The New North

This segment of the city contains PNC Park, which has the distinction of being the most Instagrammed location in Pennsylvania, according to a recent TIME Magazine analysis of Instagram data. And if you’ve sat down for a ballgame and been distracted by the stunning skyline, you know why. But if you venture to this neighborhood only to attend a sporting event or concert, you’re missing out; the area is full of restaurants, museums, cultural landmarks and churches, as well as some lovely historic homes.




photo by chuck beard

 

What's Here?

Chateau
Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but you’ve likely been to this neighborhood of mostly industrial buildings along the Ohio River; it contains Rivers Casino (777 Casino Drive, riverscasino.com) and the Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave., carnegiesciencecenter.org).

Manchester
Walled off by Route 65 and train tracks, Manchester is full of Victorian mansions. The Manchester Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Central Northside
Home to landmarks such as Allegheny General Hospital and the Mattress Factory Museum (500 Sampsonia Way, mattress.org) as well as the Mexican War Streets, the West North Avenue border of this neighborhood contains the former Garden Theater, which sits on a block with historic buildings that have been awaiting redevelopment for more than two decades.

North Shore
You’ve almost certainly tailgated here — both Heinz Field and PNC Park are situated along the bank of the Allegheny River, along with restaurants, bars, office buildings and a riverfront trail.

Allegheny Center
Once the heart of Allegheny City, which Pittsburgh annexed in 1907, this area is dominated by a massive former mall that’s being redeveloped into Nova Place (100 South Commons, novaplace.com) and aims to connect Allegheny Center with the North Shore. It’s also home to several city institutions, including the New Hazlett Theater (6 Allegheny Square East, newhazletttheater.org), the National Aviary (700 Arch St., aviary.org) and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children’s Way, pittsburghkids.org).

Allegheny West
This residential neighborhood is distinguished by beautiful homes obscured by tall trees that line its streets. The Community College of Allegheny County is here, as is a smattering of restaurants and bars.
 


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Eat

The Mexican War Streets’ Monterey Pub is a favorite among Central Northsiders. This cozy bar and restaurant offers Irish comfort food such as bangers and mash and stoner pie as well as American fare.  1227 Monterey St., montereypub.com

The BYOB Nicky’s Thai Kitchen in Allegheny West, with its intimate dining room and small outdoor seating area, is a great spot for a date night.  856 Western Ave., nickysthaikitchen.com

Burgatory is a welcome addition to the North Shore restaurant lineup. This branch of the local burger-and-shake chain opened in the fall, giving Pirates fans another option for pre-game grub and workers from nearby office buildings another spot for lunch.  342 North Shore Drive, burgatorybar.com
 

Drink

Grab a lovely latte from the Central Northside’s charming Commonplace at the Mexican War Streets and don’t forget to post a picture hashtagged #CPMWS.  1501 Buena Vista St., thecommonplacecoffeehouse.com.

Neighborhood bar The Modern Cafe in Allegheny West boasts a great selection of beers. Drafts are half-off during the Modern’s happy hour — which should actually be called “happy hours,” as the special runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  862 Western Ave., themoderncafe.com.

When the Pirates are in town, don’t miss the opportunity for a street beer: grab a cold brew from a vendor outside PNC Park, stand in the middle of the closed block of Federal Street and enjoy a drink before the first pitch. 115 Federal St., pirates.com.
 

Shop

Head to the North Shore to stock up on all of your black and gold gear at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at PNC Park (15 Federal St.; 412/325-4465) and the Steelers Sideline Store at Heinz Field (Gate B, 100 Art Rooney Ave.; 412/697-7728).

Not quite shopping, but adopting: The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Chateau might just house your new best friend. 1101 Western Ave.; wpahumane.com.

City Books in Allegheny West is easy to miss, tucked on a side street off of Western Avenue. This store, which sells both new and used books, seems to be a perfect fit for the historic neighborhood. 908 Galveston Ave., citybookspgh.com.
 

Do

The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center (1815 Metropolitan St., mcgyouthandarts.org, bidwell-training.org) are nestled amid unassuming industrial buildings in Chateau, but a lot goes on here, including training and education. You’ll also find the best jazz in the city at MCG Jazz (mcgjazz.org). Its 30th anniversary season begins in September 2016.
 


PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL
 

Brightly painted Randyland is hard to miss if you’re wandering through the Central Northside. The free museum, where visitors are encouraged to take in public art, is the home of artist Randy Gilson. 1501 Arch St., randy.land.
 

The Central Northside’s Allegheny YMCA is more than a neighborhood gym. In addition to exercise classes and swimming lessons, this location offers child care and transitional housing for men. 600 W. North Ave., ymcaofpittsburgh.org.
 

