The exterior of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City's Meatpacking District.

Stylebook snapshot: New Whitney Museum highlights NYC's trendy Meatpacking District

The neighborhood in lower Manhattan is home to the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designer fashion stores, fine restaurants and more.

about 21 hours ago

 Kate and Nik Stoltzfus, shown in July 2014, are among the hundreds of Pittsburghers who use Airbnb to rent out rooms, apartments or homes. They rent out a mother-in-law apartment in Garfield and screen potential guests carefully.

Many travelers going the Airbnb route

With millions of listings, Airbnb can provide some worthy alternatives to pricey hotels, but like anything, do your homework.

about 21 hours ago

 Popcorn panna cotta at Station restaurant in Bloomfield, created by chef Curtis Gamble.

Station restaurant in Bloomfield makes its panna cotta pop

As the Italian dessert known as “cooked cream” becomes more popular on restaurant menus, cooks are incorporating other ingredients.

about 21 hours ago

 The Statue of Liberty is a National Park site.

National Parks reaching out to kids, families

As the National Parks system celebrates its centennial in 2016, it’s trying to build a new generation of visitors.

about 21 hours ago

 New York's Hudson River in the fall.

All aboard the leaf-peepers express

Amtrak’s Great Dome Car returns to the Northeast for fall foliage runs.

about 21 hours ago

Travel notes: Got the message? No guns on planes

Dozens of travelers every month are still bringing firearms -- many of them loaded -- on planes 14 years after they were banned.

about 21 hours ago

New chip credit cards may ease travel purchases overseas

Microchips in credit cards -- which have been in use overseas for years -- are designed to prevent hacking of accounts.

about 21 hours ago

 When using Airbnb, read the cancellation policy thoroughly. They vary from host to host.

What you need to know about Airbnb

You can improve your chances of a positive experience with Airbnb by following these precautions.

about 21 hours ago

 A crew team rows downstream along the Allegheny River near the 16th Street Bridge.

Heads-up for rowing on the Allegheny River

The annual Head of the Ohio event attracts 1,200 rowers over two days.

1 day ago

 Julie Coletti in her kitchen. Behind her are original windows that were turned into light-filled display cabinets.

Casa bella: Shadyside beauty melds tastes of Italian & Victorian hospitality

Julie Coletti’s grand house and six others will be open Sunday for the 36th annual Shadyside House Tour.

1 day ago

 Peg Parks with her 8-foot-long steel lion in the living room of her Lawrenceville row house, one of 11 houses on the tour. The house features a 30-year collection of painting, sculpture and wood carving by her late father, Seigle Parks.

Retiree followed young people to Lawrenceville for her new digs

Peg Parks has a tried-and-true formula for choosing the hippest Pittsburgh neighborhood in which to live: Follow the young people.

1 day ago

Collier Township at a glance

Located 11 miles southwest of Downtown, the 12.8-square mile township has a history that precedes the Revolutionary War.

1 day ago

Peter McKay: Oh, say, can’t you see?

A man’s choice of eyeglass frames say only one thing about his personality: He’s really cheap.

1 day ago

 Amanda Freitag's new book, "The Chef Next Door," features an easy recipe for coq au vin.

Let's eat: Easy Coq Au Vin

Cookbook author Amanda Freitag offers an easy take on a classic French dish.

1 day ago

Biking with Larry Walsh: New trail in Mercer County honors outdoors advocate John C. Oliver

The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail honors the DCNR’s first secretary.

1 day ago

 "Days of Our Lives" stars Alison Sweeney and James Scott, whose character was killed off on the NBC soap, teamed with "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" to make a video for a resilient Syrian teenager.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week

Lots to still see, do and watch this weekend — Phipps flower show, South Side StepTrek, “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s John Oliver.

1 day ago

 Upgrades available in this Collier townhome include hardwood floors.

Buying Here: Location and value in Collier's Centennial Point

S&A Homes Centennial Point community near Settler's Ridge appeal to both first-time buyers and empty nesters looking to downsize.

1 day ago

 Salmon Baked in Foil

What's dishing on the blogs: Surf and turf

Meat, fish and vegetarian options on this week’s menu.

2 days ago

 Chartiers Valley 10th-grader Emily Ford tries to beat the Steelers' Will Allen to the finish in a footwork drill at the Camp of Champions.

Elizabeth Forward football camp hosts variety of champions

The camp aims to make a positive impact on area youth with disabilities by teaching football skills and emphasizing a healthy lifestyle.

2 days ago

Osborne Elementary School’s gARTen Club receives program grants

The school in the Quaker Valley School District has received two grants worth nearly $9,000 to encourage education in and through the arts.

2 days ago

 Etna's ScareHouse will dish out frights Thursdays-Sundays until Oct. 31.

Etna's ScareHouse teams with makers of new horror film 'Krampus'

Krampus is a devilish anti-Santa who punishes kids for misdeeds. The film arrives in December, but ScareHouse features him now.

3 days ago

 The hanger steak at Station restaurant.

On the Table: Station in Bloomfield offers a menu beyond bar food

Station and chef Curtis Gamble are a welcome addition in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.

3 days ago

RAD budget increased to $94.7M for 2016

The organization, which supports and finances the region’s cultural assests, says grant allocations will be increased in the new year.

3 days ago

 Demented clowns will roam about Fear Fest, part of Kennywood's 2015 Phantom Fright Nights, Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Sunday, Oct. 11.

Haunted houses pop up all over the Pittsburgh area

Here are lots of scary places to visit for a Halloween fright.

3 days ago

 The Cajun blue crab pasta at Breakneck Tavern.

Munch goes to Breakneck Tavern

Local and sustainable is the focus at a terrific new spot in the northern suburbs.

