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A Luxury Travel Blog shares Pittsburgh’s top five treasures

Looking for the lap of luxury in Pittsburgh? The finest elegance in the City of Steel can be found in five exquisite places, according to A Luxury Travel Blog.

Among the treasures: the Grand Concourse Restaurant, The Frick Art & Historical Center, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, and Wigle Whiskey.

“A beautiful city of contrasts full of grand historic sites mixed with modern dynamic sites firmly rooted in the future,” writes blogger Jennifer Berg.

Travelers with a taste for the finer things in life would do well to explore Pittsburgh’s luxurious offerings, Berg says.

Read the full blog post here.
 

The Milk Shake Factory gets finalist nod from Martha Stewart American Made

South Side sweet spot The Milk Shake Factory is a 2014 Food Finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made program. The awards in categories including crafts, design, food and style honors the next generation of great American makers.

The family business has become an iconic Pittsburgh landmark, tempting tourists and locals alike with 55 different flavors of milkshakes, plus specialty sundaes and gourmet chocolates.

Owners Christian Edwards, Dana Edwards and Mark Edwards attribute their success to ambitious ancestors who opened a small chocolate shop and soda fountain in Lawrenceville 100 years ago.

“In 1914, our story began with two young Greek immigrants who heard stories of an America that opened its arms to many who hungered for success,” the owners write on their voting page.

Vote for The Milk Shake Factory hehttp://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/92001/food/the-milk-shake-factoryre.
 

The Wall Street Journal takes on Pittsburgh's public steps debate

The Wall Street Journal took notice this week of the public stair debate taking place in Pittsburgh.

In 2004, Bob Regan, a retired geophysics professor, counted and reported that Pittsburgh houses 45,454 public steps in his book entitled “The Steps of Pittsburgh”


Residents stand divided on the issue of repairing or removing staircases that have fallen into disrepair. Some argue the steps create a haven for suspicious activities such as drug deals, but others view the steps as part of their everyday lives. 

"The steps fit right into the hills," Brian Oswald, president of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, tells the Wall Street Journal. The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association has raised money in the past to illuminate a staircase that leads down to the bars and restaurants of the South Side. 

A woman who wished to remain anonymous instead pointed to the dangers of the stairs. 

"People are doing drugs, making out, it's like an orgy out there," she says.

Local woodworking firm wins Best of Houzz 2014 award

Local furniture and cabinetry builder Viking Woodworking received a Best of Houzz 2014 Award.

The South Side shop uses all LEED certified materials and methods to create custom bookcases and cabinets for the Pittsburgh market.

Houzz is a website dedicated to providing resources for those building, designing and/or remodeling a home. It utilizes social media and curated editorial to give homeowners inspiration and the tools they need to get projects done.

“We are very honored to be selected by Houzz.com for this award. This is a tremendous opportunity for a small local woodshop to be recognized on a national level. We take a great deal of pride in our work and the service that we provide to all of our clients”, said Pete Schoonmaker, the owner of Viking Woodworking.

Pittsburgh is home to the second steepest public road in the world

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Pittsburgh is home to the second steepest public road—and that’s just because of a measuring mistake.The first steepest was thought to be in New Zealand.

Urban Velo ran an infographic featuring the 10 steepest climbs in the US that was created by fixr. Canton Avenue, with its 37 percent grade is second on the list after Waipio Rd. in Honokaa, Hawaii, a road on which only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted.

Culinary ventures with Sherrie Flick

The fabulous Pittsburgh writer Sherrie Flick was recently interviewed by Ploughshares, an online literary magazine, about her many roles as a professional food writer.

"Sherrie’s flash fiction often incorporates food as a driving metaphor too, and her novel, Reconsidering Happiness, primarily takes place in a bakery. But in recent years, Sherrie’s culinary ventures have moved out of the kitchen and off the page—she teaches food writing at Chatham University, and she is a food columnist, an urban gardener, and the series editor for At Table, an evolving book list at University of Nebraska Press that seeks to 'expand and enrich the ever-changing discussion of food politics, nutrition, the cultural and sociological significance of eating, sustainability, agriculture, and the business of food.'"

To read Sherrie's interview, click here.

The Walls Come Tumbling Down for Bricolage, Clear Story and partners

Bricolage Production Company is featured in a recent article about the growing popularity of Immersive Theater, a genre of theater based on audience involvement as a part of the show. "A one-on-one experience for every audience member was offered in STRATA, a production mounted in summer 2012 by Pittsburgh-based Bricolage Production Company. The difference was that in each room, the STRATA visitor was given a choice of where to go next. The effect, though, is the same: Not every person followed the same track.
 
