Pittsburgh’s getting more national love this week, this time from Conde Nast Traveler. The magazine named Pittsburgh to its reader’s choice list of best U.S. cities.
Our city came in at eighth on the article’s best big cities list, which includes obvious choices like Honolulu and New York City and some “surprising gems.” We assume Pittsburgh is in the latter category.
The piece praises our brewery scene and explains that our food scene “involves way more than slapping fries on everything (though we recommend that, too).” Also recommended? Starting your experience in the Strip District with meals at Gaucho and DiAnoia’s (seconded) and then heading to Heinz History Center (we endorse that, too).
This city of champions may be No. 8 to Conde Nast, but it’s No. 1 to us.
In other news …
Oct. 27 is officially “Remember Repair Together Day” in Pittsburgh. The date marks one year since the mass shooting at the Tree of Life — Or L’Simcha synagogue. Pittsburgh City Council and Mayor Bill Peduto issued a proclamation for the date in a ceremony with survivors and families of the victims. (TribLive)
The 104-year-old Wilkinsburg train station is being restored to its former glory, and much of the town is coming along for the ride. While the $6.5 million train station project is getting the most attention, sparks of revitalization are popping up throughout the community. Look for a commercial commissary kitchen, a bakery, a salon, office space, and much more. (NEXTpittsburgh)
Let’s go back in time for a ride on Pittsburgh’s inclines. This black-and-white video, complete with old-timey music, explores the inclines of our city’s past and features one that you can still ride today. Want to see what it was like to ride on a curved incline railway or to ride alongside a horse-and-buggy? Here’s your chance. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
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Beau Berman is ready to ball.
You won’t find the former WTAE reporter on your television anymore, but you can find him on Airbnb, where he’s offering to take strangers on a guided tour of Pittsburgh’s basketball scene and its breweries for a nominal fee.
I was trawling through the weird and wacky Airbnb Experiences listed for Pittsburgh recently when I came upon Beau’s listing entirely by chance. I reached out to make sure it was him, he said it was, and he agreed to talk.
What followed was a conversation about basketball, obviously, but also Pittsburgh’s apparent indifference to the sport, Beau’s future in journalism, and how a quest for normalcy led him back to the backcourt.
Yep, you heard right! We are partying it up to celebrate What’s Next on Oct. 23 at Nova Place.
But we need your help to make this party possible. We’re looking for volunteers to lend a hand at the event. In return, you’ll get free admission to the party, a free month of membership, and our eternal admiration. 💛
Fill out this link and let us know if you’re up to the task.
Made possible by S&T Bank
🍽 Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day early with a one-of-a-kind private five-course dinner and exploration of indigenous cuisine with Colorado-based chef Andrea Murdoch (Hazelwood)
💃 Tour Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, explore an interactive summit, and celebrate at a block party with music, artists, and food during the three-day All for All Summit on immigrant inclusion — through Oct. 12 (East Liberty)
🏥 Saturday: Explore wellness like you haven't seen it before at the one-day Wellness Disruptors conference with keynotes, panels, breakfast/lunch, and a sober happy hour (Hill District)
📣 Saturday, October 19: Celebrate 15 years of sanctuary with a reading from City of Asylum’s former writers-in-residence, including writers from China, El Salvador, Burma, Venezuela, and Iran (North Side)
🌿 Celebrate two years of Grlpwrpgh (Bloomfield)
🖼️ Meet artists leveraging technology to grow brands (Allegheny West)
🍴 Eat food truck fare in support of Revival Chili (Wilkinsburg)
🍅 Learn about the man behind a food empire, H.J. Heinz (Sharpsburg)
🎶 Celebrate soul on the Hill (Hill District)
🚶 Explore Troy Hill with an audio walk and temporary installation — through Saturday (Troy Hill)
💡 Tear apart products and pitch improvements — also on Oct. 15 (East Liberty)
🗳 Learn about voting barriers and solutions at “We Count: Pennsylvanians with Disabilities and the Right to Vote” (Strip District)
🎮 Game all night during a museum sleepover (North Shore)
👯 Support SisterFriend at this In Bed by Ten dance party (Lawrenceville)
👵 Call your golden girls for this puppet parody (Downtown)
👑 Join Queen of the Arcade Schwa de Vivre for a musical viewing party of Chopped (Downtown)
🎭 Wear your finest mask to support the American Cancer Society benefit masquerade ball (North Shore)
🍎 Play games, build-your-own caramel apple, and decorate a pumpkin at Threadbare Cider’s family-friendly fall festival (Spring Garden)
🍔 Sample and judge the city’s best burger and craft cocktail recipes at the Pittsburgher Burger Bash (Homestead)
📜 Explore historic churches and a mansion on this architectural tour (Wilkinsburg)
⚡️ Don your robes and ready your broomsticks for a magical Sharpsmeade Festival (Sharpsburg)
✍️ Join a writers workshop to meet adult queer writers (Bloomfield)
🍲 Sample some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants with Best Bites Pittsburgh Restaurant Crawl (Downtown)
👩🍳 Meet award-winning cookbook author Katie Parla and sample Southern Italian cuisine (Strip District)
🎺 Listen to River City Brass Band at the Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Church (Millvale)
🖼 Discover vintage shops, makers, and artists at the Made & Found Festival (East Liberty)
🛍️ Find some gems at the last Neighborhood Flea marketplace of the 2019 season (Strip District)
💰 Score free admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History for RADical Days (Oakland)
🍬 Bring the kiddos in their Halloween costumes for Trunk or Treat (North Shore)
👻 Get into the Halloween spirit with a family friendly Halloween laser show (North Shore)
🐾 Learn pet CPR and first-aid to be there for your pet when they need you most (Ohio Township)
✨ Learn the traditional craft of punch needle (Bloomfield)
💀 Paint a ceramic sugar skull (Station Square)
This story is nuts — literally. It seems a very hungry and very organized squirrel was storing walnuts, grass, and hay under the hood of a local couple’s car. The little critter had collected enough walnuts to fill half a trash can.
As this squirrel reminds us, winter is coming, but for now go outside and enjoy those fall temps.