If it feels like it’s always raining here, well, that’s because it is.
So far in 2019, a whopping 72.5 percent of the year has seen some form of precipitation. Indeed, it may be always sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s always rainy in Pittsburgh.
“In fact,” KDKA-TV reports, “it has rained so much, that we have only been able to string together a maximum of three dry days in a row.”
The record dry spell for Pittsburgh? A 26-day stretch in November 1874, per Patch.
The bad news: Yes, Pittsburgh is always gray, and yes, it’s affecting your health.
The good news: Sunshine is expected today. Get outside and enjoy it — tell your boss we told you to. 😇
In other news…
East Liberty could get its own version of Market Square under a new design. The $1.6 million project would modernize a public park at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Broad Street with wide pathways, artful lighting, space for food trucks, and cafe seating for the nearby Kirkland Shops. If approved by the planning commission next week, construction would begin in 2020. (NEXTpittsburgh)
Construction on the Strip District Produce Terminal is officially underway. Officials broke ground yesterday on the long-awaited project, which will include shops, restaurants, and offices. Plus, expect a $50 million upgrade to Smallman Street, connections to the riverfront, and pedestrian access. (KDKA-TV)
Oyster shells from Pittsburgh restaurants are headed to the Chesapeake Bay for restoration efforts. Six restaurants — Eleven, Merchant Oyster Co., Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, Off the Hook, Spirits & Tales, and St. Clair Country Club — have collected 19 tons of oyster shells so far. The project keeps shells out of landfills and supports the health of the Chesapeake Bay where shells are planted in protected sanctuary sites to grow into water-filtering reefs. (Pittsburgh Current)
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Man, it’s a hot one.
Seriously, Rob Thomas/Santana references aside, it’s getting steamy out there, and you might just want to cool down by splashing around.
We’re here to help with that. Here’s our guide to pools, spray parks, and lakes to visit this summer. It features the biggest public pool in Pennsylvania, 15 waterslides, the details on more than a dozen city pools that opened today, and some weekend trip ideas.
Stay cool out there.
🤖 Now through June 17: Who’s shaping Pittsburgh’s tech scene? Highlight their work by nominating them for our Who’s Next award. Nominations are due by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17.
🍎 June 26: Celebrate The Incline’s Who’s Next: Education class, 19 up-and-comers preparing Pittsburgh for the future, at a happy hour in their honor. (Downtown)
🔥 June 13: Master your grilling skills this summer with Palate Partners’ Wine & Grilling series where you’ll learn some grilling recipes and tips on successful wine pairings. The June class will focus on seafood. (Lawrenceville)
💪 June 15: Join 50’s Finest honorees Emily Peduto and Rachel Mende at Highmark Stadium for a boot camp and food truck rally to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Station Square)
☀️ June 21: Dance the midsummer night away with all things mystical, while enjoying food and drink from some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. (North Side)
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🎵 Remember Anne Frank’s 90th birthday at the Pittsburgh Girls Choir concert “Hope and Remembrance” (Squirrel Hill)
♻️ Recycle better with tips from the city and the DEP (Point Breeze)
🚔 Kayak with cops in this free event for North Side and West End residents (North Shore)
🌳 Learn to ID trees at this walk with Tree Pittsburgh (Edgewood)
🌯 Support the neighborhood’s first ever community food truck round-up (Carrick)
⚡️ Experience “There Is Not an Infinite Space between Two Points,” a video opera with an accompanying exhibition of light boxes, window murals, and paintings (Downtown)
💃 Dance it out at Rihanna Ri-Play Night (Lawrenceville)
🖌 Try your hand at graffiti in this workshop at Carrie Furnaces (Swissvale)
🌤 Check out environment-focused workshops, sip drinks, and eat food truck fare at Frick Park After Dark (Squirrel Hill)
📽 Watch a week of films celebrating queer cinema, from “But I’m a Cheerleader” to “Rafiki,” now through June 20 (Lawrenceville)
💪 Practice your prehistoric skills at Meadowcroft Rockshelter’s atlatl competition (Avella)
🛍 Find some new-to-you gems at the Lawrenceville Yard Sale (Lawrenceville)
💬 Explore new words through songs, action rhymes, and stories in both English and Chinese at the library (Squirrel Hill)
🎤 Hear poetry in prose at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Won’t You Celebrate with Me” (East Liberty)
🎼 Hear the powerful, soulful songs of Jacquea Mae at this open mic night (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
🚲 Cruise through the city on a bike while learning about Pittsburgh’s glass and steel history (Downtown, South Side)
🚘 Gawk at cool cars during Pittsburgh Cars ‘N’ Coffee’s annual Father’s Day Car Show (Robinson Township)
💄 Pick up some make-up tips at Sephora’s “Classes for Confidence for the Trans & GNC Community” (Bethel Park)
The tale of one of Pittsburgh’s most elusive street artists is full of intrigue. Dubbed “Cap Man” by Pittsburgh Orbit, the artist is known for black-and-white Sharpie-on-postal-label pieces.
Have you seen this art — or the artist — around town?