Pittsburgh: Bursting with Bridges

Pittsburgh: Bursting with Bridges

When a city is located on a river, you expect to find several bridges spanning the waterway.  When that city is Pittsburgh, however, you find not just several bridges, but a seemingly innumerable amount of them.  One estimate puts the area’s bridge tally at nearly 2,000.  Pittsburgh boasts more bridges than Venice, Italy! The area’s rugged terrain, with its deep valleys, creeks, and rivers, would

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Mellon Square

Mellon Square

Great cities have great urban parks. Before 1955, downtown Pittsburgh lacked a great park, but that’s understandable. When your city is shrouded in smog, you have bigger problems than lack of a green space. But when Pittsburgh native Richard King Mellon returned to Pittsburgh after serving in World War II to take over the helm of Mellon Bank, he was appalled at how dilapidated Pittsburgh

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Museums Worth a Visit

Museums Worth a Visit

A trip to the museum can expand your knowledge, amaze the senses, spark your imagination, and provide hours of fun. The Pittsburgh area has a plethora of museums ranging from the world class to niche interest. The following is a list of museums in our area. American Jewish Museum Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Center houses the American Jewish Museum at its center in Squirrel Hill. It

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Cultural District

Cultural District

We have much to offer its residents and visitors.  Our cityscape rises majestically from the point of three rivers, impressive with its glittering towers and webbing of bridges.  The downtown area is filled with restaurants, shops, hotels, and public parks.  The old feel of an industrial city has almost vanished.  Today Pittsburgh is not only a busy corporate center and leader in high-tech industries, but

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A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

When you think of museums in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Heinz History Center, and The Carnegie Science Center are the first ones that spring to mind. However a trio of lesser-known museums is rapidly becoming popular in their own right. The Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Toonseum are distinct and delightful in their exhibits and in their facilities.

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Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul’s Guide to Haunting and Frightening

Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul's Guide to Haunting and Frightening

After coming to Pittsburgh, many people fall in love with our city and never want to leave.  This seems to be true even after death! You may not know it, but Pittsburgh is packed with poltergeists.  In 2007, The Associated Press and Ipsos conducted a poll and found that one in three people believe in ghosts.  Had they asked Pittsburghers, they might have been surprised

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Strange Pittsburgh

Strange Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a rich history and culture, but do you know about the strange side of the Steel City? Westinghouse Atom Smasher Forest Hills is home to the nation’s first Van de Graaf nuclear generator, but many know it as the Westinghouse Atom Smasher. It has stood in Forest Hills since 1937, but hasn’t been active since 1958. The structure stands five stories tall and

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Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

In the late 1800s, traveling any great distance was expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient. Television and radio were yet to be invented and the first primitive cars were just coming on the scene. Manned flight was still years away. For the average person, the chance of ever seeing a cactus or a palm tree outside of a book was only a dream. Yet throughout history, perhaps

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Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

When you think of a city, what comes to mind are usually the imposing steel skyscrapers, concrete canyons, and the hustle and bustle of an urban setting.  However, when it comes to Pittsburgh, you may want to think twice.  While Pittsburgh may have its share of impressive edifices and busy city streets, it also has an abundance of parks and recreation facilities where residents can

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