video slot machines, causing them to violate “NFL policy that prohibits involvement with racetrack and gambling interests”. While Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II retain control of the team with the league-minimum 30%, the following make up the other investors: Several other members of the Rooney family, including Art Rooney Jr., John Rooney, and the McGinley family, who are cousins to the Rooneys. Legendary Pictures president and CEO

their colors since the club’s inception, the lone exception being the 1943 season when they merged with the Philadelphia Eagles and formed the “Steagles”; the team’s colors at that time were green and white as a result of wearing Eagles uniforms. Originally, the team wore solid gold-colored helmets and black jerseys. Unique to Pittsburgh, the Steelers’ black and gold colors are now shared by all major professional teams in the city, including the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball and the Pittsburgh Penguins in ice hockey, and also the Pittsburgh Power of the reformed Arena Football League, and the Pittsburgh Passion of the Independent Women’s Football League. However, the Penguins currently use “Vegas

Gold”, a color similar to metallic gold, and the Pirates’ gold is a darker mustard yellow-gold, while the Steelers “gold” is more of a bright canary yellow. Black and gold are also the colors of the city’s official flag. Steelers logo, 1963–present The Steelers logo was introduced in 1962 and is based on the “Steelmark”, originally designed by Pittsburgh’s U.S. Steel and now owned by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). In fact, it was Cleveland-based Republic Steel that suggested the Steelers adopt the industry logo. It consists of the word “Steelers” surrounded by three astroids (hypocycloids of four cusps). The original meanings behind the astroids were, “Steel lightens your work, brightens your leisure, and widens your world.” Later, the colors came to represent the ingredients used in the steel-making process: yellow for coal, red for iron ore, and blue for scrap steel. While the formal Steelmark logo contains only the word “Steel,” the team was given permission to add “ers” in 1963 after a petition to AISI. The Steelers are the only NFL team that puts its logo on only one side of the helmet (the right side). Longtime field and equipment manager Jack Hart was instructed to do this by Art Rooney as a test to see how the logo appeared on the gold helmets; however, its popularity led the team to leave it that way permanently. A year after introducing the logo, they switched to black helmets to make it stand out more. The Steelers, along with the New York Giants, are one of only two teams in the National Football League to have the players’ uniform numbers on the front and back of the helmets. The current uniform designs were introduced in 1968. The design consists of gold pants and either black jerseys or white jerseys, except for the 1970 and 1971 seasons when the Steelers wore white pants with their white jerseys. In 1997, the team switched Play • Work • Live

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to rounded numbers on the jersey to match the number font (Futura Condensed) on the helmets, and a Steelers logo was added to the left side of the jersey. The current third uniform, consisting of a black jersey with gold lettering, white pants with black and gold stripes, and a gold helmet were first used during the Steelers’ 75th anniversary season in 2007. They were meant to evoke the memory of the 1963–1964 era uniforms. The uniforms were so popular among fans that the Steeler organization decided to keep them and use them as a third option during home games only. In 2008–2009, the Steelers became the first team in NFL history to defeat an opponent three times in a single season using three different uniforms. They defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh in Week 4 in their third jerseys, again Week 15 in Baltimore in their road whites, and a final time in the AFC Championship in Pittsburgh in their home black jerseys. In 1978, the team owners were approached by then-Iowa Hawkeyes Head Coach Hayden Fry about designing his fading college team’s uniforms in the image of the Steelers. Three days later, the owners sent Fry home and away reproduction jerseys of then quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Today, the Hawkeyes still retain the 1978 Steelers uniforms as their home, and away colors.

Fanbase The Steelers have a tradition of having a large fanbase, which has spread from Pittsburgh. In August 2008, ESPN.com ranked the Steelers’ fans as the best in the NFL, citing their “unbelievable” sellout streak of 299 consecutive games. The team gained a large fan base nationally based on its success in the 1970s, but many consider the collapse of the city’s steel industry at the end of the ‘70s dynasty into the 1980s to be a large catalyst for the size of the fan base in other cities. The Pittsburgh Steelers have numerous unofficial fan clubs in many cities throughout the

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country, that typically meet in bars or taverns on game days. This phenomenon is known to occur for other NFL teams as well, but “Steeler bars” are more visible than most, including representative establishments even in cities that field their own NFL teams. The Terrible Towel has been described by the Associated Press as “arguably the best-known fan symbol of any major pro sports team.”Conceived of by broadcaster Myron Cope in 1975, the towel’s rights have since been given to the Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, which cares for over 900 people with intellectual disability and physical disabilities, including Cope’s autistic son. Since 1996, proceeds from the Terrible Towel have helped raise more than $2.5 million for the school.

Training camp The Steelers hold training camp east of the city at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, looking out over the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands in west-central Pennsylvania, an hour east of Pittsburgh. If you can visit one training camp, this is the one to see.

The team has its headquarters and practice facilities at the state-of-the-art University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sportsplex on Pittsburgh’s Southside. Constructed in 2000 the facility combines the vast expertise of sports medical professionals and researchers as well as hosting the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team.

Facilities In 2001, the Steelers moved into Heinz Field. The franchise dating back to 1933 has had several homes. For thirty-one seasons, the Steelers shared Forbes Field with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1933 to 1963. In 1958, though they started splitting their home games with the football only Pitt Stadium three blocks away at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1964 to 1969, the Steelers played exclusively at the on campus facility before moving with the Pirates to Three Rivers Stadium on the city’s Northside. Three Rivers is remembered fondly by the Steeler Nation as where Chuck Noll and Dan Rooney turned the franchise into a powerhouse, winning four Super Bowls in just six seasons and making the playoffs 11 times in 13 seasons from 1972 to 1984, the AFC title game seven times. Since 2001 however a new generation of Steeler greats has made Heinz Field legendary with multiple AFC Championship Games being hosted and two Super Bowl championships.


Three Rivers Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1970 to 2000. It was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). Built as a replacement to Forbes Field, which opened in 1909, the $55 million ($353.7 million today) multi-purpose facility was designed to maximize efficiency. Ground was broken in April 1968 and an oft behind-schedule construction plan lasted for 29 months. The stadium opened on July 16, 1970 when the Pirates played their first game. In the 1971 World Series, Three Rivers Stadium hosted the first World Series game played at night. The following year the stadium was the site of the Immaculate Reception. The final game in the stadium was won by the Steelers on December 16, 2000. After its closing, Three Rivers Stadium was imploded in 2001, and the Pirates and Steelers each moved into newly built stadiums.

Planning and construction

Ground for Three Rivers Stadium was broken on April 25, 1968. Due to the Steelers’ suggestions, the stadium’s design was changed to enclose center field. Construction continued, though it became plagued with problems such as thieves stealing materials from the building site. In November 1969, Arthur Gratz asked the city for an additional $3 million ($19.3 million today), which was granted. In January 1970, the opening target date of the stadium was set for May 29; however, because of a failure to install the lights on schedule, opening day was pushed back to July 16. Three Rivers Stadium was named in February 1969 for its location at the confluence of the Allegheny River and Monongahela River, which forms the Ohio River. It would sometimes be

called The House That Clemente Built after Pirates’ right-fielder Roberto Clemente.

Opening Day

A parade was held before opening ceremonies. The expansive parking lot, both Pirates and Steelers team offices, the Allegheny Club (VIP Club) and the press boxes and facilities were not opened until weeks later due to extended labor union work stoppages. Instead of allowing cars to park, the team instructed fans to park downtown and walk to the stadium over bridges or take shuttle buses. The opening of Three Rivers marked the first time the Pirates allowed beer to be sold in the stands during a game since the early 1960s.

Design and alterations A Steelers game in 1996

Three Rivers Stadium was similar in design to other stadiums built in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Riverfront Stadium, the Houston Astrodome, and Busch Memorial Stadium, which were designed as multi-purpose facilities to maximize

efficiency. Due to their similar design these stadiums were nicknamed “cookie-cutter” or “concrete doughnuts” ballparks. The sight lines were more favorable to football; Three Rivers was the first multi-purpose stadium and the first in either the NFL to feature Tartan Turf, which was installed from opening day though it was replaced by a number of other surfaces including AstroTurf.

Honus Wagner statue at Three Rivers

Due to Three Rivers Stadium’s multi-purpose design, bands including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, and The Who hosted concerts at the venue. On August 11, 1985, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band hosted the largest concert in Pittsburgh history, when they performed for 65,935 on-lookers. And in 1992, the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated their second Stanley Cup victory at the Stadium. The stadium hosted various Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions, including international conventions in 1973 and 1978, and a centennial conference in 1984. A Billy Graham Crusade took Play • Work • Live

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place at Three Rivers in June, 1993. The venue also served as the premiere of the 1994 Disney film Angels in the Outfield which, despite being based around the then-Disney owned California Angels, paid homage to the original 1951 film, which featured the Pirates in heavenly need. Three Rivers Stadium had a beverage contract with Coca-Cola throughout its history. It was during the Steelers’ stay in Three Rivers that the now famous “Mean Joe” Greene Coke commercial aired, leading to a longstanding relationship between the two. When Heinz Field opened, Coca-Cola also assumed the beverage contract for that stadium the game, former Pirate Willie Stargell threw out the ceremonial last pitch. Two months later on December 16, 2000, the Steelers concluded play at Three Rivers Stadium, with a 24-3 victory over the Washington Redskins. Three Rivers Stadium was imploded on February 11, 2001 at 8:03 a.m. on a chilly 21 °F (−6 °C) day. Over 20,000 people viewed the implosion from Point State Park. Another 3,000-4,000 viewing from atop Mount Washington and an uncounted number of people viewed the demolition from various high points across the city. Mark Loizeaux of Controlled Demolition, Inc. 82

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pushed the button that set off the 19-second implosion, while Elizabeth and Joseph King pushed the “ceremonial old fashioned dynamite plunger”. The demolition cost $5.1 million and used 4,800 pounds of explosive. With the newly constructed Heinz Field only 80 feet away, effects from the blast were a concern. Doug Loizeaux, vice president of Controlled Demolition, Inc., was happy to report that there was no debris within 40 feet of Heinz Field. Like most stadiums demolished during this time whose replacements were located nearby (including the Civic Arena over a decade later), the site of Three Rivers Stadium mostly became a parking lot. Much like the Pittsburgh Penguins would do with the site of Civic Arena, the Steelers retained development rights to the site of Three Rivers, and would later build Stage AE on portions of the site, as well as an office building that hosts the studios for Root Sports Pittsburgh, the headquarters of StarKist Tuna, and the regional headquarters of Del Monte Foods. On December 23, 2012, on the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, the Steelers unveiled a monument at the exact spot where Franco Harris made the reception in the parking lot.

Stadium usage

The Pittsburgh Steelers played their first game in Three Rivers Stadium on September 20, 1970—a 19–7 loss to the Houston Oilers. Throughout their 31 seasons in Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers posted a record of 182–72, including a 13-5 playoff record. The Steelers sold out every home game from 1972 through the closing of the stadium, a streak which continues through 2008. The largest attendance for a football game was on January 15, 1995, when 61,545 spectators witnessed the Steelers lose to the San Diego Chargers.On December 23, 1972, Three Rivers Stadium was site to the Immaculate Reception, which became regarded as one of the greatest plays in NFL history. Three Rivers Stadium hosted seven AFC Championship Games from 1972 to 1998; the Steelers won four. In the 1995 AFC Championship game, the Steelers’ Randy Fuller deflected a Hail Mary pass intended for Indianapolis Colts receiver Aaron Bailey as time expired, to send the franchise to their 5th Super Bowl. A Steelers symbol recognized worldwide, The Terrible Towel debuted on December 27, 1975 at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers would move to Heinz Field after it was closed.


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Myron Cope

Myron Cope (January 23, 1929 – February 27, 2008), born Myron Sidney Kopelman, was an American sports journalist, radio personality, and sportscaster. He is best known for being “the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Cope was a color commentator for the Steelers’ radio broadcasts for 35 years. He was known for his distinctive, nasally voice with an identifiable Pittsburgh accent, idiosyncratic speech pattern, and a level of excitement rarely exhibited in the broadcast booth. Cope’s most notable catch phrase was “yoi”. Cope was the first football announcer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.Cope’s autobiography, Double Yoi!, was published in 2002. Legislation honoring Cope is currently pending before the United States House of Representatives, having already passed in the United States Senate.

Education and early career

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents of Lithuanian ancestry, Cope graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1947 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2009. He also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He was originally a journalist before becoming a broadcaster. His first job was in Erie, Pennsylvania, with the Daily Times,and by the summer of 1951, he was working for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cope then became a freelance journalist, most notably for Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1963, Cope received the E.P. Dutton Prize for “Best Magazine Sportswriting in the Nation,” for a portrayal of Cassius Clay. Cope spent the 1983 college football season as a color analyst for the Pittsburgh Panthers. In 1987, he was

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her birth. His son, Daniel, was born with severe autism; he has lived most of his life at the Allegheny Valley School, an institution specializing in intellectual developmental disabilities. Cope devoted much of his time and energy to Pittsburgh causes addressing autism, and spoke candidly about his experiences as the parent of a child with autism and his efforts to better educate the public at large about autism.

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named by the Hearst Corporation as a noted literary achiever, along with Mark Twain, Jack London, Frederic Remington, Walter Winchell, and Sidney Sheldon. At its 50th Anniversary, Sports Illustrated selected Cope’s profile of Howard Cosell as one of the 50 best written works ever published in the magazine.

Family life

Cope married Mildred Lindberg of Charleston in 1965, and the couple moved to Mt. Lebanon. In 1972, the Copes moved to nearby Upper St. Clair. Mildred died on September 20, 1994. In 1999, Cope moved back to Mt. Lebanon, to a condo in the Woodridge neighborhood. He remained there until his final days, when he entered a Mt. Lebanon nursing home, and is claimed by Mt. Lebanon as a “native.” Cope had three children, Elizabeth, Martha Ann, and Daniel. Martha Ann died shortly after

In 1968, Cope began doing daily sports commentaries on what was then WTAE-AM radio in Pittsburgh. His unique nasal voice, with a distinctive Pittsburgh area accent, was noticed by the Steelers’ brass, and he made his debut as a member of the Steelers’ radio team in 1970. During Cope’s 35-year broadcasting career with the Steelers—the longest term with a single team in NFL history—he was accompanied by only two play-by-play announcers: the late Jack Fleming, with whom he broadcast until 1994, followed by Bill Hillgrove, who still fills this broadcast role today. In keeping with his comic personality, a series of television commentaries on WTAE-TV saw Cope calling himself “Doctor Cope” and wearing a white lab coat while pretending to examine the opposing team’s strengths and weaknesses. His predictor was known as the “Cope-ra-scope.”

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and the late Pirates announcer Bob Prince, Cope had a repertoire of unique catchphrases employed in his broadcasts, such as “MmmHah!” and “Okel Dokel” (his version of “okey dokey”). Cope often used Yiddish expressions, especially “Feh!” and “Yoi!” (sometimes multiplied as “Double Yoi” or rarely “Triple Yoi”). Cope also created nicknames for many players and opposing teams. It was Cope who popularized “The Bus” as a nickname for former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, “Jack Splat” for Jack Lambert, and he gave Kordell Stewart the nickname “Slash.” Cope also used the term “Cincinnati Bungles” to describe their division rivals, known during the 1990s for a string of bad seasons and numerous draft busts.

Terrible Towel

“I said, what we need is something that everybody already has, so it doesn’t cost a dime. So I says, ‘We’ll urge people to bring out to the game gold or black towels,’ then I’ll tell people if you don’t have a yellow, black or gold towel, buy one. And if you don’t want to buy one, dye one. We’ll call this the Terrible Towel.” — Myron Cope on the invention of the Terrible Towel

Cope played a large role in the invention of the Terrible Towel. Needing a way to excite the fans during a 1975 playoff game against the Baltimore Colts, Cope urged fans to take yellow dish towels to the game and wave them throughout. Originally, Cope wanted to sell rubber Jack Lambert masks, but realizing the high costs for the masks, opted for the inexpensive option for the Terrible Towel. The Terrible Towel has gained much popularity since its invention and “is arguably the best-known fan symbol of any major pro sports team”. In 1996, Cope gave the rights to The Terrible Towel to the Allegheny Valley School in Coraop-

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olis, Pennsylvania. The school provides care for more than 900 people with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, including Cope’s son who has severe autism.Proceeds from the Terrible Towel have helped raise $3 million for the school.

