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One Great Block: Pittsburgh's East Liberty

New restaurants, hotels, and startups are transforming Pittsburgh’s once crime-ridden East Liberty district into the city’s hippest ‘hood.
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124 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
“East Liberty is a microcosm of Pittsburgh’s own renaissance. Before this neighborhood fell on hard times, it was the third largest commercial district in the state (behind Philadelphia and downtown Pittsburgh). Now, these regal old buildings are...
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6012 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
The neon martini glass outside Kelly’s Bar and Lounge dates from its dive-bar days, but inside, new red leather booths attest to the neighborhood’s rebounding popularity. The taps dispense quirky craft beers and mustachio’d hipsters occupy the...
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5968 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Like Victoria’s Secret—but for men—Trim stocks specialty underwear, from SAXX athletic boxers (with a built-in sling for extra stabilization) to sumptuous James Tudor button-front briefs. Mod chandeliers and stately stained-glass windows continue...
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128 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Instead of pendant lamps, flower bouquets dangle above the spare, modernist booths at The Twisted Frenchman, which brings molecular gastronomy to a city more accustomed to peasant fare. Fresh duck is cooked sous vide, accompanying carrots are...
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120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
The just-opened Ace Hotel converted a former YMCA (a five-story, ivory-brick testament to East Liberty’s glory days) into the city’s hippest crash pad. You can get yourself clean in its 63 rooms, you can have a good meal in The Whitfield, and you...
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220 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Most days, Union Pig and Chicken serves proper barbeque (dry rub ribs and slow-cooked pork shoulder). But the real standout is Sunday brunch, when owner Jessica Kayser cooks her masterpiece: fried chicken and waffles with baked macaroni and...