post-title Neighborhood Profile: Squirrel Hill

Neighborhood Profile: Squirrel Hill

Neighborhood Profile: Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill:
Five minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill combines tree lined residential streets, a bustling business district, internationally recognized educational institutions, and large public parks.

One of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region and center for Pittsburgh’s welcoming Jewish community. Home to many authentic eateries as well as over 1100 acres of parks for its residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Vibe
Cultured. Laid Back. Family Oriented. Friendly and Welcoming!

The List
1. Some of the most delicious ethnic restaurants in the city can be found in Squirrel Hill. Try Aladdin’s Eatery, Bangkok Balcony, Gabbe Et Jules, Silk Elephant or Bull River Taco. Not feeling adventurous? Grab some traditional American delights at the Squirrel Hill Café or have breakfast at Pamela’s.
2. Visit Schenley Park, named one of “America’s Coolest City Parks” by Travel and Leisure. At 456 winding acres, it is a wonderful place to hike, bike ride, and more. You can even play an 18 hole round of golf at a fine urban course.
3. What’s life without great pizza? An age old rivalry exists between Aiello’s and Mineo’s Pizza. Both are located on Murray Avenue, and it’s up to you to try them both and declare the winner.
4. Take a ride at Blue Slide Park! In the section of the park located near the corner of Beechwood Boulevard and English Lane, there is a famous playground with a blue slide going down a steep hill. This is just a small part of Frick Park, a 600 acre public park. Take your four legged friend with you to the fabulous off-leash dog park complete with water fountains and plastic baggies for clean up.
5. Don’t forget to go shopping. Check out Littles Shoes, Pittsburgh’s largest full-service family shoe store and a Pittsburgh institution. Also be sure to check out BikeTek, Avalon Exchange, and Orr’s Jewelers.

The Name
The name “Squirrel Hill” may have been given to the area by the Native Americans who lived in its vicinity. The first recorded house was built in 1760 by Ambrose Newton and is still standing today.

One More Thing
Did you know that Myron Cope, longtime Pittsburgh sports journalist, radio personality and inventor of the Terrible Towel who passed away in 2008, was from Squirrel Hill?

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