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.
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.
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