News Around the Neighborhood

PHLF: Evolution of the Skyscraper in Downtown

Evolution of the Skyscraper Tour

Friday, July 19
10:00 am to 11:15 am

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants.
Tickets will not be available after 11:30 pm on July 18.

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The tall commercial building is one of the great achievements of American culture, manifesting in physical structures the confluence of aesthetic taste, business objectives, and innovation in engineering and architectural design.

In Pittsburgh—a quintessential skyscraper city—the evolution of tall commercial buildings in the United States can be observed simply by walking through Downtown.

Our tour will take us to numerous landmarks or groups of structures that illustrate key concepts in the development of the skyscraper.

PPS Summer Town Hall Meetings on Facilities Utilization

One Northside needs your help spreading the word to your neighbors about Pittsburgh Public School District’s Facilities Utilization Plan. We encourage residents to come out to share thoughts and concerns about the quality of education for the children in our community.

Please promote the attached flyer of opportunities for residents to speak with PPS Board members with your contacts at all 14 Northside citizen groups. There is a meeting with Dwayne Barker this Friday (6/28) at 5:30 pm.  

We will be promoting through our social media channels and networks but would love your support. There is also a good bit of information available on the District’s website.

It is essential that we have resident voice around this issue as the final plan will most likely include school closures and changes to feeder patterns.

PHLF: Join Us for a Walking Tour of Carnegie, PA

Carnegie Walking Tour

Saturday, June 29
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants.
Tickets will not be available after 11:30 pm on June 28.

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Located about seven miles west of Pittsburgh, Carnegie was once a commercial center for surrounding farming villages and coal-mining camp towns. It is now considered a suburb of Pittsburgh, but Main Street remains a vibrant urban corridor of small businesses, many in revitalized historic buildings.

Complementing the business district are a number of churches, including a Russian Orthodox church and a Ukrainian Orthodox church that stand side by side and work in harmony, even as their home countries are at war. You will learn about the role of PHLF’s Historic Religious Properties program in safeguarding these churches for future generations and tour the splendid interior of St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

In addition to this classic mix of neighborhood architectural types, the tour includes the elegant Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall and Library Park, which connects the Library to Main Street. Join our docents as they lead you through this surprising and delightful community.

PHLF: Walking Tour of Oakland

PHLF Oakland Tour

Saturday, June 1, 2024
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants.
Tickets will not be available after 11:30 p.m. on May 31, 2024.

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Although the Oakland neighborhood extends from Bloomfield in the north and Shadyside in the east to the Monongahela River in the South, its heart is the area dominated by universities, medical institutions, and cultural amenities. This section, centered around Fifth and Forbes Avenues and Bigelow Boulevard, took its basic form between the 1880s and the 1930s, thanks to a number of big dreamers, persuasive philanthropists, gifted architects, and inspiring ideas about improving industrial cities.

On this tour, names like Carnegie, Schenley, Nicola, and Hornbostel will come to have deep meaning as participants learn how their respective visions brought into being the buildings and other sites that define Oakland to this day.

Forest Bathing in Allegheny Commons

Allegheny Commons Park Lake

Join a certified guide for a forest bathing walk in Allegheny Commons. Connect with the natural world that exists in the urban environment.

You’ll be guided through a series of invitations that will allow you to slow down and explore nature through your senses.This practice supports health and well-being, and can help build a positive connection to nature, yourself, and others. Geared toward adults and youth 14 and up with an adult.

May 25 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
George Washington Monument
Arch Street and W North Avenue

Length: Less Than 1 Mile
Surface Type: Pavement, natural path
Slope: Gentle, mostly flat

These programs are popular and fill quickly. There are many people that would like to attend but cannot when the program fills. If you register we strongly hope you will either attend or cancel your registration at least two days in advance.

Learn and Earn Summer Youth Program

The Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program (Learn & Earn) is designed to provide meaningful work experiences and career exposure to low-income young adults ages 14-24, residing in Allegheny County.
Please note that the Corporate Internship Program is closed now, but the general opportunities are still open. 
Find more information here on the webpage.

ASL & Visual Vernacular Performances

Jazz Poetry 2024

Poetry in Motion

with d/Deaf poets Jeremy Lee Stone & Justin Perez​

This Jazz Poetry Month, we’re thrilled to welcome d/Deaf poets Jeremy Lee Stoneand Justin Perez. Jeremy is the founder of ASL NYC, a groundbreaking ASL class. Justin was the winner of the ASL Elements National ASL Competition. Both poets are excited to bring their ASL and Visual Vernacular performances to Pittsburgh for Jazz Poetry. Jeremy and Justin will be reading alongside fellow poets Rania Mamoun, Andrés Neuman, Fatimah Asghar, Noah Arhm Choi, Jonathan Moody, and Monica Sok and musicians Leslie DeShazor and Andy Milne.

Tickets are going fast, so register today to secure your spot at Jeremy and Justin’s programs. ASL interpretation will be provided. 

Monday, May 13 Program

Monday, May 13 @ 7:00 pm EST

Leslie DeShazor Quintet, Fatimah Asghar, Rania Mamoun, Andrés Neuman, & Jeremy Lee Stone

Sunday, May 19 Program

Sunday, May 19 @ 6:00 pm EST

Andy Milne Trio, Noah Arhm Choi, Jonathan Moody, Justin Perez, & Monica Sok

Allegheny Commons Lights Up for Public Celebration

Relighting Ceremony Collage

Last week, we celebrated the official re-opening of the North Promenade in Allegheny Commons Park with a community celebration! Along with partners at the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Ed Gainey, Duquesne Light Company, the Buhl Foundation, and many of our Northside neighbors, we relit the Commons, marking a significant milestone in the restoration of this historic park. The recently completed work includes pathway resurfacing, new benches, and historically accurate lighting that will make the park safer and more accessible for all to enjoy. 

PHLF Walking Tour: Chatham Village

Chatham Village Tour

Pittsburgh’s Garden City Neighborhood

Saturday, May 11
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants.
Tickets will not be available after 11:30 p.m. on May 10.

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Chatham Village, located in the City neighborhood of Mt. Washington, was commissioned by Pittsburgh’s Buhl Foundation and designed by New York City architect-planners Clarence Stein and Henry Wright. Built between 1931 and 1936 in response to a Depression-induced housing shortage, Chatham Village was the Foundation’s attempt to demonstrate that the private sector could develop high-quality, affordable housing for workers of moderate income and make a profit.

This special tour will be led by Angelique Bamberg, author of Chatham Village: Pittsburgh’s Garden City, and David Vater, an architect and long-time resident of Chatham Village. They will reveal not only the fascinating history of the remarkably well-preserved community of nearly 200 Colonial Revival residences, but also ways in which Stein and Wright’s brilliant design addresses some contemporary issues in sustainability and urban planning.

The tour will be followed by a small reception including cookies and refreshments.

Open Letters 2024

Open Letters 2024 Image

Presented by Propel Performing Arts Academy
April 26 | 7:00 pm

Please join us for our annual installment of Open Letters, a student-led original musical performance centered around the issues and ideas close to our scholars’ hearts and minds! Propel Schools scholars from all 3 high schools have collaborated to perform a story inspired by their own personal experiences, thoughtful questions, and transformative struggles. Created and performed by the Propel Performing Arts Academy, Open Letters 2024 will showcase our huge variety of scholar talents, from singing to dancing to rapping and more! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance featuring our talented and outstanding students!