By Point Park News Service:
As new students to Pittsburgh, Point Park University first-year students went out into the streets of Downtown to receive some advice from Pittsburghers about the best places to go in the city:
Tony Atkins, 25, who is originally from Wisconsin but now lives in the North Hills, said a unique place to visit is Falling Water.
“I went in the winter time, so it was a remote location, and nobody goes there in the winter time, so it was different,” Atkins said. “Icicles were hanging off this famous house, and it was very serene because it was snowing.”
Atkins also added it was a very secluded area around the time in he went in winter so it made for a really unique trip that he would recommend to anyone new to Pittsburgh.
Ray Price, 69, who is originally from Braddock but currently lives in the Hill District, named a lounge in the Strip District.
“A unique place in Pittsburgh is the Savoy Lounge,” Price said. “It is located in the Strip District. It reminds me of the Hurricane and Crawford Grill in the Hill District. The Savoy Lounge has great music, food, and drinks. It’s a nice place for adults to lounge and relax.”
Mary Jackson, 25, of Lawrenceville, recommended a store where people can find unique decorations for their home.
“Wildcard on Butler Street is definitely one of my favorite places,” Jackson said. “It is a letterpress card store. I work there as a job and it is home to many unique finds. Definitely somewhere to check out if you’re looking to decorate your home in a fancy way.”
Jackson said Wildcard also hosts local and independent artists’ work regularly.
Mathew Kurzwig, 45, of Squirrel Hill, named a small café in the South Side as a unique place to visit.
“Over the Bar Bicycle Café in the Southside,” Kurzwig said. “It’s a small place with a small, somewhat local, craft beer selection and healthy food options.”
Kurzwig added that the café includes a small outdoor patio and is known to attract a variety of people from cyclists to businessmen.
John Mcgovern, 21, of Peters Township, mentioned one of his favorite places is near Point State Park.
“My favorite part of Pittsburgh is near Point State Park. Along the right side, there is a stretch where people can go running and such,” Mcgovern said. “I found it with my good friend Chance. It is interesting to watch the water.”
John Melnick, 58, of Tarentum utilizes Pittsburgh for its biking trails and recommended others to do the same.
“The bike trail that starts in Millvale and brings you out onto the River Walk outside PNC Park,” Melnick said. “My girlfriend and I happened to drive past it one day and thought it would be a great thing to try out, and now we ride the trail anytime we can.”
Haley Buchannan, 32, of Mt. Lebanon, said the Point is one of the coolest places in Pittsburgh to visit.
“Well how couldn’t you find it? It’s beautiful and right in the middle of the city,” Buchannan said. “That’s why it is one of my favorite spots to visit whenever I visit Pittsburgh.”
Buchannan also expressed how she loves the contrast of energy at Point State Park compared to the downtown atmosphere.
The following students contributed to this story: Shania James, Kristin Sweeney, Connor Kirchgessner, Victoria Colonello, Felicia Wohlgemuth, Erik Graham and Wyatt Cree.