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Recipes from A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny

Thank you to all of our friends, new and old, who joined us for 2017’s A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny. Those of you who attended already know that we had wonderful Spanish tapas to pair with a selection of wines from the same locale. Even if you weren’t able to make it, we wanted to share these delectable treats – and information about the wines that greeted visitors to homes and gardens alike.

Emmanuel Church

Dish: Gazpacho
Wine: Jaume Serra Cristallano

Willock House

Dish: Pan con Tomate
Wine: Clos de Nit

Johnson House

Dish: Blue Cheese & Walnut Shortbread
Wine: Bodegas Hesvera

Help Out in Allegheny Commons for OpenStreetsPGH

Hello, Northsiders!

I am looking for some help this weekend at this month’s OpenStreets! I will be at a table over near the Iron Deer statue in Allegheny Commons with a table full of fun stuff and a device I use to make BIG BUBBLES =)

Big Bubbles

I will be there from 8am setting up till 1pm. Please let me know if you are willing to join me as a volunteer for even just half an hour. Any help is appreciated =)

Thank you all! Hope to see you Sunday!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

PHLF: Oh My Aching Back!

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, June 20th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

How to Keep Gardening as We Age

Gardening is great exercise, but it can become more difficult through the years. Aging knees and backs, and overall muscle loss make it harder to do the kind of gardening we once enjoyed. This talk will provide suggestions for making your garden less labor intensive while still providing joy and a beautiful setting for your home.

About the Presenter

Martha Swiss is a garden writer, designer and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener magazine and the publications editor for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Her articles have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fine Gardening. She is a graduate of Chatham University’s landscape design program and a Penn State master gardener.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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$1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants Now Available

Neighbor-to-Neighbor June

Neighbor-to-Neighbor $1,000 grants are Back!

Apply by Friday July 7th for a grant to build a better Northside

If you call the Northside home and have an idea for making your community a better place to live, learn, and work, you can apply for a $1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant from The Sprout Fund.

In partnership with the Buhl Foundation and in support of the One Northside initiative, Sprout provides microgrants to support small-scale neighborhood-level projects. Applicants must live or work on the Northside and funded project activities must take place in one of the 18 neighborhoods of the Northside.

Thinking of applying? Learn more at a lunchtime workshop this Friday, June 16th. RSVP today!

Submit Your Grant Application Today

RSVP for an Info Session

Thinking about applying for a grant? Sprout is hosting information sessions at the following Northside neighborhood locations:

Friday, June 16 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run
1201 Woods Run Avenue
Register to Attend

Thursday, July 6 | 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street
Register to Attend

Learn More about Sprout’s Support for One Northside

Pultizer Prize Winner and Author of Negroland Margo Jefferson Speaks June 27

City of Asylum (2017)

Margo Jefferson

Thursday, June 27th
8:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and author Margo Jefferson will be reading from her multi-award winning autobiography Negroland, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Heartland Prize.

Margo Jefferson

Margo places a critical lens to her childhood growing up among the Chicago’s upper-crust, elite black social sphere – a world she dubs “Negroland.” Widely regarded as one of 2016’s Best Books of the Year (as noted by such publications as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Time Out New York and others), Negroland is a provocative work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.

Jefferson is a national treasure and her memoir should be required reading across the country. – Vanity Fair

Margo is a professor at Columbia University and has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek, and has published in New York Magazine, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Believer, Guernica, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and Grand Street. Not shy about tackling potentially controversial subject matter, Jefferson’s essays have weighed in on such topics as Ebonics, “race ennui” and black feminism. She also wrote and performed a theater piece, Sixty Minutes in Negroland, at The Cherry Lane Theater and The Culture Project.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

Reserve a Table for Your Visit

When making your reservation,
please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

Summer Solstice Event

Don’t miss the magnificent 30 foot high Resurrection Window in all of its glory!

At the historic Calvary Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave, Northside: June 21 at 6:00 pm

Allegheny Historic Preservation Society will host David Farkas, from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. He will speak on the subject of preservation easements of historic properties. This will be held in Calvary’s Chapel area from 6:00-6:30 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Notice of Public Meeting: Allegheny Circle Two Way Conversion

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Alloy 26, Nova Place
Time: 6:00 pm – Sign In, 6:30 pm – Presentation

The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the PA Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and in cooperation with One Northside and the Walk/Ride Northside, a committee of the Northside Leadership Conference, will conduct a preliminary public meeting for Allegheny Circle two way conversion in the Allegheny Center Neighborhood.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the conceptual plans for the project which is set for a May 2018 construction start.

