Historically considered the home of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community; Squirrel Hill still maintains its strong Jewish heritage even as a younger and more diverse population has moved into the neighborhood. Kosher grocers, Jewish shops and delicatessens, ethnic restaurants with cuisine from more than twenty-six different countries, trendy boutique shops, technology startups, a major grocery store, an independent movie theater, and a branch of the Carnegie Library system line the major business districts of Murray and Forbes Avenues. The Jewish Community Center, which first opened in 1939, is still an anchor institution for family recreation and Jewish programming.
Squirrel Hill residents enjoy the rare combination of urban amenities, such as a walkable and lively business district, and the luxury of large homes with sizable front lawns and backyards.
A portion of Frick Park, Pittsburgh’s largest municipal park, is located in the neighborhood. The Squirrel Hill segment of the 561-acre park contains verdant hillsides, playgrounds, baseball diamonds and dog parks.