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09/06/16 12:44 - ID#60644

Exploring Pittsburgh

(e:terry) and I took a Sunday tour of Pittsburgh. Right down the street from Hot Mass is a district called the strip district. Everytime we go to Pittsburgh I discover something new.

Anyway it's full of markets and grocery stores, mixed in with a million sports stores and fancy brunch places. A lot of it is warehouses but a lot of them have turned into new offices and apartments.

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(e:terry) and I tried to get a veggie burrito but the line was 20 deep out the door. So we got sandwiches at a place next door.
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On the street there was an open garage advertising a craft sale. The crafts turned out to be puppies. This picture looks depressing but they were all super cute.
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Then we walked along one river all around the point, from the north side wrapping to the south.
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At the point there was a protest against oil dependency. Pretty cool. Too bad we have to drive to Pittsburgh :(
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Continuing the walk, we crossed the southern river over to the Duquense Hill. They have an old incline car, which you can ride for $2.50. The top overlooks downtown and I think has to be the most famous photo spot in Pittsburgh. You can see why.
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The rest of the time we spent making our way down the hill, back towards the river and downtown through a park/path/homeless encampment. I was never sure which was which.

One of the main bridges was on fire due to a tarp (!!) and almost collapsed so we took a detour through a mall called station square. Pittsburgh's subway stops there, I've always wanted to ride it.
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Category: pittsburgh

10/09/15 12:46 - ID#60262

Goodbye Pittsburgh

I want to move here. It's a million times cooler and put together than Buffalo.

ON the way out (e:Paul) bought his fancy almond cakes. You know they're bougie because they're on the same block as an Apple store.
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10/09/15 12:41 - ID#60260

North Shore and the Mattress factory



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Category: pittsburgh

10/04/15 11:37 - ID#60258

Fort Pitt state park

On Friday we walked around and checked out the Pittsburgh downtown. The weather was pretty good. We ended up at Fort Pitt state park, which is a huge park right downtown where the Ohio starts from the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers. It was a French, then British fort. You can still walk into a blockhouse where they shot from.

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An old pay phone booth gives no information

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The bridge between downtown and the park. A highway runs on top, but you would barely know it.
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A detailed map of old Fort Duquesne. They helpfully labeled the toilets, where the sewage ran into the river, and the music chamber. Not the same rooms btw.

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Cute boys.
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Across the river is the Duquesne incline. It's an old rail car that goes up and down the hill - the view of downtown is amazing at the top. Sadly we didn't get to go ride it.
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The historical flood levels inside the blockhouse. I can't image how downtown wasn't submerged from these.
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10/26/14 11:59 - ID#59526

Phipps Conservatory pt II

(e:paul) and I got to see the garden again, this time with (e:terry) and with a lot more in bloom! The sustainable building was done too - it didn't have much function but the net-zero energy usage is freaking awesome.

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Stop and sniff
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My absolute favorite is the orchid room. So many amazing smells, especially this one which smelled like white chocolate.
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Starfruit - I want to try one
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Category: pittsburgh

10/26/14 11:40 - ID#59525

Hot Mass and Lucky's

After Tuneyards, we had the most ridiculous night. Booty abounded.

We started off at Luck'ys again which was cool, but not as packed at before. It still had the dive bar, dance-floor-is-gonna-cave feel that I wish Buffalo had.

On the way out, we passed this bail bonds place with an upstairs that (e:paul) and I had wondered about before - turns out it was a bathhouse with a huge rave going on underneath. It was called Hot Mass - Paul has already written about it but it was the one of the best parties I've ever been to (or smelled).

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Outside the rave they were playing Judge Judy. Real strange.
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Category: pittsburgh

10/21/14 10:51 - ID#59503

I love Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is my new favorite city. I feel like I'm cheating on Buffalo when we're there. It has a such a big city feel compared to Buffalo and a way better landscape. Who can even imagine your legs biking around this town? Beast.

We got to do a bit more exploring this time, and hung out with my sister Emily.

When can we move?

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03/24/14 12:25 - ID#58830

Pittsburgh Phipps Botanical Garden

Sunday morning (e:paul) and I got up and walked around Pittsburgh for a bit before heading to the Phipps Botanical Garden with my family. Their building was very similar to Buffalo's but much better layout. Paul says they were all designed by the same person. It was located in the fancy, Delaware Park style neighborhood near U Pitt. It looks amazing for hiking and oogling rich people's mansions so we'll have to do that next time.

After that we stopped at Whole Foods for lunch. I was very underwhelmed compared to the one in University Heights, OH, although the peanut butter dessert we had was amazing.

We headed home after that. I actually managed to drive for most of it - I think it's a new record for me. Paul and I talked about the Radical Faeries and pretty much everything on the way home.

I can't wait to go back to Pittsburgh, with (e:terry) too next time.

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The Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club. So fancy.
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The tiniest little buildings squeezed by skyscrapers.

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A lot of new buildings going up
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The Omni Statler hotel we stayed at
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An ugly/cool retro/futuristic looking skyscraper.
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T-Rex got game
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