Unique Streets: 61
Miles Walked: 6.41
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day):
Pt. 1 – Liberty, 40th, Ewing, Canoe, Dargan, Nickle, Minerva, Ella, Lortigan, N Neville, Sassafras, 34th, Spring, Ligonier, Penn, Leech, Sardis, Denny, St Johns, 36th, Cabinet, 37th, Woolslayer, Paxton, Mintwood, 38th, Farley, Howley, Manion, Clement, 39th, Johnstons, Foster, Peoria, Ater, Bandera, Obregon, Butler, Cobalt.
Pt. 2 – S Mathilda, Mitre, Edmond, Sciota, Parsley, Cypress, Aloe, No Name, Yew, Essex, State, Cedarville, Juniper, Wertz, Taylor, Pearl, Garnet, Idaline, Sapphire, Panama, Orwell, Mott, Fisk, Christian, Darsie
Today I started my walk in Lower Lawrenceville. If you would have asked me yesterday what area this was, I would have said that you just made that place up. I frequently visit the Church Brew Works when friends and family come to visit but I thought it was in Bloomfield. Nope! It’s in Lower Lawrenceville.
I parked on Liberty and quickly got off it to head down into the valley that is home to the M.L.K. Jr. East Busway. I walked near this busway when I walked in Polish Hill. I came down some stairs littered with artifacts.
I walked under the Bloomfield Bridge and past a blacksmithing workshop called Iron Eden.
I made my way past the old Pittsburgh Brewing Company.
Almost across from the Pittsburgh Brewing Company is the Church Brew Works I mentioned above. This place is a must-see serving delicious brews in an old church with an eclectic menu. I bring all out-of-towners here.
I didn’t get any inside pictures because I want you to visit it yourself.
On the other side of Liberty, I travelled streets I never knew existed. The area boasts itself as being the birthplace of the father of American music, Stephen Foster.
Many houses in this area were remodeled recently or currently being worked on. Even the condemned houses got a fresh coat of paint.
There were interesting things to see left and right. These hand prints unnerved me…
This cat was disturbed by it too
I walked further than I intended because I was hungry and a busy part of Penn Avenue was close by. It turns out that many businesses in this area aren’t open on Mondays. I hit a few more streets because I couldn’t leave them untravelled. I saw Arsenal Cider House.
I also walked by a friary that according to the Hopkins Maps used to have a casino. I doubt this was a casino as we know it today.
After my 3.97 walk in Lower Lawrenceville I was very hungry. I drove over to Bloomfield even though I really didn’t need to. It was in walking distance but I didn’t realize it because this area of Pittsburgh always perplexes me.
Bloomfield is also a place that I have visited many times but I am never actually sure where it is. You have to take a bridge to get there (usually) but it is completely landlocked. Bloomfield, aka Little Italy is home to West Penn Hospital and numerous restaurants, stores, and taverns. I found an excellent parking spot right on Liberty and went into Pad Thai Noodles. It was a tiny place filled with plants. I quickly got my food and loved it as I was simultaneously sweating buckets. I got the Drunken Ramen with Shrimp in a 4 on the heat scale. The scale goes 0-5. I love spicy food and it was delicious.
After lunch, I decided to walk some of the streets on the way back to my car. I wasn’t really planning on walking almost 3 more miles but sometimes that happens. I spotted the cathedral as I was walking down S. Mathilda Street.
For the most part, Bloomfield still has that authentic Pittsburgh feel. There are signs of newcomers but many long-time residents are staying put. I ended up near where I had been on the first part of my walk because Google Maps told me there was the Sanchioli Brothers’ Bakery on Juniper Street. It turns out they close at 1PM and I was too late 🙁 I’ll have to visit another morning.
I went up the stairs I’d come down earlier in my walk and noticed even more cool art pieces. If I hadn’t come back up the stairs, I totally would have missed:
I walked some more streets and found myself under the Bloomfield Bridge again. I got stuck around the dek hockey rink because there was no way to get to Darsie Street. I didn’t want to leave Darsie unwalked but while looking at my map, I realized that I missed some streets in Lower Lawrenceville! I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should go back over there and walk on the two streets I’d missed. Eventually I decided to just do it and I was glad I did. I saw a building that appeared to be connected to the Iron Eden in the valley. It turns out it is a gallery and event space – JoeMagarac.com