Monthly Archives: March 2017

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership wants more live music in the city

On weekend nights, Market Square fills with music emanating from NOLA on the Square, a bar-restaurant that sits on the block that once housed Harper’s Attic.

And that is music to the ears of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, which plans to launch a new initiative to bring more live music into the heart of the city.

In a press release Tuesday, the PDP highlighted a recent VisitPITTSBURGH survey of tourists and conference attendees that “identified the music and nightlife scene as the most deficient category compared to very strong responses to every other aspect of their experience.”

Three years ago, the PDP explored a music initiative and umbrella marketing campaign called The Downtown Beat, but after talking with restaurant and bar owners it determined that it was a premature given other priorities.

Now, it’s back on the priority list and the PDP’s annual meeting on Wednesday afternoon, at the JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty, will include a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of presenting more live music Downtown.

The panel will feature Allison Harnden, nighttime economy coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh; Janis Burley Wilson, vice president of strategic partnership and community engagement and director of jazz programs at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; promoter and Point Park University professor Ed Traversari; Spirit nightclub general manager Justin Strong; music writer Margaret Welsh; and Russell Howard, vice president of special events and development for the PDP.

Registration is closed for the meeting but it will be followed by a live music event at Revel + Roost, 242 Forbes Ave., Downtown, which is open to the public. It runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with music by Two Tall Twins, DJ Soy Sos and Beauty Slap.

Scott Mervis:; 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg

How to Successfully Relocate as a Renter

1. How can I qualify for an apartment?

If you are looking to qualify for an apartment in your new area, money is the big factor here. Make sure that you are earning at least 2.5-3x the total amount of rent you will be paying for the duration of the time you’re planning to live in your apartment. For example, if you’re looking at a monthly rent of $1,500 and you plan to rent for 12 months, you need to provide proof that you will be earning (or already have saved up) at least $45,000 during that time.

Proof of this can be provided in various ways. If you are planning to stay at your current job by the time you sign your lease, you can provide past pay stubs. If you have a brand new job that you have not yet started, your offer letter (which should include your salary) is a perfect form of proof. Additionally, international renters and international student renters will need to provide visas and student visas to qualify for renting an apartment in the United States.

2. I have little ones, and I want to live in a safe neighborhood. How do I ensure that?

Great news: contrary to what people might initially think, there are actually lots of ways to find out what you need to know! If you’re looking for expertise and hard facts about the safety of your neighborhood, the best things to do are 1) call the local police station and/or 2) check websites like If you want to get a better feel for the area in general, check out neighborhood and city guides, which will help give you a more localized perspective.

3. How can I find out more information about schools when moving to a new area?

Websites and reviews online can be very helpful in determining which school is your best fit – once you’ve narrowed down your top choices, it doesn’t hurt to contact someone at the school district office, or a principal, or perhaps even someone in the PTA. Getting to speak with a person who actually has experience with the school in which you’re interested could prove inordinately helpful to you in deciding where to live and which school to pick. Once you’ve decided which schools/school districts are the best match for you, find out which zipcodes are included in the district and start looking for apartments in those areas!pghskyline

Downtown Pittsburgh Luxury Apartments for rent, much more than just an exquisite property!


Experience all that Downtown Pittsburgh living as to offer. With world-class dining at your fingertips, you are able to enjoy the finer things in life without having to venture too far from home. Perfectly located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, you will find yourself at one of the most sought-after locales in the nation while living at the Star Lofts in Pittsburgh.

Looking for a pick-me-up? Pittsburgh offers some of the best coffee finds in town with notable establishments such as Crazy Mocha, La Prima Espresso, Nicholas Coffee Co., and Starbucks.


In the mood for a refreshing outdoor walk or jog? In just steps, you will find yourself at the riverfront, or even at Point Park, the intersection of the three rivers. What would Starlofts Pittsburgh living be without a plethora of places to shop? Living at Star Loft in Downtown Pittsburgh means that you’re just a few minutes from the strip district, and so much more. And if you’re looking to shop a bit more local, you have many fine shopping options in your own backyard in Market Square! When it’s time for a night in, cooking in your new gourmet kitchen will be a breeze with supplies from nearby grocers such as Giant Eagle, and Pennsylvania Macaroni. The whole strip district is your shopping place, right on the bike lane across from your home.

With so much at your doorstep, it’s easy to imagine living at the Star Lofts in Pittsburgh.

Amenities of the Star Lofts Pittsburgh

Apartment Features

14 ft. exposed ceilings, up to 17 ft.*
Naturally-exposed brick walls
Tall, factory windows
Peninsula kitchens
Individually-controlled heating & cooling
Private Patio/Deck
Pet-friendly apartments
Generous walkin closet space
Panoramic views of the river & Downtown Pittsburgh*
Attractive lighting fixtures & track lighting, Energy Efficient
In-unit washer & dryer
One bedroom apartments
Two bedroom apartments
Quartz countertops
Stainless Steel appliances


Modern fitness centers nearby
Gas stoves/oven
Courtyard garden, gas fire pit & wooden adirondack-style lounge chairs
Ample room for bar, pool table, plasma televisions, gaming tables, library & private office
On-site parking garage
Business center in your space
WiFi access available
Pet park nearby
Marina in walking distance
24/7 concierge service
Newspaper delivery, mail, & package service
Four Seasons dry cleaning pick-up & delivery service
Coordinate service for pet care, maid service, etc. with approved vendors
Access to biking & running trails along the river
Bicycle and Kayak Storage
Bicycle path across the street
On-site storage/attic space
Coffee houses within 2 minute walk
Weekly Happy hour at many nearby bars

Star Loft Apartments in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Star Loft Apartments in the heart of the Cultural District

Incredible history, culture, and a comfortable lifestyle are the inspirations you’ll find living at The Starlofts in Pittsburgh. Located in the heart of the lively Cultural District, we have endless possibilities for gourmet eateries, fresh local markets, artisan shopping galleries, and attractions in downtown Pittsburgh.

Situated in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, The Starloft building was originally constructed in 1800’s. Today, this beautiful historic structure has become one of the most sought-after locations for urban residences downtown. Our property features one, two bedroom apartments in Pittsburgh, PA.