Source: Wall Street Journal
June 01, 2013
In this article on the hep and happening in Pittsburgh, the author interviewed four prominent Pittsburghers regarding their favorite places in the city. The Priory Hotel was singled out by Andy Warhol Museum Executive Director Eric Shiner as his favorite place for a "sound sleep." Said Mr. Shiner: "It's a unique property, a renovated monastery, with events held in a former church."
The Priory is located in the hub of Deutschtown, a historic neighborhood which had originally been settled by German, Swiss and Austrian immigrants in the early 1800’s.
A part of the city’s historic North Side, Deutschtown is a thriving and diverse neighborhood, with historic rehabilitated homes and storefronts. It’s also home to a wide variety of attractions and amenities, including Allegheny General Hospital, the New Hazlett Theater, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the Photo Antiquities Museum, as well as world renowned dining establishments, including the historic Max’s Allegheny Tavern and the city’s first microbrewery, Penn Brewery.
We’re also within easy walking distance of many North Shore attractions, such as PNC Park, where the Pirates play, and the Andy Warhol Museum, which attracts a stream of international visitors. Heinz Field and the Rivers Casino are also relatively close – a 20 minute walk or a short cab or car ride away.
Deutschtown hosts its share of events as well, including a weekly Friday Farmers’ Market in the Commons Park, the annual German Heritage parade in September, and a biennial house tour that’s not to be missed. Find out more about Deutschtown at www.deutschtown.org.
The larger North Side neighborhood has the greatest concentration of attractions, museums and performance space in the city.
World renowned destinations include the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild jazz concerts (featuring artists such as Herb Alpert), the National Aviary (the nation’s largest zoological park devoted to birds), the Mattress Factory museum (a museum devoted to large installation pieces), St. Anthony’s Chapel, with one of the largest collections of saints’ relics in the world, and the Carnegie Science Center, to name a few.
The North Side has also become a concert destination with the opening of the Stage AE, a 6,500 person amphitheater hosting a wide variety of bands – from country icon Lucinda Williams to alternative favorites Death Cab for Cutie to death-metal rocker Rob Zombie.
The length and breadth of what’s happening on the North Side can be gleaned at www.northsidenow.com.