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Testimonial “When I stumbled upon Fineview on one of my urban hikes, I knew I had found someplace special. The topography fascinated me. I also found the architectural stock to be top notch with many hidden gems scattered throughout the neighborhood. I was also shocked to find how much greenery there was to be had in an urban neighborhood.”
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News From Fineview
|1/9/2011 Pittsburgh crime prevention effort pushed|
|11/4/2010 Historic designation urged for rest of Fineview incline|
|8/10/2010 Fineview group says incline's wall is historic|
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Photo Credit: John Altdorfer
Fineview is one of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets! Perched behind Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh’s Northside, Fineview is home to some of the best views of Downtown and the West End that Pittsburgh has to offer.
The community is within walking distance of Downtown, the Strip District, the stadiums and the East Ohio Street business district. It is just a short walk from the new Carnegie Library and Crazy Mocha on Federal Street, the National Aviary, West Park, the Children’s Museum, the Mattress Factory Art Museum and the Andy Warhol Museum and with a dedicated bus route (the 11) that connects to Downtown’s Cultural District, getting around is a breeze!
In addition to breathtaking views, Fineview is also home to a rich history. Originally part of Allegheny City, Fineview was once known as Nunnery Hill due to the presence of a convent in the neighborhood’s southern section. It was once home to one of the few curved inclines in the world and to the locally famous streetcar line (#21) that ran from 1951 to 1966. Two civil-war era architectural gems still remain in Fineview—Heathside Cottage and the Henderson-Metz House—and are a must-see for Pittsburgh history lovers.
Fineview is a great place for fitness and nature enthusiasts. The neighborhood is flush with City Steps—including the longest set in the city of Pittsburgh (the Rising Main Street steps which have a whopping 337 steps!), and is a great place for healthy, green living. Several neighbors operate small urban farms, and the Fineview Community Garden is set to take root on Carrie Street next season. For baseball lovers, Fineview Field can’t be beat. Tucked below the Catoma Street Overlook, the field hosts hundreds of community league games throughout the year. And neighborhood kids have a great place in the Fineview Playground, which has basketball and tennis courts, a picnic pavilion, and playground equipment for kids of all ages.
Fineview is a wonderful community that offers quaint, tucked away places, yards, and green space not expected in a neighborhood so close to Downtown. Fineview's hillside is under consideration to be one of Pittsburgh's newest greenways and plays host to an annual Step-a-Thon that challenges urban hikers to conquer many of neighborhood's public stairways.
Fineview also has an active neighborhood organization, the Fineview Citizens Council which continually strives to improve the community through housing development, community events and programs for neighborhood kids.
SchoolsFamilies in Fineview enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by GreatSchools.org - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Fineview, including:
- Pittsburgh Manchester K-8
- Pittsburgh Allegheny Traditional Academy K-8 Magnet
- Pittsburgh King K-8
- Pittsburgh Schiller Classical Academy 6-8 Magnet
- Pittsburgh Oliver 9-12
- Pittsburgh Perry Traditional Academy 9-12 Magnet
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.
LibrariesThe Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Fineview enjoy these branches:
- Allegheny Library
- Woods Run Library