Friday, October 2, 2015

Interesting Art Exhibition

Here's an interesting art exhibition scheduled for tonight at the 21st Street Coffee & Tea Company in the Strip District.  The display features approximately 60 pieces of art from teens and young adults who are experiencing homelessness in the City of Pittsburgh.  The exhibition was organized by Susy Robison of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, a non-profit organization whose aim is to even out educational outcomes for children and young adults experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.  It's my privilege to serve on the board of this great organization, and to have a chance to work with inspiring people like Susy whose mission in life is to lift the spirits of others.

For a Post-Gazette story on the Exhibition, see here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Columbus (the Explorer not the City)

Exact replicas of Pinta and Santa Maria, two of the three ships sailed by Christopher Columbus, will be stopping in Pittsburgh for a stay at the end of September/ beginning of October.  The ships are available for touring for a modest fee, and promise to be truly interesting.

Here's a Post-Gazette story on the arrival of the ships.

Friday, September 4, 2015

LST in Pittsburgh

The last remaining LST in the world (Landing Ship, Tank) is docking in Pittsburgh this weekend.  The LST transported tanks and troops directly to the beaches of Europe during WWII, and was a key component in the Allied victory.  The ship is docked at the North Shore, by Heinz Field, and is open for tour.

Here is a story from our local NPR affiliate on the LST in Pittsburgh.

Monday, August 24, 2015

End of Summer Specials

Our Priory Hotel is offering some great end of summer specials, pairing up with many of our attraction and restaurant partners to offer some unbelievable values for an end-of-summer getaway.  Partners include the Rivers Casino, Warhol Museum and Heinz History Center, as well as restaurants such as the James Street Gastropub and Cioppino.  Special package rates are available for a limited time -- August 30 through September 3!

Our "Casino Royale" package, for instance, offers two $10 slots vouchers to the Rivers Casino, transportation to the casino in our hotel shuttle, a $100 gift card to Andrew's Steakhouse in the Casino, and two complimentary vouchers for well cocktails in our Monks' Bar.  The rate for this fun package is $199 per night, plus tax, per double occupancy.  

Rates for other packages range from $199 plus tax to $209 plus tax, per double occupancy.

Find out more about these great packages here.

North Side Versus the Outside Boxing Event

We're pleased to be hosting a boxing event for Steel City Boxing Club, located here on our own North Side.  The event will feature about a dozen Steel City amateurs facing off against fighters from other gyms around the city.  Tickets are $20 for general admission and $40 for ringside seats.  The event date is Friday, September 4.  Doors open around 6:00 p.m.  Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (412) 759-6680.  Proceeds benefit the capital campaign to repair Steel City's gym roof.  You can see the event's Facebook page here.

As an aside, the main man behind Steel City Boxing, Jack Mook, has an interesting story which made national news late last year.  Jack, a city police lieutenant, adopted two boys who had been in foster care while working out at the gym.  Jack became concerned about the boys when they stopped coming to the gym, and subsequently became the boys' foster father (as a single dad) and then adoptive father.

Here's an ABC News story about Jack and his sons' uplifting story.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Southpaw" Released

The new film "Southpaw" featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forrest Whitaker and 50 Cent was released recently.  A critical boxing scene was filmed last summer at our Grand Hall at the Priory, including the "knockout" scene here between washed up fighter (Jake) and coach (Forrest).  See the clip here.

Some Interesting Views

One never knows where one might find a cool or interesting thing around the City of Pittsburgh.  I happened to park in the Sixth and Penn Garage run by Alco Parking the other day, which, not surprisingly, is at the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue.  I parked on the fifth floor and was treated to some great views of downtown Pittsburgh, one looking toward Market Square and the other looking east down Liberty Avenue.  The views are above.