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The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

Pittsburghers are a giving lot, and they like to share. But when it comes to parking spots we tend to get territorial, especially after you’ve done the backbreaking labor of shoveling one out after a snowfall. If you travel around the city after a significant snow, you will find old chairs of all types reserving spots—from Bingo Hall folding chairs to that flowered vinyl upholstery

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The Homestead Stacks 

The Homestead Stacks 

Have you ever gone across the Homestead Grays Bridge (formerly the Homestead High Level Bridge), or driven to the Waterfront and noticed a dozen red brick monoliths towering over the area? Is this Pittsburgh’s answer to Stonehenge? No, it’s The Homestead Stacks, a reminder of our industrial past and how much our workforce and economy has changed in the last 100 years. In the 20th

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A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

The slogan for the Clark candy bar was, “I want a Clark bar.” Though you may have wanted a Clark bar, often you weren’t able to get the confection. When the manufacturing of the Clark bar left the area, the only reminder of the city’s candy-producing past was the Clark bar sign atop its former production facility on the North Side. The Clark candy bar

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Pittsburgh Spotlight: The Grand Carousel at Kennywood Park

Pittsburgh Spotlight: The Grand Carousel at Kennywood Park

When it comes to the Grand Carousel at Kennywood, Philadelphia’s loss was Pittsburgh’s gain. Originally built by William Dentzel for Philadelphia’s sesquicentennial in 1926, the carousel wasn’t finished in time and was offered to Kennywood Park instead. Dentzel built Kennywood’s first carousel, and the park bought his new one for $25,000. Unfortunately, park officials didn’t realize before they purchased it that the carousel, at 54

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The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

If you have ever glanced at our Quick Facts on Pittsburgh, you may know that Pittsburgh has nearly two dozen sister cities. We are kin with well-known metropolises such as Sofia, Bulgaria, and Zagreb, Croatia, and lesser-known nooks around the globe like Karmiel, Israel, and Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay. President Eisenhower founded the Sister City movement in 1956 to connect people around the globe,

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Kaufmann’s Clock

Kaufmann’s Clock

Although Kaufmann’s department store is no longer in existence, the clock that has been attached to 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 2,500-pound ornately

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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

This past Wednesday night, 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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