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Hike through Pittsburgh's urban wilderness with the WALKATOP event

In the sparkling crown of Pittsburgh that is Mt. Washington, one little-known gem twinkles quietly amid the inclines, the upscale eateries, the breathtaking views. At just 10 years old, Emerald View Park is a relatively new and as-yet unheralded addition to Pittsburgh's collection of green spaces. But in some ways, the 257 untamed acres of vistas and wildlife has been there all along.

Now, one extended clan that has lived in and around Mt. Washington for generations has set out to share the Emerald View Park experience with all of Pittsburgh through a new event, WALKATOP.

Billed as an urban hiking adventure, the first WALKATOP event on Sept. 20 will offer curious Pittsburghers the choice of five routes to explore, from a child-friendly ramble to a leisurely 2.3-mile hike to a heart-pumping nine-mile challenge. Hikers check in at the parking lot on Grandview Avenue across from the Duquesne Incline, where they will receive maps for the routes, said Betty Kripp, one of WALKATOP's organizers. One immersed in the thicket of Emerald View Park, participants can get guidance from volunteers stationed along the routes.

"It always feels like home," says Kripp, who grew up in Mt. Washington and now lives in the South Side with her husband. "The park incorporated trails from many years ago. We were never allowed to go over the hill, but of course we did because it was part of our back yard."

The newest park in Pittsburgh, the scenic Emerald View Park wraps around Mt. Washington from Grandview Park near Arlington to Skookum Field in Duquesne Heights and back around to Mt. Washington Park near Grace Street.

Kripp has also helped to organize similar fundraising events such as StepTrek in the South Side Slopes and the Historic South Side Home Tour, which support neighborhood organizations. But she says she and her family members created WALKATOP to benefit The Thomas Brown Alton Foundation, which is dedicated to suicide prevention by helping those in need toward improved mental health.

"The foundation has been fortunate to find a partnership at UPMC Mercy in the psychiatry department to help with funding," Kripp says. "We want to make sure they have the resources to help with the areas of suicide prevention and improved mental health. That’s the goal for the work we’re doing."

Early bird registration is $15 and ends Sept. 1; advance registration is $20 from Sept. 2 through Sept. 19; and admission on Sept. 20 is $25 at check-in. Children age 10 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online.

Local chef hopes to conquer Cutthroat Kitchen

When Isabela on Grandview’s Executive Chef Jacqueline Wardle competes on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on June 21, viewers will learn just how far she’ll go to create fine food.

Wardle caught the attention of the show’s producers through an Instagram photo that showed the duck specialty she created for the Mt. Washington restaurant’s menu. The producers selected her to join three other chef contestants from across the country to the challenge.

Wardle, an alum of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's culinary program, will attempt to prepare the tastiest dish while outsmarting her competitors. In addition, she’ll be handed $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping herself or sabotaging her fellow contestants.  

"I enjoyed everything about being on set, meeting Alton Brown and competing with other chefs on a national level," said Wardle.

On June 21, fans can stop by the Bigham Tavern in Mt. Washington beginning at 9 p.m. to meet Chef Wardle and to see the show broadcast at 10 p.m.

Raymund Ryan on Pittsburgh's inclines as urban characters

Raymund Ryan, a curator of both the Heinz Architectural Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art, has a sparkling description of Pittsburgh's sister inclines in this article about urban characters in cities.

"Known as the Monongahela and the Duquesne, and dating from the 1870s, each consists of a double run of track and a contiguous cable, with one car ascending as its twin descends.

Entry is through chalet-like structures at both the base and top of each Incline; only the upper station is manned by an operator in a dedicated control box. The Monongahela cars are stepped in section with three small interior tiers; the red Duquesne cars are consolidated volumes, like miniature railway carriages. You climb aboard and the car shunts gently away from its berth. At night, the Monongahela track is marked by blue lights, the Duquesne by red."

To read more of Ryan's description and see what other cities mention in this interesting article, click here.

Five reasons to visit Pittsburgh

Blogger Polly Higgins writes: "Because it's my hometown, Pittsburgh is a required destination on the annual itinerary. Still, every time I visit, as I did last weekend, I am reminded how much there is to do in the under-the-radar town.

Though far west in the Keystone State, a trip to Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike clocks under seven hours from Brooklyn. This is a good enough distance to wash off the workweek, but not so cumbersome as to require more than a long weekend."

