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#Yinzheaven

Written by Golzar Meamar on .

 

#Yinzheaven. That was the hashtag that was trending on Twitter last Friday morning, after the photo of the sunrise over the Downtown buildings that David DiCello tweeted went viral.

 

David DiCello, a Pittsburgh native born and raised in the South Hills, never had plans to go into photography, but now that he has, his work has been shared far and wide across Pittsburgh, and has even been retweeted by the mayor in the past.

 

“I want people to see these pictures of Pittsburgh and say ‘I love my hometown. I love this city,’” DiCello said. “This picture brings out the best of Pittsburgh. It’s overwhelming that people love that photo that much.”

 

Sun rising over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh from the South Shore

Sun rising over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh from South Shore (Credit: Dave DiCello)

 

DiCello, 30, did not enter photography to make money or to show off what he could learn by himself. “I got into photography because I love taking pictures and I love this city.”

 

His father was into photography, his son would often play with toy and film cameras. He was always taking pictures.

The moon on the edge of the clouds over Pittsburgh

Moon on the edge of the clouds over Pittsburgh. (Credit: Dave DiCello)

When he started high school and college, DiCello stopped making so many images.

 

“After I graduated, it was always in the back of my mind. I never spent as much time on it as I wanted to,” says DiCello. The practice has grown for him in the past 8 years as he started taking photos again — of Downtown, family vacations, and weddings.

 

“I started looking at different angles of the city. I wanted to bring my vision of Pittsburgh to everyone else.”

 

Even after graduation, DiCello never took a photography class. Instead, he read about the art. “I’ve probably read more photography books in my life than I have textbooks,” he said.

 

After a while, reading turned into practice and now, he is “taking what I know and putting my own twist to it.”

Sunrise below the Ft. Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River

Sunrise below the Ft. Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh along the Monongahela. (Credit: Dave DiCello)

 

DiCello notes that not all people have the time to take photos and “to see the appreciation for these pictures makes me thankful that people can enjoy it.”


David DiCello’s work can be seen on his website.

 

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Pittsburghers imagine a new inflatable for the Three Rivers

Written by Golzar Meamar on .

There is a big, rubber ducky-shaped void in Pittsburgh's waters and it has not gone unnoticed. Residents of the city today have been tweeting about an alternative 40-foot inflatable splashing back into the rivers — an idea inspired by Mike Dougherty of 96.1 KISS radio, known on Twitter as @fsmikey.
 
Pittsburgh joined a league of other cities, including Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, in welcoming the rubber duck on Sept. 27, 2013. As you remember, it was quite a sensation. The city was specially chosen as the duck's home by the Dutch artist himself, Florentijn Hofman. The rubber duck, harbored in Pittsburgh until Oct. 26, 2013, has moved to more cities, including Hong Kong, and is now back in the United States, in Norfolk, Va., at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

So what creature or thing could be a good next inflatable floating at the Point? 

 
 

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Map: Which Pittsburgh roads will be paved in 2014?

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Are you wondering about Pittsburgh's long-term plan to deal with potholes?

We have good news for you. Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works finished its 2014 paving recommendations list last month.

And in case you missed it, last week we ran a story by reporter Moriah Balingit about the city trying to reach 40 miles of road paved this year. 

We also ran a story by reporter Jon Schmitz about PennDOT's plan to pave 138.6 miles of road this year. The article highlights roads outside of city limits.

Bad news is that the document detailing the paving recommendations is hard to read, especially if you are among those residents of Pittsburgh who wants to see exactly what's being paved.

Here, instead, is an interactive map of the road data. Click a blue line to see how much of which street will be paved, with what and at what cost. Click a grey line to see how much of a street outside of city limits will be paved. PennDOT costs were not provided.

What's missing from this map? The when.

A call to the Department of Public Works (DPW) was not helpful. The department says it does not release to the public a schedule for when certain roads will be paved. Tim McNulty, spokesman for the mayor's office, confirmed the difficulty in DPW generating a paving season schedule.

"...there is no long term calendar for when the streets are paved," McNulty wrote in an email. "The scheduling is impacted by weather patterns, staffing, vacation, etc. They do issue short weekly lists, but even those are pretty tentative."

If you're interested in knowing when a specific street on the map will be paved, you can try to call the department at 412-255-8850.

A cleaned-up version of the paving recommendations — sans a few columns — used to make the above map is available for download here.

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ChachiPlays: Playing video games for charity

Written by Kim Lyons on .

If you've spent any time in Pittsburgh's Twittersphere, you know Anthony "Chachi" Walker. A pro wrestling aficionado, IT guru, Pittsburgh PodCamp volunteer and all-around nice guy, it is not an understatement to say Walker also is a video game expert. He's confident enough in his gaming skills that for the last four years, he's challenged Pittsburghers to step up and play against him during a 24-hour marathon, in the game of their choice, to raise funds for arts programs for kids. 

The idea for Chachi Plays for Kids came from the Child's Play organization, and from Walker's own desire to do something for kids in the Pittsburgh area.

"There are plenty of kids out there who don’t really get a childhood, either due to economic or societal situations they’re in," he said in a release announcing this year's event. "If I can give those kids an opportunity to be a kid, that’s what I’d like to do.”

The first Chachi Plays event in 2011 raised $2,700 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation, as part of its Make Room For Kids project. The following year, when they moved the venue to the ToonSeum, Chachi Plays raised $3,800 for the ToonSeum and Father Ryan Arts Center. Last year's event raised more than $4,300 for the ToonSeum.

This year, Walker is setting the bar high: He wants to raise $7,500 for the ToonSeum and Dreams of Hope. The event will begin at the ToonSeum at 7 p.m Friday, and run through 7 p.m. Saturday. Visit the ChachiPlays  site and sign up for a slot to play against Walker, or to make a donation. He's promised as a bonus to release "embarrassing" teenage photos of himself on the site when the total hits certain dollar amounts (although the picture he posted of himself in the ninth grade isn't so bad).

“It’s a great feeling at the end of the day to know that I was able to help make some kid’s day a little better,” he said.

OK Pittsburgh, you know what to do.

Check out the video of Chachi getting ready for this year's marathon:

 

 

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Unusual frames of Pittsburgh in color

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Here is the latest entry in the  'Oh, Pittsburgh, you are so awesome' series: A video from Brandon Roudebush.

In this video, according to the description, Brandon sought "to create a bright and vibrant depiction of the area and focus on a few of the culturally significant locations of the city, including the Strip District, Point State Park, Station Square, Mount Washington and of course, the streets of downtown Pittsburgh. The film also features Heinz Field, Primanti Brothers, Market Square, the Steel Building, PPG Place, Duquesne University and the Monongahela Incline.”

Did Brandon do our fair city justice? Judge for yourselves! 

h/t Movoto

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