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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

The City of Pittsburgh website states that there are 712 city steps, but in a 2014 Wall Street Journal article, Guy Costa, chief operations officer for the city, said that number was approximately 675. Bob Regan, who wrote the definitive book, The Steps of Pittsburgh: A Portrait of a City, contended in his book that that there were 712 sets of city staircases composed of

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Hamza Perez: Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez: Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is true

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St. Anthony Chapel

St. Anthony Chapel

“I once remarked while giving a tour, that we’ve had visitors from every continent except for Antarctica. Then I saw a hand shoot up in the crowd and a man said, ‘I’ve lived in Antarctica, so you’re going to have to change that,’” said Carole Brueckner, chairperson of St. Anthony Chapel. Located on Troy Hill overlooking the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, St. Anthony

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Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

They say there’s a grain of truth in all humor. If so, then Curt Wooten and Chris Preksta, the creative team behind the beloved Pittsburgh Dad, have harvested enough grains from their humor to make a loaf of Town Talk bread. Pittsburgh Dad is the online sitcom that captures the essence of what Pittsburgh fathers are like. Wooten, who dons aviator glasses and combs his

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My happy new life in The ‘Burgh

My happy new life in The 'Burgh

It’s been less that a year since I left Mexico. What can I tell you? Actually, quite a lot. I had never, ever thought that I would live permanently somewhere else besides my country. It had crossed my mind but I never conceived the idea of actually saying ‘goodbye’ to my hometown nor end up living in the historical Pennsylvania with the love of my

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Unique Wedding Venues in the Pittsburgh Area

Unique Wedding Venues in the Pittsburgh Area

Perhaps this has happened to you. You attend several weddings in a short period of time, and after a while, they all seem to blend into one big mash up of cakes, buffets, deejays, and the same old run-of-the-mill wedding venues. You want your big day to stand out and be memorable as well as reflect your unique personality and style. The most important part

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It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

It’s a Pittsburgh Wedding!

You get married in Vegas, you may expect a kitschy, glitzy type of wedding. You get married in New Orleans, you may expect to strut down Bourbon Street behind a Dixieland Band. You get married in Hawaii, you may expect leis and to be serenaded with “The Hawaiian Wedding Song.” You get married in Pittsburgh? Well, if you want a Pittsburgh-style wedding, you need to

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App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

In spite of all the criticism lodged against cell phones for their addictive qualities and tendency to distract people from relating to each other, we must admit that smart phones and their handy apps help to make life more manageable, convenient, and, in some cases, economical.  Here are more than a dozen free apps that we find helpful and app-solutely essential for living in Pittsburgh.

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Dad: The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad: The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond: Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children–1 out of every

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Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

There are two topics so controversial that to avoid arguments you don’t bring them up in polite company. They are religion and politics. But if you are in Pittsburgh, you may want to add a third subject to that list: pigeons. People in Pittsburgh either love or hate pigeons. Unlike their gray feathers, there is no gray area when it comes to these birds. Some view

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