Retirement and death

A special edition of “The Terrible Towel” was created in honor of Cope’s retirement following the 2005 Steelers’ season. Cope announced his retirement from broadcasting on June 20, 2005, citing health concerns. Eight days later, it was announced that Cope was the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award for “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” Upon his retirement, the Steelers did not replace Cope, opting instead to downsize to a two-man broadcast team. On October 31, 2005, Cope was honored for his lifetime accomplishments at halftime of the contest between the Steelers and the Ravens.In addition, the Steelers produced a special commemorative edition Terrible Towel with his familiar expressions printed on it. As seen on the towel, production was limited to 35,000 towels, representing 35 years of service to the Steelers. Later that season when the team advanced to Super Bowl XL, many Steeler fans wanted Cope to come out of retirement just to call “The one for the thumb.” Cope declined partially for health reasons and partially to enjoy retirement. Cope died of respiratory failure at a Mt. Lebanon nursing home on the morning of February 27, 2008. In the days following his death, many ceremonies were held in his honor, including the local sporting events of the Pittsburgh Panthers college basketball team. Two days after his death, hundreds of people gathered in heavy snow in front of the Pittsburgh City Hall to honor Cope; included in the ceremony was

one minute of silent Terrible Towel waving His funeral, which was held on February 29, 2008, was private. Due to Cope’s large impact on the Pittsburgh area, Bob Smizik, a local sportswriter wrote, “Had the secret of the service and its site not been kept,...tens of thousands would have descended on the...funeral home... Such was the affection for Cope,...that the parkway in both directions would have been clogged. Greentree and Cochran roads, the two main arteries leading to the funeral home, would have been parking lots.”

List of awards and honors

Cope received many awards and honors, including: 1963 - E.P. Dutton Prize for “Best Magazine Sportswriting in the Nation” for his portrayal of Cassius Clay 1987 - Named as a noted literary achiever by Hearst Corporation 2004 - His profile of Howard Cosell was selected as one of 50 all-time classic articles by Sports Illustrated 2005 - Became the first pro football announcer elected to the Radio Hall of Fame 2005 - Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for long-time exceptional contributions to pro football in television and radio • Held the title of “special contributor” at Sports Illustrated • Served as a board member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Autism Society of America and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix • Co-founded the Myron Cope/Foge Fazio Golf Tournament for Autistic Children • The only broadcaster appointed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors, serving for 10 years • The asteroid 7835 Myroncope was named in his honor in 2008.


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City Beer cans, commemorating Super Bowl wins, Hall of Fame inductions and other milestones. The Penguins and Pirates have also been honored numerous times, and even Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia have been celebrated. Some of the Steelers cans are featured in this outstandingly campy vintage TV ad from the 1980’s:

Steelers legend and decorated Vietnam Veteran Rocky Bleier will partner with the Pennsylvania Brewing Company to produce ‘Bleier’s Brew’ -- a beer that will benefit construction of WWII memorial on the North Shore. The beer is a repackaging of Penn Gold, a Munich Helles Lager which has won multiple medals at the Great American Beer Festival and continues to enjoy very high national ratings. This is the second microbrew named in homage to a Steelers great this year. In the spring, Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery released something called “Mean Joe Bean,” an Imperial Coffee Porter that’s part of it’s annual “Dank Tank” series.

The bottle includes cheeky references to the Steel Curtain defense and Mean Joe (i.e. “Have a Bean and a Smile”) and the brewery’s bizarre Dank Tank mascot dressed in Greene’s jersey. Beer and football are among my two favorite things on God’s green earth, so it got me thinking -- the Steelers used to be on beer cans all the time. From the 1970’s through the 1990’s Steelers images and logos routinely appeared on Iron

Below is a collection of images of classic Iron City cans and can “flats” honoring the Steelers. This is not comprehensive. A local collectibles dealer, Chuck Thomas, has an extensive number of these for sale, and that’s where many of these photos are lifted from. First up -- 1975-81 -- starting with a really hard to find tribute to the Super Bowl IX Champions. After that, Iron City produced almost annual team picture cans, usually celebrating a Steelers’ championship ...

Later cans would honor the Steelers’ 50th season:

And The Chief and Chuck Noll:

Of course, the mid to late 1980’s gave less to cheer on the field, but each year brought new inductees from the 1970’s teams to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they were honored with cans -- Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Mike Webster & Chuck Noll, to be exact. Myron Cope got one too. No recent cans were minted for Lynn Swann or John Stallworth (or Rod Woodson or Dick LeBeau, for that matter). Play • Work • Live

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design was reprised the next year and distributed during the two weeks between the AFC Championship victory and Super Bowl XXX. As best as I can tell, the one on the left is the last Iron City can with a Steelers logo on it, though later ones would reference NFL owned terms like the Lombardi Trophy, etc. To their credit, the Steelers still sell Iron City at Heinz Field, though you have to make something of an effort to find it (note to Aramark: get some locally made Penn, East End, Church, Fat Head’s and Full Pint on the taps at Heinz!) Blount was also featured (along with a young Stan Savran) in this classic Iron City ad from the 80’s:

Another classy tribute came in 1996: although Steelers’ greats Rocky Bleier, Ray Mansfield and Andy Russell were not quite Canton cloth, Iron City saw fit to honor them anyway. Steelers bars around the country even got a nod in 1998. After Super Bowl XL, I.C. Light honored Jerome Bettis on a can (and aluminum bottle), and most recently, in 2009, Iron City found a clever way to skirt the wrath of the NFL lawyers in charge of intellectual property.

With the Bill Cowher coaching era came a new Steelers excitement, and eventually new Iron City Steelers cans.

A pair of classy tributes showing rust-belt solidarity came in the 90’s: in 1995 Iron City paid homage to the end of the Steelers-Browns rivalry and in 1999, they welcomed them back to the NFL.

The one on the left was made during the playoff run of the 1994 season; it’s basic

The front side of the can on the left had part of the Iron City logo ringed in Browns’ orange.

Probably the only souvenir a Steeler fan can’t buy!

US Airways is taking its support of the Pittsburgh Steelers to new heights.

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Hollywood Lanes is more than just a bowling alley. Offering a plethora of different events, parties, live entertainment, and community oriented recreation we seek to provide fun for the entire family. Our newly remodeled state-of-the-art venue is one you’re sure not to forget offering the Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including bowling, competitive darts, live music, and much more in a cutting edge, club like environment. We are BYOB, sorry red wine is not permitted!

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The Penguins have provided many unforgettable moments, avid fan or not their history may give you a few surprises.

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he Penguins are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1967 as one of the first expansion teams during the league’s original expansion from six to twelve teams. The Penguins played in the Civic Arena, also known to Pittsburgh fans as “The Igloo”, from the time of their inception through the end of the 2009–10 season. They moved into their new arena, Consol Energy Center, to begin the 2010–11 NHL season. They have qualified for four Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Stanley Cup three times in their history – in 1991, 1992, and 2009.

Franchise history Beginnings (1967-1969)

Before the Penguins, Pittsburgh had been the home of the NHL’s Pirates from 1925 to 1930 and of the American Hockey League Hornets franchise from 1936 to 1967 (with a short break from 1956 to 1961). In the spring of 1965, Jack McGregor, a state senator from Kittanning, began lobbying campaign contributors and community leaders to bring an NHL franchise back to Pittsburgh. The group focused on leveraging the NHL as an urban renewal tool for Pittsburgh. The senator formed a group of local investors that included H. J. Heinz Company heir H. J. Heinz III, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, and the Mellon family’s Richard Mellon Scaife. The projected league expansion depended on

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securing votes from the then-current NHL owners; to ensure that Pittsburgh would be selected as one of the expansion cities, McGregor enlisted Rooney to petition votes from James D. Norris, owner of the Chicago Black Hawks, and his brother Bruce Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings. The effort was successful, and on February 8, 1966, the National Hockey League awarded an expansion team to Pittsburgh for the 1967–68 season. The Penguins paid $2.5 million ($18.4 million today) for their entry and $750,000 ($5.3 million today) more for startup costs. The Civic Arena’s capacity was then boosted from 10,732 to 12,500 to meet the NHL requirements for expansion. The Pens also paid an indemnification bill to settle with the Detroit Red Wings, which owned the Pittsburgh Hornets franchise. The investor group named McGregor president and chief executive officer, and he represented Pittsburgh on the NHL’s Board of Governors. A contest was held where 700 of 26,000 entries picked “Penguins” as the nickname for the team. Mark Peters had the winning entry (which was inspired by the fact that the team was to play in the “Igloo”, the nickname of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena), a logo was chosen that had a penguin in front of a triangle, which symbolized the “Golden Triangle” of downtown Pittsburgh.” On October 11, 1967, league president Clarence Campbell and McGregor jointly dropped the ceremonial first puck of the Penguins opening home game against the Montreal Canadiens. On October 21, 1967,

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they became the first team from the expansion class to beat an Original Six team, as they defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–2. In early 1975, however, the Penguins’ creditors demanded payment of back debts, forcing the team into bankruptcy. The doors to the team’s offices were padlocked, and it looked like the Penguins might fold or relocate. Around the same time, rumors had begun to circulate that the Penguins and California Golden Seals were to be relocated to Seattle and Denver respectively, the two cities that were to have been the sites of an expansion for the 1976–77 season.Through the intervention of a group that included former Minnesota North Stars head coach Wren Blair, the team was prevented from folding and remained in Pittsburgh.

Playoff runs and a uniform change (1975–82)

The Penguins began the 1980s by changing their team colors. In January 1980, the team switched from wearing blue and white to their present-day scheme of black and gold to honor Pittsburgh’s other sports teams, the Pirates and the Steelers, as well as the Flag of Pittsburgh. Both the Pirates and Steelers had worn black and gold for decades, and both were fresh off world championship seasons at that time. The Bruins protested this color change, claiming a monopoly on black and gold, but the Penguins defended their choice by stating that the NHL Pirates also used black and gold as their team colors, and that that black and gold were Pittsburgh’s traditional sporting colors. The NHL agreed, and Pittsburgh was allowed to

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use black and gold. The Penguins officially debuted wearing black and gold against the St. Louis Blues at the Civic Arena on January 30, 1980.

Mario Lemieux played for the Penguins from 1984–94, 1995–97, 2000–06.

Lemieux paid dividends right away, scoring on the first shot of his first shift in his first NHL game. However, the team spent four more years out of the playoffs after his arrival. In the late 1980s, the Penguins finally gave Lemieux a strong supporting cast, trading for superstar defenseman Paul Coffey from the Edmonton Oilers (after the Oilers’ 1987 Stanley Cup win) and bringing in young talent such as scorers Kevin Stevens, Rob Brown and John Cullen from the minors. Also, the team at last acquired a top-flight goaltender with the acquisition of Tom Barrasso from Buffalo. All this talent had an immediate impact in helping Lemieux lead the Pens; but the Penguins struggled to make the playoffs. The 1985–86 Pens unluckily missed the playoffs on the final day of the season by one game. In 1986–87 the Penguins missed the playoffs by just two games and saw four teams with equal or worse records qualify. In 1987–88 the team again missed the playoffs on the last day of the season by one game.

The era of Mario Lemieux (1989–97)

In 1989, Pittsburgh finally broke through the barrier and made the playoffs, on the back of Lemieux leading the league in goals, assists and points. On December 31, 1988, Lemieux became the only player in history to score a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game. A herniated disc in Lemieux’s back cut short his 1989–90 NHL season, although he still amassed 123 points. However this was not enough and the Pens slipped out of the playoff picture. After the

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1991 Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins met with President George H. W. Bush, the first NHL team to ever visit the White House.

27, 2000, becoming the first player–owner in NHL history. Lemieux helped lead the Penguins deep into the 2001 playoffs, highlighted by an overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 of the second round.

Cancer revisited the Penguins in 1993, when Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Only two months after the diagnosis, missing 24 out of 84 games, he came back to win his fourth Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion with 160 points. Despite the office difficulties, Pittsburgh finished with a 56–21–7 record – the franchise’s best regular season ever – winning the franchise’s first (and, as of 2012, only) Presidents’ Trophy.

Losing seasons, rebuilding and Mario Lemieux retires again (2002–06)

The Penguins attendance had dwindled in the late 90s. In 1998– 99, the Penguins had an average attendance 14,825 tickets at home games, the lowest it had been since Lemieux’s rookie year. Reducing revenue on top of the previous bankruptcy necessitated salary shedding. The biggest salary move was the trading of superstar Jaromir Jagr to the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2001. However, just like in the 1980s, the Penguins used the opportunity to rebuild through the draft and acquire elite prospects.

The Penguins continued to be a formidable team throughout the 1990s. The Pens would reach the first round of the playoffs in 1994, the second round in 1995, seven game into the conference finals in 1996, until the success was halted a five-game first round exit to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1997.

The 2003–04 season was a difficult ordeal, with Lemieux suffering a season-ending hip injury early in the season, and attendance dipping to an average of 11,877 (the lowest average out of any NHL team) and only one game sold out. As the season went on, the Penguins signed new head coach Eddie Olczyk.

Mario Lemieux: First departure and return, second bankruptcy (1998–2001)

Mario Lemieux also then announced his retirement due to health-related issues. Lemieux was so respected in the league, and his achievements over the course of his career were so great, that he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the same year as he retired, the three-year waiting period being waived. However, it left the Penguins struggling to fill in the void he had left. The Penguins were simultaneously in the midst of a battle for their survival. Their fr.ee-spending ways in the early 1990s came with a price; at one point they owed over $90 million to various creditors. Owners asked the players to defer their salaries to help pay the bills. When the deferred salaries finally came due, combined with other financial pressures, the Penguins were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 1998. For much of the 1998–99 season, it looked like the Penguins would either move or fold.

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Mario Lemieux Penquins from 1984-94, 1995-97, 2000-06.

At this point, Lemieux stepped in with an unusual proposal to buy the team out of bankruptcy. By this time, the Penguins owed him $32.5 million in deferred salary, making him the team’s largest creditor. He proposed to convert enough of this money into equity to give him controlling interest. He also promised to keep the team in Pittsburgh. The league and the court agreed, and Lemieux, with help from supermarket tycoon Ronald Burkle, assumed control on September 3, 1999. Lemieux shocked the hockey world by deciding to come back as a player on December

The Penguins had collapsed financially and the situation was so dire that there was a suggestion that the franchise be moved to Kansas City, Missouri. The 2004–05 NHL season was canceled due to the NHL lockout. One of the many reasons for the lockout included disagreements on the resolution of the financial struggles of teams like the Penguins and Ottawa Senators. With the lockout resolved in 2005, the league organized an unprecedented draft lottery to set the 2005 draft order. The draft lottery, which was held behind closed doors in a “secure location”, ended with the Penguins holding the first overall pick for the second time in three years. The Penguins chose highly touted junior league player Sidney Crosby


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from the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, who had been training with Lemieux over the summer.

the 2007–08 NHL season and 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs and in some cases, their home playoff games were sold out in minutes.

The Penguins then began rebuilding the team under a salary cap. Then on January 24, 2006, Lemieux announced his second retirement, this time for good, after developing an irregular heart beat. He finished as the NHL’s seventh all-time scorer (1,723), eighth in goals (690) and tenth in assists (1,033), but also with the second highest career points per game average (1.88), which is second to Wayne Gretzky’s 1.92.

On March 13, 2007, in a joint announcement by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins ownership group, it was made public that an agreement had been reached between the parties. A new state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena, the Consol Energy Center, will be built, guaranteeing that the Penguins will remain in Pittsburgh. Following the announcement of this plan, the Lemieux ownership group announced that they no longer have plans to sell the team.