Food Critic's Pick

Subba’s Asian Restaurant in East Allegheny is a bit tricky to find; trust your instincts that the door with a little sign will indeed lead you upstairs to the spacious dining room. The menu is pan-Asian, with nations from China to India represented, but you’re here for owner Deo Subba’s Nepalese cuisine. Choose from chicken, pork, lamb or fish curry that’s served with a fabulous mix of sides such as dal, mustard greens, rice and pickled vegetables. (700 Cedar Ave., 412/586-5764) — Hal B. Klein
 

Signature Event

Billed as the oldest house tour in Pittsburgh, the Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour takes you through one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods and into some of its oldest homes. Typically held in September, the self-guided tour offers a “midway of vendors and mobile eateries.” You’ll also discover refined gardens and architecturally significant renovations along the way. (mexicanwarstreets.org/events). — Lauren Davidson
 

 

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Around the Point

With exciting options for work, play and attractive new housing – these Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the places a rising number of urbanites want to call home.

The New North

If you venture to this neighborhood only to attend a sporting event or concert at PNC Park or Heinz Field, you’re missing out; the area is full of restaurants, museums, cultural landmarks and churches, as well as some lovely historic homes.

The Old Allegheny Slopes

No matter where you drive or walk in The Old Allegheny Slopes, you are probably going up or down a hill. This makes for a lot of good views, along with hidden surprises tucked into these city neighborhoods.

The Northern 'Burbs

The area commonly referred to as the North Hills maintains its long-held status as a fine suburban place to live or go for a walk in a nature park, but the area also offers plenty of shopping and dining and play options.

The Near East

There’s a reason all of the out-of-town trend pieces praising Pittsburgh’s 21st-century rebirth seem to focus on these neighborhoods. This thriving part of the city is where design, the arts, restaurant culture and high-end shopping are integrated into Pittsburgh’s working-class bones.

Where 8 Meets 28

The river communities that have been home to many families with histories in steel- and glass-making have a wealth of quaint, independent retail stores, restaurants and businesses, as well as much-loved libraries, festivals and community days.

Allegheny River Communities

Each borough and municipality in this northeastern corner of Allegheny County contains surprises. To those who live along the river’s edge, they’re familiar, hometown destinations and sights; to visitors, they’re spots worth making the drive out along (the finally construction-free) Route 28.

College Town

When people talk about the revitalization of Pittsburgh, it usually involves the tagline meds and eds — and meds and eds it is in College Town. You’ll find the sprawling buildings of Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as several UPMC medical complexes.

Green Pittsburgh

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The Hidden East End

The Mellons, Fricks, Carnegies and Westinghouses built their mansions in this most-stylish part of town. But their departure for greener and more secluded pastures — and the mass relocation of families here after the razing of the Lower Hill — left much of this area economically depressed for decades. Now the long-awaited renaissance of East Liberty is beginning to bring major reinvestment here, too.

The Eastern Border

Most of these communities, which lie to the east of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, are residential suburbs with small business districts. There also are tons of beauty in these hills, which are packed with historic homes, parks, schools and churches, as well as evidence of Pittsburgh’s steel-making and industrial past.
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The Sprawling Suburbs

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The Mon and Beyond

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Scaling the Mountain

There’s a lot happening in the area between the South Side and the Hilltop, and every time you visit, it seems a new business has cropped up. The communities around Mount Washington enjoy beautiful views of the city as well as parks, strong neighborhood associations and ethnic restaurants.

The Reborn 'Burbs

This is where the city’s southern suburbs begin, at the edge of the city limits and drifting into the areas closest to Pittsburgh proper. Along the south bank of the Monongahela River — in an area with heavy industrial roots — you’ll find neighborhoods in the midst of revitalization, with plenty of business and more quaint places to live.

Far Down the River

Pittsburgh loves its blue-collar industrial history, and at the heart of that are the communities that make up the Mon Valley. Where the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers meet is the beginning of a network of proud, tight-knit communities with lots of trails and woods to explore, plenty of fishing spots and — important for any community — a wealth of beloved soft-serve ice cream stands.

The Southern Suburbs

With their abundance of green spaces, thriving business districts and walkable sidewalk communities, Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs offer plenty of incentive for families looking for a peaceful place to call home. Though mere minutes from Downtown, these neighborhoods make residents feel as though they are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Midwest

The neighborhoods west of Downtown were among the region’s first. Most were part of Chartiers Township, which (like the creek) was named for Pierre Chartier, a local trader of French and Shawnee parentage who later became a chief. Formerly farmland, most of this area was transformed by industry into working-class neighborhoods, a legacy which persists today.

Down the Highways

While driving southbound on Interstate 79, don’t be scared to take an exit and explore. These townships and boroughs range from scenic farmland to busy main streets. Regardless of the surroundings, the areas in this region all offer plenty to experience.

The Far-Flung 'Burbs

These primarily residential communities have spent the past years growing — and becoming more and more popular. With Pittsburgh International Airport nearby and increasing economic development, it’s easy to see why so many call this end of the region home.

The Ohio River Valley

The lands north of the Ohio River became part of the Depreciation Lands used to pay Revolutionary War veterans for their service. The numerous small boroughs and townships along Ohio River Boulevard are collected into slightly larger (but still compact) school districts, befitting their continued status as popular hometowns to raise families generation after generation.
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