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Great places to drink coffee in Pittsburgh

It's not just the coffee but where you drink it. As coffeehouse culture in Pittsburgh keeps getting better, we invite you to check out our list of great spots to drink a great brew. It runs the gamut from classic one-of-a-kind places such as La Prima Espresso to newer faves including Espresso a Mano.

Jack Holden loves Pittsburgh: Falling in love with the girl and her city

In this video by the Pittsburgh native famous for the Ski Mt. Washington video, we see the story of boy falls for girl, boy falls for girl's city, boy asks Pittsburgh for...a job. Watch it for the marvelous Pittsburgh scenes or for the romantic story or for the charming Brit who stars in it. Just don't miss this.

Why I moved to Pittsburgh: Matthew Sterne, GM of the Fairmont Hotel

While he's lived in stunning places such as Banff and Sonoma, his favorite city is now Pittsburgh. Meet Matthew Sterne, general manager of the luxury Fairmont, a jewel in downtown Pittsburgh and named the number one Fairmont on the continent for customer service. Read how they do it and why Sterne never wants to leave. 

How to get connected to Pittsburgh

Want to meet more people and get better connected in your city? Here's an informal guide to get you started, from finding events you'll enjoy to networking to help your career and helpful tips along the way.

My favorite dish in Pittsburgh

Pittsburghers dish about their favorite dish in local restaurants. From tantalizing appetizers to luscious desserts, it's quite a lineup. Warning: don't read when hungry.

The guide to winter fun for kids in Pittsburgh

From paintball and parrots to ice and clay, there's plenty to do in Pittsburgh to make winter fun for your kids. 

The Pop City guide to vegetarian restaurants in Pittsburgh

Here's everything you need to know about vegetarian dining in Pittsburgh, from restaurants devoted to nothing but, to places that include great vegetarian options.

What makes a teacher great? Ask the students.

These Pittsburgh kids provide some valuable lessons for teachers, from showing you really care to making learning more fun. Yo, Mrs. Jacquay, Mrs. Barsico and Ms. Saunders, we're talking to you!

Ditching the car. Going for the bike.

Following a national trend, an increasing number of young Pittsburghers are relying less on cars and more on other means of transit, especially bikes. Some are giving up their cars altogether, with no regrets. The stats will surprise you and the stories are hard to resist.

Dining al fresco in Pittsburgh. Better than ever.

What's new in outdoor dining? We've got the best of the new along with the best of what's been around. It's that time of year. Get outside and enjoy great local dining in some inspired settings.

Best of Brunches in Pittsburgh

Brunch is better than ever in the burgh, from huevos benedictos to Applewood Bacon milkshakes. Just in time for Mother's Day, here's the rundown. Warning: do not read on an empty stomach.

Top Teachers: 5 Pittsburgh teachers making a big difference

In the first of a series profiling top teachers in the Pittsburgh region, Kidsburgh looks at inspiring educators who are making a big difference in the lives of our children.

Best spots for wine in Pittsburgh

Oh, the places you can go when you want a great glass of wine! Our intrepid writer researched this story for months and happily submits the results, from the mainstay Carlton to the innovative Naked Grape in Sewickley and many in between.

Two guys. 12 pizzas. One day.

Who else could sample 20 pies in a day and write to tell? Brad and Patrick are back with lively reviews of a dozen pizza places in Pittsburgh, including the mustache meter rating and a bunch of local celebs they met along the way.

Pittsburgh Pizza Tour 2012: The Video

A companion to the feature article above, here's the not-to-be-missed video of the Pizza 2012 Tour complete with hilarious comments--not to mention cheesy music--from our two fearless reviewers.

Checklist: what's needed in Pittsburgh neighborhood business districts

The Strip District could use a pharmacy. Mt. Lebanon is in need of a Thai restaurant. Lawrenceville lacks two kinds of essential businesses. Read on to learn what our most walkable neighborhoods are missing when it comes to rounding out a robust business district. Where there's a need, there's opportunity. Any takers?

Best brunch spots in Pittsburgh

From E2 to Meat and Potatoes, Pittsburgh's brunch scene is better than ever. Find out who's doing what in the way of Sunday brunch (and is it too much to ask for Saturday, too?)

The sweet aftertaste of success: local author eats it up

In her new book, Aftertaste: a novel in five courses, Mt. Lebanon's Meredith Mileti has created a strong female heroine who moves back to Pittsburgh after a failed foray as chef and co-owner of a chic trattoria in New York City. In this interview, the author and devoted foodie dishes on her inspiration for the book and why Pittsburgh is such a great food town. She also reveals her favorite coffee shops and restaurants.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: JFilm Festival Kicks Off with Sold-Out Gala

For the next two weeks, the prestigious JFilm Festival will bring 20 award-winning films from around the globe to venues in and around Pittsburgh. From the remarkable career of Brooklyn-born journalist Ruth Gruber--who at age 20 became the world's youngest Ph.D. recipient--to the recent rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer, these reel stories were meant for the big screen. JFilm's gala opening is about to sell out, so grab your tickets now.

