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Getting around Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Pittsburgh: it ’s easy to walk from one end of Downtown to the other in 25 minutes or less. Getting to major destinations like sports stadiums, local museums, restaurants, and more is all accomplished easily on foot.

When your home is the luxury apartments, walking is a breeze.

Biking Downtown Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh today is known as a city that supports and encourages bicycling, from protected bike lanes to bike shares to bike parking. Here are some of your options if you want to bike to or around Downtown.

Bicycle Racks in Downtown parking garages and on Port Authority buses
Do you live at the StarLoftsPgh luxury apartments? You are on Penn Av, which has dedicated bike lanes. All Port Authority bus routes are equipped with bike racks. Bikes can also be brought aboard the T or Mon Incline at any time and stowed in the designated wheel chair spaces.

What to do with your bike once you’re in Downtown ? All of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages have free sheltered bike racks for public use. Click here to see a map of where the garages with bike parking are located. In addition, the Third Avenue Garage has a fix-it station open to the public and secure bike parking for lease.


Commuting by bike
Okay, you’ve decided to bike the whole way into Downtown but you’re not sure which roads to take. The first thing you should do is check out Bike Pittsburgh’s Biking 101 Guide for information on clothing tips, clothing tips, parking your bike, and safety precautions while enjoying your biking experience.

Then you should go to Bike Pittsburgh’s interactive city bike maps and riverfront trails maps that can show you the best way to get through and around the city while enjoying the gorgeous Pittsburgh scenery. If you’re coming from the East End, once you reach the 16th Street Bridge and Penn Avenue, pick up the Penn Avenue Bike Lane which takes you to Penn & Sixth Street. Or, if you’re coming from the North Shore, take the Clemente Bridge bike lane onto Sixth Street to Sixth and Penn Avenue.

At the, you are literally ON the bike lane.

3 Secrets To Understanding What Music Is Made Of. Enjoying the PSO.

It’s clear that practically everybody likes music in some form or other. After all, it is the universal language, and all of us participate in it to some degree from the cradle to the grave. It starts with our Mothers’ lullaby, ends with our funeral tune, with a zillion other stops along the way.
What is music, anyhow? What makes it tick? All of us like some kind of it and do not like other kinds of it.
The country-western fan might not like jazz, however he or she sure enjoys the sound of pickin’ & grinnin’. And the jazz fan feels just the opposite.
Which’s as it should be. If all of us liked the very same type of music, there simply wouldn’t be the range that is readily available to us now. We can pick from musical designs varying from heavy classical and opera to rock to kids’s tunes to Broadway musicals to gospel music to the blues.
Each has its place, and each seems on the surface to be significantly various than another form of music. The key word is “on the surface area.” Below the surface of all music is a commonality that is organic to all kinds and styles of music.
So what does all music have in common?
A minimum of 3 things– sometimes more, but never less:

  1. Tune.
  2. Rhythm.
  3. Harmony.
    The tune is the part of a song or structure that you whistle or hum– in other words, the tune of the tune. In one sense, it is the most noticeable of the 3 components, because melody is what determines a song. Without melody, it would be difficult to even conceive of a tune or piece.
    In musical notation, the melody is often composed in the treble clef– also referred to as the treble staff. It consists of a horizontal line of notes that go up and down on the clef as the tune moves greater or lower.
    Rhythm is the beat– the swing– the throb of the music. It takes place in duplicating patterns, depending upon the type of music.
    A march, on the other hand, usually consists of a heavy beat followed by a light beat, then another heavy beat followed by another light beat. (I’m simplifying, of course– there are many varieties …) So a march remains in duple meter– as you might expect given that we have two feet and we march in left-right-left-right patterns.
    All rhythms are some mix of triple meter and/or duple meter, and the possibilities are limitless– from boogie to R&B to mambos and sambas and bossa novas and … on and on.
    Harmony, the 3rd element of music, is the musical background of a tune– the chords, or intervals “behind” the tune. Without consistency, a tune sounds empty– like a vocalist singing without an accompanist– or accapella. Music does not HAVE to have harmony to operate, but in real practice it generally does, even if it is just the interplay of 2 tunes, as in counterpoint.
    You might invest a life time learning all the subtleties of music, however it its a lot of standard type, it is these 3 components integrated together; rhythm, melody, and harmony.

We can select from musical designs ranging from heavy classical and opera to rock to kids’s songs to Broadway musicals to gospel music to the blues.
Underneath the surface area of all music is a commonality that is organic to all types and designs of music.
Rhythm is the beat– the swing– the throb of the music. Harmony, the 3rd aspect of music, is the musical background of a song– the chords, or intervals “behind” the tune. Music doesn’t HAVE to have consistency to function, but in real practice it practically always does, even if it is simply the interaction of two tunes, as in counterpoint.

