Central Lawrenceville Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA
Central Lawrenceville Neighborhood
One of Pittsburgh’s Riverfront neighborhoods, Central Lawrenceville lies on the southern shore of the Allegheny River in northeast Pittsburgh. It was established in 1814 as the site of the Allegheny Arsenal during the Civil War.
Central Lawrenceville today is a vibrant, eclectic community with over 100 artist’s studios, galleries, and professional service businesses. Pittsburgh’s 16:62 Design Zone extends from the 16th Street Bridge in the Strip District to the 62nd Street Bridge in Lawrenceville. Shoppers can stroll through the Zone and discover items created by local artisans including crafts, candles, soaps, pottery and original art work. Antiques, office furnishings and decorative textiles can also be found. Clothing boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and bars are also available throughout the Design Zone.
The unique architectural style of the older, brick, single and multifamily homes, row houses and trendy loft apartments located over warehouses and businesses has made it the “go-to” neighborhood, according to the New York Times. The area has even been used as the setting for several movies. Residents enjoy walking and biking within the neighborhood, or can use public transportation. Bus and Light Rail passes to almost anywhere in the city are available and can even be purchased online at the Port Authority website.
Central Lawrenceville residents are only three miles from the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. It is situated on a 77-acre site that provides a natural habitat facility for thousands of animals. Exhibits include the Asian Forest, African Savanna, the Tropical Forest, the Aquarium World of Discovery, the Kid’s Kingdom, and Waters Edge which is the only exhibit in the country with 2 underwater tunnels where visitors can see Polar Bears swimming underwater.
Higher education opportunities for residents of Central Lawrenceville include Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh campuses.