(Closed) NWR: Tell me why you love Pittsburgh!

posted 8 years ago in Pittsburgh
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

fun neighborhoods, half priced happy hour and late nights at half the restaurants in Oakland (you’ll probably be at UPMC, no?), mad mex margaritas (also half off most of the time, yowza), hills, parks, museums, architecture, low cost of living, more culture than you’d think

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The Steelers? Maybe not this year….

(I don’t live there, so I can’t speak to the other things. Melissa’s comment really made me hungry MadMex, though – chicken and chickpea burrito!)

Good luck to your Fiance getting his residency, and I hope you like it where you end up!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

I LOVE PITTSBURGH!!!!!! Great restaurants, cool, diverse neighborhoods, extremely low cost of living. There are lots of sports to watch and nice cultural events. Plus–it’s really pretty!! I think a lot of people tend to think of Pittsburgh still as a grimy steel town, but I think it’s beautiful there. Lots of park space. Also, I like how it’s not very suburbanized–you drive for twenty minutes and you’re practically in a rural area.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

BIG AGREE with melissabegins – mad mex margaritas are AWESOME!!! 

I grew up in Pgh and went to CMU in Oakland so that’s 22 yrs of experience with the burgh.  Incredible sports franchises and facilities (it’s the city of Champ-Yinz), one of the most gorgeous skylines in the world (literally, it’s ranked), adorable ethnic hotspots (big Polish, Irish, German, Italian…), world-leading medical facilities (UPMC & WPAH).

Fiance and I are both from Pittsburgh and while neither of our NYC jobs would really translate there, we haven’t totally ruled out moving back some day. [attachment=618096,80491]

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Fiance (well Boyfriend or Best Friend at the time) and I moved to Pittsburgh Summer 08 for his endo residency at University of Pittsburgh. I had never been here ever before and didn’t really know anyone that had lived here. ( I have to admit, i was one of those peeps that pictured it as a steel town ) I have to say, this city is so easy to fall in love with!!!!

• The NICE people, seriously, people are soooooo nice here (bad apples here and there of course ) but the minute i got off the plane i must have looked lost in the airport or something because i had 2 random strangers come and ask me if i needed help ( not workers ! )

• Cost of Living is incredibly reasonable!!!!! Seriously, our apartment rent is A STEAL and we live in a nice neighborhood in Shadyside.

• The culture, the neighborhoods, the museums, the rivers (water activities), all the universities around here, theres something interesting always going on….. this city is packed to the brim with city-life, yet is easily accessible and doesn’t feel overwhelming

• The scenery- a “flatlander” like me had never seen such beautiful hills / fall foliage. The rivers /bridges are beautiful. Loads of fab photography opportunities!

• Its the city of champions! haha.. okok, i had to say that. I’m a pens / steelers fan now..its not an option around here πŸ™‚

We move back to the chi this August (maybe september ). I miss “home”, but seriously, this place will always, always be home away from home for us and we will miss it dearly!!

 

I know alittle over 2 years does not a “Pittsburgher” make, but i can say from a person moving here and spending some real time living here, it has alot to offer and could rival most cities any day! Keep it a definite option!!!!!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ahhh I was so excited to see this post!  I have lived here for 15+ years, so I have a pretty good grasp on the ‘Burgh!

This city has spirit and pride, way more than I’ve felt ANYWHERE else (and I’ve lived /visited many different places across the country)! It’s a one of a kind town, where it’s perfectly acceptable to go out as a girl to a popular/trendy bar on a Saturday night wearing a Steelers Jersey.  We have pride in our sports teams: The Steelers, The Pens, the Pira… ok we’ll skip the Pirates πŸ˜‰  (PS: we tailgate for everything.  No really, everything).

The people here are real and genuine.  Sure we have our village idiots, but so does every town!

I bought my first house when I was 22.  Enough said. The cost of living here is awesome and the housing market is affordable!

It’s beautiful here.  Really. 

I think someday I’d like to move down south (the northern winters really get to me) but I will always be a Pittsburgh girl at heart πŸ™‚  PM me if you have any specific questions, I’d be happy to help!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

Oh, I forgot to say my favorite part about Pittsburgh! I really feel that the city has a personality and a character. There’s just such a distinct vibe to it. I don’t even know exactly how to explain it, but Pittsburgh has a FLAVOR, you know?? Oh man, I love it there so much.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to school about 20 min. outside of the city, so I’ll chip in a bit….

My favorite part is coming out of the fort pitt tunnels and then BAM! the city just hits you!  Until you emerge from the tunnel all you see it mountain/hill side… it’s utterly amazing.