The Story of Iron Eden

In a city once known for iron and steel making, John Walter continues the tradition with a modern take on organic iron that is his signature. This Pittsburgh blacksmith is forging remarkable works of art from iron that are displayed everywhere from Phipps Conservatory to private homes to his studio, Iron Eden.

The Best Burgers and Hot Dogs in Pittsburgh

Where to go for the best hamburgers and hot dogs in town? You might be surprised. From Franktuary, of course, to the best Kobe burger in town at Nine on Nine (trust us on this one), we'll show you where to go to satisfy the cravings that only intensify in the summer. Grill, baby, grill.

12 Steps to Making Pittsburgh a National Energy Leader

The crisis is for real but the solutions are right at hand. Pittsburgh has turned the corner as a region that is better withstanding the down economy than many others. What's next for us? How about becoming a national leader in energy solutions? Turns out we have everything it takes. Here's the 12 Steps to making it happen.

New Girl in Town: On Nemacolin and Falling Rock

Did you know there's a new five-star resort near  Pittsburgh? And that no one at Pop City has been there? We've been to Nemacolin, of course, but not the modern and lux Falling Rock with the 24/7 butler service and 10-pillow menu. So off we went with--who else--but New Girl in Town?

Stamping Out Cigarette Butt Litter

If we could remove one thing from Pittsburgh, it might be the cigarette butt litter strewn over our landscape. While unsightly, research now shows that those cigarette butts are also toxic to our environment, polluting our streams and rivers. Here's what some Pittsburgh groups are doing to stamp out the problem.

Why We Moved to Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon)

He could have commuted to Pittsburgh during the work week but Tim Nolan and his wife Beth decided to move here instead. The draw? The universities, for one, along with a few only-in-Pittsburgh amenities such as PNC Park and that stunning skyline view. Now they think Pittsburgh is one of America's best-kept secrets.

New Girl in Town: What Pittsburgh Needs

Sure, we have much to appreciate but we can always do better. What does Pittsburgh need? Let's start with four amenities that could enhance our city--how about a living wall since we're already so green?--and raise the quality of life. Then we will continue the discussion after getting your suggestions.

From Dugout Dick to Eco Elvis: Your Environmental Road Trip

Deciding there was a role for him in the environmental movement, Mark Dixon created Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) and traveled the country searching for innovative green solutions and delivering Pittsburgh's green message. Along the way, he discovered lots of people thinking creatively, including a cave dweller and an Elvis imitator.

Changemaker: Charlie Humphrey

As head of Pittsburgh’s Center for the Arts, Filmmakers, and Glass Center, Charlie Humphrey is taking arts advocacy to a whole new level, getting everyone involved as he battles the recession and deep budget cuts. What do the arts mean to this region? More than you think.

Paris to Pittsburgh Direct: Part Deux

Paris is magical. After winging our way over on the inaugural direct flight, we can tell you how much easier the journey was flying nonstop and why you, too, will fall under this city's spell. Just don't go changing your name.

Pop Video: Wallenda Tightrope Walking in Pittsburgh

In case you missed it, Nik Wallenda provided thrills and chills, but no spills, during his tense tightrope walking feat across the Allegheny River on Friday night during the Regatta. Renee Rosensteel, freelance videographer and photographer, caught the drama in air and the behind the scenes in this video.

Pittsburgh to Paris: We're Onboard

This is big. After years of having none, Pittsburgh finally scores a nonstop flight to Europe. So now what? Support it. The publisher/editor of Pop City puts her money where her mouth is and books two tickets on the inaugural flight. Here's why.

New Girl in Town: The Perfect Pittsburgh Staycation

Staying in Pittsburgh this summer instead of going overseas? We've got you covered in our five-day staycation plan. There's so much to do that we had trouble packing it all in, from the Warhol to rocking out the Riverfront trails, you'll find a summer full of fun.

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Photo Slide Show: Art in Bloom

In case you missed it, the short-lived but spectacular Art in Bloom at the Carnegie Museum of Art can be seen here in a series of photos by Pop City photographer  Brian Cohen. To view the art meets nature slide show, click here.