As early as the mid-1970s, with the Penguins struggling to make the playoffs, the ownership group experienced cash flow issues and sought to sell the team. Various prospective owners sought to buy the team; however, the Lemieux Group eventually decided to keep ownership rather than sell the team to the highest bidder, thus resulting in the Penguins being set to remain in Pittsburgh and proved favorable, as the Penguins enjoyed franchise-record home crowds throughout

On June 8, 2007, a $325 million bond was issued and the Penguins signed a 30-year lease, binding the Penguins to the city of Pittsburgh for the next 30 years, and the lease agreement was signed on September 19. On May 6, 2008, the Pittsburgh planning commission unanimously approved the final

design. The arena will include a glass atrium overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and rooftop lights shining into the sky. The new $290 million dollar arena was expected to open in time for the 2010–11 NHL season. On August 14, 2008, the ground breaking ceremony for the new arena was held, thus officially beginning construction on the new facility. On December 15, 2008, it was announced by the Penguins they had entered into an agreement with Consol Energy on a 21 year deal for naming rights to the new arena. After a mediocre start to the 2007–08 season, the Penguins markedly improved in January, and fell no lower than the third seed in the East from that point onward. On April 2, 2008, the Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title—their first division title in 10 years—with a 4–2 win against rivals the Philadelphia Flyers. However, they closed the season with a loss to the Flyers. Pittsburgh went on to lose the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings in six games, finishing the playoffs with a 14–6 rePlay • Work • Live

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cord. Sidney Crosby finished the playoffs with 27 points (6g, 21a in 20 games), tying Conn Smythe-winner Henrik Zetterberg (13g, 14a in 22 games) for the playoff scoring lead.

2008–09 season: Third Stanley Cup

In the 2008–09 season, the Penguins’ record dipped mid-season but lifted after head coach Michel Therrien was replaced by Dan Bylsma and defenseman Sergei Gonchar returned from injury. The effect was almost instantaneous and the Penguins recovered enough to secure home ice advantage in their first round matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers, whom the Penguins defeated in six games. The next series, against Washington, took all seven games for the Penguins to win, sending them to the Eastern Conference Finals where they beat the Carolina Hurricanes in four games. After defeating the Hurricanes, the Penguins earned their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, to whom they had lost the previous. After losing Games 1 and 2 in Detroit, just like the previous years, the Penguins won Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh. Each team won on home ice in Games 5 and 6. In Game 7 in Detroit, Max Talbot scored two goals and the Penguins won 2–1 to earn their third Stanley Cup. On Friday October 2, the Penguins opened the 2009–10 season against the New York Rangers. It was the last home opener at the Mellon Arena and it was also the night the team raised the championship banner. The Penguins started the season by winning a franchise record seven road games to start a season. For the second straight year the

The original Penguins logo, used 1967–68, Winter Classic 2011, Alternate Jersey 2011–2013

Primary logo from 1968/69-1970/71, Winter Classic 2008; Alternate Jersey 2008–2011

Mellon Arena, aka “The Igloo.” Former home of the Penguins.

Penguins finished the season in second place and never got off on the right foot and lost 5–2 ending their season and their tenure at the Mellon Arena. Coincidentally, the Canadiens opened and closed the Mellon Arena with wins. In 2010–11, the Penguins played their first game in the Consol Energy Center, a loss to their rivals the Philadelphia Flyers. The start of the season was reasonably successful, but despite this success, the Penguins made an early exit in the playoffs losing the series after taking a 3 games to 1 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the start of the 2011–12 season, the Penguins headed into the playoffs with high hopes of making a significant Cup run. However, the highly favored Penguins were defeated in six games by their cross-state

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rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers after falling into a 0-3 hole in the series. Following the Penguins’ disappointing playoff exit, general manager Ray Shero made sweeping changes to the team at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft for the upcoming 2012–13 season but during the shortened season, the Penguins again fought through serious injury and finished atop the Eastern conference. In the 2013-14 season, the Penguins won the realigned Metropolitan division. However, they struggled in the playoffs, needing six games to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets and losing to the New York Rangers in seven games.

Logos and uniforms

With the exception of the 1992–2002 period,

Alternate logo used 2000–2007 (the primary logo from 1992–2002, with a Vegas gold triangle as opposed to yellow)

Current primary logo since 2002/03, alternate logo from 2000/012001/02 (the primary logo from 1972–1992, with a Vegas gold triangle as opposed to yellow)


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the Penguins have used a variation of the “skating penguin” logo since the team’s inception. For their inaugural season, the logo featured a hefty-looking skating penguin wearing a scarf, on a yellow triangle inside a circle reading “Pittsburgh Penguins”. The yellow triangle is a reference to the Golden Triangle in the city of Pittsburgh. General manager Jack Riley felt the team’s name and logo were ridiculous, and refused to have either appear on the team’s uniforms, which featured only the word “PITTSBURGH” diagonally. A refined version of the logo appeared on a redesigned uniform in the second season, which removed the scarf and gave the penguin a sleeker, “meaner” look. The circle encompassing the logo was removed mid-season in 1971–72. The team’s colors were originally powder blue, navy blue, and white. The powder blue was changed to royal blue in 1973, but returned in 1977 when navy became the predominant uniform color. The team adopted the current black and gold color scheme in January 1980 (the announcement was made at halftime of Super Bowl XIV) to unify the colors of the city’s professional sports teams, although like the Pirates and Steelers, the shade of gold more closely resembled yellow. The change was not without controversy, as the Boston Bruins protested by claiming to own the rights to the black and gold colors. However the Penguins cited the colors worn by the now-defunct NHL team Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1920s, thus were able to secure permission to use the black and gold colors. NHL Pittsburgh Pirates used old Police uniforms hence starting the Black & Gold sports tradition. This would remain unchanged until the 1992–93 season, when the team unveiled new

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when the team revived the logo (albeit with a “Vegas gold” triangle instead of yellow) on the chest of the team’s new alternate jerseys. In 2002–2003, the logo became the primary logo, and the “flying penguin” logo (also with a “Vegas gold” triangle instead of yellow) was relegated to secondary status, and only on the shoulders of the team’s jerseys, until it was quietly retired in 2007 when the team introduced their version of the Rbk Edge uniforms

2014 season uniform

uniforms and a new logo, made by Pittsburgh visual communications agency Vance Wright Adams. The logo featured a modern-looking streamlined penguin.Although the “Robo-Penguin” logo survived in various forms for 15 years, it received mixed responses from fans and was never as widely accepted as the “skating penguin” logo. Longtime KDKA anchor Bill Burns even went as far as calling the penguin in the logo “a pigeon.” After Mario Lemieux (a personal fan of the “skating penguin” logo) purchased the team from bankruptcy court in 1999, he announced plans to bring back the “skating penguin” logo. This occurred for the 2000–01 season,

The uniforms themselves have changed several times over the years. The original jerseys from the team’s first season had diagonal text reading “Pittsburgh”. Currently, only images of these uniforms survive, although the jersey is available in NHL Hitz 2003 and several EA Sports NHL series games as an alternate jersey for the team. The uniforms themselves were discovered nearly thirty years later in a garbage bag by a Civic Arena employee at the arena. Due to the years of neglect in the bag, the uniforms were damaged beyond repair. The following season, a revised version of the logo was used on a completely redesigned uniform. Player names were first added in 1970. Until 1977, the team had some minor striping patterns on the jerseys change every few years. But in 1977, the team basically adopted their longest-lasting uniform style to date and a style they would wear for the next 16 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup twice in the process. When the colors were swapped from blue and white to black and gold in 1980, the uniform patterns themselves remained unchanged. This was likely due to the fact that the change was made in the middle of the season. From the 1981–82 season to the 1984–85 season, the team had a gold “Sunday” jersey, called as such because the Play • Work • Live

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team only worn them on Sundays. This was a rare example of an NHL team having a third jersey before the rule allowing such jerseys was officially implemented in 1995. On April 4, 2013, the Penguins announced that the club would not wear an alternate uniform for the 2013–14 season. The club announced that they were in the process of working up a new design for possibly the 2014–15 season, which is the 30th anniversary of majority co-owner Mario Lemieux’s rookie season, however there is currently no set timetable for the new alternate uniform to debut. The Penguins wore a modified version of their away uniforms for the 2014 NHL Stadium Series against the Blackhawks, featuring enlarged numbers at the back, slightly angled stripes and sleeve numbers, and a chrome-treated version of the ‘skating penguin’ in front.

Arenas

The Penguins called Civic Arena home for over 45 seasons beginning with their inception in 1967. In September 2010 they completed the move to the state-of-the-art Consol Energy Center. The Penguins also played two “home” games in the Cleveland suburb of Richfield, Ohio in 1992 and 1993 at

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the Richfield Coliseum. The Philadelphia 76ers also used the Civic Arena as a second home in the early 1970s.) Since 1995 the IceoPlex at Southpointe has served as the team’s practice facility in the South Hills suburbs. Robert Morris University’s 84 Lumber Arena has at times served as a secondary practice facility for the team. During the franchises first pre-season training camp and pre-season exhibition games the Brantford Civic Centre in Brantford, Ontario served as its home, by the 1970s and continuing through the 1980s the team was using the suburban Rostraver Ice Garden for training. The Penguins and UPMC are in the early stages of building a new practice facility to open in suburban Cranberry Township near the interchange between Interstate 79 and Pennsylvania Route 228. The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is expected to open by July 2015 and will replace both the IceoPlex at Southpointe and the 84 Lumber Arena as the Penguins regular practice facility, freeing up the Consol Energy Center for other events on days the Penguins aren’t scheduled to play. As with most other NHL arenas, the Penguins make use of a goal horn whenever the team scores a goal at home. It is also played just before the beginning of a home game, and after the Penguins win. Their current goal

horn, made by Nathan Manufacturing, Inc. and introduced in 2005 to coincide with the arrival of Sidney Crosby to the team, was used at both the Civic Arena and the Consol Energy Center.

Minor league affiliates

The Penguins have two minor league affiliates assigned to their team. The Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins, their AHL affiliate, have played in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania since 1999 and there is a loyal and deep Penguins fan base originating in north east Pennsylvania from this connection.The Penguins also have a secondary affiliate in the ECHL, the Wheeling Nailers, which they have been associated with since the start of the 2000–01 ECHL season.

Media

The Penguins currently have their radio home on WXDX-FM and their television home is Root Sports Pittsburgh. The Penguins recently started their own 24hour radio channel on HD Radio, with WXDX converting their adult album alternative digital subchannel on HD-2 into a 24-hour Penguins channel. The channel will feature the NHL’s own daily “NHL Live” and league commissioner Gary Bettman’s weekly “NHL Hour”, in addition to local programming.


The team becomes the first NHL team with its own radio channel, and joins the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys as the second professional sports team to have such a channel. In November 2009, the Penguins also launched a weekly radio show “NHL Na Russkom (NHL in Russian)” hosted by George Birman and Oleg Mejeritski of Sovetsky Sport in order to appeal to Russian-speaking fans of the team.

Network Television

The Penguins were broadcast by local ABC affiliate WTAE-TV during the 1967–68 season, with the station’s Sports Director Ed Conwayhandling the play-by-play during both the television and radio broadcast and would remain as the lone play-by-play broadcaster until the completion of the 1968–69 season.

Mike Lange, who joined the Penguins’ broadcast team as a play-by-play announcer on the radio side in 1974–75, became the play-byplay broadcaster for the team at the start of the 1979–80 season. At his side was Terry Schiffauer, who had previously held the position of Penguins’ Director of Public Relations and eventually transitioned into commentator for Sam Nover since 1972–73. Lange and Schiffauer remained a team in the Penguins’ broadcast booth until 1984–85, when he was replaced by Paul Steigerwald. While the Penguins broadcast network transitioned from WPGH-TV (1979–90) to KDKA-TV (1990–96), along with the eventual transition to KBL (later Prime Sports) and eventually Fox Sports Pittsburgh 1996–2011), the team of

Joe Tucker took over for Ed Conway during the 1969–70 season, and WPGH-TV and WTAE-TV splitting the broadcast. WPGH-TV retained the rights to broadcast the Penguins for the 1970–71 season with Bill Hamilton handing the playby-play duties. The 1970–71 season was also the first season where the Penguins introduced a color commentator to the broadcast team, with John MacDonald taking the position as the booth’s color commentator. The broadcasting rights to the Penguins were then transferred to WIIC-TV 11 in 1971, during the Penguins’ time with WIIC, the station broadcast “about a dozen” Penguins game each season. Penguins’ games returned to WPGH-TV for the 1977–78 season with former long-time Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince handling the play-by-play. Prince was criticized by fans for not being knowledgeable towards the game and that his style was better suited for baseball than hockey. He was later removed from the broadcast team and reassigned as an intermission interviewer. In his place was Jim Forney, who had previously held the position of color commentator during Sam Novak’s tenure.

Lange and Steigerwald remained a constant in the broadcast booth from 1985 until 1999. During this time, local stations WPGH and WPTT-TV also carried a handful of games that were not available on Fox Sports Pittsburgh during the 1996–97. Also notable during the 1996-97 NHL season is that former broadcaster Sam Nover returned to the team in a new role; this time as a post-game studio host, sharing duties with John Fedko and Thor Tolo. With Steigerwald’s departure in 1999, Mike Lange shared the broadcast booth with former Penguins’ defenseman Peter Taglianetti. Taglianetti, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the team in 1991 and 1992, remained in the position for one season before being replaced by Ed Olczyk. Lange and Olczyk

were broadcast partners from 2000 until 2003, when Olczyk left the booth to become the eighteenth head coach in Pittsburgh Penguins history that had become upon due to the firing of previous coach Rick Kehoe after the 2002-03 NHL season. The Penguins hired Bob Errey as their new color commentator for the start of the 2003–04 season (a position that he continues to hold as of the start of the 2012-13 NHL season. Lange and Errey remained in the booth until 2005–06. After twenty-six seasons in the television broadcast booth, Mike Lange was not retained by FSN Pittsburgh. Instead, he was replaced by former broadcast partner Paul Steigerwald, who remains the current play-by-play broadcaster for the team as of the 2012–13 season. Lange returned to the Every Penguins game is currently carried on the Root Sports Pittsburgh network, which is carried by cable providers in most of two states and parts of four others. All of Pennsylvania (save the 10 county Philadelphia metro area), all of West Virginia except the two counties in the Washington, D.C. metro area, 8 counties in eastern and southern Ohio, three counties in Western Maryland, 1 county in Southwestern New York state and 1 county in Northeastern Kentucky. In addition Fox Sports Ohio simulcasts Penguins hockey in the Cleveland metro area as well as some parts of Eastern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, and Direct TV all carry the Penguins games on their Root Sports Pittsburgh channel in HD nationally.

The TV announcers are:

Paul Steigerwald, play-by-play (2006–present) Bob Errey, color commentator (2003–present) Dan Potash, in-game reporter (2006–present) Rob King and Jay Caufield, in-studio postgame reporters.

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“BUCCOS” Pittsburgh Pirates built an assembly line that created great hitters as efficiently as the nearby mills produced the sheets of steel that built the city.

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ounded in 1882 as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships. The Pirates are also often referred to as the “Bucs” or the “Buccos” (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate). The Pittsburgh Pirates compete in the Central Division of the National League (NL), and play their home games at PNC Park. The franchise joined the NL in its sixth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three NL titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the very first World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series on a game-winning home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series with Roberto Clemente and the 1979 World Series under the slogan “We Are Family”, led by “Pops” Willie Stargell. Overall the Pirates have won five World Series and lost two. After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (winning three straight East Division titles), the Pirates struggled in subsequent decades, with 20 consecutive losing seasons—the longest such streak in North American professional sports history—before posting a winning record in 2013 of 94–68 to qualify for the NL Division Series round.