“We really wanted to address the homogenization of art, and theatre in general. When bringing an audience all at once into the same space, the audience gets cues from each other on how they’re supposed to respond,” says STRATA co-creator and Bricolage artistic director Jeffrey Carpenter. “Ultimately, theSTRATA experience was about you, and it was so individualized that nobody had the same experience.”

To read more from the Theatre Communications Group about Bricolage and Immersive Theater, including their Pittsburgh partners, click here.

Chef Justin Severino dishes on his favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh

Each week in their Chefs Off Duty series, papermag talks to favorite chefs around the country to find out their secret late-night spots. This week they catch up with Cure's Justin Severino who chooses Dish in the South Side as his spot. The cocktails are great, he says--he usually gets a negroni--and the owner Michele is a humble guy who can make really great seafood and pasta dishes.

Pop City couldn't agree more.

Read the full interview here.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds - the owner/player paradox

Pittsburgh Riverhounds right midfielder Jason Kutney leads a dual existence. Come gametime, he's just any other player - but after he steps off the field, he's part owner of the team. Thanks to his efforts and those of the other owners, Highmark Stadium is nearly complete. However, this duality comes at a cost to Kutney. The more he sweats the details of the stadium, team logistics, scheduling, and the like, the less time he has to commit to his team.

To read how Kutney makes it work, click here.

Pamela's lauded as authentic and best brunch

"One of the greatest pleasures on a Sunday morning has got to be having brunch with your good friends or significant other, reading the newspaper and letting the day lazily unfold. That being said, everyone has their favorite brunch spot and one of Rusko´s top picks has got to be Pamela's Diner in Pittsburgh, PA."

Read the blog--in Spanish or in  English!-- here.


South Side house featured in New Look on the Block in WSJ

That modern corner house you can't help but notice is on the market and was featured in WSJ's New Look on the Block. See the photos and read more about this listing by One80 Real Estate.

See the listing here.

Meet the Pittsburgh Gooners

Who are the Pittsburgh Gooners? A group of passionate Arsenal Football fans who meet regularly at Piper's Pub in the South Side to watch matches together.  The photo of their beaming faces makes us want to join them.

Learn more about the Gooners here.

Pittsburgh seeks to expand riverfront access to the public

"Pittsburgh exists for three reasons: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio," writes Pittsburgh-based writer Christine O'Toole in the New York Times. "In the 20th century, the banks of those rivers were controlled by industrial behemoths. They largely lost that identity after the waning of the steel industry in the 1980s. Over the last two decades, however, the city’s progress in clearing and cleaning its waterfront has created 12 miles of recreational trails, three professional sports stadiums, several boat landings and an influx of nearly 2,000 new downtown residents.

"The city has managed to leverage a $124 million investment in publicly accessible riverfront into $4 billion in corporate, public, nonprofit and entertainment development downtown.

"That success has renewed a debate that would have been unthinkable in Pittsburgh’s polluted industrial heyday: how best to expand public access to the shorelines of the three rivers. Projects proposed for two of the largest tracts left to be developed on the downtown fringe illustrate the opportunities and limits of public-private partnerships..."

Read the full story here.


South Side Stories rap by Tami Dixon

Tami Dixon, who wrote and is currently performing in South Side Stories at the City Theatre, performs this rap number that is in the show, a tongue-in-cheek perspective on partying on the South Side.

View the video here.

Bike lane to replace free parking on SouthSide

Know that file of cars parking free on East Carson just past Station Square? That space will soon be a bike lane.

Reports TribLive: "The west end of East Carson has evolved into a parking strip along an old stone wall next to the outbound lane, a situation City Planning bike-pedestrian coordinator Stephen Patchan says is unsafe. The city plans to disallow parking along that stretch and designate it a bike lane.

“There’s no sidewalk there,” said Patchan, whose office is coordinating the project. “If you park there, you must wait by your car for traffic and then jaywalk. It’s extremely dangerous. There’s tons of traffic.”

The new bike lane will complement a bike rental facility already planned for East Carson Street. The lane, which will connect the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Hot Metal Bridge, also has in mind the Great Allegheny Passage, which, when finished, will help connect Pittsburgh and Washington.

“Once it’s done, we expect a surge in bikes,” Patchan said. “We want to get them off the trails and into the retail area.”


Read the full story here.
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