Today's the day! You're living for a three-ish hour window: The 80-ish percent eclipse that will pass over Pittsburgh starts at 1:10 p.m., peaks at 2:35 p.m. and will be old news by 3:55. Just hope the rain stays away. If you didn't get protective eye ware for today, you probably won't. Even so, you can still hang out with your fellow Pittsburghers during the eclipse (and some viewing parties will loan you a pair or let you look through a telescope!). And one last reminder: Don't look at the solar eclipse without glasses. Just don't. (Oh, and "don’t try to watch the eclipse while you’re on the road" either.)
Pittsburgh is in the middle of street sweeping season, which begins in April and ends in November. If you live in an area of the city where the Department of Public Works sweeps, then you probably know that the Pittsburgh Parking Authority follows behind, ready to ticket drivers who’ve forgotten to move their vehicles. Last season, the Parking Authority issued a whopping 40,042 citations, which we mapped. Check out these neighborhood-level maps — plus learn why there's reason to hope.
The Pittsburgh International Airport complex was built to accommodate 35 million passengers annually, but it actually sees 8.3 million. The airport is working on a master plan to "modernize and right-size" its facilities, a spokesman told the Post-Gazette. And that could mean big changes. Many ideas are being discussed, including one that would stop use of the landside building, currently used for tickets, security and baggage claim, per the PG.
View the solar eclipse through special telescopes and other observation tools. (You'll be able to borrow eclipse glasses.) Plus, the live NASA feed from across the U.S. will be on the science center's theater screens. The best eclipse viewing time in Pittsburgh is 1 to 3 p.m., with the maximum partial eclipse at 2:35 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: August 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free with admission
Head to Frick Park to see the solar eclipse, and get there early — the first 50 people will receive eclipse viewing glasses.
Where: Frick Environmental Center at 2005 Beechwood Blvd. (Squirrel Hill)
When: August 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Vogue Magazine called an exhibition in Pittsburgh "the most important art show in America." Titled 20/20, the collaboration between Carnegie Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem brings together 20 works from each museums' collections in "an unprecedented exhibition," one of the curators told Vogue. It's on view at Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland through Dec. 31.
From artist-designed glassware to exquisite taps in meticulously designed spaces, Pittsburgh bars are using imaginative interior design to evoke feelings and transport diners to other places. An interior design expert tells The Incline about the importance of well-thought-out design, and bars from around the city show off the design schemes they dreamed up.