Bloomfield is located just east of Downtown, and is surrounded by Shadyside, Friendship, Garfield, Lawrenceville, and Oakland. It is easily accessible via Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard. Bloomfield's name was derived from the many wild flowers that bloomed there years ago.
Bloomfield is home to one of the city's largest, and most active, business districts along Liberty Avenue. Card shops, shoe stores, Italian restaurants, and groceries abound, attracting shoppers not only from nearby neighborhoods but from the entire Pittsburgh region.
In the late 1800s, immigrant millworkers constructed small row houses designed for single families and businesses in the style of their homelands. Today, well-maintained rowhomes along quaint, narrow streets characterize Bloomfield. Here homes are often passed down through families, and grandchildren usually live just a few blocks from grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Bloomfield residents are deeply rooted in the community and are proud of their recreational and youth programs.
Friendship is located in Pittsburgh's East End, and is surrounded by Shadyside, Bloomfield, Garfield, and East Liberty. Friendship's convenient location puts it in a unique position among Pittsburgh neighborhoods -- it is within walking distance of Bloomfield's Liberty Avenue business district, Walnut Street in Shadyside and Garfield's Penn Avenue. Upscale chic boutiques and family-owned Italian restaurants and groceries are at each resident's fingertips.
Characterized by beautiful and large Victorian homes and wide streets, the quiet residential neighborhood of Friendship was mostly farmland until the early 1900s, when trolley lines, and then houses, appeared. Many of the homes have since been converted into apartments, and people living here enjoy the luxury of original ornamental woodwork. Homes in this neighborhood parade along the edges of wide, handsome streets. They tend to be large, single-family homes on rectangular, flat lots. Many of the attics have also been converted into third-floor apartments -- often with unique details like polished hardwood floors and stained glass windows. The neighborhood is named for the friendship that existed between Joseph Conrad Winebiddle, who had an estate here, and the family of William Penn. Friendship is home to Pittsburgh Montessori and the Ursuline Academy for Girls.
This unique neighborhood has experienced a popularity boom in recent years. Among the residents are young families, single professionals, and medical personnel from nearby West Penn and Children's Hospitals.
Art museums, history centers, prestigious universities, grand architecture, quaint coffee shops, international cuisine, arcades, art cinemas, live entertainment, and two main thoroughfares all describe the hustle and bustle that is Oakland. Many Oakland residents are students at the University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon University, creating a diverse student/residential body that is comprised of individuals from at least 90 nations. Long considered the cultural center of Pittsburgh, Oakland also houses the Carnegie Library Main Branch, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Music Hall, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. If it's shopping and dining you're after, be sure to cruise the Craig Street business district.
Fifth and Forbes avenues, Pittsburgh's two main east-west traffic arteries, pass through Oakland, with bus stops on nearly every corner. Most Oaklanders get around by bus or by foot, lending a true "city" closeness and atmosphere.
East Liberty is a culturally diverse neighborhood bordered by Highland Park, Morningside, Stanton Heights, Garfield, Friendship, Shadyside, and Larimer.
The unfortunate history of urban renewal saw East Liberty transformed from a thriving African American business district into a shell of its former self in the 1960s. However, strong community planning and reinvestment have brought the neighborhood back from the brink and it is now one of the most economically vibrant in the City.
Some of the City's most unique restaurants, cultural institutions, and specialty shops now call East Liberty home and new mixed-income housing is popping up all over the neighborhood.
Point Breeze is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill ,Regent Square, North Point Breeze, and Shadyside. Residents travel into Downtown or Wilkinsburg with ease by taking Martin Luther King East Busway.
Point Breeze is home to the Henry Clay Frick mansion, the Frick Museum, and Frick Park. It has a quaint, walkable business district and os convenient to the Squirrel Hill, Regent Square and Shadyside shopping districts.
Point Breeze is an attractive neighborhood, with gracious homes set back along wide streets.
The resident of Point Breeze are generally young professionals with families, many of whom are associated with the city's educational and health care institutions.
Shadyside is in the heart of Pittsburgh's East End. Walnut Street, Shadyside's prosperous commercial and entertainment core, offers a bustling atmosphere of boutiques, shops, lounges, and restaurants designed to suit the discriminating tastes of residents and visitors. It is surrounded by Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Bloomfield, Friendship, East Liberty, Point Breeze, and Larimer. Shadyside was the original name of the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in this area. Forest and farmland, replete with shady lanes at the time of its development in the mid 19th century, the neighborhood has been named appropriately.
Well-maintained, stately Victorian mansions stand in quiet elegance alongside carefully restored homes. Apartment and condominium buildings full of hardwood floors and old-fashioned architectural character, along with newer, modern homes and buildings are woven together, making a unique and beautiful neighborhood.
Since the 1920s, a mix of affluent families, young professionals, artists, students, and apartment dwellers have settled in Shadyside.
Squirrel Hill is located east of Downtown, and is surrounded by Greenfield, Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, Swisshelm Park, Regent Square, Shadyside, Oakland, and Point Breeze.
This neighborhood is one of Pittsburgh's most popular, with a variety of ethnic restaurants, delis, bakeries, old fashioned grocery stores (which still deliver), and landmark taverns, as well as chic new eateries, trendy boutiques, movie theaters, and upscale shops. Frick and Schenley Parks border Squirrel Hill, offering residents with a wide range of recreational activities.