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Welcome to My City:  Pittsburgh: Beyond Steel


NBE James Calhoun; Associate NBEs Nicole Ionadi, David Geary, Betty Su, Cody Anderson; and Bank Examiner Gretchen Blystone, contributed to this article.

What we love most about Pittsburgh is… the big city entertainment with a small town feel. Our city is composed of 89 distinct neighborhoods, many with their own cultural traditions. Within these neighborhoods are three professional sports teams, 29 museums both big and small, and upwards of 14 colleges and universities. For those who enjoy the performing arts, the Cultural District, located in downtown Pittsburgh, is home to our world-renowned symphony, Broadway musicals, and an abundance of diverse theaters. If you are a sports fan, like all Pittsburghers, you will find Heinz Field and PNC Park–home of the Steelers and burgeoning Pirates–just across the river on the North Shore. We are a whole lot more than a steel town. After all, Pittsburgh has earned the title of America's "most livable city" by Forbes and The Economist, while National Geographic and The Today Show have named the city a top world destination.



The best-kept secret in Pittsburgh is… the National Aviary. The aviary is the only zoo in the country dedicated entirely to birds. Most exhibits are large and allow visitors to walk through and get up close and personal with the over 600 birds featured there.

Whatever you do, be sure to… visit Mount Washington where a number of overlook spots offer beautiful views of the city. Getting up and down Mount Washington is half the fun! Ride either the Monongahela or Duquesne Incline, which are two of the oldest cable car operations in the country. Also, be sure to visit the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. Housed within the Cathedral of Learning, these 29 uniquely designed rooms are funded by various ethnic groups that settled in the region. Our personal favorites include the Austrian, German, and Indian rooms, just to name a few.

Our favorite restaurants are…

  • Primanti Brothers, home of the sandwich made famous by truckers in the 1930s. These colossal sandwiches are piled high with your choice of meat, French fries, and coleslaw between two pieces of Italian bread. These are designed to be eaten with one hand while the other is on the wheel!
  • Hofbräuhaus, modeled after the original restaurant in Munich, Germany, boasts an extensive menu of Bavarian cuisine from bratwurst to bier cheese and live entertainment every night in the Bier Hall.
  • La Gourmandine, a French bakery and the best place for sweets and treats in Pittsburgh. There is a long line outside the front door in the morning but the delicious smells of fresh pastries and desserts is worth the wait!
  • The Green Mango is one of our favorite lunch spots because of their delicious Thai food. Try the mango salad or the green curry.
  • Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Grandview Drive looks out at Point State Park, Heinz Field, and the Pittsburgh skyline. Their food is fresh and well prepared. The service is excellent. A front table during a Friday night baseball game gives you a bird’s eye view of the Zambelli’s nationally recognized fireworks!

What we like most about our job in Pittsburgh… is that our banks have a wide variety of complexity, size, and structure, which keeps it interesting for all of us. Pittsburgh has 27 banks with 10 of them being Savings and Loan institutions. We have one of the largest mutual thrift associations in the country along with many banks and thrifts that have held banking charters for more than 100 years. We have banks in rural communities throughout the field office footprint that runs from Dunkirk, NY to Elkins, W.Va. And when it comes to the greater Pittsburgh OCC team, they are hardworking, dedicated folks who are committed to helping each other succeed. Period.

And finally, we would add… that Pittsburgh is the birthplace of many “firsts.” The city is home to the first commercial radio station–KDKA–which is still in existence. In 1903, the Pittsburgh Pirates were matched against the Boston Americans in the first major league baseball World Series. The Nickelodeon, the world's first theater devoted to motion pictures, opened on Smithfield Street. Pittsburghers are particularly proud that the Steelers were the first team to win six Super Bowls. Finally, and perhaps the most important of all, the Smiley emoticon was created by Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University :-)

Last Updated: 10/21/2014