A not so Pithy Pittsburgh Post


Pittsburgh was surprising!

The city is cleaner, more modern and more culturally sophisticated than I anticipated. My vision of Pittsburgh was dated and at odds with what it is at the present.  It was my underestimation of the place that made me elect to make this stopover a brief one; big mistake.

Pittsburgh was deserving of a more considered visit.

Night Time View from Mt. Washington

I stayed on the South Side  of the city; at the base of Mt. Washington. The area is noted for lots of ethnic restaurants and a vibrant bar and club scene. I missed it as my stay focused on the downtown/cultural district. That area was easily accessible via public transportation and the Holiday Inn provided complimentary shuttle service to anywhere within a 5 mile radius. 

Very Spacious Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Pittsburgh


PNC Park - Home of the Pirates

Pittsburgh is a sports fan’s fantasy; beautiful stadiums for baseball and football; just steps away from downtown and public transportation. I was in time for the home season opener of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’m not much of a sports fan, but it was opening day so, I did attempt to get tickets the legal way; at the box office. No luck there and the scalping rate was beyond my means.

Home of the Steelers and the Panthers


The area is also home to the River Casino (I won $32.80!!!) and there is a lovely landscaped walkway for biking and strolling along the waterfront.

River Casino


 The Cultural District is the home of several theaters, concert halls and museums; including the Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh was Warhol’s hometown and he got his start as a commercial artist at a local department store. It was great to see his iconic works, up close and personal. Additionally, many personal artifacts of his life are on display; as are works of many of his contemporaries and current artists with a similar pop-art aesthetic.

The Word of God: Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an  is currently on view; as part of a larger project related to religious traditions. It was amazing. Sandow used very American images to illustrate/illuminate 114 Suras of the Qur’an. A visual

interpretation of the Qur’an; the holy text was made accessible like Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of the Bible in The Message. I was disappointed that there wasn’t an exhibition catalogue for purchase. I would have liked to have added it to my library for further enjoyment of the words and images.

My other disappointment was not getting to Primanti Brothers for “their everything but, the kitchen sink” sandwiches. There just wasn’t enough time to take it all in. 

I must make a return trip to explore more.




About atreegrowsinbklyn

I’m an analog girl living in a digital world. I’m happy except when I’m sad. I’m serious, smart and sophisticated except when I’m silly, obtuse and crude. I’m ambitious and disciplined; except when I’m apathetic and self indulgent. I‘m thoughtful, generous and honest; except when I’m insensitive, cheap and lying. I’m grateful; I’m grateful; I am grateful.
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2 Responses to A not so Pithy Pittsburgh Post

  1. Moe says:

    Pitt looks like a cool city!!! I too thought it was an old town of steel mills and decay. Wow!! Looks like you had a great time…..I must visit one day.

  2. lm1947 says:

    Mrs. Tony Dorsett?

    Tony Dorsett was one of my favorite Cowboys back in the days of Tom Landry (coach) and America’s Team.

    I felt very bad the way he was treated at the end of his career. Dorsett made some excellent contributions to the team but the ‘new’ Cowboys team doesn’t support players in their declining years.

    Thank you for adding that picture to your blog.


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