August 3, 2022

See What Beechview Has to Offer: A Guide to Pittsburgh

Many beeches growing on its hillsides are at the origin of the name of the district of Beechview.

This area of ​​Pittsburgh, located 3.5 miles outside of the city, was settled in the late 1700s, according to the book “Images of America: Beechview” (Arcadia Publishing). Scots-Irish and English were the first to settle there. According to the book, today’s population reflects a rich diversity.

The main street was laid out with tram tracks, which brought commercial and residential development to the area. These tracks remain and today make the city one of the few where trams and car traffic share part of the same road.

In 1905, Beechview separated from Union Township to become a borough.

Beechview became part of the City of Pittsburgh in 1909. The intersection of Broadway-Beechview Avenue forms what many call the center of the neighborhood. Most of the businesses are found along these streets.

Its boundaries are Banksville Road, Saw Mill Run Boulevard, West Liberty Avenue and Wenzell Avenue. When most people hear the name Beechview, they think of Canton Avenue, which has been recognized as the steepest street in the United States.

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Tim’s Corner Market on Broadway Avenue in Beechview.

While that’s remarkable, the area has so much more to offer, said Rico Lunardi, owner of Slice pizzeria on Broadway and nearby Tim’s Corner Market. He grew up in the neighborhood and named the corner market after his father – the corner where his father used to hang out.

“Beechview is about families,” Lunardi said. “The people in this neighborhood are great. Everyone knows just about everyone here.

The Tribune-Review went there recently. Here are some of the places and businesses that make up the neighborhood.

Landmarks

Townships Avenue — At a 37% grade, Canton Avenue is classified as “practically impassable in winter.” It was the site of the annual Dirty Dozen cycling race and was the venue for the Hell on Hills 5K running race. German automaker Audi shot a commercial there in 2016, which featured a trip up the hill in winter.

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A post office worker walks up Canton Avenue in Beechview, known as the steepest street in the United States, on June 29.

There were signs – one up and one down – proclaiming it the steepest street in the United States and possibly at one time in the world. But a street in Wales won the world title with a rating of 37.45%. Canton Avenue is still quite steep. Audi’s television commercial demonstrated that its Quattro A4 car could catch up with no problem despite driving on sand, mud and snow.

The ad also featured a world-famous downhill skier, snowboarder and mountain biker on the cobblestone hill. Also of note is Boustead Avenue in Beechview, which has a 29% grade.

Pittsburgh Brashear High School (590 Crane Ave.) – The school is known for its Magnet Academy teaching program for students interested in exploring the teaching profession and other educational careers. The program includes the possibility of advanced placement courses, including those in mathematics and science.

The school offers courses in body repair, automotive technology, machine operation, multimedia production and coding. The Life After High School program teaches teens the skills they need for college, career, and adult life.

monument park (Broadway and ShirasAvenues) – The memorial honors soldiers of WWI and WWII veterans in the neighborhood. There is also a plaque dedicated to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Saint Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church (1810 Belasco Ave.) Part of St. Teresa Parish of Kolkata, the church includes worship sites from nearby Beechview and Brookline.

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The caucus (1648 Broadway Ave.) – A Beechview staple since 1975, the establishment is located along the “Red Line” streetcar. The Huddle offers daily specials, signature salads, homemade soups, wings, freshly cut steaks and artisan sandwiches.

Tim’s Corner Market (2130 Broadway Ave.) – This store offers everything from bread and milk to lunch meats and snacks, as well as lottery tickets.

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Dormont’s Chris Ostapenko prepares a pizza in the Slice on Broadway kitchen at Beechview.

Slice on Broadway (2128 Broadway Ave.) – Try a slice of plain bread or one with mini pepperoni, or a pepperoni or a steak and onion roll. There are garlic knots, hoagies and salads. It was the first of four locations. Described as “New York-style yinzer pie,” Slice on Broadway has been serving pizza in Beechview for more than a decade.

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The IGA and Las Palmas Market storefront on Broadway Avenue in Beechview.

Tacos Las Palmas (1616 Broadway Ave. ) The street vendor selling authentic tacos, tortas, and quesadillas outside the IGA Market.

Chicken Latino (2100 Broadway Ave.) – Peruvian native Shelbin Santos opened the restaurant in 2007. He’s known for his authentic dishes prepared in a Peruvian wood-fired brick oven. The signature dish is Pollo a la Brasa, marinated chicken seasoned with cumin, garlic, cilantro and dried Peruvian chili peppers. A Peruvian Inka Cola is a fruity drink with hints of coconut, banana and pineapple. The restaurant offers entertainment including salsa dancing.

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Customers sit outside Chicken Latino in Beechview.

Chips and kale (2102 Broadway Ave.) Chip and Kale is a non-subscription, plant-based meal kit company. He takes care of buying, chopping and measuring, and provides organic ingredients. New menus are posted on Tuesdays. Minimum order is $99. Ready-to-cook meal kits are delivered or shipped to the customer’s doorstep.

El Comedor de la Tia (1605 Broadway Ave.) Authentic Latin American restaurant.

Alpine (1544 Beechview Ave.) A local bar with good food and trivia nights and karaoke.

Stores

Glittering Dragon Magic Emporium (2120 Broadway Ave.) This business supports independent artists and artisans. It hosts workshops, rituals and classes and sells many stones, such as tiger eye dragon heads.

Affordable linens (1940 Broadway Ave.) The company provides linens for events and parties.

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Woody’s Barber Shop on Broadway Avenue in Beechview.

Woody’s Barbershop (2102 Broadway Ave.) The barbershop has been a Beechview staple for six decades. The current owner, Colemann Tucker, has owned it for two years.

Interesting places

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Beechview (1910 Broadway Ave.) – This location originally housed the Beth El Synagogue, which opened in 1927. The synagogue moved and the property was sold to the City of Pittsburgh in 1965. The library opened its doors in 1967 as the 17th branch of the Carnegie Library of the Pittsburgh system. It has undergone a thorough renovation which was unveiled in 2015. There is a community meeting room, a space dedicated to teenagers and a lower level dedicated to children.

Vanucci playground (1295 Orangewood Ave.) – There is a Spray Park located here. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and is the perfect place to cool off on one of those humid summer days. Sensors turn the water on and off, creating childhood memories of racing through sprinklers or under a hose.

Moose Lodge 609 (1607 Broadway Ave.) – Serving as a social gathering occasion, the fraternal organization provides service to people in the Beechview community.

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The Beechview Community Garden is located across from Beechwood Elementary School and on the site of the old swimming pool.

Beechview Community Garden (1229 Rockland Ave.) – Located across from Beechwood Elementary School in the old pool area, the garden has more than 30 beds, some of which are rented by individuals and families in the neighborhood. There are herb and tomato beds and a butterfly garden. The garden club works on growing blueberries and strawberries.

The Red line (Broadway) This streetcar is part of the Pittsburgh Regional Transit (formerly Port Authority) light rail system that connects South Hills Village and downtown Pittsburgh via Beechview.


Related:

• Guide to the Strip neighborhood
• Guide to Lawrenceville
• Bloomfield Guide
• a guide to squirrel hill


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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