Zersha Munir

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EAM Coordinator at EQT Corporation

Technical Writer at Development Dimensions International

Mechanical Engineer at MSA

Project Estimator at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty at Duquesne University

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Zersha Munir
A beach in Fort Lauderdale
Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale

JetBlue will begin flying from Pittsburgh to Florida this fall, adding another nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to a popular vacation destination as well as a potential business gateway to the Caribbean.

Beginning on Oct. 29, the airline will offer one daily arrival and one departure between Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

From Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue flies nonstop to Puerto Rico, a region of interest for the new ¡Hola Pittsburgh! initiative, said its chairman, Ron Alvarado.

¡Hola Pittsburgh! is a partnership of public and private entities, the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,  ImaginePittsburgh.com and others  to market the Pittsburgh region as a place of opportunity to Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its kickoff event was a free outdoor concert of salsa legends El Gran Combo in Pittsburgh on June 22.
“Since the concert, I’ve heard from band members several times that they’d like to come back to Pittsburgh,” said Alvarado, who is also chairman of the Hispanic Chamber. “This flight will make it easier for people from Florida or the Caribbean to visit – or even move to – Pittsburgh.”

Alvarado spoke at a news conference in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, which was tropically decorated and serenaded with the relaxing rhythms of the Salsamba Trio, a Pittsburgh-based Latin Jazz group.

“Pittsburgh is now on the global map,” said Mayor Bill Peduto, adding that more nonstop air routes help the region to compete strategically as a business partner.

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Florida oranges, Terra chips and inflatable palm trees adorned tables at the news release.
Other speakers included Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, state Senator Matt Smith and officials from JetBlue and the airport authority. All speakers emphasized the positive effect that traffic between Pittsburgh and Fort Lauderdale would have on the economy and the lifestyles of its residents.

The launch of the PIT to FLL route will coincide with the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s new parking promotion, offering discounted parking for route’s passengers.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority also opened application to its contest to win roundtrip airfare for two on JetBlue. If you missed today’s chance to apply, do so in Market Square this Friday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. during Salsa in the Square, part of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s “Celebrate Downtown!” eight-day event. Salsa in the Square will feature a performance by salsa band Machete-Kisumontao and dance lessons by the Las Sabrosos Dance Company.

Zersha Munir
Afternoon Yoga in Market Square
Afternoon Yoga in Market Square

In a region that routinely – and this year especially — suffers through nearly interminable winters, what better way to celebrate summer than to take traditionally indoor workouts outside?

How about yoga? There seems to be a growing number of al fresco offerings throughout the warm-weather season at locations such as Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill, Southside Works and Mount Washington. Offered yoga sessions across the region are taught by local instructors and last for one to two hours, with small donations requested.

Market Square’s Sunday morning sessions are particularly popular, drawing roughly 100 participants weekly. These sessions are a collaboration between Lululemon Athletic and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, meant to encourage physical and mental stimulation – and highlight the many post-workout eateries in the square and across downtown.

On July 26, WHIRL Magazine is holding an all-day Yoga Fest and Healthy Lifestyle Expo at Point State Park. The event is designed to attract yogis and the mildly interested for an intensive crash course in several types of fitness regimes and teachings. Beginning at 6 a.m. with a sunrise salutation, more than 30 classes in yoga, meditation and chakra workshops more will be taught by nine experts from local studios. The itinerary includes sessions on breathing, backwards bending, pelvic stability and healing trauma. Throughout the day, event goers may purchase goods and food from vendors including Aerie, The Pittsburgh Juice Company and Bend Yoga.

Registration is required, with general admission tickets priced at $35 each. Deluxe ticket packages include subscriptions to Edible Allegheny, WHIRL Magazine and other WHIRL publications. Event sponsors (also ImaginePittsburgh.com Featured Employers) include UPMC Health Plan, Giant Eagle and Lamar, among others.

Pack your yoga mat and invite a friend! Hope to see you there!

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Ruben Rincon

The Travel Channel recently named Pittsburgh among the 10 best “All-American Vacations” for 2014, calling it “one of the hippest cities in America,” an arts destination in recreation-rich western Pennsylvania that’s “bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city.”

They’re not the only ones. Ruben Rincon, a native of Popayan, Colombia who has been working in northern California for several years, is pursuing a master of science in software management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus. He won a free trip to Pittsburgh as part of a sweepstakes last fall tied to a Silicon Valley-focused business investment and talent attraction mission organized by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and ImaginePittsburgh.com. A project manager at Microsoft, Rincon had this to say about his visit.

Ruben Rincon, a graduate student at CMU's Silicon Valley campus, during a visit to Pittsburgh
Ruben Rincon, a graduate student at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus, during a visit to Pittsburgh

55,889: that’s the number of steps my Fitbit counted during three fabulous days that my wife and I spent in Pittsburgh over Memorial Day weekend. It was an enriching experience in which we learned about the city, its people and a little bit of history too – as well as enjoying weather in our favor with sunny blue skies.

The first things you notice when you get to Pittsburgh are the gold and blue bridges along the three rivers: the Allegheny, the Ohio and the Monongahela. It makes for a pretty, scenic view of what once was one of the biggest industrial spots in the country.

We were welcomed in the Westin Hotel with a basketful of goodies and suggestions for things to do in the city – a surprising amount considering its population is just 350,000. Scheduling all of the activities in one weekend was going to be a challenge, so we started with a visit to the nearby Cultural District, enjoying the Broadway show at Heinz Hall. It’s amazing how many cultural activities Pittsburgh hosts, including shows and concerts. I have never seen such a variety of shows in northern California. We spent the rest of the afternoon admiring the bridges, watching grooms and brides take their pictures in iconic city spots and walking around the popular PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team was playing. After a couple of non-alcoholic cocktails at Seviche, a downtown Latin American restaurant, we enjoyed dinner at Butcher & the Rye before taking the short walk back to the hotel.

