NEXT NEIGHBORHOODS: WHO’S IN LINE TO TOPPLE LAWRENCEVILLE

There’s nothing left to say about Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood that hasn’t already been said. At this point, you get it — from the urban breweries popping up seemingly every week to the award-winning restaurants and indie boutiques, there are lots of reasons why Lawrenceville has been the city’s neighborhood darling for a number of years now.

It’s more interesting to us to pay attention to what locals are saying in whispers: that Lawrenceville is becoming overcrowded and pricy, and while we still love the cool factor and the excitement that it’s brought to Pittsburgh, we can’t help but have our sights set on the horizon — or rather, the skyline. Here are our predictions for the areas that could take Lawrenceville’s coveted “It Neighborhood” throne.

Bloomfield/Garfield. It just makes sense to wonder if these Lawrenceville-adjacent areas will start to see some spillover in a major way. While these two neighborhoods aren’t necessarily new, in recent years, it certainly seems like they’re making a run for Lawrenceville. With go-to watering holes like Tina’s and Brillobox, buzzy eateries like Apteka and Bitter Ends and cute cafes like 4121 Main and Constellation Coffee, these two neighborhoods continue to impress.  Add in the epic Saturday farmer’s market and two new spots on Main Street in the works (one from Round Corner Cantina in the former Fang location and a new brewery with a real deal beer garden across the street) and we’re thinking a move to Bloomfield might be in the cards.

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SATURDAY!! ***WHAT: Mostbeautifullest is a day party series dedicated to positive vibes, dope music, strong drinks, and delicious food by Darkness is Spreading and outside pop-up venue ALL SUMMR. This is our third and final edition of summer 2019! ALL BLACK GIRLS EVERYTHANG on the music *and* the catering. 💅🏾 ***WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 3pm – 10pm ***WHO: Music by @hunyrocks x @onewavybabe x @basedgrvce x DJ Aesthetics @trs.trs HUNY, HBIC of Darkness is Spreading, is a DJ, music fiend, and entertainment industry vet (VIBE, BET) with a Soul Train Award on her mantle via Soulbounce, an influential music platform which she formerly co-owned. So basically: huny extensively knows a good bop. ONEWAVYBABE is an aspiring DJ from Ohio who recently relocated to Pittsburgh. Her DJing is eclectic. She blends alternative, hip hop, and punk all in one. She believes music is a gateway to bring all walks of life together and enjoys being able to make people connect during a set. BASED GRVCE is a multi-genre DJ known for effortlessly transitioning from go-to anthems to brand new tracks to deep cuts—whatever it takes to go keep it poppin. Grace's ear for quality music, combined with her unique style and addictive energy, makes her an increasingly established favorite in Pittsburgh and beyond. DJ AESTHETICS Food vendor: Dirty Birds Chicken is a Black woman-owned local business located on the east side of Pittsburgh showcasing chicken, waffles, mac & cheese, greens, and more! ***WHERE: 1717 Fifth Ave – Uptown/Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA AllSummr’s location is a transformed vacant parking lot in the heart of Uptown, and the community-driven event space focusing on not only hosting guests for food and beverages, but also contributes a portion of its proceeds toward neighborhood cleanup and nonprofit organizations. For the month of August, ALL SUMMR will contribute 10% of all proceeds to SisTers PGH​, a transgender centered drop-in space, resource provider and shelter transitioning program based in Pittsburgh, PA. ***WHY: To provide a safe, diverse, and celebratory atmosphere where you can sip on a lil somethin, flirt, build, laugh, etc 🏝🤸🏿‍♀️🏖

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Uptown. We’re always singing Uptown’s praises, and for good reason. The historic neighborhood just up Forbes Avenue from Downtown is home to lots of new construction in the form of apartments and lofts, so it’s only a matter of time before it starts to see new restaurants and bars, as well. This summer brought us allsummr, a pop-up bar running through September, and we expect more to join the party. Plus, with sweeping city views from a higher vantage point and space galore, this is an untapped option just waiting for its moment.

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Oakland. It may seem like an unlikely choice given that Oakland is already home to such major institutions, but the education center once overwhelmingly inhabited by college students is starting to see a bit more action from outsiders. The newly opened Oaklander hotel isn’t just a place for freshman parents to stay, but rather a chic spot for a post-work happy hour drink especially if you can score seats on the porch; our favorites at Red Hawk sling some of the city’s best espresso drinks and coffee from their very own beans; and eateries like Pie for Breakfast and Butterjoint could fit in just as easily in Lawrenceville as they do in North Oakland. And is there really anything better than a run in Schenley Park on a sunny day or a visit to the CMOA on a rainy day?

Millvale. It may be across a river (gasp!), but plenty of former Lawrenceville inhabitants have recently made the move to Millvale. What’s enticing about this potentially-next-neighborhood? Dog-friendly breweries like Grist House, live music venues like Mr. Smalls Theater, destination-worthy food from Duncan Street and Iron Born Pizza and affordable homes filled with old school charm — plus a commute to the city that’s oftentimes even faster than most East End ‘hoods.