🗓 What’s 1-4-3 Day? It’s a day of kindness inspired by Pittsburgh native Mister Rogers, who used the number as code for I Love You based on the number of letters in each word. And today is the 143rd day of the year, in case you were wondering. (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
🎵 “Let’s make the most of this beautiful day” with this performance by your neighbors. (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on YouTube)
❤️ “I’m proud of you.” A reminder from Mister Rogers. (MisterRogersQuotes on Twitter)
✈️ To salute frontline workers, the 911th Airlift Wing will fly over local hospitals on Memorial Day. (KDKA-TV)
🚑 When FEMA called, these Pitt students answered. (Pittwire)
💗 Introducing The Heart Advocate, a non-traditional therapy practice rooted in the concept of self-love. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🥕 These food bank volunteers are feeding Pittsburgh in the midst of a hunger storm. (The Incline)
😻 Looking for a furry friend? Jon from Pittsburgh Good Deeds sponsored adoptions for 31 animals. (Animal Friends on Facebook)
🦉 Whooo is this? It’s the Riverview Park baby screech owl being adorable on video. (Citiparks on Facebook)
🍹 Cocktails to-go are a go in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
🍟 Mark Cuban to the rescue. Maybe. The Pittsburgh native wants to buy The O. (KDKA-TV)
💒 A Pitt alumnus got a virtual wedding, courtesy of John Krasinski and the cast of “The Office.” (Pittwire)
💈 Remember haircuts? Well, these are some of the famous hair-dos with Pittsburgh roots. (Pittsburgh Today Live)
🎤 “It’s a good day!” Perry Como was right. Here’s a special rendition from Rick Sebak and friends. (WQED on Twitter)
☀️ If you’re missing the outside world, get nostalgic with this video. (Cody Baker on Twitter)
😂 Pittsburgh comic Krish Mohan is bringing the standup to you. (90.5 WESA)
💪 Rocking chairs and paint cans: Some high school athletes are getting very creative with their workouts these days. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Supporting members make The Incline possible, so we wanted to put them in the spotlight with this series.
Meet member Laurie Thompson, a Murrysville resident who combines her love of the black and gold with a spirit for being green.
Where in town might people run into you?
Despite living far-ish from the city, I come to the city a lot for places like Dobra, Gaby et Jules, Square Cafe, and the East End Food Co-op.
What made you decide to become a member of The Incline?
It makes me feel at home to read The Incline, even more so with being stuck in quarantine. I can only imagine how much effort and research goes into the newsletter so I thought it was about time I support you guys financially! (Editor’s note: Hey thanks, Laurie, we appreciate you, too!)
What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?
On Earth Day I did the virtual “Be Fit Pitt” morning yoga, a collaboration between Be Fit Pitt and the Office of Sustainability. It was just what I needed and a great way to celebrate Earth Day from home.
And big congrats to Hannah W., who was the first to correctly identify the photo in yesterday’s newsletter as the Hong Kong Express 2 building on Court Street, just off Boulevard of the Allies.
It’s an interesting spot and part of Pittsburgh’s own Chinatown.
As 90.5 WESA reported, Chinese laborers came to western Pennsylvania for factory jobs in the late 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century, about 180 ethnically Chinese people lived in Pittsburgh, “most if not all within a few square blocks of downtown — on and between Grant Street, Second and Third Avenues and Ross Street.” That’s right where this photo was taken.
Reader Dwight F. remembers visiting the area to shop.
“I tagged along with my father when he shopped there for things like har gow and Chinese sausage and huge sacks of rice. He favored the shop closest to Grant St. and I do remember it had good-tasting stuff. Roast ducks hung from the ceiling. That was the 1950s. I don’t recall when those buildings were demolished.”
The Post-Gazette has some fascinating photos of Pittsburgh’s Chinatown from that era.
Thank you to Dwight for sharing those memories and to all of you who played this week.
We’ll see you back here next week for another round.
📊 COVID-19 by the numbers — as of Thursday:
✅ Do this, not that. An easy-to-follow guide to limiting your chances of COVID-19 exposure. (Gov. Tom Wolf on Twitter)
➡️ Hundreds of Allegheny Health Network and Highmark employees are being laid off because of revenue losses linked to the pandemic. (KDKA-TV)
📝 Attend a virtual zine release party, "Yinz Mad? Radical Mental Health in Pittsburgh" (Online)
🎭 Banter about the Bard at Saturday Night Shakespeare (Online)
🍎 Stock up on local fruits and veggies at the Bloomfield Saturday Market — check out safety measures in advance (Bloomfield)
😂 Bring the kiddos for this family friendly online kids comedy show with Arcade Comedy Theater (Online)
🥕 Shop for fresh, local produce at the Downtown Farmer's Market — check out new safety precautions before you go (Downtown)
💪 Try out the Virtual Murph Challenge this Memorial Day with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh (Online)
🇺🇸 Commemorate Memorial Day virtually with Remembering Together Pittsburgh (Online)
👋 Make some new friends at this Pittsburgh Poetry Collective open mic and hang-out session (Online)
📖 Dive into two tales of cabin fever in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" with The Frick (Online)
🤖 Use household items for a virtual maker activity with the Millvale Community Library (Online)
📜 Show and tell with Heinz History Center's Virtual Story Share (Online)
📺 Watch three classic episodes of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” tonight (On WQED/Online)
Remember to fill out (or request!) your ballot this weekend.
Enjoy the long weekend, and just a reminder that we’ll see you back here on Thursday.