Things to do in East Liberty

East Liberty art, Hotel Indigo, Paris 66 and Kelly’s Bar & Lounge (all photos by Tracy Certo)

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 6,605
  • Size: 0.581 sq. miles
  • Median Rent: $772
  • Median Home Value: $133,936

East Liberty has changed dramatically in recent years but not for the first time.

This neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s East End was once a thriving commercial center that served many of Pittsburgh’s industrial millionaires who lived nearby. S’liberty, as it sometimes called, flourished as a central shopping district until suburban sprawl and poor city planning decisions took their toll in the Sixties, bringing urban blight and crime upon the community.

It’s a whole new scene today in the community which is bordered by Highland Park, Morningside, Stanton Heights, Garfield, Friendship, Shadyside and Larimer. Once again, it is a thriving place for businesses, residential living and shopping.

The redevelopment of the neighborhood has not been without controversy, with the twin issue of gentrification a growing concern since rents and housing prices have soared, pricing many out.

Beyond residential, the community has become a hub for entrepreneurs and startups who work at one of several business accelerators that make their home here, including the Beauty Shoppe, Ascender (formerly Thrill Mill), and AlphaLab Gear , all just a stone’s throw from the Google Pittsburgh offices in Bakery Square.

New restaurants such as Honeygrow and Pittsburgh-based Choolaah (for really great Indian barbecue), join Muddy Waters, Dinette, KahunaClean Juice and many more. You’ll also find Ace Hotel and Indigo Hotel and the new Warby Parker doing a brisk business on Penn Avenue across the street from the local and much-loved Zeke’s Coffee. There’s also a beautiful and modern Carnegie Library branch, Target and of course, Trader Joe’s.

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