The project team will be present at the public meeting to answer any questions and present the conceptual plans. The meeting location is accessible to persons having disabilities. Anyone who needs additional information has special needs, or requires special aids should contact:

Emily Jo Gaspich, P.E., Project Manager, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Transportation and Engineering at (412) 255-2472 or

Family Fun with Renowned Storyteller Marc Spiegel

City of Asylum (2017)

A Program for Kids and Families

Marc Spiegel

Saturday, June 17th
11:00 am

Adults and children alike will be spellbound during this unique Saturday-morning program. While entertaining with multi-cultural stories, folklore, poetry, and even a few songs, Marc Spiegel also teaches the mechanics of storytelling. Audiences become part of the story itself in his interactive program that is sure to inspire the storyteller in your family.

Marc Spiegel

Marc has performed his original stories offering a multicultural repertoire of traditional folktales for more than fourteen years. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park, as well as off-Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater. He was a featured storyteller at the White House “Millennium on the Mall” celebration held at The Smithsonian Institute.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Riverview Park and Allegheny Observatory Walking Tour

Allegheny Observatory

Thursday, June 15, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 pm (with a free, optional tour of the Allegheny Observatory, following)

Reservation deadline: Monday, June 12, 2017
Meeting location: Riverview Park Visitor Center, 159 Riverview Avenue

Contact Mary Lu Denny for reservations and click here for complete details. Join Louise Sturgess from PHLF, Park Ranger Nancy Schaefer, and Jimmy DeCecco from Pfaffmann + Associates for an evening walk in Riverview Park that will include updates on recent restoration progress at the Allegheny Observatory.

Letter from the President – June 2017

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening? Our May Civic Council membership meeting saw plenty of both new and old (only in terms of regular attendance) faces — all gathering to get the latest scoop on the many new projects about to get underway in our community. We will all be getting together again on June 13th at 7:30 pm to find out what’s going on. This is where you get the straight story and ask questions, where you can bring your local issues or problems, and most importantly where you and your neighbors decide what we’re going to do about them.

Of course, praise for work well done — and ideas for the future—are always welcome too. At our June meeting we’ll be saying “THANK YOU” to the great many homeowners, tour guides, organizers and volunteers — and, of course, chairperson Carol Gomrick — who made our annual Wine & Garden Tour last weekend a rousing success!

This monthly meeting is where and when we make decisions about our neighborhood — decisions that, in ways both small and large, will affect you. And we always have a good time socializing and enjoying refreshments while we’re at it.

Everyone is welcome – second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, in the Calvary Church social hall, corner of Beech and Allegheny (use the Beech Avenue entrance). The meeting’s usually over by 9:00. It’s also a great way for newer folks to meet your neighbors and get involved! We hope to see you on Tuesday evening.

On June 25th of 1962, the second organizing meeting was held for the group that would become the Allegheny West Civic Council. Held in the social room of Calvary United Methodist Church — where the AWCC has met ever since — this session focused on identifying what types of civic action were possible, and how best to be effective as an agent for positive change in a world that seemed hellbent on eradicating the tiny community.
Problems with liquor licenses in the neighborhood were a major concern, as was a perception that a large
number of properties generally appeared to be rundown. While those attending the meeting were largely neighborhood residents and local businesspeople, many of those whose properties were problematic were absentee owners without a direct local presence — some just waiting to be bought out for “redevelopment.”
Of particular note was a discussion regarding “state of mind,” in which it was agreed that there was a distinct difference between those who “cared” about the community — now and in the future — and those who simply used it without regard, often causing damage in the process.
Concluding that the solution to this was two fold — educate those who are willing to learn, regulate those who aren’t — a twin path was adopted. The new organization and its members would take “…an objective look at the neighborhood and your own property. Assess assets and liabilities. What are available resources?” At the same time, they would initiate contact with the City Planning Department and local officials to solicit assistance in changing the direction.
Already by this second meeting, there were names in attendance that will be familiar to long-time Allegheny West residents: Shelton, Pusateri, Porter, Smith, Floyd, Davin, Gallagher, Gilbert, Dickenson, Watson, Wirth, Bianconi, Vonfeld, Hite, Johnson, Collins. At this earliest stage, it would have been impossible for these folks to imagine that for some of them the battle that they were undertaking would last thirty or forty years — literally the rest of their lives.
John DeSantis
President, AWCC