BEST Frozen Treat Shop Results
to the winners of the Popular Pittsburgh Best Ice Cream and Frozen Treat Shop
FIRST PLACE WINNER: DiFiore's on Mt.
SECOND PLACE WINNER: Antney's Ice Cream
Parlor on Poplar St.
Thank you to everyone for participating. Please check
back soon for our next exciting poll!
Mayor Sophie Masloff: Authentically Pittsburgh
Lacking higher education, Jewish, a septuagenarian, and a woman, Sophie
Masloff was a mayor unlike any other Pittsburgh had ever seen before. While she
may have been unlike any other mayor, she was quintessentially Pittsburgh. Her
life embodied many of the things that define Pittsburgh and those who live here,
making her one of the city's most colorful, most memorable, if not one of the
most beloved mayors in recent history. Lacking higher education, Jewish, a
septuagenarian, and a woman, Sophie Masloff was a mayor
unlike any other Pittsburgh had ever seen before. While
she may have been unlike any other mayor, she was
quintessentially Pittsburgh. Her life embodied many of
the things that define Pittsburgh and those who live
here, making her one of the city's most colorful, most
memorable, if not one of the most beloved mayors in
The Popular 'Burgh Buddies' Story: How We Met
Kim sat on the eyeball shaped bench in downtown Pittsburgh watching
strangers pass by. She had been in her new city for only a few weeks so
everyone she saw was a stranger. Her parents were standing nearby having a
conversation with a few people that they had just met.
It was easy for them to meet new people. they were friendly and outgoing
with a lot of interesting
things to say. And besides, hadn't they told her
not to talk to strangers?
Her father worked for an international company and he had traveled the
world. Her mother was used to working and belonging to social clubs. Starting conversations with strangers came easy to them. They always know
the right thing to say.
Check out the latest 'Burgh Buddies' Comic!
Ten Birds You Might See in Pittsburgh
indicator of an environment's health is a vibrant avian
population. With the abundance of wooded areas in and
around Pittsburgh, it's no wonder that according to
were 397 species seen in Pennsylvania, making Western
Pennsylvania a great place to spot our feathered
Most of the time, we go about our lives paying little attention to
the birds around us. We tend to take note of them more in the spring
since most of them have been absent during the winter. But for most of
us, the birds in our environment fade into the background, unless they
leave a gift on our car's windshield, or are singing near an open
You don't have to be an avid bird watcher to spot some of the birds
on our list. Here are 10 that you may see if you just pay a little bit
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden—Paradise Found
the opening of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden located in Collier and North
Fayette Townships, Pittsburghers may have regained paradise. The sprawling
460-acre garden is situated on abandoned mining land and when completed,
will be one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, and the only one in
the United States constructed on reclaimed land.
The garden has been two decades in the making and will open in
stages with a target date of 2025 or sooner for the completion of the
garden. While many cities, even those much smaller than Pittsburgh,
have botanic gardens, the region did not have one until now. In 1988
the idea of establishing a botanic garden in the Pittsburgh area
sprouted while a group of garden enthusiasts was out to dinner. Among
the group was Frank Pizzi, the curator of horticulture at the
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The group knew that for the garden to
become a reality it needed to be located near Pittsburgh and the land
needed to be affordable. Allegheny County had an abundance of unused
acreage. Abandoned mining land adjacent to Settlers Cabin Park would be
perfect. The group, which had formed as a nonprofit in 1991, leased the
property in 1998 from the county for 99 years on a renewable lease.
Wine A While
Everyone talks about the California Wine country, but for oenophiles and
those who just like a nip of the grape every now and then, you don't have to
travel all the way to the West Coast for fun and an informative day of
visiting wineries. Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of grapes in
the country and is ranked seventh nationally in the number of wineries. With
more than 200 licensed wineries in the state--many of them right in your own
back yard--why not take off for Southwestern Pennsylvania's wine country
where varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Vidal, and Chambourcin
thrive. Some of the wineries are very small and others quite large. Check
their website before embarking on your journey to make sure of their hours
and what each winery features.
To make your excursion more convenient, we've arranged
the area's wineries by the points of the compass: north,
south, east & west and central using Pittsburgh as the
center. Whichever direction you select, you're sure to
have a memorable time.
Pittsburgh's Wine Country
decades, Pittsburgh has been known as a "shot-and-a-beer" town, but
that reputation may be changing as more people are turning to wine as
their alcoholic beverage of choice, and more wineries are opening in
the area to accommodate the changing palates.
Wine consumption is increasing all over the nation. According to the
Wine Institute, consumption was up 5.4 percent in 2010 over 2009, with
each resident consuming approximate 2.54 gallons in 2010. One reason
the experts believe we are imbibing more is because of reports of the
supposed health benefits of consuming wine, and the abundance in recent
years of grapes.
It's la Dolce Vita for Italians in Pittsburgh
We all know Christopher Columbus
came to the New World in 1492, but it took many generations after that before
his fellow Italians would establish a large presence in North America. During
colonial times, there were a few Italians living here, but it wasn't until later
in the nineteenth century that the first influx of immigrants came to the
According to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum
Commission, before the Civil War, most Italians left the
homeland for South America, settling primarily in Brazil
and Argentina because employment there was plentiful.
When the United States became prosperous in the late
1800s, more Italians came to America. In 1870, the U.S.
Census reported 784 Italian-born residents in our
state. By 1890, the population had grown to 2,794, and
in 1900, the Italian population had exploded with more
than 66,000 people of Italian descent living in
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Hunt grew up on Pittsburgh's North Side in the Woods Run area. The son
of a decorated World War II veteran and loving mother, Hunt learned the
value of hard work and the tenacity to go for what you want in life.
Jack began his musical career singing in church choirs and playing
various instruments at Oliver High School. He and his buddies used to
perform a cappella on the street corner near Halls Grove School.
But there is one incident growing up in Woods Run that illustrates
how Jack used his early entrepreneurial skills to build his future
See our Ten Favorite Views of Pittsburgh
favorite places to photograph, record or paint Pittsburgh - in other words,
the following are places that provide a great city view.
Travel along with us and take a
of the city we love!
We Think Pittsburgh is Positively the Best!
What is Popular Pittsburgh? It's a celebration
of our city, and of you, the people that make Pittsburgh
great. Because of you we're known as the City of
Champions and America's Most Livable City. It's
your die hard work ethic and neighborly ways that bring
the true gold to the Golden Triangle.
This is where we welcome the world, and remind some
Pittsburghers, of the city they only think they
know. Yes, Pittsburgh is world class hospitals and
universities, bleeding edge science, thriving museums,
and a center of culture and the arts, of ballet and
symphony so sophisticated our most discerning
international visitors take note.
We are the City of Champions.
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