Coming from California, we quickly noticed the low cost of living in Pittsburgh. Income is also lower, but it doesn’t take an accountant to see that the city offers affordable, decent living. For instance, the cost of living in Los Angeles is 31 percent higher than Pittsburgh, but average salaries in L.A. are just 12 percent higher. [Use ImaginePittsburgh.com’s cost-of-living calculator to figure out how much further your money would go in Pittsburgh.]

Ruben’s wife, Maria Caicedo, appreciating the Pittsburgh skyline.
Ruben’s wife, Maria Caicedo, appreciating the Pittsburgh skyline.

Our second day started with a couples’ massage at the Fairmont Hotel. Afterwards, we visited downtown spots like PPG Place – a courtyard amid a castle-like building made of glass and featuring fountains where kids played and dads ran behind them to avoid getting wet. Afterwards, we headed to the university district [Oakland] and entered the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, where we appreciated the largest dinosaur skeleton we had ever seen. This creature called the Diplodocus Carnegii and measures is 90 feet (27 meters) horizontally! We were also impressed by the architecture of the two universities near the museum – the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. We especially loved the Heinz Memorial Chapel on Pitt’s campus. At first glance, it gets overshadowed by Pitt’s towering, impressive Cathedral of Learning, but the chapel offers a mystic blue interior that must be seen.
As a student at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus, I was looking forward to visiting my alma mater in Pittsburgh and getting to know the acclaimed campus. I was impressed its buildings and big halls. We took pictures in the Hamerschlag Hall to show my colleagues back in Silicon Valley. We were impressed by the campus’s beautiful arts building and extensive lawns. To end the day properly, we went for a stylish dinner at downtown’s Grit & Grace where we enjoyed the American dim sum and other tasty and full-of-flavor dishes. (Tip: if you go, ask for the hidden sweet and sour dessert!)

Our last day was the shortest due to return-home travel plans, so we decided to visit some spots near downtown like Point State Park. There we visited the Fort Pitt Museum and took pictures with the massive fountain beside the river. It’s one of the greatest photography spots in the city. We headed to Station Square where we rode the incline – a funicular used to ferry people up and down the startling mountainsides that surround the urban core — to Mount Washington. From the top, you enjoy an astounding aerial view of the downtown buildings, the three rivers and, of course, its many bridges, many in shades or blue or gold.

Then it was time to catch the 28X bus  to the airport. On our way we ate some remaining chocolate and pretzel popcorn made by the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company and recalled memories of a trip we will never forget.

We expect to come back soon to see the places we missed during our short stay. This city offers so much to do that three days went by like a breeze. We are truly thankful to ImaginePittsburgh.com for granting us this wonderful experience.

Come visit! You will not forget it.

Check out Ruben’s Instagram account for more of his photos.

Zersha Munir

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Billing/Collections Specialist at UPMC

PC Applications Officer at Dollar Bank

Senior Payroll Business Analyst at Alcoa

Executive Chef at Eat n’ Park

Real Estate Agent at Northwood Realty

 

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Take a stroll through the Mexican War Streets district on Pittsburgh’s Northside and you will surely see among the historic row houses many newly renovated properties restored to their original beauty.

If you happen upon the corner of Arch and Jacksonia St., chances are you’ll see one man’s altogether different vision of renovation, Randyland.

Artist, Randy Gilson
Artist, Randy Gilson

Randyland is the vibrant and colorful home of artist, Randy Gilson, who began his renovation of the property in 1995 after purchasing the dilapidated building on a credit card. Once home to a raucous speakeasy and later a church, the building is now covered with brilliantly colored 40 foot high murals and the landscape decorated with flowers ladybugs, butterflies and dinosaurs.

“Most of the art I’ve done has been built from yard sale finds or discarded construction materials from the buildings being renovated around here,” Gilson said.

A shining example of urban revival, Randyland has been a popular Pittsburgh attraction for both tourists and locals for nearly 20 years.

Time and weather have taken their toll on the building’s once brilliant facade. Perhaps one of the building’s greatest discussion pieces, the map of the Northside has been affected the most. Once adorned with miniature models of buildings and attractions, the map now shows its age as it has become faded, cracked and has lost many of it’s adornments. Still, Gilson frequently uses the map to highlight to visitors the neighborhood’s character, history and amenities.

Gilson, a waiter at the Westin Convention Center by day, estimates that he’s invested nearly $100,000 into the property over the past 20 years. For the first time, he is reaching out to his many supporters for their help to raise money to fund the creation of a new map of the Northside which he would like to expand to include its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Northside Map at Randyland
The Northside Map at Randyland

With the launch of his Kickstarter campaign on June 22nd, Gilson hopes to raise $10,000 to fund his latest vision of the Northside map, built with premium paints and stronger materials that will withstand the test of time. Almost a third of the money will be used to pay Kickstarter fees and pay for the many rewards being offered to sponsors including t-shirts and prints featuring Randy’s original artworks, posters of the completed Northside map, and even a “Paint with Randy” day!

Any funds raised beyond his goal will be directed to other Randyland restoration projects. “Oh there’s always something to work on at Randyland!” said Gilson.

To sponsor the project, please visit the Kickstarter campaign page or visit the Randyland website to learn more about this unique Pittsburgh landmark.