Shadyside

Pittsburgh's Zone 4 police are warning homeowners in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze to be alert for thieves attempting to steal copper downspouts like those affixed to drainage gutters.

Commander Daniel Herrmann said he's collected more than 25  theft reports since June.

A Shadyside church building’s future is the focus of a free block party from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The 109-year-old Albright United Methodist Church building has seen better days and is in need of repairs that the congregation can’t afford, according to lifelong member Abass Kamara.

The congregation, who moved out in November 2013 due to heating problems, water damage and the need for plaster repairs in the sanctuary, must decide whether to sell the building or demolish it, he said.

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A joke made its way around the Internet this winter that time-travel is possible in Pittsburgh — if you look into a pothole, where layers of cobblestone and brick snuggle under asphalt blankets. But on Roslyn Place in Shadyside, the past doesn’t hide.

Pups, Suds, and Duds: Social Club April 10

Apr 9, 2015

Rain, rain, go away – or stay, whichever you prefer – because no matter what the weather does, Pittsburgh is bursting at the seams with fun events this weekend.

On Friday night, beer enthusiasts of all levels can get fancy at the Brewer’s Ball at the Grand Wyndham Hotel. If you’re in the East End of Pittsburgh that evening, PULSE will be holding PULSEations 2015: Vision, their annual fundraising bash. Hint: we hear their secret ceramics studio might be open!

On Saturday, pop a leash on your four-legged friends and bring them over to Liberty Elementary School in Shadyside for the Pup Walk, Yard Sale & Neighborhood Flea from 9 AM to 2 PM. Once you’re done loading up on goodies, throw on your best Back to the Future outfit and head over to the Southside for The Dirty Ball at 8 PM. More of a top hat person? Don Wonderland-approved garb for the Mad Hatter’s Twisted Tea Party at 7 PM in Lawrenceville.  

The City of Pittsburgh, through the Urban Redevelopment Authority, approved plans Thursday to purchase the Alfred E. Hunt Armory in Shadyside from the state.

The 102-year-old historic landmark will be purchased by the URA without having to go through a bidding process, according to Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman.

“That allows us to have better local control over the future redevelopment plans, whereas the state just requires selling to the highest bidder,” he said.

But Gilman said the city doesn’t want to own the property for long.

Local business owners have high hopes heading into Small Business Saturday.

Across Pittsburgh, hundreds of locally owned restaurants and retailers are offering specials, events and giveaways the day after Black Friday to drive up sales as part of a movement launched by American Express in 2010 to get holiday shoppers out of the malls and into the mom and pop shops.

Audrey Guskey, an associate professor of marketing at Duquesne University, said the movement has gotten a lot of attention so far this year.

Twenty-six theater shows might seem like a day on Broadway, but the first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is putting on these shows for two weekends.

The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is part of an international project that started in Edinburgh Scotland, which celebrates the performing arts by putting on shows, workshops and forums.

Pittsburgh leaders are following up on the success of two miniature water parks, known as "spray parks," by building more of the facilities to open in three city neighborhoods this summer.

After the Act 47 state financial oversight team found that the city was spending too much money on swimming pools in 2004, Pittsburgh was forced to close 13 pools. One of those reopened a few years later thanks to a nonprofit organization, but the others remained unused for years.

A man killed in a Pittsburgh apartment fire was set to be evicted and may have started the blaze by disconnecting the gas line to his stove.

Witnesses reported hearing an explosion before just after 7 a.m. in the nine-story, 170-unit Amberson apartment complex in the city's Shadyside section.

The Allegheny County medical examiner has identified the dead man as 60-year-old Mark A. Williams. An autopsy shows he died of external burns and from inhaling superheated air.