Unique Streets: 43
Miles Walked: 3.83
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Capital Avenue, Blazer Way, Alnew Way, Woodward Avenue, Ray Avenue, Plainview Avenue, Belle Isle Avenue, Pardee Way, Templeton Avenue, Bodkin Street, Parquet Street, Jillson Street, Fitzhugh Way, Kenilworth Street, Sefton Way, Dillon Way, Pioneer Avenue, Winterhill Street, W. Dabney Way, Alvena Way, Fitch Way, Bellaire Avenue, Petite Way, Wedgemere Street, Rossmore Avenue, Caress Way, Gallion Avenue, Beaufort Avenue, Raeburn Way, Berwin Avenue, Section Way, Britley Avenue, Mascot Way, Wolford Street, Metz Way, Perrilyn Avenue, Elmbank Street, Hartranft Street, LaMarido Street, Bellbrook Street, Sultan Way, Fernhill Avenue, Gayly Way, Mayville Avenue, Bantam Way, Inland Way, Dunster Street, Effort Way, Crysler Street, Lapeer Way, Paul Way, Stetson Street, Haddon Way, W Liberty Avenue
My friend Amy and I walked in Brookline today. At the time, I had no idea we were in that specific neighborhood because this area switches in and out of different neighborhoods seemingly street to street. Brookline is bordered by Baldwin, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Bon Air, and Beechview, Carrick, and Overbrook. It is the second largest neighborhood in the city and most people (me included) don’t know exactly when they are in it. It has a hilly-suburban feel and you can tell people have lived there for years. WQED has this neat video about Brookline if you want to learn more about its people and history. The history compiled by the Brookline Connection is also worth a read.
We parked on Capital near Fiori’s. After my visit there two weeks ago, I wanted more PIZZA. I’ve also discovered that if you park at the bottom of the hill(s) you are walking, the last part of the walk is more enjoyable (why it took me 54 walks to think of this is beyond me.)
We started zig-zagging the streets parallel to W. Liberty Avenue as we went up and up. Many houses offered sights to ponder while trying to catch your breath on the hills.
It was also garbage day (one of my favorite days to walk.) We saw your standard lot of pizza boxes, recycling, cardboard boxes, but also A LOT of furniture. It was apparent that spring cleaning was in effect in Brookline this past holiday weekend.
Passing all of the freecycle candidates, we said HI! to almost every pet we saw.
We went up and over Pioneer Avenue and this is when the map started to get confused. Multiple streets appeared to have pedestrian access but there was no such path due to invasive vegetation. Petite Way and Mascot Way may have been dead ends but we still enjoyed their vernal freshness.
In the summer, that Japanese Knotweed pictured above, on the right, will probably take over the entire alleyway. While walking Mascot Way (another Dead End) we saw a Jesus with no hands.
We walked up past Beaufort on LaMarido, Sultan, Gayly, and more. This area had an utterly suburban feel. Neighbors were out working in their yards, adding one more thing to the pile for the garbage truck, and conversing in their neatly maintained yards. It was also getting HOT. We walked east, then we walked west for what seemed like miles (it wasn’t.) I joked that at least we were getting both our sides tanned. Thankful for the few flat streets, we kept cursing the steepness of Hartranft Street. Thinking insults might make it flatten out, “How are you even supposed to pronounce that anyways? Stupid street.” No offense to anyone who lives on that street, we were just getting tired. Warm weather walking is going to take some getting used to.
We finally got to Crysler street and made our way back to Capital Avenue. A few more surprises of the concrete variety awaited us on Woodward. These steps (also surrounded by Japanese Knotweed) were so steep and plentiful that they required a resting bench halfway up.
and these steps that aren’t there anymore.
We finally got down to Fiori’s and feasted on some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Words won’t do it justice but I’ll try. Imagine you’re watching a movie (I think of Home Alone’s Little Nero’s Pizza) and all of the characters are eating pizza. You think: “Wow, that looks good, I want some pizza.” So you order some and it’s not as good as what you were expecting. Disappointed, you wish you had some of what they are eating.
Fiori’s Pizza is THAT good. Next time you watch Home Alone, order Fiori’s.
And if you have time, read this exhaustive analysis of the pizza in Home Alone.