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Franchise history

serve list, and the Alleghenys picked him up. This led to loud protests by the Athletics, and Professional baseball has been played in in an official complaint, an AA official claimed the Pittsburgh area since 1876. The teams of the Alleghenys’ actions were “piratical”. This the era were “independents”, barnstorming incident quickly accelerated into a schism throughout the region and not affiliated with between the leagues that contributed to the any organized league, though they did have demise of the A.A. Although the Alleghenys salaries and were run as business organizawere never found guilty of wrongdoing, they tions. In 1882, the strongest team in the area made sport of being denounced for being joined the American Association as a found“piratical” by renaming themselves “the Piing member. Their various home fields in rates” for the 1891 season. The nickname was the 19th century were in a then-separate city first acknowledged on the team’s uniforms called Allegheny City, across the Allegheny in 1912. Around the time the team adopted River from Pittsburgh. The team was listed as the Pirates nickname, the “Allegheny” in the standings, United States Board on and was sometimes called Geographic Names forced the “Alleghenys” (not the the city of Pittsburgh to “Alleghenies”) in the same undergo a controversial generic way that teams from name change by having Boston, New York, and Chithem drop the “h” at the cago were sometimes called end of the name, making the “Bostons”, the “New the team’s official name the Yorks”, and the “Chicagos”, “Pittsburg Pirates” from in the sports writing style of the adoption of the Pirates that era. After five mediocre Since 1900, the seasons in the A.A., PittsPirates have produced nickname until Pittsburgh was able to get the “h” reburgh became the first A.A. 25 batting champions stored to its name in 1911. team to switch to the older and a parade of Hall National League in 1887. At of Famers — 36 in all The Pirates were a strong this time, the team renamed team in the early 1900s, that have worn the itself the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, although Allegheny Pirate uniform at one winning National League pennants from 1901–1903 remained a separate city until time in their and taking their first World it was annexed by Pittsburgh career. Series title in 1909. They in 1907. At that time, ownagain won the NL in 1925 and er-manager Horace Phillips sold the 1927 and the World Series in 1925. After team to Dennis McKnight; Phillips stayed on a slow period, they returned to dominance as manager. and won the 1960 World Series, 1971 World Series and 1979 World Series. They won The new owners also signed several players Eastern Division titles from 1990–1992 but did from American Association teams. One of not return to the post-season after that until them was highly regarded second baseman 2013. Lou Bierbauer, who had previously played Rivalries with the A.A.’s Philadelphia Athletics. The The rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies Athletics failed to include him on their re-

and the Pirates was considered by some to be one of the best rivalries in the National League. The rivalry started when the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the NL in 1887, four years after the Phillies. The Phillies and the Pirates had remained together after the National League split into two divisions in 1969. During the period of two-division play (1969 to 1993), the two National League East division rivals won the two highest numbers of division championships, reigning almost exclusively as NL East champions in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s. The Pirates nine, the Phillies six; together, the two teams’ 15 championships accounted for more than half of the 25 NL East championships during that span. After the Pirates moved to the National League Central in 1994, the teams face each other only in two series each year and the rivalry has diminished. However, many fans, especially older ones, retain their dislike for the other team and regional differences between Eastern and Western Pennsylvania still fuel the rivalry.

Within the Central Division

The Pirates have had long standing if sometimes dormant rivalries with NL Central Division teams such as the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers (with the The Sausage incident and the ‘You can steal first’ game) and the Chicago Cubs (with the Homer in the Gloamin’). First-in-MLB accomplishments • First ever Major League Baseball game broadcast on the radio, a game between the Pirates and the host Philadelphia Phillies aired August 5, 1921, on KDKA (AM) Pittsburgh. The Pirates won the game 8–5. In 1925, the Pirates became the first MLB team to recover from a 3-games-to-1 deficit

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in winning a best-of-seven World Series; they then became the first MLB team to repeat that feat, in 1979. • During the 1953 season, the Pirates became the first team to permanently adopt batting helmets on both offense and defense. These helmets resembled a primitive fiberglass “miner’s cap”. This was the mandate of general manager Branch Rickey, who also owned stock in the company producing the helmets. Under Rickey’s orders, all Pirate players had to wear the helmets both at bat and in the field. The helmets became a permanent feature for all Pirate hitters, but within a few weeks the team began to abandon their use of helmets in the field, partly because of their awkwardly heavy feel. Once the Pirates discarded the helmets on defense, the trend disappeared from the game. • First franchise to win a World Series on a home run (1960 World Series) in the decisive 7th game. The only other team to meet this feat is the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, though they accomplished it in game 6. • The first all-minority lineup in MLB history took the field on September 1, 1971. The lineup was Rennie Stennett, Gene Clines, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillén, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, and Dock Ellis. • The first World Series night game was played in Three Rivers Stadium on October 13, 1971 — eleven years to the day since Mazeroski’s walk-off homer brought the Pirates their last World Series title

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in 1960. In this case, however, it was Game 4 between the Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, rather than a decisive Game 7. Apparently, good things happen for the Pirates on this date, as they knotted the ‘71 Series at two games apiece on their way to their fourth title. • The first MLB scout to win the “Scout of the Year Award”, Howie Haak, in 1984, three additional scouts from the organization have subsequently won the award. • The first combined extra inning no-hitter in MLB history took place at Three Rivers Stadium on July 12, 1997. Francisco Córdova (9 innings) and Ricardo Rincón (1 inning) combined to no-hit the Houston Astros, 3–0 in 10 innings. Pinch-hitter Mark Smith’s three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning sealed the victory and the no-hitter for the Pirates. It remains the only such no-hitter to date. • In November 2008, the Pirates became the first MLB team to sign Indian players when they acquired the non-draft free agents of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. This was also seen by Pirates General Manager, Neal Huntington, as “not only add[ing] two prospects to our system but also hope to open a pathway to an untapped market.” • The Pirates became the first team in MLB history (as well as all professional sports) to

have 20 consecutive losing seasons by posting a 79–83 record in 2012. • The Pirates are the first MLB team (as well as only second in major professional sports) to be owned by an openly gay owner, although Kevin McClatchy had already divested his shares in the Pirates when he openly announced his homosexuality in September 2012.

Fanbase

Despite having some notable fans including former part-owner Bing Crosby, Michael Keaton and Regis Philbin, the Pirates are considered by most to be a distant third in Pittsburgh behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins in popularity among Pittsburgh’s three major professional sports teams. Many surveys have backed up this finding as well. However, due to their long history in Pittsburgh dating back to 1882, the team has retained a strong loyal following in the Pittsburgh region. While the team’s recent struggles compared to Pittsburgh’s other two teams can be partly to blame (since the Pirates last World Series championship in 1979, the Steelers have won the Super Bowl and the Penguins the Stanley Cup three times each, including both in 2009), distractions off the field have also caused the team’s popularity to slip in the city. While the team was ranked first in Pittsburgh as recent as the late 1970s, the Pittsburgh drug trials in 1985 and two relocation threats since are believed to have also seen the team’s popularity dipped. The team’s standing among fans has, however, improved since PNC Park opened in 2001.


Community activities

Each year, the Pirates recognize six “Community Champions” during a special pregame ceremony. Piratefest is a yearly event that is held by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club in January. The event is a baseball carnival for the whole family. It features autograph sessions from current and former Pirates players, live events and games, carnival booths such as dart throwing, baseball clinics, “Ask Pirates Management”, and much more. Piratefest is held yearly at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown. It includes bouncy castles for kids and the Pittsburgh Pirate also attends.

Logos and Uniforms

The Pirates have long been innovators in baseball uniforms. In 1948, the team broke away from the patriotic “Red, White, & Blue” color scheme when they adopted the current black & gold color scheme, to match that of the colors of the Flag of Pittsburgh and, to a lesser extent at the time, the colors of the then-relatively unknown Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. While they were not the first baseball team to do this, they were one of the first to do this permanently. Along with the San Francisco Giants, the Pirates are one of two pre-expansion National League teams that completely changed their colors, although red returned as an “accent color” in 1997 and remained until 2009. In the late 1950s, the team adopted sleeveless jerseys. While not an innovation by the team (that honor goes to the Cincinnati Reds), the Pirates did help to popularize the look. The team brought back the vested jerseys in 2001, a style they retained until 2009, although the away jerseys said “Pittsburgh” in script instead of “Pirates.” In 2009, they introduced a new home, away and alternate black jersey all with sleeves. However, they kept the pinstriped sleeveless vest for Sunday home games.

To coincide with the move into Three Rivers Stadium in 1970, the team introduced pullover spandex uniforms, the first such team in baseball, and a look that would quickly be adopted by most other teams by the end of the decade. The Pirates ditched the pullover style in favor of the traditional button-down style in 1991, one of the last teams to switch. The Pirates were also innovators in third jerseys. Even though it would be the Oakland A’s that would beat them to having such jerseys, the Pirates, by 1977 had different uniform styles that included two different caps, two different undershirts, three different jerseys and three different pairs of trousers. They would actually rotate (and sometimes mix, with painful results) these styles daily until returning to the basic white and gray uniform ensemble in 1985. In 1976, the National League celebrated its 100th anniversary. To coincide with it, certain NL teams wore old-style pillbox hats complete with horizontal pinstripes. After the season, the Pirates were the only team to adopt the hats permanently, (alternating between a black hat and a gold hat for several seasons until keeping the black hat in 1985) and kept the hat through the 1986 season, which would be Barry Bonds rookie season with the team. The hats, which recall the team’s last World Series championship season (1979), remain popular items in the throwback market. The 2013 season will mark the last of the team’s current logo, introduced in 1997 just after former owner Kevin McClatchy took over the team. The Pirates chose to use the “P” on their caps as the primary logo; however, the former logo will continue to be used as a secondary logo.

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Trucks that bring the food to you!

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Randita’s Truck: Randita’s Grill has hit the streets serving a menu that reads like a hit list of their restaurant’s rich, beloved dishes that are 100 percent plant-based and vary according to season. With the truck’s menu varying daily you’re sure to satisfy your cravings whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a meal to fill you up. Eat on the street and we’re sure you’ll run into Randita’s Grill somewhere along the way. www. facebook.com/Randitasgrill @Randitasgrill Pierogi Truck: It wouldn’t really be Pittsburgh if there weren’t a

mobile food truck selling pierogis! And not just the traditional pierogi and onions, and Polish favorites such as haluski and stuffed cabbage on the hot foods menu—you can also buy them frozen in flavors such as sweet cheese, sauerkraut, potato and onion, beef and even plum. You can find them most Wednesdays outside the House of 1,000 Beers and at the Whitehall Farmer’s Market on Mondays during the summer months. www.facebook.com/PghPierogiTruck @PGHPierogiTruck

Taco Truck: Voted #1 in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2013 Best Restaurants:

Readers Poll in the Mobile Food category, PGH Taco Truck is a popular part of the Pittsburgh food truck scene. The innovative menu features everything from spicy jerk chicken with avocado cream and pork with sweet Thai slaw to the SeaBak (named for Pittsburgh’s Rick Sebak), a creation of scallops, bacon, cheddar and guacamole inside of corn tortillas. www.facebook.com/PghTacoTruck @PghTacoTruck

Franktuary Food Truck: Another food truck tied with a corresponding brick and mortar restaurant, the Franktuary food truck serves up regular hot dogs, veggie/vegan dogs and “Under Dogs,” made from New Zealand grass-fed beef. There’s also a monthly featured gourmet dog, plus “boring” french fries and poutine, a French-Canadian favorite of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and thick gravy. http://twitter.com/Franktuary @franktuary Food trucks are not a common sight in the Pittsburgh market, due to a variety of restrictive laws that make it hard for them to do business. According to Pittsburgh Mobile Food, which advocates for Pittsburgh’s mobile food industry, city requirements that food trucks move every 30 minutes, stay at least 500 feet from any business with a similar product for sale, refrain from parking at metered spaces, and not sell food after midnight, severely limits where and when a food truck can operate. 100

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Food trucks are starting to gain a foothold in the greater Pittsburgh area. In spite of some difficult regulations in the city for food truck vendors, they are gaining in popularity among the downtown crowd. Offering everything from a quick lunch to a portable gourmet experience. Generally you’ll find them parked in privately-owned lots, in areas outside of the city, at some local farmers markets, or at organized roundups.


S I P & S AV O R Ex p erience award winning dining with a view. Sip on our extensive wine selection and savor the flavors from our finest cuts, time-tested entrées and decadent desserts. From the view to the food, Andrew’s Steak & Seafood is a dining experience that you will truly savor.

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Pittsburgh’s food-sophistication level has risen significantly over the past few years. No longer are we the city of “do you want cheese and fries on your salad?” In recent years, the food-scene in the city has become elegant, sophisticated and adventuresome. We still love our pierogies and cole slaw smothered sandwiches at 2am, but our complex and educated palates demand refined, delicious fare. Stop by any of the newer restaurants in the city and surrounding suburbs to find samples of perfectly fresh Chilean sea bass, Kobe beef burgers, halibut cheeks, Jameson lamb, and organic, free-range chicken. In addition to deliciously prepared proteins, many new restaurants are sourcing their veggies and fruits from local farms. These smaller,privately owned businesses provide excellent products as well as supporting local communities and providing much-needed jobs- it’s a win-win for our great city. So, where are these exciting new bistros and eateries? All over. One of my favorites is in Irwin. Chef Steve Salvi of Fede Pasta recently opened Cenacolo (Cenacolorestaurant.com)- an authentic Italian restaurant. All of the pasta is made in-house by skilled artisans. The dishes are uncomplicated and pure. Another favorite of mine is Spoon (Spoonpgh.com) in East Liberty. Chef Brian Pekarcik has honed his impressive culinary skills by preparing delectable black bass and sweet, buttery shellfish. If you’re interested in experiencing a bit of molecular gastronomy, give Notion in East Liberty a try (Notionrestaurant.com). Chef Racicot’s multi-course tasting menus are innovative and prepared by a true food-artist. Pittsburgh’s dining scene is evolving rapidly. Sure, we still like our burgers and steak salads, but our small city is on the verge of becoming a nationally respected culinary destination. Chef Chuck Kerber

Tom's Diner Chef Chuck Kerber is a graduate of Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, and holds a holds a BA in Human Resources Management from Point Park University. A native of Pittsburgh, PA Chef Kerber has worked in a multitude of high-end restaurants and hotels. In addition to working as an Executive Chef at the Allegheny HYP Club, the chef also owns and operates a catering/consulting company, Chaz Catering (chazcatering.com). The award-winning chef enjoys writing restaurant reviews, experimenting with new ingredients and culinary techniques, and enjoys reading and mountain biking. Chef Kerber’s website, cooksandeats.com is the #1 ranked blog on Urbanspoon, and has a myriad of recipes, restaurant reviews, food articles, and cooking tips. Chef Kerber was recently named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Play • Work • Live | Pittsburgh 2015 102 finest by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


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meals and fresh, healthy ingredients in a casual grab-and-go atmosphere. All items are made-toorder and the variety and the freshness of the ingredients offered allows each and every guest to customize their dining experience based on their own tastes and preferences. Simple Ingredients is a part of Allegheny Fine Foods, LLC which also owns and operates Sal’s City Deli and Sal’s City Catering - all based in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sal’s City Deli, www.salscitydeli.com, is located at 245 Seventh Street in the heart of the Cultural District directly next to the Benedum Center. This upscale deli specializes in world class rueben sandwiches, award winning fresh ground burgers and mouthwatering seafood. The venue provides a complete menu and bar for those who stop in before a show. Sal’s City Catering provides corporate and residential catering services to a host of clients throughout the Pittsburgh region. Please call Chef Ronald Herbinko at 412.434.1100 when planning your next special event.

freshly made to order salads & wraps 807 Liberty Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 412.434.1122 • www.simpleingredientspgh.com Monday - Friday | 11-6

The only thing better than a Sal’s sandwich or a fresh cup of warm soup is the company you can enjoy down at Sal’s City Deli.

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Those great sandwich making skills have been passed down through the family, with quality meats, fresh produce and incredible breads and now we’re bringing them to you.

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Sal’s City Deli is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality soups, salads and sandwiches that you could ever ask for. We fulfill your appetite with quality meat, fresh produce and homemade bread each and every time.

So head on down to Sal’s, we’ll be waitin’ for ya! 245 Seventh St. Pittsburgh, PA

SPECIALTIES | BURGERS | SANDWICHES | APPETIZERS | SOUPS & SIDES

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Pizza Sa Pizza t lads Wrap s a f k a e r B s Wings Hoag ies Gyros Calazones Pasta Bread Twist Stromboli Looking for a memorable Pittsburgh experience? We are proudly serving the area neighborhoods for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. For your convenience we offer dine in, take out and delivery. Come in and let us serve you with our mouth watering menu. We only use quality Italian cheeses, fresh vegetables and meats as our toppings. There are no preservatives in our food and is made to order, just for you. ree wi fi is available in our people dine in area. You are welcome to use our dine in area for your parties and business meetings.

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Conveniently located in Downtown Pittsburgh, we are proudly serving the area neighborhoods offering dine in, take out for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

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There is a time and a place where it all comes together. At Heisler’s everything we do is about helping you.

Just step inside and you’ll feel it.

Ed Heisler, right, and his son, Ed

Prepared Food, Hot Food and Salad Bar, Specialty Foods, Gluten Free Items, Brick Oven Pizza and Catering

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The Pittsburgh Penguins also receive monthly and sometimes weekly “game of the week” national exposure on both NBC Sports Network and NBC along with TSN and CBC Sports in Canada. Prior to 2004, Penguins games have been aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Radio The Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network consists of a total of 34 stations in four states. Twenty three of these are in Pennsylvania, four in West Virginia, three in Ohio, and three in Maryland. The network also features an FM High-Definition station in Pittsburgh.

