90 Neighborhoods and What We Love About Them

Explore the ins and outs of Pittsburgh’s incredible, diverse neighborhoods with fun things to do in every part of town.



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Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar

The invention of Mike Hanley and Jerry Dilembo, Burgatory delivers on its promise to provide a “helluva burger” and “heavenly shakes.” The burgers are made of a proprietary blend of hormone-free sirloin, chuck, brisket and short-rib cuts. There are top-notch veggie burgers, too. Most fun is the “custom creation” offering, which allows you to build your own concoction, starting with your choice of bun and burger, and finishing with a dizzying array of toppings. In the evening, the neighborhood bar crowd visits to enjoy sports and conversation around the centrally located TVs. The bar stays open late and offers the full menu, as well as a nice assortment of cocktails and bottled beers. — Valentina

[932 Freeport Road; burgatorybar.com, 412/781-1456]

 

East Hills

Imani Christian Academy, a private school, works daily to improve the lives and the futures of its students by focusing on early childhood development and individual attention. In fall 2012, the school made a move that had the community buzzing: the Imani Saints Varsity Football team joined the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. A shift in football conference alignment may seem like a minor change, but consider the implications: In football-mad western Pennsylvania, Imani Christian was now playing marquee matchups under the Friday night lights. “It gives our young men an opportunity to compete at a level that people from around the area can recognize,” said Tru Dixon, dean of students and athletic coordinator. In 2011, the school fielded an independent team, playing entirely on the road and traveling as far as the Erie area to find opponents; a year later, the team was playing home games at Chadwick Field in nearby Homewood. And, by the way, its players won all three of their home games, including a 40-3 rout of McDonald, Pa.’s Fort Cherry High School en route to posting a 6-3 record. The boy’s varsity basketball team fared even better, posting an 8-1 record in its first year of WPIAL competition. In a tough neighborhood, points of pride are sometimes few and far between. To the parents and teens of the East Hills, seeing their Saints take the field or court as hometown heroes is about much more than just sports. — Sean Collier

[imanichristianacademy.org/student-life-athletics.html]

 


 

Homewood South

Pittsburgh artist and activist Vanessa German makes her home in Homewood South, where she frequently is found creating art on her front porch, immersed in the community she loves dearly. When an onslaught of children joined her on the porch, German obtained access to an empty house down the street at the corner of Hamilton and Hale (right on the route for the 71D) and opened Art House. There, children are given space to be safe in their art and imaginations with “Miss Vanessa” as a model for the lifesaving power of love. Art House also hosts community dinners and art exhibitions. — Amy Whipple

[lovefrontporch.com]

 


 

Homewood West

Handsome and historic Westinghouse High School opened its doors in 1917.

 


 

Homewood North

The Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center offers specialized attention, including the HAWKS mentoring initiative.

 

Larimer

While many places offer growler service, there may be no source of suds more fully ingrained in that traditional community spirit than East End Brewing Co. The brewery’s beers also are on tap at more than 100 area bars and restaurants, where tap handles proudly proclaim the birthplace of the brews. East End stands for everything local and, until 2012, that meant a tiny brewery and taproom in Homewood, too small to meet the growing demand for East End’s beers. In its spacious new home in nearby Larimer, East End can brew more, host more and try more. (For fans of a different type of brew, Indiana, Pa.-based Commonplace Coffee Co. shares the space.) One thing has carried over: The owners, as well as four full-time employees, fight to keep East End a near-zero-waste business. Spent grain is donated to a local farm for feed. Scrap wood found at the new space was upcycled into the bar. Even empty sacks from grain are stacked and stored so that customers can later claim them. Aside from the brewery’s positive impact on the environment, local focus and frequent charitable endeavors — among them the annual, ever-popular Keg Ride, a bicycle-led keg delivery event to benefit BikePGH and other organizations — East End promotes community in the simplest way possible: by bringing people together. — Sean Collier

[147 Julius St.; eastendbrewing.com, 412/537-BEER]

 


 

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⬇ Did we miss something?

When we set out to find something we loved in every single city neighborhood, we hit an early hurdle: how should we define them? Pittsburghers have long held different definitions of where certain 'hoods end and others begin — as has the city itself, changing official designations more than once.

In the end, we decided to swear by the most recent city maps. That does make for some odd quirks of designation, but we felt it was the only fair standard we could apply.

And while we do love all 90 of our choices, each neighborhood could've provided 90 more — the selections presented here are by no means the best part of their respective neighborhoods, just one of many great components. We're eager to here about your favorite features and landmarks, so let us know: what's your favorite part of your favorite neighborhood?

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