The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

Many would be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh has nearly two dozen sister cities. President Eisenhower founded the Sister City movement in 1956 to connect people around the globe, promote friendship, and increase collaboration.  For instance, we are siblings with Wuhan, China, which claims to have the world’s largest bike share program. Bike Share Pittsburgh Inc. launched the Healthy Ride system in May, 2015. We

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Kaufmann’s Clock

Kaufmann’s Clock

Although Kaufmann’s department store is no longer in existence, the Kaufmann’s Clock that has been attached to the what was once known as the Kaufmann’s building at the corner of Smithfield Street and Fifth Avenue, where the store was located, is still there keeping time. Prior to this clock, there was a free-standing clock on a tall pedestal at the corner. However, since 1913, this

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Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Though born and raised in London and having spent time at Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary Soon Lee has found a home in Pittsburgh. “My father was ethnically Chinese, and my mother was Irish, but I acquired a British accent from my classmates,” said the author of both fiction and poetry, who lives in Squirrel Hill. It’s not often that a writer is both

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A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

I asked my ten year old grandson if he would like to join me at the Benedum to watch The Pittsburgh Ballet perform The Nutcracker. As soon as I asked, the look on his face indicated that he was trying to think of a reason not to go. So I sweetened the deal: we’d stop at a restaurant that serves one of the best pizzas

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Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

I will never forget the morning of Saturday October 27th, 2018. What was a relaxing morning at home watching national news with my family soon became a chaotic blur of intense emotional heartbreak and the constant shrill ringing of my house phone- with worried family and friends on the other end. The shock of reading the words “Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue” scrawled

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

On November 28th, 2018, the Pittsburgh art community and all its supporters partied hard and celebrated the talent of 60 artists, performers, and models in the RAW Artists showcase, OVATION. RAW Artists is an international organization that serves as a platform for local artists to share their crafts/talent with the community. Their mission statement appropriately represents this message as they wish: “To serve independent artists

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Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

Coconut Pie at the Grant Bar and Restaurant 

My wife and I found ourselves traveling hungry along Route 28 near Millvale discussing dinner options when The Grant Bar and Restaurant entered the conversation. Three minutes later we were walking through the bar section of this 85 year old establishment on our way to a dining area. When our waitress told me that their famous Homemade Turtle Soup was only available on Friday and

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Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

On June 12, 2006, my family and I were on vacation at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular beach destination for many Pittsburghers. As it was an overcast day, my daughter and I decided to do some shopping at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. Near lunchtime as we meandered along the boardwalk that connected the boutiques, my daughter’s cell phone rang. While she answered it, I

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We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

We’re No.1! Pittsburgh Ranked the Top City for Jobs

Oh, how the times have changed! If you lived in Pittsburgh during the collapse of the steel industry, you know that the area lost jobs back in the 1980’s as rapidly as a kindergartner loses their lunch money. Recently, Glassdoor, the online job and recruiting site, named Pittsburgh the number one city on its 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018. According to Glassdoor, there

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The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

The Grand Concourse: Pittsburgh’s Grand Dining Experience

There are a plethora of restaurants in Pittsburgh that serve excellent food. There are restaurants in Pittsburgh that have beautiful settings. But there is only one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is situated in a history-steeped building that combines excellent food and a beautiful setting for an unparalleled, upscale dining experience. And that restaurant is the Grand Concourse. Eating establishments come and go, but since 1978,

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