Hit the Street: North Side

Grab a sandwich, stroll around the park and walk through an art-installation museum – you won't run out of things to do in the North Side.



Photos by David Kelly // Video by Kaitlin Zurawsky

 


K.S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral [848 Western Ave.] owner Kerry Kennedy says he likes to feature “all things Pittsburgh” in his shop. You’ll find Moonstruck Chocolate at the counter, Natrona Bottling Co.’s soda in the floral cooler and Prestogeorge coffee beans ready to be ground in-house. Other items include key-wound German-made clocks, vintage vases and handmade brooms — Kennedy frequently puts together house-warming and wedding baskets. He sells only fair-trade and pet-friendly florals.

 


Walk over to Allegheny Commons Park to pay a visit to Gus Kalaris, owner of 80-year-old institution Gus & Yia Yia’s Ice Ball Stand [620 W. Ohio St.]. Kalaris started helping his father at the stand — which serves shaved ice, popcorn and peanuts seven days a week from April through October — when he was a boy. He’ll gladly share his North Side stories.

 


Enjoy lunch at Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe [822 Western Ave.], where locals have gathered for 33 years. Try the open-face, homemade meatloaf sandwich, and get there early to grab a counter spot during the mid-day rush.

 

Enjoy a free twangy evening out and see the Pittsburgh Banjo Club practice. Every Wednesday, group members hold an open rehearsal at the Elks Club at 400 Cedar Ave.  

 


Experience the beauty that is Randyland [1501 Arch St.]. Nearly 20 years ago, Randy Gilson turned an abandoned building and the adjacent lots into this colorful city haven of street art.

 

Head over to Giorgio’s Place [908 Western Ave.] and pick up a steaming, cheesy order of homemade lasagna. A first-generation Italian family from Abruzzi, Italy, runs the 21-year-old establishment.

 


Take in a show at the historical New Hazlett Theater [6 Allegheny Square East], an intimate venue that presents performances ranging from modern dance to classical theater.
 

Hot Reads

From Field to Fork

From Field to Fork

We put together this dynamic guide to help you find and engage with the region’s sustainable producers of meat, honey, alcohol, fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

PittGirl wonders if it's still possible to raise kids to be big-hearted people in an age of self-obsession.
Review: Café Zinho

Review: Café Zinho

Seasoned chef and entrepreneur Toni Pais continues to impress folks who dine at his longstanding Mediterranean establishment, Café Zinho.
City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

We explore every inch of Allegheny County (and beyond) for a look at the communities where we live, work and play.

The 412

AC Milan Will Hold a Free Public Practice Tomorrow at Heinz Field

AC Milan Will Hold a Free Public Practice Tomorrow at Heinz Field

Get an up-close look at Balotelli, El Shaarawy and company.
The Thunderbolt Now Is a Certified Landmark

The Thunderbolt Now Is a Certified Landmark

Kennywood’s classic all-wood roller coaster is recognized by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Underrated Stuff We Love: Pittsburgh’s Porch Culture

Underrated Stuff We Love: Pittsburgh’s Porch Culture

You never know who you’ll meet right outside your door.
Oi, Who’s Ready for Manchester City vs. AC Milan at Heinz Field?

Oi, Who’s Ready for Manchester City vs. AC Milan at Heinz Field?

The English Premier League champions will face off against the Italian giants this Sunday.

Hot Reads

From Field to Fork

From Field to Fork

We put together this dynamic guide to help you find and engage with the region’s sustainable producers of meat, honey, alcohol, fruits and vegetables.
Review: Café Zinho

Review: Café Zinho

Seasoned chef and entrepreneur Toni Pais continues to impress folks who dine at his longstanding Mediterranean establishment, Café Zinho.
Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

PittGirl wonders if it's still possible to raise kids to be big-hearted people in an age of self-obsession.
City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

We explore every inch of Allegheny County (and beyond) for a look at the communities where we live, work and play.
6 More Things You Might Not Know About Pittsburgh

6 More Things You Might Not Know About Pittsburgh

PittGirl's at it again — this time with a list of a half-dozen fun facts you'll want to mention at your next cocktail party.
'Which Neighborhood Should I Live In?'

'Which Neighborhood Should I Live In?'

We pick the perfect neighborhood for six breeds of ’Burgher.