3 days ago

Let’s Learn from the Past: Bloomfield

Known as Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy,” Bloomfield today comprises a variety of specialty Italian shops and traditions.

3 days ago

Let's talk about science: Gluten

To see what gluten looks like, all you need is white flour, a bowl and the kitchen sink.

3 days ago

 Tony DeSare will appear at Heinz Hall for three concerts this weekend.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Tony DeSare, Arlo Guthrie, Yellowjackets and pianist Elena Uulyanova are in town.  An Italian Festival and farm tour are also scheduled.

3 days ago

 Apple cider doughnuts are a nice treat to serve up this fall.

Fall is the time for apples

The fruit is a star at festivals, and a team player in salads, soups, doughnuts and even tomato sauce.

4 days ago

 For the summer season try shells with roasted corn and basil.

Pasta hits the spot for every season

In “The Four Seasons of Pasta,” co-authors Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins say pasta is a good way to get more produce in one’s life.

4 days ago

Miriam's Garden: Winter squash is a fall fruit to love

Squashes need to be cured to enhance sweetness and extend shelf life.

4 days ago

 Spanish language posters used by Just Harvest's Fresh Access program to help immigrant and refugee communities access local farmers markets.

Food Column: With food, two groups help immigrants to assimilate

Grow Pittsburgh and Just Harvest are helping Nepalese, Bhutanese and Latinos to grow vegetables.

4 days ago

 A crested oropendola in its nest.

Let’s Talk About Birds: Crested oropendola

The black and gold crested oropendola is “the chief” of group of related birds commonly known as the New World blackbirds.

4 days ago

 Margaret Strahler Yuresic.

Century Club: Her words kept her brothers in touch during WWII

Margaret Strahler Yuresic, self-described president and editor of the Strahler Weekly News, celebrates her 100th birthday.

4 days ago

Survey says: White most popular color for cars ... again.

The survey says 35 percent of all vehicles built in 2015 were white and consumers selected more white vehicles than any other shade.

4 days ago

 One mother is a little skeptical after her daughter told her she had been Skyping for about a year with a guy that she met online.

Ask Natalie: Daughter's love life scares mom

Are mom's prejudices getting in the way of her daughter’s future happiness?

5 days ago

 Jupiter joins Venus and Mars in the morning sky. Astronomical highlights for the coming week; illustration prepared by Amy Jill Pazur, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory.

Stargazing: Jupiter joins Venus and Mars in the morning sky

In late October, the evening sky will host a repeat of the stunning morning celestial display that occurred at the end of June.

5 days ago

 The bar at Wallace's Tap Room is open from 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Restaurant at Hotel Indigo in East Liberty opens

Soft-opening introduces breakfast and dinner service at Wallace’s Tap Room.

5 days ago

 Julie Friedman of Shadyside pets a dog at the second night of the Black Tie & Tails gala at Animal Friends in Ohio Township.

Black Tie & Tails Gala raises funds for Animal Friends

More than 600 total attendees over two nights raise a record $603,000 for the no-kill shelter.

6 days ago

 Laura Ellsworth, left, and Ann Metzger.

13th annual Imani Gala held at the Wyndham Grand

More than 300 guests attended the event which raised funds for the Imani Christian Academy in East Hills.

6 days ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto with Andrew Butcher.

Arbor Aid benefit raises funds for Tree Pittsburgh

Trees are tops! More than 300 people attended a benefit to protect and restore Pittsburgh’s urban forest.

6 days ago

 Co-chairs Mary Louise  and Doug Fowkes.

Art on Fire event held at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Nearly 500 guests found their way to the American Eagle Outfitters headquarters on the South Side for this popular party.

6 days ago

 Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, creator of the Humanae project, outside the August Wilson Center on Friday night.

Humanae/I AM AUGUST held at the August Wilson Center

Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center celebrates its rebirth with the highly anticipated Humanae/I AM AUGUST photography exhibit.

6 days ago

 Diane von Furstenberg

Spring sensations: Trends for 2016 fresh from New York Fashion Week

Island-inspired styles, carefree colors, stripes, pajama dressing and minimal makeup were among the trends spotted on the runway.

6 days ago

 Harold Hayes, Sheila Beasley and Brian Cook.

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation hosts fundraiser at Roland's Seafood Grill

The event raised money for the college scholarship fund for graduates of its Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for teens.

6 days ago

 Brigitte and Christina Nguyen and Robin Nicholson.

Killer Heels preview event held at the Frick

The exhibit, “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe,” will be a shoe lover’s dream when it opens in June 2016 at the Frick.

6 days ago

 A model wearing a Mayfield Avenue design walks the runway at the kick-off event for Pittsburgh Fashion Week held at Highmark Stadium in Station Square on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015.

Stylebook: Pittsburgh Fashion Week wraps another year

In its sixth year, Pittsburgh Fashion Week completed five days of events featuring 20-plus brands and about 300 models. Was it a success?

6 days ago

 A spectrum of colors that's been predicted to be popular in fashion for spring 2016 is seen in a screen grab from the report posted at

Pantone predicts popular colors in fashion for spring 2016

South-of-the-border culture, a calm sensibility and blurred gender lines are just a few of the inspirations behind Pantone's color picks.

6 days ago

 Tom Murphy of Shadyside ran the 10K distance underneath a three-layer cake on his 36th birthday at the 38th annual Great Race on Sunday. The cardboard was covered with real cake, although most of it fell off during the race.

Cakes, superheroes and Special Olympians star in Sunday’s Great Race

More than 14,000 runners take part in 3.1-mile race from Oakland to Downtown.

6 days ago

Whole Foods to eliminate 1,500 jobs

The company in July reported third-quarter profit and sales that trailed analysts’ estimates as the new competition restrained growth.

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