Pittsburgh Spotlight: Northside

Cross the Allegheny River and check out Northside, the hidden gem of Pittsburgh. From sports games, to cultural institutions, to quirky local landmarks, Northside sure knows how to keep things interesting.

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Whole Lotta History

Northside is one of the most historic areas of the city. East Allegheny, colloquially known as Deutschtown, is a vibrant Northside neighborhood with a rich history.

The neighborhood was established by German immigrants between 1850 and 1900. Located between the North Shore and Troy Hill, Deutschtown is a bustling neighborhood composed primarily of historic brick buildings. Many of the original nineteenth century buildings are still standing, including Pittsburgh's Grand Hall, initially built in 1854 and Teutonia Maennerchor Hall, which was constructed in 1888. The business district of East Allegheny has been listed in the national register of historic places since 1984.

Today, Deutschtown still has traces of its German roots. Swing by Max's Allegheny Tavern for a real pint of beer and some authentic German grub.

Go Steelers!

Yinzers love their sports, and there is no truer Pittsburgh experience than cheering on the home team on game day. Northside is home to two of Pittsburgh's largest sports stadiums. Don your black and gold and scream your heart out at a Steelers game at Heinz Field. Right next door, PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the Pirates may not have as an impressive record as the Steelers, their games are always fun. And in between innings, the Pittsburgh Pierogies, the team mascot, race around the bases. It doesn't get more Pittsburgh than that!

Get Cultured

If you are into the art scene, Northside has a lot to offer. The Mattress Factory is one of the only museums in the world exclusively showing installation art, and always is a treat to visit. Their permanent collection includes work by James Turrell, and one of Yayoi Kusama's infinity mirror rooms, and the museum is constantly bringing in new, site-specific work.

Another Northside gem is the Andy Warhol museum. This large art institution is completely dedicated to the work of Andy Warhol, who grew up in the steel city. The multi floor museum showcases Warhol's prints, paintings, videos, and installation work, and the curators have even wallpapered the gallery walls with his images.

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If a trip to the Warhol has inspired you to try your own hand at silk screening, stop by Artist Image Resource. Their facilities are an invaluable tool for local printmakers, and their open studio nights are always packed.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is not to be missed. Kids love the playful interactive exhibits that are equal parts fun and educational. Splash around in the Waterplay room, or create a masterpiece to take home in the studio. The museum's Tough Art residency program partners with artists to create new, innovative exhibit spaces for the museum.

Northside Treasures

Besides these major institutions, Northside is chock full of quirky gems. Not to be missed: St. Anthony's Chapel on Troy Hill. The church has the largest collection of reliquaries outside of the Vatican. Reliquaries are sacred objects, such as pieces of bone from actual saints, or fragments of the original crucifix. These religious treasures are preserved within beautiful and intricate vessels. The collection at St. Anthony's is truly dazzling, whether or not you are Catholic.

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Eat Your Heart Out

Foodies love Northside. Some of the best food in the city is north of the Allegheny. Nicky's Thai is widely regarded as the best Thai food in town, and Subba Asian is one of the only authentic Nepali restaurants in the city. Northside also has a plethora of options for nightlife. Check out Monterey Pub, an Irish bar in the Mexican War Streets. Or stop for a pint before the ballgame at Rivertowne Brewing, a local brewery right outside PNC Park.

Amazing and Affordable

Pittsburgh is known for being an incredibly cheap place to live. The average rent for an apartment is $1250 per month, with one bedrooms costing $1076 per month and two bedrooms going for $1436 per month.

Rents in Northside tend to be slightly cheaper than these city wide trends. One bedrooms in North Pittsburgh cost $1115 per month on average, and two bedrooms go for $1150 per month.

Though there is plenty to do north of the Allegheny, the residential portions of the area are peaceful. Now is a great time to move to this super cool part of town. Rents in Northside have dropped 13.1% in the past year. In comparison, rents in Pittsburgh as a whole have only gone down 10.9% since 2016.

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