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Pittsburgh Then and Now: Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill

Fifty years later, two venerable businesses are still in business along this busy stretch of Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill.




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In September of 1969, the same year Pittsburgh Magazine began publishing, streetcar tracks still ran along Forbes Avenue corridor in Squirrel Hill. Pictured is an Isaly's deli, home to the original recipe of chipped ham and "skyscraper" ice cream cones. Sharing that same block were the Squirrel Hill News Stand, Sun Drugs and the Squirrel Hill Café.
 


PHOTO BY BY FRANCESCA FELLO
 

Fast forward to 2019 and the Squirrel Hill Cafe, now the Squirrel Cage (which got a shout out from PM Dining critic Hal B. Klein in his Best Hamburger feature), and the Squirrel Hill Newsstand are still in business. Isaly's has been replaced by Sam’s Gourmet Subs and Cold Stone Creamery has taken over the Sun Drug's space. 

Pittsburgh Then & Now is a yearlong series in celebration of Pittsburgh Magazine's 50th anniversary where we explore the changes that have happened across the region from 1969 until present-day. Read more Then & Now stories here.

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