Join us for Hands On Pittsburgh

Join the Pop City team on Saturday, May 2 at Naomi's House in Swissvale as we plant a garden and do some light construction. Or contact Pittsburgh Cares and find another Hands On Pittsburgh project to work on May 1 or 2. Get your own team together if you like. To find out more, click here, or to join the Pop City team, click here. We'd love to have you!

Art in the Name of Diversity: Elizabeth Castonguay

How does a painter use her art to fight for social justice?  Meet Elizabeth Myers Castonguay, who addresses diversity and social responsibility in her series of striking paintings.

The Thrill of Instant Download

From the Kindle 2 to the phone novels in Japan (earning small fortunes for their young authors), the world of digital publishing is changing fast. So what's the word on the local scene? Let's start with the Kindle. "It's my favorite thing in the world besides my husband and daughter," says one user. If that gives you an idea.

The Nature Conservancy: Pittsburgh Just Got Greener

Why would the the world's largest conservancy decide it needs a presence in Pittsburgh? Well, there's that roaming elk herd up north, the amazing biodiversity of the French Creek, and the the richness of the land and waters in our own backyard. Helping to protect it all is the Nature Conservancy and their many partners.  Let's just say we're glad they're here.

Join us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter

If you haven't found us already, please join the Pop City Pittsburgh group on Facebook and follow PopCityPgh on Twitter. Join the conversation and feel free to make suggestions, including story ideas!

From Couture to Cool: The Payoff in Consignment and Resale Stores

A dress from Saks. A Chanel purse. $100 jeans for under $10. That's what we found rummaging our way through some select consignment and resale stores in town. If you know where to look, you can snag all kinds of fab finds. And you can make money on the clothes you have. Here's a guide to get you started.

Small Business Development: Getting Launched for Success

It starts with a dream and a solid business plan. When Pittsburgh entrepreneurs want to start a new business, the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center guides the way. It's free and based on the many success stories, highly effective. 

Boomerangers: Goodbye, Hello Again!

So many Pittsburgh natives who left for brighter lights and bigger cities have returned to their hometown to find a change for the better. From new developments to an energetic art scene and renewed neighborhoods, it's good to be home!

Hey, You're in Kidsburgh!

This week a sold-out crowd will gather at the CityLIVE! event to learn from Geoffrey Canada, Marion Heard, and Mark Roosevelt about success strategies for children. And then those attending will be called to action. You, too. Whether you go to the event or not, there's a role for you in making Pittsburgh a better place for kids: Kidsburgh. Be a part of it!

Visit Our Archives

Read any article ever run in Pop City--from feature stories and innovation news, to full sets of neighborhood guides-- by accessing our archives. Click on the gray bar above  to learn more about the latest and greatest in Pittsburgh. Or do a quick search in the handy dandy search box!

The Top Ten Pop City Feature Stories of 2008

While Pop City takes time off over the holidays, why not catch up on the top feature stories of 2008? From young entrepreneurs making it big in Pittsburgh to the making of an art academy, here's the lineup of the most popular features of the year. Read on, and we'll see you again on January 7th to usher in a whole new year of great stories--and much more--in Pop City.

Pop City Bike Forum: In Sum

In case you missed the Pop City Bike Forum, here's the lowdown on what we discussed in the way of hot topics, bike safety, and wish lists for cyclists throughout the region.

Wiki-ing our Way to a Better Pittsburgh

There's still time to participate in the first wiki designed to capture the ideas of an entire city and shape them into a workable plan. In this update on the transportation wiki, you'll learn who's involved, what they're suggesting and how you can be part of it. Wiki on!

Commuting by Bike: You Rock, Bike Guy!

High gas prices and greater environmental awareness have created a surge in bicycle commuting nationwide. As cycling in Pittsburgh becomes more mainstream, we take a look at what it's like for bike commuters from different parts of town.

Pittsburgh Innovates: The Contest

Pop City is pleased to sponsor a Keystone Innovation Zone contest that celebrates the amazing inventions of Pittsburghers, from medical devices to software to social media networking. Here's your chance to share your ideas and accomplishments and win up to $20,000! Cast your vote now for your favorite submission.

The Fast Rise of Slow Food

Slow Food Pittsburgh is making the case for local and sustainable food while reminding us of the connection between what's on our plate and what's good for the planet. From local chefs to Laptop Butcher Shop, our choices for slow food are growing.  

Pittsburgh Goes Global

It's time to celebrate how global the Pittsburgh region is and we've got all of September to do it. To get you started, here are some amazing facts about our global reach and what you can do to be part of the Global Pittsburgh Celebration. Think big. Think worldwide!

Introducing Pittsburgh Wiki: Transportation Solutions for Our Region

There's no better time to voice your ideas for improving transportation in our region, from bus routes to bicycle lanes. Pittsburgh Wiki, the first ever wiki of its kind designed for a city, is up and running and welcoming  collaboration from all citizens to bring about real change.  Check it out then dive in!

