About

Pittsburgh Orbit seeks to squint through the dusty windows, climb the overgrown hillsides, dip a toe in the muddy river, unfurl the platte maps, and poke a finger into the little corners of Pittsburgh (and environs) art, history, and culture that may not usually get their due.

Nied's Famous Fish Sandwich bar/restaurant with glowing neon sign at night

If there’s a famous fish sandwich, we will find it, and we will eat it.

Who the Hell is Pittsburgh Orbit and what are you up to?

The Orbit‘s prize-winning staff hunts with a meager camera phone and a rattling bicycle and a funny idea about what looks good. But (and there’s always a big butt) we also know some actual persons experienced (and even degreed!) in the worlds of entomology, architecture, history, librarianing, graveyarding, highpointing, pizza consumption, etc. We call on these renowned experts regularly to round out and inform the worldview of Pittsburgh Orbit and make sure we’re kept at least a little bit honest.

a painting mounted on a pegboard of a naughty lady with a weird disembodied hand grabbing at her

If there is a painting mounted on a pegboard of a naughty lady with a weird disembodied hand grabbing at her, we’ll contemplate it.

Where did We Come From?

We’re excited to be the first of hopefully many Orbit franchisees originating from David Craig’s fine Portland Orbit blog.  If there’s one thing that the late, great Indian/ex-Arby’s Get-n-Go restaurant taught me it’s that you shouldn’t mix your raita and roast beef.  Yes, I got sick from a Sikh (twice! and I went back two more times!)  The second thing is to tread carefully when kicking your franchise father to curb.  Respect The Orbit‘s orbit.

Tree growing through a car in a former dairy in an alley in Pittsburgh, Pa.

If there’s a tree growing through a car in a former dairy in an alley in Manchester, you’ll find us there.

How Can I Follow The Pittsburgh Orbit?

What a fine question! There are numerous ways for your orbit to intersect with ours:

  1. Probably easiest is to “like” the Pittsburgh Orbit FaceBook page, or “follow” the Pittsburgh Orbit Twitter account, if you do those sorts of things.
  2. If you’re on a desktop, you should have a “follow” link in the lower right-hand corner of the browser; mobile version probably has some comparable way to follow.
  3. Many people like to include blogs in their RSS feeds. If how to do that is not obvious to you…let us go figure out how that works.
former Tasty Queen restaurant, West Virginia

If there’s a former Tasty Queen, we’ll be nearly vehicularly homicided taking a photograph of it.

Contact Us:

If you have an idea for a great under-told Pittsburgh story, let us know.  We’d love to get on the beat.

Orbit photographer taking picture of colorful deer sculpture

Orbit staff tracking the stories that make a difference to your world [photo: Nancy Simmons]

2 thoughts on “About

    • Will says:

      Emily,
      Not sure if you meant this comment for public consumption or not, but it seems like a reasonable question:
      YES: there are a couple means to subscribe:
      1. The bottom right of your screen should offer a “follow” option
      2. If you have a WordPress account and are logged-in, I think you get some extra options for following (but no need to sign up for an account just for this)
      3. Perhaps easiest, we have a FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pittsburghorbit “Like” it and you’ll get our stuff.

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