City Stairs Renovation on the North Side

October 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

In 2011 I posted about the City Sidewalk Stairs. And again in July 2018

CITY STEPS IN PITTSBURGH.

from July 2018

”Pittsburgh has more public staircases (800+) than any city in the United States. The City’s steps connect communities and provide residents access to transit and other amenities” http://pittsburghpa.gov/

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Sidewalks can be steps, too.

 

Book by Bob Regan   Photos by Tim Fabian 588B00B2-BDC7-4C68-BE5A-A04539FF0555

 

Pittsburgh topography requires innovation- how to get from the bottom of a hill to the top.  And in 2010 the snow covered stairs students climbed to Ft. Pitt School.

Author Martin Aurand’s book describes the formation of the topography of Pittsburgh’s hills and valleys. The Spectator and the Topographical City examines Pittsburgh’s built environment as it relates to the city’s unique topography. Martin Aurand explores the conditions present in the natural landscape that led to the creation of architectural forms; man’s response to an unruly terrain of hills, hollows, and rivers. From its origins as a frontier fortification to its heyday of industrial expansion; through eras of City Beautiful planning and urban Renaissance to today’s vision of a green sustainable city; Pittsburgh has offered environmental and architectural experiences unlike any other place.”

Sacristry Light

“a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and other things used in worship are kept

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church on the North Side

 

Becky B captures a Daily Dose of Daylight in Lisbon as she continues the #Januarylight challenge

Learning to Frame a Shot -Heinz Factory

From the Penn Brewery window.

We were waiting for our early dinner to be served and the sun was going down Sunday evening. The Heinz Factory was across the way.  Maura watched me as I caught the building framed in the window pane and she asked if she could push the circle shutter. A collaborative effort. It’s a thrill when the grandkids want to take photos.

 

Photo Snapped from Phineas Street

I was headed to I-279 and pulled into Phineas Street on the North Side to capture beloved Pittsburgh Pirate, Roberto Clemente’s likeness on this building.

Artist Jeremy Raymer painted this stunning mural. Here’s an article written by Bob Bauder about the painting.

The building that served as the “canvas” for Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente’s portrait is Verdetto’s Bar and Restaurant.

Roberto Clemente

Greek to Me

Eighth letter of the Greek alphabet or the “representation of the angular position of a vector” in math.

Theta.

Tonight Steve suggested we eat at Penn Brewery as it’s my sister’s last night in Pittsburgh.

The appetizer order of onion rings revealed this symbol.

City view from our table.

Big Chuck’s Market, North Side

We knew there was a story when we saw this market on Chestnut Street. We wondered who Big Chuck was when we saw the sign above the door.

“For decades, Charlie Standfast was an icon of Troy Hill, known in the North Side as a man who took care of his neighbors.” *

The trolley tracks are still visible in the brick street.

Read Big Chuck’s (Charlie Standfast) life story by Jessica Turnbull ( written in 2009) about how he kept this Chestnut Street Market for more than thirty years on the North Side, click the link below

* https://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/obituaries/news/s_651231.html

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Trolley Tracks on Chestnut Street

Friday Night on the North Side

Friday after he got home from work, Steve asked me to go to the Andy Warhol Museum, use our museum memberships.  We always say we are going to go to one of the museums every month and although I went with the grandkids to the Carnegie Science Center twice recently and the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, he and I have not kept up with our plan.  Four museums in one membership is a great deal but you have to utilize it!    Tonight we were remembering going the night the Warhol  opened in 1994. We had a beer and sat on the couch, a nice man offered to take our photo as he saw me struggle with a selfie attempt. We took a walk to the river after our visit.

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Views from Fineview

Fineview is certainly named appropriately. It is a fine view from this vantage point.

A neighborhood I’d not visited before…went there with a fellow artist J. on Saturday night.  Pittsburgh from the North Side of the city.

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Heinz Stacks and Moon in the Clouds from Troy Hill Road

Left the Rehearsal Dinner at Penn Brewery to go across the street to my car.  This is what I saw.

The scene was elusive in camera, not wanting to focus, but a spectacular view. I really enjoy night photography and need to make a point to get out more at night.

 

Heinz Stacks

 

 

and below a cropped view with more of the city proper

Heinz Stacks and the Moon in Clouds