My second favorite part about the city, and only ranked 2 because it’s only once a year… is the Irish Festival! OMG, so much fun!  You have to go, if you end up there!  I’m really tempted to go this year just for the heck of it!

The incline and Mt. Washington.  Gorgeous overlook of the city skyline and oh so romantic πŸ™‚

Lots of fun and eclectic places! Hookah bars, fun coffee shops, and some amazing steaks, etc.. can be found on Carson St.

The hospitals are top notch! Great for a surgeon! 

Pretty decent shopping.  Not NYC decent, but for an old steel town, decent! lol.

Lot’s of young people!  Great colleges and universities!  Pretty good place in general.

Lots of people love Primanti Brothers… I don’t…. but I don’t like coleslaw so… 

 

Basically, if I had to live anywhere where it snowed a lot and was blistery cold, I would move there in a heartbeat.  It’s on it’s way back up, so lots of great deals to be found…. It also does feel like small town USA still… which is really nice for a native Texan like me πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ll play.  I  grew up in Pittsburgh and lived there until I was 22.  I am incredibly homesick and go back at least once a month.

It’s a great little city with a ton to do.  There’s art, history, sports, casino, parks, etc.  I love station square, the incline and Mt. Washington.

There are a ton of fabulous restaurants and bars to hang out.  The view is just beautiful.  It a real “together” city-people from here love seeing other people from here no matter where you are!  There’s a real sense of pride and community-especially with our sports teams.

There’s so many different neighborhoods with different things to do.  There’s the Strip District on Saturday mornings, there are happy hours during the week, there are sports parties on the weekends, there are a million charitable events to go to, there’s the zoo, the Aviary, the Science Center-the list goes on and on!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, Pittsburgh, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

It feels like home. I don’t know how else to describe it, but having lived in IL, TX, MN, MA, and NYC, Pittsburgh just feels right. From the moment I moved here, it felt like home.

The various neighborhoods are awesome, and fairly different from one another. There’s Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, the South Side, the Strip District, and many more. If you don’t like one, just go to a different one.

The people here are fantastic. And the people who have been here a long time have the most character of any people I’ve ever met. 

The weird lingo – it’s oddly charming. If you’ve never heard “yinz”, “n’at” or the strange omission of “to be”, you’ve clearly not been to the ‘Burgh.

The Steelers and (somewhat less so) the Penguins have the absolute most loyal fanbase of any sports team I’ve ever known (and I lived in Chicago during the three-peat repeat Bulls). These people are rabidly enthusiastic, and after living here for only a couple of months, I found myself screaming and cheering at a televised Steelers game like a maniacal lunatic.

The food. While not all of it is fantastic (I don’t get the appeal of Primanti Bros.), some of it is darn good. There’s Mad Mex, Eleven, D’s, Casbah, Harris Grill (oh, their frozen cosmos – they’re like slurpees for grown-ups), Mantini’s, Morton’s, Lidia’s Italy, and now I’m hungry.

I met my fiance here Smile I realize this is an experience you won’t have, but it makes me rather fond of the city.

It’s dirt cheap. My fiance and I live in a HUGE 2-bedroom apartment (it’s easily 3x the size of my $1200/month NYC apt) in a nice neighborhood for $800/month. One of the bars we frequent is Hough’s, where you can get their “bucket of beer” special (5 Coronas) for $10.

Oh, the beer. If you are at all a beer drinker, there are places here with *fantastic* selections. The place closest to my house is D’s, and if you can’t find what you like on tap, you can go into their “beer cave” and pick from probably hundreds of choices. (I’ve never actually counted.)

Now that I’ve written a novel, let me know if I haven’t convinced you, and I’ll keep going. Or, if you want more information, either now or when/if you move here, feel free to PM me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

OH REDHERRING! The frozen cosmos at Harris Grill!!!! The foggy memories I have of stumbling home my senior year of college after four of those….

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@carrie.a.s.b – Yeah, they’re sooooooo tasty πŸ™‚ When you’re back in town for your wedding, though, be forewarned – they’ve started doing frozen mimosas rather than cosmos on Sundays. They’re good, but not as good as the frozen cosmos. I end up forgetting every single time, going there for dinner on Sunday, and being disappointed when I can’t get a cosmo.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Absolutely LOVE the ‘burgh! I went to Pitt, so I lived out there for 4 years. It is an awesome city- more like a big town, really. I agree with what everyone above said. I worked at UPMC as well and it’s a great system. I’m originally from, and still live in, the Philly area. I don’t know that I, personally, would have been able to take any more time out there. The winters are absolutely brutal and it rains a LOT! (I believe that it beat out Seattle for most rainfall.) But everything is SO much cheaper out there too- real estate, bars, etc. I love, love, love Pittsburgh. Good luck!

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