4th of July _ Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

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Arsenal Park was the site of the historic Allegheny Arsenal.  The 9-acre park spans a slopped residential block in Lawrenceville.  Because of the slopped hillside, the park is leveled with terraces with different programmed activities and sports facilities occupying each terrace.  There are tennis courts, basketball courts, 2 baseball fields, and a children’s play level.

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The terracing made it the perfect hill-side, amphitheater like setting to see the fireworks show put on by the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee.

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Anthony Street Stairs _ The Run, Greenfield

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Pittsburgh has roughly 675 public staircases.  Fitting nicely with the hilly topography of the city, the staircases used to take steel workers from their hill-side homes to the steel mills down by the rivers.

The original public Anthony Street Steps, rising next to St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, connected Saline Street to the Greenfield School up the slope.

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While the steps don’t run all the way up to the school anymore (part of the stairs collapsed, and the rest of it is closed off), they still connect to Ivondale Street. above.

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4th of July _ Manchester

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The fourth of July in Pittsburgh is a special time.  There are fireworks on barges in the river.  And there is Anthrocon - the world’s largest annual furry convention, which convenes in Pittsburgh every year.  Furries.  Walking.  Everywhere Downtown.

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On most Pirates game days at PNC Park, the city will close the 6th Street / Roberto Clemente Bridge to vehicular traffic.  Imagine if the city closed off Elysian Park Ave. to vehicular traffic on Dodger game days.

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Celebrating July 4th with Adam’s grill in historic Manchester.

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And exploring abandoned houses.

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The Rivers Casino Lawn.  The city shoots fireworks off of barges in the Ohio River for the 4th of July.

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Atwood Street _ Oakland

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Chinese & Cuban food!!!  Hunan Bar _ Oakland

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The only real tacos I have found in Pittsburgh, so far.  They’re sold from a sidewalk cart - just like home!  Las Palmas _ Oakland

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Blood Cultures _ Indian Summer
from Indian Summer (2013)

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Melwood Ave. under the Bloomfield Bridge in Polish Hill.

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WYEP Summer Music Festival _ Schenley Plaza

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Schenley Plaza, next to the iconic Cathedral of Learning, wasn’t always a green expanse in the middle of Oakland.  For decades, the plaza was an asphalt parking lot.  In 2006, the Pittsburg Park Conservancy and partners converted the parking lot back to its intended use: a park.  It was the perfect setting for WYEP’s Summer Music Festival.

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Valerie June!

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Pittsburgh Architecture Bike Ride

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PPG Plaza _ Downtown Pittsburgh

New buddy Lucia led a small group of us on a bike ride to different architecturally significant buildings and spaces in Pittsburgh.

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Union Station _ Downtown Pittsburgh

This used to be the hub for passengers trains in Pittsburgh, with a rotunda driveway designed for horse carriages.  In the late 1980s, the rail office building was converted to apartments.

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David L. Lawrence Convention Center _ Downtown Pittsburgh

The convention center sits right at the edge of the Allegheny River. Instead of cutting off access to pedestrians and cyclists to the river, the building has a path that cuts under and through the convention center, allowing a dramatic entrance to the river trail under the riverside highway.

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Fort Pitt Tunnel _ Mount Washington.  The iconic tunnel that leads directly into downtown Pittsburgh.

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Thick Bikes _ South Side

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Bellefield Boiler Plant (The Cloud Factory) _ Oakland

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June Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride _ Homestead

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"The Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride is about having fun, promoting a positive self-body image, and building a stronger bike community in Pittsburgh.

So let us celebrate urban cycling, celebrate your badass bicycling body, celebrate being fabulous, celebrate hot summer nights, and drink cold beers once we’re done. Feel good, dress up, down, or mostly not at all.”

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Butler St. _ Strip District

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6th St _ Downtown Pittsburgh

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North Shore Drive at the Fort Duquesne Pedestrian Bridge _ North Shore

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Point State Park _ Downtown Pittsburgh

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Armstrong Tunnel at Second Avenue _ Uptown

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Sam Amidon _ My Old Friend (Tim McGraw Cover)
from Bright Sunny South (2013)

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McCleary Elementary School _ Lawrenceville.  A shuttered Pittsburgh public school house (1900), which is being converted into condos.

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Team Decaf Ride _ Zoom the Tombs

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A ride through 3 of Pittsburgh’s immense & lush cemeteries with Team Decaf's weekly Tuesday ride.

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Allegheny Cemetery _ Lawrenceville

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Deer!  Everywhere!

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Homewood Cemetery _ Point Breeze

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Thunderstorm shelter.

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Calvary Catholic Cemetery _ Greenfield

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