When listening to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra(PSO), keep these things in mind to make the performance even more enjoyable. It is so convenient to attend the PSO performance, right across the street from your home at


Our lives have been changed, possibly forever, by the existing situation we are enduring. Task circumstances, college, recreation (sports, concerts, household gathering, wedding celebration, birthday celebration events … the list takes place,) it appears that no part of our lives has actually gone unblemished!

One point that hasn’t changed?
Our support of our StarLoftsPgh residents.

From all of us, we provide you one GIANT group hug.

You have actually kept us going thru these tough times and we appreciate your for it. And we will be right here when life returns to whatever typical becomes … since you’ve made it feasible for us to survive the worst.

Thankful for all of You.

Janet & Charlie

Why Does Art As an Imitation of Reality Work?

Art is often seen as an imitation of reality but it is important to note that art can be more than a representation of the real world. Sometimes, art can be an alternative representation. Art can be a kind of “parallel reality” where there exists something that may be missing from the “real world”. The main idea behind art is to make the world beautiful.

There are many reasons why people use art as an imitation of reality. Sometimes, art can give a message. For example, paintings, sculptures and other art pieces can portray different kinds of messages. This could be a message about the death of a family member, for a love one or a message of love, hope and the love of God.

Other times, art as an imitation of reality is used as a way of expression. A common example is that some people find joy and happiness in painting and decorating their house. A person could find happiness and joy in painting his house because he feels like he has done something good for his house. This is an example of how art can give a message.

However, not everyone can find happiness in decorating their house. Sometimes, a person is unhappy because he doesn’t have enough money. He would rather paint his home or make a sculpture of a statue instead of decorating his house. Similarly, there are some people who choose to make jewelry rather than decorate their house.

Art as an imitation of reality is also used as a form of relaxation. Many people take a bath or they spend some time by the water. They use their creativity to create a bubble that seems real. This is a very creative and unique way to relax.

Art as an imitation of reality is also used to teach a certain skill. Sometimes, it’s very important to learn a certain skill and there are no other ways to teach such skill. Art as an imitation of reality can be used as a teaching tool and this technique is widely used in many schools. People can choose to learn how to draw or paint using this method and this can be considered to be a good form of learning.

Art as an imitation of reality is also used as a way of expressing one’s emotions. Some people might feel sad because of something and they choose to decorate their house or buy a figurine to express their sadness.

Art as an imitation of reality can also be used to heal or comfort others. For example, if someone loses his or her loved one, he or she may purchase a small figurine of that person so that people can be comforted. and they can understand the loss better.

Delicious Rice Salad

1 cup long grain rice
1 cup diced [1/4-inch] carrot
1 cup fresh or frozen tiny green peas
1 extra large egg
1 tablespoon Bertolli Classico or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small clove garlic, bruised with side of knife [optional]
1 leaf fresh basil, finely chopped

1/4 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup diced [1/4-inch] red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped
Italian parsley
Cook rice according to package instructions; fluff with fork; cool at room temperature.
Meanwhile steam carrots in vegetable steamer over simmering water for 3 minutes; add the peas
and steam 2 minutes longer.
Rinse with cool water; drain. Add to the rice. Hard cook egg peel and chop. Or heat the 1
tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over low heat; add the garlic and sauté just until
sizzling; discard garlic. Add egg and basil to the hot oil; Scramble over low heat, just until set,
about 1 minute; remove from heat. Cool; break into small pieces; set aside. Whisk the
remaining olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste; add to the rice mixture along with the
onion and parsley; toss to blend. Gently stir in the pieces of hard cooked or scrambled egg.

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We will miss them!

Anyone who gets the opportunity to live at Starloft is in for a treat. The space is beautiful and open, while remaining cozy inside downtown Pittsburgh. You must take advantage of the location near the cultural district for entertainment and dining. The open floor plan made it especially nice to stay home to cook dinner and watch a movie. While the location and top class interior finishes are great, the best part of Starloft is Janet and Charlie. They were always readily available if there was any issue. They made us feel like family. We will miss them as much as the apartment. 

Tim & Heidi

StarLoftPgh recent residents

Joke of the Month

Joke of the Month

After a young couple brought their new baby home, the wife suggested that her husband should try his hand at changing diapers.  “I’m busy,” he said, “I’ll do the next one.”  The next time came around and she asked again.  The husband looked puzzled, “Oh! I didn’t mean the next diaper. I meant the next baby!”

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