Here are her recommendations, from the Carnegie Museum to the Strip District.

Read the story here.

The Uprooted Photographer shoots (gorgeous) shots from Mt. Washington

A few times each year, photographer Zach Frailey returns to Pittsburgh to visit friends and family. On this last trip, he photographed Pittsburgh from one of the most shot vantage points in the city, Mt. Washington. The results? Stunning.

See the photos and his blog post here.

Trailer for Perks of Being a Wallpaper with Pittsburgh scenes

In this trailer for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallpaper, you'll spot some Pittsburgh scenes including Mt. Washington, the Ft. Pitt bridge,and Peters Twp. High School. The movie is coming this fall.

See the trailer here.

Leadership Pittsburgh class advocates for Main Streets

The Leadership Pittsburgh class XVIII is advocating for Pittsburgh's Main Streets, which are facing budget cuts, when they head to Harrisburg soon in a day long session to meet legislators. In preparation and with help from the URA, the class took tours of eight Main St. neighborhoods, from West End to East Liberty and shared their impressions in this article.

"Participants said it was an eye-opening day and an education in the challenges of urban neighborhood development."

Read the full story here.

Exploring Pittsburgh: Culture and cuisine for all ages

Phyllis Steinberg writes for TravelLady Magazine that "whatever your flavor, Pittsburgh has something to suit everyone's taste buds."

She suggests seeing the city by land and water, from atop Mt. Washington by way of the Incline and from the rivers by way of the Gateway Clipper.

The article highlights some usual tourist standards, such as cheese shopping in the Strip District and browsing the Carnegie Museums. It also suggests checking out Lawrenceville hotspot Tamari for caviar-laced appetizers, and the Frick Art & Historical Center for antique cars and a taste of the Victorian high life.

Click here to read the complete TravelLady magazine article.

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Visit Pittsburgh: A clean, walkable, word-class city

Pittsburgh is highlighted as travel destination by travel e-zine Just Say Go.

"Clean and very walkable, Pittsburgh has world-class art museums, a myriad of excellent restaurants and breweries, Broadway-worthy theatre, distinguished educational institutions, and professional baseball, ice hockey and football teams," the article states.

Among other local favorites, it highlights the Andy Warhol Museum, Church Brew Works, the Cultural District, Heinz History Center and Mt. Washington.

Click here to read the complete Just Say Go article.

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Charming Pittsburgh shines in full facelift-mode

The Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, gives Pittsburgh the "most livable city in the U.S." treatment by calling attention to its popular tourist attractions and lesser-known charms.

There's the vista of the Golden Triangle from Mt. Washington, the North Side's National Aviary, the "often overlooked" Frick Art & Historical Center (a "true gem"), the South Side's Victorian architecture and Lawrenceville's Church Brew Works, where crowds wait hours to worship at the altar of beer.

To read the complete Toronto Star article, click here.

Last-minute vacation deal: A weekend of culture in Pittsburgh

Looking for a last-minute escape before the air cools, the leaves fall and the bikinis are stashed in favor of plaid and wool? Redbook recommends Pittsburgh as an easy-to-plan and affordable weekend vacation. The magazine suggests couples check out the Andy Warhol Museum, the Duquesne Incline, the gardens at Phipps and more. Plus, there's a hot tip about logging onto visitpittsburgh.com to earn a $20 gas card from GetGo for every night booked when you add attraction tickets to your hotel stay. Sounds like the perfect excuse--even for Pittsburgh-based folks--to get in some downtime before football season sets in.

To read the complete article click here.

Flying high above Pittsburgh at world championship of extreme pogo

Pogopalooza 6, the world championship of extreme pogo, bounced around Pittsburgh a couple weekends ago, and The Wall Street Journal was there to ooh and ahh. The event, which took place at Oakland's Schenley Plaza, showcased jumps eight feet high and daredevil spins and flips akin to those of skateboarding and motocross. The competition attracted about 60 riders, between the ages of 13 and 24, from 23 states as well as Canada and England. The article profiles some of the sport's brightest athletes, and is well worth the click-through for an impressive photo of a pogo-ist flying in the air above Downtown's skyscrapers from a Mt. Washington overlook.

To read the complete article click here.

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