The announcers are: Mike Lange, play-by-play Phil Bourque, color commentator Bob Grove, pre & postgame host

Roman Bistro boasts a diverse menu filled with excellent cuisine and delicious desserts. Join us in the sports bar, listen to live music or enjoy our outdoor dining. Special Events • VIP Club • Cigar & Bottle Shop • Specials Rewards Program • Online Ordering • Banquet Facility

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Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Nine on Nine provides an intimate, European-scale setting in which to enjoy their elegant cuisine. The menu showcases an artful blend of regionally inspired Contemporary American dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor. Our wine list includes a number of old and new world wines from boutique vintners. From the thoughtfully selected wine to the warm hospitality, Nine on Nine continues to set the standard for dining in Pittsburgh.

Whether you choose to order from our regular menu, our special occasion menu, our bar menu or a personalized menu in consultation with our Chef, the management and staff will work with you to create exactly the experience you want for your event. A full bar and wine menu is included and we can accommodate special brand requests or personal wine choices.

Nine on Nine also offers a variety of options for your next private event, whether it be in our plush private dining room, our main dining room or in our lounge. Nine on Nine’s plush private dining room is the perfect room for a cocktail party, special occasion dinner, or a working lunch or meeting. Accommodating up to twenty-two this room will meet every requirement. Tastefully decorated and completely separate from the dining room and bar, you have full access to all of the amenities of Nine on Nine plus the privacy that some occasions call for. This room is also equipped with Wi-Fi and a smart TV monitor which can be used for Power Point presentations, making this space a good choice for business luncheons or meetings. The modern elegance of the Main dining room is a wonderful setting for significant events, with seating for seventy to one hundred guests. When combined with the adjacent Lounge, you have a subtly grand suite for corporate and social entertaining. It is easy to imagine hosting holiday receptions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate dinners and parties, birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat Mitzvahs, and other festive occasions. Our luxurious lounge accommodates up to thirty for your happy hour event, pre-theater small plates event, or full-dining room menu in a very upscale environment.

900 Penn Avenue • Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh 412.338.6463 • info@nineonninepgh.com Download our App for Exclusive Specials Lunch: Dinner: Bar/Lounge: Happy Hour:

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very day, you’re faced with a tough question: what should I have for lunch, what about dinner? El Toro Loco is here to make that decision that much easier! We offer lunch and dinner specials, and are open seven days a week.

Mexican cooking is not just our livelihood, it is our heritage

Each item on our menu is made-to-order with the freshest ingredients. Are you looking for vegetarian menu items? Perhaps you have children in your party or need the services of a professional catering service. As a local family restaurant, rest assured that everyone in our art ill fin somet in to lo e at l oro oco rom the initial appetizer to a delicious dessert to complete your meal, whenever you visit El Toro Loco, you’re destined to have an unforgettable downtown dining experience. Can’t dine-in with us? Take us home!

We offer an extensive bar menu that’s full of great tasting drinks. You’ll find some classic beverages, but you’ll also find some pretty eccentric flavors as well.

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Curb your appetite at our plant based cafe on wheels

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Grab and go Veggie Break

Randita’s Grill has hit the streets serving a menu that reads like a hit list of their restaurant’s rich, beloved dishes that are 100 percent plant-based and vary according to season.

With the truck’s menu varying daily you’re sure to satisfy your cravings whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a meal to fill you up. Eat on the street and we’re sure you’ll run into Randita’s Grill somewhere along the way.

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Phone: 412-441-2111 Fax: 412-441-2346

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Phone: 724-935-3559 Fax: 724-935-3591


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eing vegan isn’t enough for Randita’s; they are also dedicated to using organic and GMO-free ingredients. Along with this, they are passionate about teaching people how to live well, and about the benefits of a plant-based diet free of pesticides and GMOs. They are open for lunch Monday-Saturday, with some tantalizing offerings such as: African Peanut Stew, Grilled Veggie Wrap, and Grain & Bean Burger with Coleslaw. Randita’s changes their Friday and Saturday dinner menu weekly, and reservations are really a must! They also cater events (weddings too!), and have a food truck.

Randita’s locations are attractively appointed with deep-red walls, an exhibit of nature photography and magazine-worthy flower arrangements on every table. More modern and sophisticated than the hippie health-food restaurants of yore, Randita’s exuded warmth and welcome.

LOCAL IS YUMMY! Here at Randita’s we are dedicated to supporting our local economy & using only the freshest organic produce. Our Wedding Soup has greens from Five Elements Farm and our Pepper Steak Tempeh features peppers from Blackberry Meadows Farm.

BEAUTIFUL ASPINWALL LOCATION www.randitas.com

Randita’s has the honor of being the sole independently owned vegan restaurant in the region.

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The Allegheny HYP Club - 19 William Penn PL 412-281-5858 • www.alleghenyhypclub.com August Henry’s City Saloon - 946 Penn Ave Bigelow Grille - 1 Bigelow Square Bluebird Kitchen - 221 Forbes Ave Braddock’s American Brasserie - 107 6th St Butcher and the Rye - 212 6th St Cafe Fifth Avenue - 818 Fifth Ave Cafe des Amis - 443 Division St 412-741-2388 • www.cafedesamispa.com The Carlton Restaurant - 500 Grant Street The Carnegie Deli & Catering - 307 4th Ave Cherries Diner - 212 Forbes Ave Courthouse Tavern - 310 Forbes Ave Craftwork Kitchen - 600 Grant St Diamond Market Bar & Grill - 430 Market St Doubleday’s - 121 Sixth St Eleven Contemporary Kitchen - 1150 Smallman St Five Guys - 3 PPG PL Franktuary - 325 Oliver Ave The Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall - 600 Penn Ave Gateway Cafe - 2 Gateway Cen Grille on 7th - 130 Seventh St Grit & Grace - 535 Liberty Ave Hanlon’s Cafe - 961 Liberty Ave Hard Rock Cafe - 230 W. Station Square Dr Houlihan’s - 125 W. Station Square Dr Island Cafe - 224 W Station Square Dr Jimmy John’s - 501 Grant St Meat & Potatoes - 649 Penn Ave The Melting Pot - 125 W. Station Square Dr The Mozart Room - 600 Penn Ave Nicky’s Grant Street - 330 Grant St, Suite 100 Nine On Nine - 900 Penn Ave 412-338-6463 • www.nineonninepgh.com NOLA on the Square - 24 Market Sqaure The Rivers Club - 301 Grant St, Level Four Sauce - 500 Washington Ave 412-221-2300 • www.saucepgh.net Six Penn Kitchen - 146 Sixth St Steel City Bar & Grill - 110 Smithfield St Storms Restaurant - 429 Fourth Ave The Sewickley Cafe- 409 Beaver St 412-749-0300 • www.sewickley-cafe.com The Taste of Art Restauran - 420 Blvd of the Allies Tavern 245 - 245 Fourth Ave Tenpenny - 960 Penn Ave 412-318-8000 • www.tenpennypgh.com The Terrace Room - 530 William Penn PL TGI Fridays at Consol Energy Center -1027 5th Ave Three Rivers Pub - 600 Commonwealth PL Tic Toc Restaurant - 400 Fifth Avenue, 1st Floor The Warhol Cafe - 117 Sandusky St Tom’s Diner - 2937 West Liberty Ave 412-531-2350 • www.tomsdormont.com Yovi’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs - 788 Liberty Ave

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Asian

Chinatown Inn - 520 Third Ave Fu Lai Chinese Restaurant - 525 Penn Ave Golden Palace Buffet - 647 Smithfield St Grit & Grace - 535 Liberty Ave Hong Kong Express - 529 Court Pl Kiku Japanese Restaurant - 225 W. Station Sq Dr Little China - 2 PPG PL Mandarin Gourmet - 305 Wood St Saga - 20006 U.S. Rte 19 724-778-9998 • www.sagahibachi.com Sesame Inn - 125 W. Station Square Dr Sinobi - 436 Market St Sushi and Rolls - 301 Grant Street, Plaza Level Sushi Kim - 1241 Penn Ave Thai Hana - 500 Liberty Ave Wok & Grill - 120 Fifth Ave

Irish Pub

Finnigan’s Wake - 20 E. General Robinson St Mcfadden’s - 211 North Shore Dr Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery - 353 N Shore Dr

Deli

6th Avenue Cafe & Deli - 300 Sixth Avenue Au Bon Pain - 120 Fifth Ave Boulevard Delicatessen - 322 Blvd Of The Allies Brown Bag Deli - 741 Fifth Ave, 1001 Liberty Ave Bruegger’s Bagels - 531 Grant St, 429 Fourth Ave Cafe des Amis - 443 Division St 412-741-2388 • www.cafedesamispa.com The City Deli & Catering Co. - 436 Seventh Ave Eadie’s Kitchen and Market - 500 Grant St Eats Cafe - 648 William Penn PL Einstein Bros. Bagels - 3 PPG PL Elliot’s Off Broadway - 11 Stanwix St Erin’s Fine Foods Deli - 210 Sixth Ave Fresh Corner - 120 Fifth Ave Gourmet Deli - 400 Fifth Ave Keystone Cafe and Deli - 339 Sixth Ave Panini & Pizza - 1001 Liberty Ave Sal’s City Deli - 245 Seventh St 412-434-1100 • www.salscitydeli.com Yimmy’s Deli - 650 Smithfield St

Mediterranean

Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine - 126 6th St 412-888-0630 • www.alihanscuisine.com Istanbul Grille - 673 Liberty Ave Madonna’s - 408 Smithfield St Palmyra - 10 Smithfield St Roman Bistro - 2104 Ardmore Blvd 412-871-3704 • www.romanbistro.com

Italian

Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern - 103 Federal St Bravo Franco Ristorante - 613 Penn Ave Buca di Beppo - 210 W. Station Square Dr Buon Giorno Cafe - 20 Stanwix St Cafe Milano - 134 Sixth St Caffe Amante Restaurant - 120 Fifth Ave Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta - 123 Sixth St La Cucina Flegrea - 100 Fifth Ave Monte Cello’s - 305 Seventh Ave Papa J’s Centro - 212 Boulevard Of The Allies Palazzo - 1445 Washington Road 724-223-183 • www.palazzo1837.com Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room - 139 Seventh St Sienna Mercato - 942 Penn Ave. Sienna Sulla Piazza - 22 Market Sq Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh - 220 Fifth Ave Villa Reale Restaurant - 628 Smithfield St

Pizza

Cafe Milano - 134 Sixth St City Oven - 336 Fourth Ave The Diamond Pizza Shop - 101 Federal St Disanto Pizza - 125 W Station Square Dr Domino’s Pizza - 300 Sixth Ave Ephesus - 322 Fourth Ave Fat Tommy’s Pizzeria - 115 Forbes Ave Genoa Pizza & Bar - 111 Market St Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta - 123 6th St 412-281-7060 • ilovegiovannis.com/online Gourmet Deli - 400 Fifth Ave Giovannes-- 429 Forbes Ave Il Pizzaiolo - 8 Market Sq Italian Village Pizza - 408 Smithfield St La Gondola Pizzeria - 4 Market Sq Mamma Lucia’s - 433 Wood St Panini & Pizza - 1001 Liberty Ave Pizza Fiesta - 217 Smithfield St Pizza Parma - 823 Penn Avenue R&B’s Pizza Place - 107 Smithfield St Sbarro - 120 Fifth Avenue, 2 PPG Place Stone Neapolitan Pizza - 300 Liberty Ave Vocelli Pizza - 11 5th Ave

Mexican

Chipotle Mexican Grill - 211 Forbes Ave El Toro Loco - 2512 East Carson St 412-431-1100 • www.eltorolocomex.com Las Velas Mexican Restaurant - 21 Market St Moe’s Southwest Grill - 210 Forbes Ave Patron • www.patronmexicangrills.com Wexford: 11675 Perry Hwy - 724-935-3591 E Liberty: 135 S. Highland Ave - 412-441-2111 Monroeville: 245 Mall Blvd - 412-373-2559 Fox Chapel: - 1141 Freeport Rd - 412-799-0900 Qdoba Mexican Grill - 808 Liberty Ave


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Seafood

Grand Concourse - 100 W. Station Square Dr Experience Savoy - 2623 Penn Ave 412-281-0660 • www.savoypgh.com Joe’s Crab Shack - 5 Station Square Dr McCormick & Schmick’s - 301 Fifth Ave The Original Fish Market - 1001 Liberty Ave Original Oyster House - 20 Market Sq Penn Avenue Fish Company - 308 Forbes Ave

Bars/Nightclubs

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ne day in 1996, Giordano Riccobon was driving his usual commute when he came across a forlorn-looking old man carrying a ladder out of a small church. Riccobon stopped and asked him what was going on. “This is the saddest day,” Riccobon recalls the man saying. “It’s our last service. The congregation has shrunk to 40 people all in their 70s and we can’t make it anymore.” The scene Riccobon came across is not an uncommon one. The Archdiocese of Pittsburgh lists on its website 158 parishes that have been dissolved since 1990.

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In Riccobon’s case, the church was, fittingly, an answer to his prayers. He was teaching at Woodland Hills, living in Regent Square and had an art studio in Oakland. He was looking for a way to simplify and, though it was unconventional, converting and moving into the one-time Emanuel Lutheran Church in East Pittsburgh would put him closer to the school, give him enough square footage for a studio and living space under one roof and engage his serious love of DIY renovation. Fifteen years later, the church is his home, workspace and arguably his masterwork as an artist (more on him later). For creative developers, a former church can become a residence, concert venue, restaurant or anything else. Some notable ex-houses of worship include Mark’s American Cuisine, a celebrated Houston restaurant; The Tabernacle, an Atlanta entertainment venue and Asbury Hall, a Buffalo concert hall run by city native Ani DiFranco. While you might think an archdiocese or religious authority wouldn’t want to hand over a former spiritual center to the secular world, they often want to get decommissioned churches off their hands for the same reasons anyone would want to relinquish ownership of an abandoned building: reduce liability, pass on the costs of maintenance and spare the neighborhood a shuttered blight (in this case, a super-sized one). “The Pittsburgh Presbytery was happy to give this space over for a fair price,” says Dana Cannone, owner of The Church Recording Studio, formerly the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, in Brookline. As for the former congregants: “I think they were just glad it wouldn’t become the neighborhood eyesore.” More than a few local entrepreneurs created a business in a former church, facing the challenges imposed by the buildings’ unique architecture and considerable age.

By far, the most breathtaking element is the position of the brew house on the altar. Because the altar was built as a centerpiece of the church, the steel and copper tanks gleaming in the celestial blue backdrop is nothing less than captivating.

The Church Brew Works

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hen Sean Casey sought to open a brewpub in the mid ‘90s, he wanted to model it after those in Germany that had endured a few centuries. “I didn’t want something in a strip mall that would be gone in 20 years,” he says. “There are places at the heart of communities over there that have been serving the same purpose for generations.” And one of the most seemingly well-anchored structures in Lawrenceville was up for the sale, the gargantuan former Saint John the Baptist Church. It had acted as a dispensary for foodstuffs during the Great Depression, sheltered residents during the Flood of 1936 and became a neighborhood hub when Lawrenceville grew into a prime residential area. Even if the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh could no longer maintain a parish there, it seemed impossible to imagine the neighborhood without the building. Casey says the Archdiocese was eager to unload it and even vouched for him in front of the Liquor Control Board. A few priests still regularly lunch at the Brew Works. During renovations, Casey sought “to highlight the inherent beauty of the building.” The pews were taken out for tables and at the site of the pulpit there are now shimmering vats (which gestate such cheekily named brews as Pipe Organ Ale and Celestial Gold), but otherwise the building has been kept utterly church-like. This has presented a few challenges. The Brew Works’ dining area is one big room, which means no private parties, and echoes tend to carry. Great pains were taken to keep the piping and ventilation needed for the brewing invisible to patrons. Casey gets calls and emails from entrepreneurs across the country seeking his advice on church-to-eatery renovations. He tells them that, while churches can make beautiful restaurants, owners should carefully consider logistics before adding a brewing operation. During renovations, he forbade contractors from knocking down any of the former church’s two-foot-thick walls. To get the vats in, they took the doors off the hinges and still only had half an inch clearance on either side when wheeling them through. He says he plans to utilize some of the lessons learned when he finds another abandoned church for a second Brew Works outpost. Play • Work • Live

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Mr. Small’s Funhouse

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale Formerly Saint Ann (1924 to 1998)

“Churches are designed to have a reflective sound,” he says. “The non-panel walls and hardwood floors make for great acoustics.” Where there were once pews there is now a room for recording group performances, centered by a grand piano. In place of the altar are individual sound booths and Cannone’s control room is in the former pulpit. In a space where messages were once given, they are now received. Cannone specializes in jazz artists and, though he records the shows at the station’s South Side headquarters, he mixes WYEP’s “Live and Direct”compilations of in-house performances at The Church. He has a guest apartment on site for artists who come to town, and the basement is his own residence, shared with a cat named Sgt. Pepper. Save for the industrial kitchen in one end, it’s essentially one room, but a seemingly endless one where he’s fit a bed area, a living room-type space and a huge dining room table that makes use of the pews as bench seating on two of its sides.

