News Around the Neighborhood

Pistons in the Park

Pistons in the Park

Join the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Special Events Saturday, September 10th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Allegheny Commons Park West for Pistons in the Park! This FREE cruise-in style car show features dash plaques and t-shirts to the first 100 cars to arrive. New for this year are 10 custom-made, city-themed trophy categories including “Mayor’s Choice”, “Northside’s Finest Ride” and “Pittsburgh Pothole Proof”! There is no cost to register for a chance to win and the full list of categories can be found on our website at or on the FB event page

PHLF: Allegheny County to Light Iconic Three Sisters Bridges

A rendering of the proposed LED light installation on the three Sister Bridges by Allegheny County.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced this week, that the county will spend $6 million to light the iconic Sister Bridges that straddle the Allegheny River, connecting Downtown Pittsburgh to the neighborhoods on its North Side.

The three bridges — Rachel Carson, Andy Warhol and Roberto Clemente— all of them landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will be adorned with programmable LED lights, an installation that is expected to be completed in December 2023.

Our organization was involved in efforts to help light landmark bridges for years, starting with the Smithfield Street Bridge, the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and the Hot Metal Bridge. We commend Allegheny County for this initiative which will greatly enhance the beauty of our city’s bridges and architectural landscape.

Click here to read more about the project.

NY Times Best Selling Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras in Discussion

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Live Reading:
Ingrid Rojas Contreras & Elaine Castillo

Tuesday, August 23
7:00 pm

A grandfather who was said to move clouds with his mind…his daughter who lost her memory in a childhood accident and began to see and hear the dead…and his daugter’s daughter, Ingrid, who lost her memory in an accident at twenty-three and unlike her mother, returned with no supernatural gifts…  NY Times best selling author Ingrid Rojas Contreras dives into her own family history in her new memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, and explores the meaning of inheritance, healing, and the power of story.

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Joined in conversation by Elaine Castillo, whose new collection of essays, How to Read Now, delves into the politics and ethics of reading and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories. 

About your visit: The in-house restaurant 40 North will be closed but a cash bar will be available.

ReelAbilities, ReelFun

ReelAbilities 2022

ReelAbilities tickets are now on sale!

Now that everything is live, let’s take a look at some highlights:

We have All Festival passes for movie lovers who want a deal. Early Bird discounts end on 9/2!

PHLF: A Video Tribute to David McCullough

We were saddened to learn of the death of the popular American historian David McCullough on August 8, 2022. Some years ago, our organization had the pleasure of recording an interview with Mr. McCullough about his thoughts on historic preservation, significant historic architecture, and his hometown Pittsburgh.



In this mini-documentary titled, A Story Town: Reflections on Pittsburgh, we present an excerpt of Mr. McCullough’s reflections as a tribute to this great American writer and historian.

PHLF: Downtown Walking Tour of Bridges and Shores

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Thursday, August 11
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

$20.00 per person

This is an in-person tour and is limited to 20 participants.
(Tickets will not be available after .)

Click here to purchase a ticket.

You will receive a ticket with a QR Code by e-mail. Please PRINT and bring it with you for the tour.

Downtown River Tour

Pittsburgh is a city of bridges: hundreds of them span our waterways, valleys, and ravines. Bridges offer changing vistas of the natural and manmade features of the cityscape, and in Pittsburgh, these works of artful engineering are a source of civic pride. This tour takes us on a loop bounded by the north and south shores of the Allegheny River and by two of the Three Sisters bridges that cross it. Taking in public art and historic buildings along with bridges and the river, this tour reveals the dynamic relationship between humans and nature that characterizes much of Pittsburgh.

Tour Meeting Point: Outside the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 Sixth Street, Downtown

Tour Ending Point: 107 Sixth Street

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time in order to ensure that the tour gets underway on time. Dress for the weather (PHLF tours proceed rain or shine!), and wear comfortable shoes. By purchasing a ticket for this tour, you acknowledge that you are physically able to undertake the tour, assume all personal risk during the tour, consent to being photographed during the tour, and permit PHLF to use your image in our communications.

This tour is handicap accessible. Please notify us of your needs 2 Business Days in advance of the tour.

Heat of the Moment

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Story Club PGH Story Slam:
Heat of the Moment

Tuesday, August 16
7:00 pm

Join City of Asylum and Story Club Pittsburgh for a monthly nonfiction storytelling series, mixing the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. Organized and hosted by the former producers of The Moth Pittsburgh.

Every show has both spontaneous tellers and featured performers, all taking the stage to share stories based on a theme. August’s theme is Heat of the Moment. We skip September for LitFest and return in October with the theme of Bump in the Night. Sign up to be in the audience for the August program at the links above. October links are coming soon!

Calling all story lovers!

Featured performers are curated for each show, provide drafts of their stories (on the set theme), work with our producers to refine their tales, and are paid. To be considered to be a featured performer for August or October, email a written or mp3 version of your story to by August 7 (for the August 16 show). Learn more here.

There will be a few open-mic spots at the show and tellers will then be chosen randomly at showtime. Come prepared with a 5-8 minute story on our theme, if that’s your thing, or just come prepared to listen! 

PHLF: Virtual Neighborhood Tour of Western Shadyside

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Thursday, July 28
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fee: $7.50

This tour will be conducted via Zoom Conference. Click here to purchase a ticketYou will receive an e-mail with a link to the Zoom event on July 28.  (Tickets will not be available after 9:00 am on the day of the event.)

Please log in at 5:45 pm to allow us enough time to let you into the tour.

Shadyside is a veritable museum of the forms and styles of domestic architecture built in Pittsburgh’s East End between the 1860s and 1920s. This tour focuses on the neighborhood’s western part, bounded by North Neville Street and South Aiken Avenue. Learn how innovations in transportation, the growth of the middle class, and the initiative of significant people in local history combined to produce Western Shadyside’s stellar architecture.

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Ranging across styles from the Second Empire to Arts & Crafts, the tour explores single-family and multi-family dwellings, individual homes and planned developments, and main streets and cul-de-sacs. A deeper look at a home featured in an early-twentieth-century memoir rounds out our excursion into this lovely neighborhood.

Because this is a virtual event, please disregard the QR code information in the ticket emailed to you.

Award-winning Film about What it Means to Make a Family

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Reel Q Film Festival Presents


Wednesday, July 27
7:00 pm

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want more of this delightful, award-winning film. Venus (2017), written and directed by Eisha Marjara, received the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature at Whistler Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Cinequest Film Festival, Reelout, MIX Milano, among others.

Sid’s mother has one wish: for Sid to get married and have some kids. Sid’s not opposed to the idea, but to get there…Sid has to introduce their boyfriend to the family and come out as a transgender woman. Oh, and by the way, a fourteen-year-old boy pops up claiming to be Sid’s son. Join us for this heartwarming film that explores what it means to be a family.

Remember you can dine at the in-house restaurant 40 North before or after the show. Please visit Open Table or call 412-435-111 to make a reservation.