The Sprout Fund: Banking on Community-Changing Ideas

Down at the grassroots level, Sprout began by helping under-40s fund projects that otherwise may not have come to life.  Now, it wants to transform the region.

Transportation Key to World-Class Pittsburgh

To set the stage for the upcoming cityLIVE! on Transportation Solutions for Our Region, Pop City is revisiting the article that inspired the event. One way to vault Pittsburgh to hot city status is to create an excellent transit system. The question is, how do we get great? Read this then come to the event and get involved!

Hey Hey Hockeytown!

The Penguins and Red Wings, Pittsburgh and Detroit-- it's a clash of the Titans. Just please don't mention the Rust Belt. Thanks. The Stanley Cup Finals are also a chance to talk some smack and dish on redevelopment with our sister publication in Detroit -- Model D.

Leadership Pittsburgh Celebrates 25

Leadership Pittsburgh’s 25th Anniversary--No black ties. No speeches. Just a quarter-century of inspired leadership taking Pittsburgh into the future.

New and Improved! Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

Manufacturing in Pittsburgh isn't what it used to be. The highly skilled, highly paid manufacturing jobs today are more technology-oriented and the demand for workers is growing. Harold Miller--who else?-- clues us in.

The Vegetarian's Guide to Pittsburgh

Where to go for great vegetarian and vegan food--from restaurants that feature nothing but, to places revered for their selections. Go forth and eat well!

Pop Star: Judy Robinson

Poet Judy Robinson spearheaded a new book of poetry and photographs celebrating Pittsburgh, Along These Rivers. From emerging poets to stars, it's a fitting tribute to a city known for its literary nature.

A Search for the Best City to Live

After an extensive 18-month search for the best place to relocate, this San Franciscan family chose Pittsburgh over every other city and then narrowed it down to Mt. Lebanon. Here's why.

Q&A with Richard Florida: Who's Your City?

In his new book, Richard Florida argues that the world is not flat but spiky, with concentrated areas of activity. In this Pop City interview he tells us why he thinks Pittsburgh is  well-positioned to thrive.

The One and Only Wayno

Pittsburgh illustrator Wayno, whose bold, colorful work spans the range from comics to the New Yorker, now  glides into fine art without a “Bam!” or “Pow!”  Squaresville, here we come!

About Us: Pop City

For 100 issues we've reported the good news about Pittsburgh in technology, sustainability, development and arts and culture. Now we take a moment to tell you about us, and answer your most frequently asked questions.

250 & Fit: Power in Numbers

There's no better time to get in shape, suggests writer Jennifer McGuiggan. Why? Because there is power in numbers, people. And with 250 & Fit, this is our year to turn things around. Read on then get moving!

Pop Star: Lourdes Sanchez Ridge

Born in Havana, attorney Lourdes Sanchez Ridge is a tireless promoter for all things Latino, in a quest to gain recognition and respect for the growing Latino community in Pittsburgh.

Digging in the Dirt

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s new Dinosaurs In Their Time exhibit breaks new ground with millennia-old materials – while setting the new standard. Dig it!

Living the Green Life

Skyscrapers to skylights, the world is greening in big and small ways. Here’s how four environmental leaders in Pittsburgh live the real – not the rocket science – of green.

Land Use the Sustainable Way

Smart land use maintains our region’s natural beauty, decreases flooding and landslides, and saves money for municipalities. One local organization is working the smart way to save local land – and by extension – its communities.

PopVideo: Jump-starting Immigration

If you missed the Pop City-sponsored cityLIVE! event on immigration, here's your chance to see highlights in this outstanding video by ON Media.

cityLIVE!: Everything Einstein

Last chance to join cityLIVE! for a lively discussion with Einstein biographer and former Time Magazine editor Walter Isaacson and Pittsburgh's own Einstein expert, John Norton. For more info and to register, click here.

The Best of Pittsburgh's Indoor Activities

As the days get shorter it's time to turn our attention to fun things to do indoors. Pittsburgh offers a wealth of options as the author of Moon Handbooks Pittsburgh shows us in his selection of some of the best.

The Go-To Guide to Mt. Lebanon

With its brick roads, Main St. charms and three business districts, Mt. Lebanon offers a little urban along with its suburban. They may come for the schools but then they find it hard to leave.

Being Mt. Lebanon

Distinctive architecture, walkability and a central business district are some of the reasons why Mt. Lebanon is more a community than suburb. With an abundance of shops, galleries and restaurants, and easy access to downtown, Mt. Lebo has much to offer. 
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