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hile the Brew Works represents a careful attempt to preserve the majesty of a former church, the owners of Mr. Small’s — Liz Berlin of local music luminaries Rusted Root and her husband Mike Speranzo — have been more attuned to function. The dark, cavernous interior retains the amphitheater-like aspects of a church — the balcony, the stage — but the rest was gutted. Pews have been stripped for a standing-room-only floor plan and to the side is a modest bar. They admittedly had less than Casey had to work with, given that their building had been shuttered for a few years before they opened Mr. Small’s in 2003. Since then, the stage has hosted Muse, Anti-Flag, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, The Misfits and more— names that would make any mid-size venue proud.

416 Library St., Braddock Formerly First Presbyterian (dates uncertain)

Today, the first floor contains the contents of a kitchen living room, dining room and den stretched across a single room, with large houseplants utilizing the spare space. Looking over it all is a 13foot Day of the Dead-style papier-mâché figure in the former pulpit. In the now-retired educator’s office, which was once the baptismal, there is 10-foot Frankenstein. Painted on the ceiling are the constellations, which Riccobon put in the configuration they were in on the night of his birth.

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Run by the nonprofit Braddock Redux, the Nyia Page Community Center houses a Head Start program, a playground, a gym and numerous after-school activities — which is pretty impressive given that ten years ago rain seeped in through the roof, debris covered the floors and the building was slated for demolition. The development of the community center is tied at every step to Braddock’s slow-but-steady revival under John Fetterman, its hands-on, nationally known mayor with the physique of a nightclub bouncer.

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It was three years of hard work before the building was ready for him to move in. He had to reinforce rotting beams and spent three months worth of Saturdays vacuuming out soot.

hough there hasn’t been a congregation at the former First Presbyterian Church in Braddock in more than a decade, the building is still home to many of the socially enriching services a community church should provide.

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East Pittsburgh Formerly Emanuel Lutheran (1933 to 1996)

lmost two years passed between the day Giordano Riccobon spoke to the man closing up Emmanuel Lutheran and the day he purchased the building. The bishop of the Lutheran Senate didn’t want to sell it for the money he had on hand and Riccobon found “it was nearly impossible to get a loan to buy a church.” Then the Lutherans failed to find another buyer and were paying upkeep costs without any money coming in from a collection plate. So they agreed to sell it for the cash Riccobon had.

2020 Dartmore St., Brookline Formerly Overbrook Presbyterian (1936 to 2003)

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The Giordano Riccobon residence

The Nyia Page Community Center

The Church Recording Studio

“Most bands don’t have the money for that anymore,” he says. “They’re acting as their own road managers.” Cannone decided to stay in the music business by opening a recording studio. When he saw that the Pittsburgh Presbytery was selling a small neighborhood church in the South Hills, he was interested — and not just because it was an available building.

The former church’s huge square footage means Braddock Redux can adapt it to whatever it feels is needed. “With this much free, unsecured space, it’s like a perfect canvas for us,” says Jessica Schmid, coordinator of the organization’s youth project.

It makes you wonder why everyone doesn’t live in a former church. Cannone can answer that in one word: maintenance. The building is nearly 80 years old, and with all the repairs and yard work, he estimates he spends a day a week on upkeep. Also, with ceilings so high he needs a 20-foot ladder just to change a light bulb.

While many aspects of the place lend themselves well to its new life as a rock club, its location on a steep hill has been cursed by many a roadie. All sidewalks around Mr. Small’s are slanted, making it tough to roll through amplifiers and other gear. They Might Be Giants even wrote a song about it. “Mr. Small’s Theater/partly hoping, half afraid,“ the famously quirky twosome sang. “We could rock it so well/We would roll down the hill.”

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The center’s most recent addition is the Braddock Community Café, a site for healthy food in a neighborhood with few such options.

“When I was preparing this place and living in an apartment, the apartment felt like a coffin,” he says.

The fact that Mr. Small’s is never lost. “Black metal bands think it’s funny,” says general manager Shaunden Smith, one of three full-time employees. “They like to swear just because it’s a church. They think it’s blasphemous.”

usted Root also plays a role in the story of The Church Recording Studio. Dana Cannone had served as a tour manager for the band (and had also done stints running the road shows of Government Mule, Art Garfunkel and others) when he feared the days of the road manager might be over.

When it was finally dedicated, the community center was named in honor of Niya Page, a toddler whose 2007 murder (too sad to recount here) represented a new low in the community’s story. (Fetterman is not one to forget such tragedies; he has famously had the dates of murders in town tattooed on his right arm.)

After graduating Harvard with a masters in public policy, Fetterman first came to the depopulated, impoverished town, which bore the brunt of the near collapse of the American steel industry, on an AmeriCorps project. He stayed, founding Braddock Redux. The church was an object of fascination to him. “The building just spoke to me,” he says. Long ago, Andrew Carnegie had donated its pipe organ and other steel baron, Charles Schwab, purchased stain glass windows for the building. It seemed invariably linked to the spirit of Braddock. Through Braddock Redux, Fetterman borrowed the funds to buy it, and he lived in its basement one long winter, surrounded by space heaters. It’s a living situation he says he “wouldn’t recommend.” Upon his election to mayor, Fetterman procured various grants and enlisted a few fellow AmeriCorps members to renovate it, but the restoration kicked into high gear when Levi’s used Braddock and its long struggle out of hardship in a TV spot and the clothing company became a benefactor to the town.

Riccobon sleeps in a bedroom on the balcony and next to it, he put in his “dream bathroom,” constructed from scratch and modeled after the carefully tiled ones of Venice. Throughout the process, Riccobon faced some problems never mentioned on This Old House — like getting rid of the two-ton bell in the bell tower. “There is apparently a guy out of Minnesota who buys and sells used church bells,” he says. The buyer rented a crane to lower it down and paid Riccobon $1,800 for the bell, eventually selling it to a college football program that rings it to announce touchdowns. Another issue was the wooden steeple on the roof. It was tilting and might collapse. Secured by a rope harness, Riccobon used an electric saw to take it apart piece by piece, throwing the small bits 60 feet to the ground below. Riccobon’s uncle watched, cell phone in hand, ready to call 911 in the case of a fall. He’s since converted the former bell tower into an enclosed porchlike area and still has ladder access to the roof for when he wants to enjoy a summer breeze and look at the view, which is ruled by the hulking George Washington Bridge. The former congregants still sometimes stop by unannounced. “Every now and then, I’ll spot some old person looking around,” he says. “They tell me how they had first communion and even got married here.” Riccobon is welcoming, or at least patient with them, often showing them around his unusual home. He says when they see the one aspect of the church he did not change, the two angels above the altar, they often cry.


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2T Jewelers - 332 Forbes Ave 3G Gallery - 1001 Liberty Ave Accentricity Fashion Jewelry - 125 W. Station Square Al May Manufacturing Jewelers - 717 Liberty Ave Alvin’s Jewelry - 307 Fourth Ave American Jewelry - 717 Liberty Ave, #514 Bella Diamond - 717 Liberty Ave Brilliant Nuevo Diamonds - 717 Liberty Ave Brooks Diamonds - 717 Liberty Ave, #303 Bucci Jewelry Company - 717 Liberty Ave, #209 David I. Helfer, Inc. Jewelers - 717 Liberty Avenue, Embassy Diamond - 713 Liberty Ave Frost & Company - 717 Liberty Ave, #216 Garcia Jewelers - 717 Liberty Ave, #311 Goldstock Jewelers - 717 Liberty Ave, #203 International Gems - 717 Liberty Ave, #317 John Anthony Jewelry - 717 Liberty Ave, #315 Kashi Jewelers - 264 Fifth Ave Kennedy Lapidary - 717 Liberty Ave #308 L. J. Boss Jewelers - 420 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Suite 195 Maeno Jewelers - 717 Liberty Ave, #404 Pittsburgh Silver - 120 Fifth Ave Rodeo Collection LTD. - 530 William Penn Pl Schiffman’s Jewelers - 717 Liberty Ave, #304 Star Jewelry Inc. - 717 Liberty Ave, #401 Woodland Jewelers - 434 Wood St Yuriy’s - 643 Smithfield St

Books, Cards & Gifts

3G Gallery - 1001 Liberty Ave Amazing Books - 929 Liberty Ave Bradley’s Book Attic - 400 Fifth Avenue, 9th Fl Bradley’s Books - 125 W. Station Square Dr Christian Science Reading Room - 141 Sixth St Cynthia’s Cards & Gifts - 301 Grant Street, Level Two Gift Shop at Liberty Center - 1001 Liberty Ave Heinz 57 Center Gift Shop - 357 Sixth Avenue, 9th Fl Laurie’s Hallmark - 120 Fifth Ave News & Gift Shoppe - 600 Grant St Pittsburgh Popcorn Company - 822 Liberty Ave Unforgettable Creations - 301 Oxford Ctr Welcome Pittsburgh Information Center & Gift Shop 120 5th Avenue (Fifth Avenue Place)

Specialty & Hobby

Banner Coin Exchange, Inc. - 347 Fourth Ave Bill & Walt’s Hobby Shop - 245 Fourth Ave Broadway Army/Navy - 909 Liberty Ave Cass Plumbing Supply - 217 Fourth Ave The Coin Exchange, Inc. - 143 Sixth St Crystal River Gems - 120 Fifth Ave David Barker Photography - 400 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Fl Eide’s Entertainment - 1121 Penn Ave Emporio Tobaco - 410 Forbes Ave Ewe Can Knit - 415 Wood St The Headgear - 312 Forbes Ave Heinz 57 Center Gift Shop - 357 Sixth Avenue, 9th Fl Puffs-N-Stuff - 125 W Station Square Dr S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes - 630 Smithfield St Specialty Luggage - 915 Liberty Ave Sports World Specialties - 645 Smithfield St St. Brendan’s Crossing - 125 W. Station Square Dr Weldin’s - 415 Wood St

Health & Beauty Backrubs & Bodyworks - 355 Fifth Avenue, Suite 205 CVS - 226 Sixth Street, 429 Smithfield Street, 610 Wood Street, 242 Fifth Avenue GNC - 550 Wood Street, 2 PPG Place, 530 Smithfield Street Loova - 125 W. Station Square Drive LUSH at Macy’s - 400 Fifth Ave Macy’s - 400 Fifth Avenue Rite Aid/Pharmacy - 318 Fifth Avenue, 623 Smithfield Street, 519 Penn Avenue Sally Beauty Supply - 313 Sixth Avenue Verve Health & Wellness - 142 Sixth Street, 3rd Floor Play • Work • Live

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Cartridge World - 536 Smithfield St The Exchange - 228 Forbes Ave, 967 Liberty Ave MacOutfitters - 301 Grant St Phillip Injeian Violin Shop - 905 Penn Ave Radio Shack - 347 Forbes Avenue, 100 Fifth Ave Sprint Nextel Corporate Store - 351 Fifth Ave T-Mobile at Radio Shack - 100 Fifth Ave Verizon Wireless - 355 Fifth Ave

Convenience & Newsstands

7-Eleven Stores - 429 Wood St, 1 Bigelow Sq, 601 Penn Ave, 643 Liberty Ave C&C News and Snax - 2 Ppg Pl City News & Arcade - 422 Wood St Extra Extra - 413 Seventh Ave Faber, Coe & Gregg - 120 Fifth Ave, 600 Commonwealth Pl, 300 W Station Sq Dr 1000 Penn Ave, 530 W Penn St, 500 Grant St Kwik-E-Mart - 212 Tenth St Liberty News - 602 Liberty Ave News & Gift Shoppe - 600 Grant St Nielsen’s Newsstand - 301 Grant St, 620 Liberty Ave, 436 Seventh Ave One Stop Shop - 300 Sixth St Quick Stop Convenience Store - 401 Smithfield St Smithfield News - 115 Smithfield St Universal News #3 - 356 Fifth Ave Ustav News - 400 Cherry Way Weiss Mart - 334 Fifth Ave

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Variety Ace Athletic - 347 Forbes Ave Boutique 208 - 208 6th St Emporio Tobaco - 410 Forbes Ave Ends-N-Odds - 125 W Station Square Dr Giggles - 211 Smithfield St Smithfield Outlet on Forbes - 230 Forbes Ave

Wine & Spirits

Oxford Centre Wine & Spirits - 320 Smithfield St Pennsylvania Wine Cellars - 125 W. Station Square Dr Pittsburgh Winery - 2815 Penn Ave Wine & Spirits Shoppe - 529 Liberty Ave Wine & Spirits Shoppe - 959 Liberty Ave

Department Stores Burlington Coat Factory - 339 Sixth Ave Macy’s - 400 Fifth Ave

Retail Centers

Fifth Ave Place - 120 Fifth Ave PPG Place - 3 PPG P The Shops of One Oxford Centre - 301 Grant St Station Square - 125 W. Station Sq Dr

Shoes & Accessories Ace Athletic - 347 Forbes Ave Added Touch - 120 Fifth Ave Boutique la Passerelle - 417 Wood St

Broadway Army/Navy - 909 Liberty Ave Burlington Coat Factory - 339 Sixth Ave Doncaster on Fifth - 301 Fifth Ave Eastern Wigs - 302 Fifth Ave Foot Locker - 322 Fifth Ave Kids Foot Locker - 326 Fifth Ave Larrimor’s - 249 Fifth Ave Macy’s - 400 Fifth Ave Nettleton Shoe Shop - 489 Market S Payless Shoe Source - 340 Fifth Ave Penn Wig & Fashions - 307 Forbes Ave Serendipity - 2 PPG P Soxx Shop - 125 W. Station Square Dr. WEAR on Market Square - 433 Market St

Grocery/Public Markets Market Square Farmers Market - 23 Market Pl Pittsburgh Public Market - 2100 Smallman St

Eyewear

3 Guys Optical - 208 Fifth Ave Diamond Optometrists - 420 Wood St Eye & Ear Sales & Service - 547 Liberty Ave Gateway Eye Associates - 2 Gateway Center HeidiOptics - 223 Fourth Ave John Hughes & Associates Optometrists 555 Grant St Morgan Optical/Vision Center - 424 Fourth Ave Pure Optical - 301 Grant St Total Vision Care - 120 Fifth Ave The Vision Center - 428 Forbes Ave


We provide you and your children with the very best in quality and looks. We carry name brand clothing, shoes, christening and communion along with accessories for boys and girls that will make you proud to say, “I got them that outfit.” We also carry a multitude of accessories to complement every outfit from head to toe including a wide variety of gifts for all occasions. Our clients have come to expect the very best experience and our goal is to provide “you” with a sales and service experience that will exceed all your expectations and establish a life long relationship.

Designers continue to dazzle us! For the Girls.. {Sizes preemie to 16}

Peaches ‘n Cream, Giggle Moon, Lipstik, Biscotti/ Kate Mack, Un Deux Trois, Elisa B., Little Mass, Hannah Banana, Ooh La La Couture, Appaman, Pink Rock, Mud Pie, and Mustard Pie.

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1 ) Brett James Salon

2 ) Cardamone’s Salon

3 ) Izzazu Salon & Spa

945 Liberty Ave. • (412) 434-0510

300 Forbes Ave. • (412) 281-2645

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ith over 36 years of professional hair care, the goal of Cardamone’s Salon is still committed to providing clients with a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Cardamone’s caters directly to busy men and women who are in need of a timely, yet still expertly done haircut. You’ll be out in by the end of your lunch break with time to spare, but you’ll still feel radiant.

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esides being a spa and salon that masters the art of caregiving and relaxation, Izzazu features the first and only Serata in Pittsburgh. The Serata is designed to provide a private space for bridal parties, or for smaller soirees including entertaining corporate guests and even girls’ night out. Designed to satisfy, the Serata team includes formal hair designers, makeup artists, nail technicians and massage therapists. To make the Serata even better, Izzazu works with restaurants and catering services to provide delectable treats and refreshments.

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Ten Downtown Spas, Salons and Wellness Centers that will satisfy your need for pampering – whether you need a massage, a yoga class, or a new hair style.


can be sure that you’ll leave feeling refreshed and stress-free.

4) Philip Pelusi 301 Grant St. • (412) 261-6550

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hilip Pelusi Salon is one of the leading Pittsburgh Beauty Salons

that incorporate all the elements of providing expert hair, skin, and cos-

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own product natural elements and science based technology combine to bring unsurpassed results in quality, style, and performance. Pelusi Salon

squash lessons, exercise classes, and yoga and pilates lessons.

6 ) Salon Nuvo 607 Penn Ave. • (412) 391-4755

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services, waxing, nails, coloring, to special occasion up-dos and makeup application. You’ll leave here feeling perfectly coiffed and ready to make an impression.

8 ) Spa Jema 117 First Ave. • (412) 281-3336

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ucked away on a quiet corner, the premier organic day spa features

exotic, natural treatments that will spice up any cold winter day. Why not enjoy a the Molten Chocolate Spice combo: a Chocolate Mocha Mud wrap, a 60 min-

ute Hot Stone Massage, followed by a Chocolate Mousse Facial? What could be more decadent? Oh yeah, the Red Carpet Manicure and Pedicure top it off might just be the icing on the (choc-

5 ) Rivers Club

olate) cake. This holiday season treat

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the goal at the Rivers Club. The Club includes an indoor pool, track, basket-

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7 ) Sognatore 1100 Liberty Ave. • (412) 391-1181

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to the moment you walk out the door. Their goal is to make you feel better about yourself. Enjoy the spa massag-

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9 ) The Fairmont Spa Experience 510 Market St. • 1-866- 460-7456 Indulge yourself in the complete spa experience. Through nail and massage services, you’ll leave the Fairmont’s day spa feeling perfectly pampered. Not only will guest enjoy spacious lounge areas for special group events, but the spa accommodations include

Health Club facilities including

saunas and steam rooms. Make sure to unwind and leave all your stress to melt away before finishing off the day with the “Martinis and Manicures” package.

Chiropractic Care • Reiki Treatments by Reiki Master Teacher • Applied Kinesiology Erchonia Cold Laser • Creative Visualization Brainwave Stimulation • Lifestyle Advice

Wellness Awaits you! People are recognizing the benefit of seeking an alternative to traditional medicine; one that will help them achieve and maintain optimal health and unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat dis disease once it occurs, Anderson Chiroprac Chiropractic emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.

10 ) Verve 360° of Wellness 142 Sixth St. • (412) 4 71-1575

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erve 360° combines a unique mix between wellness and salon services.

Guests are encouraged to try massage therapy, skin care, pilates, and yoga to increase their overall wellness.

Dr. Scott Anderson will personally tailor a chiropractic and wellness program specifically targeted to your needs using the least invasive yet highly-effective techniques services.

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salon services truly provide customers with the pampering they deserve. World class mani-pedis and precision cut hairstyles allow you to leave feeling rejuvenated. Verve is excited to announce that starting Nov. 17th,

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they will be open on Sundays, making it easier for you to find time to incorporate heath and wellness into your schedule.

SIMPLY THE BEST “I have been to over 10 different chiropractors over the years and none offer the level of wellness that Dr. Scott provides. He uses many different techniques to assure the best outcome. I am really pleased that I found him. My entire family uses him and he keeps us healthy. I strongly recommend him.” ST CLAIR , PA ESTHER

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YOU FROM THE EXPERTS

Stop managing. Start Treating. “Your body has innate healing mechanisms, which when activated can take you to a whole new state of health and well-being.”

Cancer and Chronic Disease: Dr. Donaldson follows and refers people with severe chronic disease and/or cancer to facilities who have alternative approaches that can be combined with traditional medical therapies to help improve outcomes. Stem Cell Therapy: Cutting edge autologous fat stem cell therapy uses one’s own fat to obtain viable stem cells to improve symptoms of joint osteoarthritis or lung disease. Part of a Multi-Center Patient Funded Clinical Trial for both osteoarthritis and lung disease. Dr. Donaldson is the only MD in the Pittsburgh area certified and practicing this procedure

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain and Revitalization: A natural liquid extract containing minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and natural anti-inflammatory factors injected into acupuncture meridians enhances the pain relief effect of acupuncture. An ancient practice combined with the wisdom of ancient therapies brings new hope and revitalization to the body within minutes as chronic pain dissipates.

Age Management and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Program: Dr. Donaldson formulated her own hormone program combining years of study in Europe as well as the United States. Offering the most unique and sophisticated BioIdentical Hormone Replacement

Orenda Supplements for a Foundation of Optimal Wellness and Weight: Awaken. Cleanse. Feed. A new paradigm in supplements addressing the body as a whole system and not “a supplement a problem”. Orenda offers designer products to address

A Multi-faceted Journey to Freedom

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ach person has within himself or herself the potential to be whole. The journey to the place of wholeness is what we call Life. What does it mean to be whole? Each person most likely has his or her own definition. But boiling down all the various definitions, we probably arrive at some form of freedom. Freedom from disease. Freedom from friction. Freedom from limitation. As a health practitioner I seek quantum healing for my patients. This is a multifaceted process, by which we move towards freedom. There are 70 trillion cells in the body, all resonating at particular frequencies. Altered frequency means altered function. Through quantum healing we seek to identify cause for altered frequency and correct it. When a patient comes in to see me, they usually come with a health concern or two or ten. What presents is an exquisite individual, comprised of an intricate past and present. We begin our detective work. What has given rise to the current situation? It is usually multi-factorial and requires peeling away the layers. We might see genetic predisposition, genetic defect, heavy metal, chemical, or radiation toxicity, allergen or microbial load, psycho-emotional stress, physical or emotional trauma, sub-optimal nutrition and lifestyle choices, and less tangible energetic disturbances. And the potential exists for wholeness. For freedom. So begins our journey. Through the use of bioenergetic

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your inner most health desires; to look and feel youthful, to keep your powerful body clean and healthy, and to be well-nourished and rejuvenated for peak performance. Medical Weight Loss: Donaldson Weight Loss Program has formulated her own Comprehensive Weight Loss Program combining the best of alternative and traditional weight loss modalities emphasizing positive mental support. Beauty: Regenerative Medicine Center has cutting edge anti-aging beauty treatments that are not offered anywhere in the Pittsburgh area. From nano wave technologies that stimulate collagen production to stem cell cultures that enable tissue remodeling , from cold lasers to electromagnetic body toning treatments, the treatments available at Regenerative Medicine Center are creating a new experience in beauty.

Dr. Valerie Donaldson serves as the founder, president and director of the Regenerative Medicine Center, is an acknowledged leader in Functional Medicine who specializes in hormones, anti aging, stress, weight loss and autoimmune disease. She is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic and acute illness. She uses her private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy, and outreach to empower others to stop managing symptoms and to start identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness. She does this by using leading-edge technologies in a holistic approach, addressing the physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual components of illness.

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therapy program in the Pittsburgh area for both men and women. Dr. Donaldson is the only MD in Pittsburgh to study with Susan Wiley and implement the Wiley protocol, as has been used by Suzanne Somers.

assessment, we determine the level of health of the organ systems, each individual’s particular combination of contributing factors, and what particular course of therapy would be most effective. Bioenergetic assessment is a computerbased testing system which was originally developed in the late 1940’s by a German medical doctor and which measures pathways of energy, called meridians, that flow through the body. I like to call this cellular medicine. As a practitioner, it enables me to tap in to the communication pathways of the body. To tune in to the resonance patterns of the body. Each body has its own language. We must learn how to listen to what are bodies are telling us. Technology and a skilled practitioner can help. But I also find that patients know. They often know what the source of their imbalances are but can tend to discredit themselves or have been discredited by others. Our journey to freedom usually commences with correcting the frequency of the cells of the body. We do this by balancing the neuroendocrine system, repairing the digestive system, opening up the filtering systems of the body, and detoxifying the cells from all that burdens them. We use homeopathic, botanical, nutrient and glandular medicines and nutritional and lifestyle corrections to accomplish these steps. We may also use physical modalities like massage,

acupuncture, infrared sauna, colon hydrotherapy, and chiropractic medicine. Along the way, psycho-emotional history comes up. The desire to be free of blockages and traumas surfaces. As we strengthen the body, we strengthen the spirit. This is where the real fun begins. There are so many tools and therapies to help bring balance to this part of ourselves. And it is a critical and necessary part of healing. We may bring in holistic psychotherapy, intuitive counseling, Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR and brainspotting, craniosacral therapy, energy medicines such as cellular expansion, reiki, reconnective healing, matrix energetics and others, essential oils, light therapy, yoga, meditation, journaling, affirmations, time in nature, and sound healing. Of course this list is not exhaustive! These therapies may not speak to all or fit within the framework of an individual’s spiritual practices. The important thing to remember is that we tailor the combination of therapies to each individual. You are in the driver’s seat. This is your journey. We are here for you, to provide a skilled, objective assessment of what the obstacles are and how best they may be resolved. Such that you can experience your version of radiant health and well-being. The result is the expression of the best you possible, a you that can take your magnificent light and shine it brightly in the world!

Dr. Joy received her undergraduate degree in International Business, Frenchand Music from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA and then worked for a few years in Project Management, first for The Carnegie and then for a language management firm. After completing 2 years of pre-med courses, Dr. Joy was accepted into the renowned Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and 4 challenging, yet rewarding, years later received her doctorate degree. In the years since then Dr. Joy has completed the Energetix College of BioEnergetic Medicine and is a certified BioEnergetic Medicine practitioner.


The Regenerative Medicine Center is a sanctuary of enlightenment and empowerment. It is time to take control of your health and live agelessly!

Renew Your

Body, Mind & Soul

Anti-Aging } The Regenerative Medicine

Center specializing in a natural and holistic approach to maintaining a long, healthy lifestyle by combining bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging programs, customized diet plans and anti-aging supplements.

Restoring Balance} Your body has

innate healing mechanisms, which when activated can take you to a whole new state of health and well being. Regenerative Medicine Centers goal is to empower others to stop managing symptoms and start identifying and treating underlying causes of illness by addressing the physical, mental, emotional , energetic and spiritual components of illness and wellness.

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Our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, holistic care that leads you to a more optimal experience of health and well-being.

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Whether you need a routine checkup or something more complex, your experience will seem like anything further from a typical dentist visit

at the first dental spa on the East Coast!

You’ve got natural beauty and you’ve reached a point in your life where fitness, nutrition and peace of mind are top priorities. You’re in the best physical shape of your life, but when you’re smiling… you notice fine lines around your eyes that weren’t there a month ago. Or maybe your lips have lost a bit of their plumpness.

We also offer cosmetic enhancements…

› Facial Injectables › Lip Enhancements We can improve the appearance of minor imperfections and help restore the smooth, youthful complexion you remember and deserve.

And then, when you’re smiling, the whole world will be smiling with you. Dr Ted Steliotes is the Official Dentist to Miss and Teen Pageants, some of the worlds most beautiful woman.

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Mission Statement

Business Networking Social Encounters Charitable Endeavors Yearly membership includes FREE attendance at all our monthly events. Visit our web site to see where we are going to be this month. First visit is complimentary .

The Pittsburgh Global Connection is a business & social organization designed to promote & sustain the economic growth & development of business through the exchange of information, ideas, support, and friendship in a unique and fun social atmosphere. la A large percentage of our members are business owners who have become friends through their membership in this organization. The PGC meets monthly at a local upscale venue in the city to enjoy networking, food, and fun.

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The Tanning Room

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WE CATER TO YOUR SWEET TOOTH WELCOME TO A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN GOURMET CONFECTIONS! We love making custom items for our customers. Whether that is a party tray, gift basket, or something we haven’t even made yet! If you have an idea, we can bring it to life in the form of your favorite sweet!

Gourmet Caramel Apples • Custom Gift Baskets • Hand-Dipped Chocolates Nostalgia Candy • Homemade Fudge • Gelato My Favorite Sweet Shoppe is Pittsburgh’s #1 place for custom chocolate and sweet designs! We specialize in bringing your favorites to life in a tasty treat!

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BeOriginal When Rusmur Floors first opened its doors in 1960, our family was inspired to provide quality floor coverings for commercial businesses and residents in the Pittsburgh area. Now as a second-generation, family-owned business, Rusmur strives to continue the tradition of being original. We offer the largest inventory and unmatched selection of carpet, hardwood, vinyl, area rugs, ceramic, stone and laminate. We invite you to Be Inspired. Be Original. Showroom Locations Bridgeville (main location) n 412.221.6366 | Moon Township n 412.262.4707 Murrysville n 724.325.1900 | North Hills n 412.364.7330 | Whitehall n 412.884.3600

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TOP 10 REASONS to go to Beaver Valley Foot Clinic... 1. Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs can now be treated through Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), a gentle 18-minute office procedure that greatly relieves pain. 2. Wound Care is provided for acute and chronic wounds, including arterial, venous, diabetic, pressure lacerations, abrasions, punctures, incisions and burns. We keep wounds free of dead skin and infection and optimize the environment to expedite healing. 3. Ingrown and infected Toenails caused by improper trimming, inherited nail deformities, injuries, fungal infections, or pressure. A simple 5-minute procedure permanently fixes this problem. 4. Laser Toenail Fugus Removal easily zaps away ugly brown or yellow spots and thick nails. This safe and effective anti-fungal laser successfully eliminates unsightly warts as well.

5. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) treats chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and tennis elbow. The pressure waves from this non-surgical procedure effectively relieve pain and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. 6. Diabetic Nail Care and Foot Exams prevent complications due to foot injuries and help to prevent serious consequences, including amputation. We will give you an individualized, easy-to-follow plan to help keep your feet healthy. 7. Bunion and Hammertoe Surgery may be necessary if wider shoes aren’t giving you relief. Our simple, outpatient procedure can have you back in to your shoes in 2-6 weeks. 8. Broken Bones and Stress Fractures can happen whether you’re a 40-year-old woman who has just started a walking program, or a seasoned distance

runner. Our treatment will help you return to the activities that you enjoy. 9. Vascular Lab Certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) with an inhouse radiologist and trained staff, we can scan your legs to instantly identify blood clots and other problems. This early detection is imperative, as immediate treatment can prevent a blood clot from traveling to the lungs. 10. Our Doctor is Board Certified by ABPS and has nearly 20 years of highly specialized experience in treating injuries. Plus other services: • Orthotics & Arch Supports • Ankle Sprains & Sports Injuries • Burning, Tingling & Numbness • Thick, Painful or Crumbling Nails • Tendonitis • Corns & Calluses • Diabetic Shoes • X-rays • Warts... and more!

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Ear Lobe Repair, Belly Button Rejuvenation and More! by Jill Cueni Cohen and Kathy Moran

Are Piercings a Problem?

“I had my belly button pierced and it got ripped out by a friend. Now have I an ugly scar where the hole was.” Infections, scarring, tearing of the skin…as body piercings become increasingly popular, so do the complaints. Cosmetic belly button surgery, or umbilicoplasty, is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the belly button. Extreme issues like the one illustrated above can be fixed with this procedure, as well as those piercings that have developed an unsightly skin ‘hood’ along the top of the belly button due to weight changes and pregnancies. Once the belly button is repaired, the appearance of the entire abdomen and torso will improve. Performed in less than an hour (using only local anesthesia) in the comfort of our office, there should be little to no discomfort after the surgery. You will be able to resume your regular activities in 24 to 48 hours. An umbilicoplasty can also be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.

Are you Earring Impaired?

“I had a scarf around my neck, and when I pulled it off, my earring caught on it. Now my ear lobe is ripped, but not all the way through. What should I do?” “I’ve been wearing heavy earrings for years, and now I’m paying the price. My earring holes have stretched so much that my earrings won’t stay in.” There are actually a variety of procedures that can repair a stretched or torn earlobe. Oftentimes, this involves removing the split tract of skin, and then precisely repairing the edges by sewing them back together to achieve the best shape and contour. This can usually be performed by our doctor in under 30 minutes. There is minimal discomfort, and healing takes approximately one week. Ear lobe stretching, also known as ‘gauging,’ has become a trendy form of body modification for both men and women. Popular with young people, the earlobe holes gradually increases in size until they becomes as large as a half-an-inch in diameter or more. But like most fashion trends, ear lobe stretching will go out of style, especially when the person begins looking for employment.

Finally, Relief for a Highly-Sensitive Problem We shouldn’t really be hesitant to discuss vaginal rejuvenation—after all, we’re experts in revitalizing the body, head to toe. Like all other parts of the body, the vagina and the labia undergo changes during childbirth and aging, which can vary from slight to drastic, depending upon each woman’s circumstance. Some women are just born with elongated, uneven or irregularly shaped labium. In certain instances, it can interfere with physical activities such as exercise or intercourse.

How It Works

We’re happy that we can offer relief, improve quality of life and restore self-confidence with our body rejuvenation program, which includes labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, ear lobe rejuvenation and belly button rejuvenation. We begin with a confidential consultation, in which we determine the optimum corrective steps to take. All procedures are performed in our comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities by board-certified surgeons.

Call Body Beautiful or AdLipoCenter.com for a free consultation at 412-956-6369.

For more information on our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, go to:

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We understand your legal problem or opportunity is of the utmost importance to you. We strive to work with you to solve problems and realize opportunities.

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Communication is the key in knowing that our clients are well informed and comfortable in the attorney-client relationship. We have an open door policy to work with you to insure that strategic decisions are made with confidence.

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Helping our clients take control of their lives Our lawyers have served small businesses, financial institutions and individuals throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 25 years. Our practice delivers cost effective representation emphasizing value and communication.

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Our attorneys approach legal problems and opportunities with creativity. While our firm’s tradition lends itself to tried-and-true methods, we respond with flexibility and innovation in many situations.

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Affordable On-Time Sedan and Van Service Casino Airport Runs Sporting Events Parties Work Corporate Travel Elderly Non-Emergency Medical Trips Entertainment Security

We offer a unique Hire-A-Driver service that allows our drivers to cater to all of your transportation needs. Whether in your vehicle or ours, we make sure you have the best transportation service. • Very Affordable Rates • Guaranteed On-Time Pickups & Drop offs • On-Demand Service • Credentialed Drivers Our Hire-A Driver service is also geared at preventing seriuos issues such as DUI’s. We created this service so that all you have to do is concentrate on having fun! Let your imagination be your guide and hire one of our drivers today!

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Over 40 Years Experience

Roofs ~ Siding ~ Gutters ~ Remodels ~ Rehabs

JERRY KONIDARIS 412-512-5572 Email- kondaris09@comcast.net

Call Jerry today for your complimentary roof inspection and consultation.

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We specialize in insurance claims and will work with your insurance company.


Steel City Course On

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Tee Time! You’ll find rolling terrain (actually sometimes quite hilly) and a friendly, low-key atmosphere in Western Pennsylvania. The golf is top-notch, yet reasonably priced.

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Here you will find a comprehensive list of golf courses in the Pittsburgh area. They are listed by proximity to the Steel City and including courses in neighboring cities. Award-winning golf courses are noted and where available a star rating from 1 to 5 is indicated. South Hills Country Club, South Hills Course

18 holes over 6,473 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity) 4305 Brownsville Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15236-1998

(412) 884-5111

3 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Mt. Lebanon Golf Course, Mount Lebanon Course 9 holes over 3,074 yards with a par of 35 (Municipal)

***

1000 Pine Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15234-2124

(412) 561-9761

5 miles from the center of Pittsburgh. 164

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St. Clair Country Club, Championship Course

18 holes over 6,903 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

***

2300 Old Washington Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15241-2428

(412) 833-5550

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

St. Clair Country Club, Terrace Course

9 holes over 2,733 yards with a par of 34 (Private Equity) 2300 Old Washington Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15241-2428

(412) 833-5550

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

St. Clair Country Club, Championship 2 Course

9 holes (Private Equity) 2300 Old Washington Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15241-2428

(412) 833-5550

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

The Bob O’Connor Golf Course At Schenley Park/ The First Tee of Pittsburgh, Schenley Park Course 18 holes over 4,620 yards with a par of 67 (Public)

***

Edgewood Country Club, Edgewood Course

18 holes over 6,429 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity) 100 Churchill Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5151

(412) 823-2220

9 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Churchill Valley Country Club, Churchill Valley Course 18 holes over 6,470 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity)

***

5370 Schenley Dr Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1180

800 Beulah Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15235-4265

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Frosty Valley Golf Links, Frosty Valley Course

Chartiers Country Club, Chartiers Course

(412) 622-6959

(412) 243-7600

9 holes over 3,121 yards with a par of 35 (Public)

18 holes over 6,562 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity)

2652 Hidden Valley Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15241-3915

601 Baldwin Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9703

9 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

**

(724) 941-5003

****

(412) 921-5360


Golf: continued 3 Lakes Golf Course, Alcoma Course

18 holes over 6,634 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

****

6700 Saltsburg Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15235-2130

(412) 793-7111

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Field Club, Pittsburgh Field Course

18 holes over 6,611 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity)

****

121 Field Club Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15238-2219

(412) 963-7700

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

This course has received some recent awards!

Fox Chapel Golf Club, Fox Chapel Course 18 holes over 6,676 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity)

****

426 Fox Chapel Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15238-2298

(412) 963-7885

Highland Country Club, Highland Course

South Park Golf Course, Eighteen Course

Grand View Golf Club, Grand View Course

18 holes over 6,084 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity)

18 holes over 6,584 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

18 holes over 6,111 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

450 Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15229-1599

East Park Drive South Park, PA 15129

1000 Clubhouse Dr Braddock, PA 15104-2800

14 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

4 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Shannopin Country Club, Shannopin Course

South Park Golf Course, Nine Hole Course

Youghiogheny Country Club, Youghiogheny Course

**

(412) 761-3556

***

(412) 835-3545

18 holes over 6,361 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity)

9 holes over 2,652 yards with a par of 34 (Municipal)

1 Windmere Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15202-1323

East Park Drive South Park, PA 15129

****

(412) 761-6377

14 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Clover Hill Golf Course, Clover Hills Course 9 holes (Municipal)

***

2200 Reis Run Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15237-1427

(412) 364-2447

17 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

North Park Dr Range & Par 3, North Park Course 18 holes (Public)

****

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

810 W Ingomar Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15237

This course has received some recent awards!

18 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

(412) 367-2406

****

(412) 835-3545

4 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Westwood Golf Club, Westwood Course

18 holes over 6,243 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

**

825 Commonwealth Ave West Mifflin, PA 15122-1331

(412) 462-9555

4 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Scenic Valley Golf Course, Scenic Valley Course 18 holes (Public)

***

681 Church Hill Rd Finleyville, PA 15332-9725

(412) 833-1988

6 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

This course has been chosen as one of the Top 100 courses

Riverview Golf Course, Riverview Course

18 holes over 6,382 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

***

97 Golf Course Dr Elizabeth, PA 15037

***

(412) 351-5390

18 holes over 6,349 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity) 1901 Greenock Buena Vista Rd McKeesport, PA 15135-2199

(412) 751-2943 x2

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Butler’s Golf Course, Inc., Lakeside Course

***

18 holes over 6,574 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 800 Rock Run Rd Elizabeth, PA 15037-2612

(412) 751-9121

8 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Butler’s Golf Course, Inc., Woodside Course

18 holes over 6,689 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

***

800 Rock Run Rd Elizabeth, PA 15037-2612

(412) 751-9121

8 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Course 18 holes over 6,695 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

****

455 E McMurray Rd McMurray, PA 15317-3139

(724) 941-5520

9 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

(412) 384-7596

7 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

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Golf: continued Seven Springs Country Club, Seven Springs Course 18 holes over 6,451 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

***

357 Pineview Dr Elizabeth, PA 15037-9406

(412) 384-7730

9 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Valley Brook Country Club, Blue Course 18 holes over 3,303 yards with a par of 36 (Private Equity)

****

Hickory Heights Golf Club, Hickory Heights Course 18 holes over 6,045 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

***

116 Hickory Heights Dr Bridgeville, PA 15017-1076

(412) 257-0300

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Monongahela Valley Country Club, Monongahela Valley Course 9 holes over 2,989 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

1188 Country Club Rd Monongahela, PA 15063-1014

(724) 258-7660 11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Longue Vue Country Club, Longue Vue Course 18 holes over 6,563 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity) 400 Longue Vue Dr Verona, PA 15147-1716

(412) 793-2375

11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Lindenwood Golf Course, Red Course

****

18 holes over 3,465 yards with a par of 36 (Public) 360 Galley Rd Canonsburg, PA 15317

(724) 745-9889

11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

425 Hidden Valley Rd McMurray, PA 15317-3900

(412) 563-3500

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Valley Brook Country Club, Red Course 18 holes over 3,321 yards with a par of 36 (Private Equity) 425 Hidden Valley Rd McMurray, PA 15317-3900

(412) 563-3500

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Valley Brook Country Club, Gold Course

Lindenwood Golf Course, Gold Course 18 holes over 3,234 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

****

360 Galley Rd Canonsburg, PA 15317

(724) 745-9889

11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Lindenwood Golf Course, Blue Course 18 holes over 3,200 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

9 holes over 3,287 yards with a par of 36 (Private Equity) 425 Hidden Valley Rd McMurray, PA 15317-3900

360 Galley Rd Canonsburg, PA 15317

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Club At Nevillewood, Nevillewood Course

Lindenwood Golf Course, Executive Course

(412) 563-3500

18 holes over 7,189 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

****

1000 Nevillewood Dr Presto, PA 15142-1026

(412) 276-4653

10 miles from the center of Pittsburgh. This course has received some recent awards Awards

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(724) 745-9889

9 holes over 1,700 yards (Public)

*****

360 Galley Rd Canonsburg, PA 15317

(724) 745-9889

11 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.


Golf: continued Green Oaks Country Club, Green Oaks Course 18 holes over 6,475 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity)

****

Irwin Country Club, Irwin Course

18 holes over 5,416 yards with a par of 70 (Public)

**

594 Simpson Rd Irwin, PA 15642-4801

(724) 222-9671

12 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Southpointe Golf Club, Southpointe Course

18 holes over 6,856 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 360 Southpointe Blvd Canonsburg, PA 15317-8537

(724) 746-2950

12 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Maple Crest Golf Course, Maple Crest Course

**

9 holes over 2,096 yards with a par of 33 (Public) 3892 Logans Ferry Rd Monroeville, PA 15146-1008

(412) 372-7770

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

(412) 828-5335

Chippewa Golf Club, Chippewa Course

9 holes over 3,186 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

18 holes over 6,011 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 2426 RR 136 Eighty Four, PA 15330

Route 909 and Hulton Road Oakmont, PA 15139

Willowbrook Golf Course, Willowbrook Course

12 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

****

**

15 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Rolling Green Golf Course, Rolling Green Course

9 holes (Public)

(724) 863-6016

5741 3rd St Verona, PA 15147-2400

(412) 793-2200

Oakmont East Golf Course, Oakmont East Course

**

1833 Rostraver Rd Belle Vernon, PA 15012-4309

(724) 872-7272

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Carradam Golf Club, Carradam Course

18 holes over 5,904 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

***

2151 Hahntown Wendel Rd Irwin, PA 15642-3005

(724) 863-6860

13 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont Course

18 holes over 7,229 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity)

****

1233 Hulton Rd Oakmont, PA 15139-1199

(412) 828-3330

15 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

This course has received some recent awards Awards

18 holes over 6,051 yards with a par of 70 (Public)

***

128 Chippewa Rd Bentleyville, PA 15314-2058

(724) 239-4841

15 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Rolling Fields Golf Course, Rolling Fields Course 18 holes over 6,095 yards with a par of 70 (Public)

Cedarbrook Golf Club, Red Course

***

18 holes over 6,786 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 215 State Route 981 Belle Vernon, PA 15012-3321 (724) 929-8300 16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Cedarbrook Golf Club, Gold Course

18 holes over 6,786 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

***

215 State Route 981 Belle Vernon, PA 15012-3321

(724) 929-8300

16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Murrysville Golf Club, Murrysville Course 18 holes over 5,320 yards with a par of 70 (Public)

**

**

3804 Sardis Rd Murrysville, PA 15668-9547

(724) 335-7522

16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Hankey Church Road Murraysville, PA 15668

(724) 327-0726

16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

The Madison Club, Madison Course

18 holes over 6,847 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

****

519 Yukon Road Madison, PA 15663 (724) 446-4000 16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Moon Golf Club, Moon Golf Club Course 18 holes over 5,821 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal)

***

505 McCormick Rd Moon Township, PA 15108-9359

(412) 262-2992

16 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

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Foxwood Acres Golf Course, Foxwood Acres 1 Course

Diamond Run Golf Club, Diamond Run Course

9 holes over 3,383 yards with a par of 36 (Public)

18 holes over 6,924 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

210 Caldwell Rd Eighty Four, PA 15330-1805

Rose Ridge Golf Course, Rose Ridge Course

Allegheny Country Club, Allegheny Course

18 holes over 6,520 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

18 holes over 6,409 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity)

132 Laurel Oak Dr Sewickley, PA 15143-9385

4769 Gibsonia Rd Allison Park, PA 15101-1093

Country Club Road Sewickley, PA 15143

17 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

18 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

18 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

19 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Wildwood Golf Club, Wildwood Course

Montour Heights Country Club, Montour Heights Course 18 holes over 6,719 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

North Park Golf Course, North Park Course

18 holes over 6,810 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

Nemacolin Country Club, Nemacolin Course

(412) 486-4300

1491 Coraopolis Heights Rd Coraopolis, PA 15108-2958

303 Pearce Mill Rd Allison Park, PA 15101-1644

18 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

19 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

***

(724) 945-5400

18 holes over 6,641 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 2195 Sample Rd Allison Park, PA 15101-2198 17 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

Meadowink Golf Course, Meadowink Course

***

(412) 741-3002

*****

(412) 262-4653

**

(724) 443-5020

***

(724) 935-1967

****

(412) 741-7500

18 holes over 6,605 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity) RR 40 West Beallsville, PA 15313

(724) 632-5443

19 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

18 holes over 6,139 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

Driving Ranges and Practice Facilities

4076 Bulltown Rd Murrysville, PA 15668-9501

In the GolfLink Golf Driving Ranges section you will find information on all kinds of golf practice facilities, including driving ranges, practice tees, golf centers, putting greens, and more - both indoor and outdoor. If it’s true that “practice makes perfect,” then these are the best places to perfect your game. Go to the link below for a list of practice facilities for Pittsburgh.

****

(724) 327-8243

17 miles from the center of Pittsburgh.

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PITTSBURGH’S PREMIER CIGAR DESTINATION

Smoke Cigar Shop & Lounge aims to cater to its customers’ requests, and create an inviting environment for all cigar aficionados. Come see what’s waiting for you, we promise a great experience full of FINE BUTTS AND GREAT ASHES!

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Our Strength. Your Power.

Todd M. Begg

Daniel H. Glasser

Candice L. Komar

Brian C. Vertz

David S. Pollock

We’ve built a powerful team of family lawyers. We’ve earned numerous prestigious awards. But we’re most proud of the secure futures we’ve provided for our clients. Learn more about our accolades and family law services at www.pollockbegg.com.

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BEST HIBACHI STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI IN TOWN!

Fresh!

Enjoy the taste of

• Table Side Cooking • Dine In or Take Out

www.sagahibachi.com Settlers Ridge 1040 Settlers Ridge Center Rd. Robinson, PA 15205

2773 Sidney Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203

412-481-8888

412-788-8868

Oak Tree Place 2006 Route 19 Cranberry Township, PA 16066

724-778-9998

South Hill Village Mall 301 S. Hills Village Mall (next to Macy’s) Bethel Park, PA 15241

412-835-8888

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724-778-9998

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