The Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Scoping Meeting

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Join us for
The Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Scoping Meeting
Thursday, October 8th!

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation invites you and your neighbors to discuss the scope of Phase II of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project (Evaline to Graham Sts.) with the Department of Public Works.

Head over to the BGC Activity Center (113 N. Pacific Ave.) this Thursday at 6 p.m. to take part in the discussion.

To learn more or RSVP, contact Deputy Director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Aggie Brose, at 412-441-6950 (ext. 15) or

Summer Jobs in the Hospitality Industry

Looking for a job this summer? One of our neighbors on Evaline Street just landed a job through LGC Hospitality Staffing, a firm that orchestrates placement at work-sites like PNC Park and Heinz Field, among others. Specializing in the hospitality industry, LGC offers a number of full and part-time positions in the Pittsburgh area. Staffing manager Sara Vuich will work with each candidate to find them the right job, regardless of their background or work experience. Interested candidates seeking more information can email or call 412-343-5087.

Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Meeting

Tonight, at 6pm, the BGC hosts a community meeting for local residents to voice their opinions about the Penn Avenue reconstruction project and learn more about its second phase of planning. The meeting, which is open to the public at the BGC Activities Center (113 N. Pacific Ave.), will give neighbors and business owners a chance to speak with city officials and construction experts.  This dialogue is crucial to ongoing planning efforts for Phase II, so everyone is encouraged to input their suggestions at tonight’s meeting.

Penn Avenue Community Meeting Photo

Arsenal 360 Night

Get ready for a special family fun night at Arsenal Elementary and Arsenal Middle School on Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30 PM. In partnership with A+ Schools and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the PEP Rally Program will be  jointly hosting Arsenal 360 Night, a special evening designed to celebrate diversity and showcase the many stories and cultures of Arsenal families. This event has been made possible through the Sprout Fund’s Global Switchboard Community of Practice grant.  Everyone is encouraged to extend this invitation to other families and anyone else who might be interested in this multicultural event. Below are some flyers printed in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Arabic!







Garfield Night Market!

Are you partial to moonlit walks in the springtime? Do you enjoy browsing outdoor markets? Well, you’re in luck because the Garfield Night Market is here to satisfy your good-weather whimsy with some homemade foods and crafts tonight (5/1) on N. Pacific Ave. As part of the monthly Unblurred gallery crawl, the Garfield Night Market functions as a small-business incubator in a community-oriented environment; neighbors become vendors for the night by offering specialty goods to gallery crawlers in the pursuit of craftiness. To learn more about this ‘First Fridays’ event, visit  or follow the market on Facebook.

Garfield Night Market

It’s Official! Garfield has a grocery store!

Aldi has announced plans to open at 5200 Penn Avenue. Neighbors have fought long and hard to bring a grocery store back to Garfield, so this news comes as quite a victory for the surrounding communities.

No more long walks up the street to buy groceries. No more relying on jitney cabs for transportation home from the store. No more “bulk trips” to stock the pantry at faraway grocers.

Now that we’ve secured a bona fide grocery store, it’s time to celebrate this positive change. Here’s a toast to all our neighbors and community members who advocated to nourish a food desert back to good health. Cheers!

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor's Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor’s Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.


Thanks for Walking with Us!

Thanks for helping us demonstrate our community’s grocery needs yesterday! Such neighborhood support is essential to furthering our conversation about the future of 5200 Penn Avenue. We must continue joining forces to maintain this momentum, and effect real change, for a grocery store in Garfield.

If we don’t stay committed to the possibility of a Penn Avenue grocery store, then ALDI might just sell the building to the highest bidder (read: commercial developers with no stake in our community). Nobody wants another auto-parts chain popping up within a local ‘food desert,’ so please help us turn the oasis of a grocery store into a reality for Penn Avenue!IMG_20150318_180336911


Aldi, “Won’t you be our neighbor?”


Aldi is deciding whether or not to open a new grocery store at the former Bottom Dollar location (5200 Penn Avenue). We are organizing a show of support for this initiative, a demonstration of Garfield’s neighborhood buying power. Come join us this Wednesday (3/18) at 6pm.

Neighbors will congregate at the former Bottom Dollar location and proceed, en masse, walking down to the Aldi on Baum Blvd. Together, we can show Aldi just what kind of loyal customers they are missing out on if they refuse to build a store at 5200 Penn Ave. We are planning for a leisurely walk, but will also be offering transportation services as needed.

The more neighbors who walk together next week (to keep a grocery store in the community), the less distance we’ll have to walk in the future (to meet our grocery needs). Please help our neighborhood ‘turn out the tote’ bags on Wednesday. Let’s get to walking! #Walk2Aldi

For more event information, and to sign up, call 412-206-9849

ALDI flyer

Garfield Green Zone Meeting

Green Zone Meeting photoThank you to everyone who attended last night’s “Garfield Green Zone” meeting. We greatly appreciate your input on the potential for green spaces in Garfield. As it is up to the community to decide how to proceed, we invite you and your neighbors to please give us more feedback on local ‘green’ initiatives. Let us know what you think of the proposals and feel free to contact the BGC with any questions or concerns. Thanks for showing up and voicing your opinions!

Pancakes in the PM


Join the East End Cooperative Ministry at Pamela’s Diner in the Strip District tomorrow, March 5th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat buffet of their famous pancakes and breakfast fixin’s. Plus, a not-to-be-missed Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar!

Because of Pamela’s generosity, the entire ticket price benefits EECM’s hunger programs!

For more information and to reserve your seat at the table, visit: