Plus, looking back at the records broken by The Steel City 28 years ago today.

📅 15 things to do in the ‘Burgh this month and 7 ideas for making the most of the cold

Plus, looking back at the records broken by the Steel City 28 years ago today.

By The Incline Staff

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

Believe it or not, the city recorded its coldest temperature ever on this day in 1994. According to records from the National Weather Service and as told by Pittsburgh Magazine, the temps ranged from negative 22 degrees to minus 3 degrees, and that minus 3 degrees matched the record for the coldest high temperature in Steel City history.

Fun fact: On average, Pittsburgh only sees a maximum temperature below zero about once every 10 years, with temps dropping to minus 10 degrees or below about once every five years.

Today’s rainfall is only going to make it colder around here — by Friday, we’ll see a high of 19 and a low of 1 degree before settling back in around the mid-20s next week. Definitely warmer than 1994, but cold nonetheless. ❄️

Our friends over at Discover the Burgh compiled seven ideas for making the most of the cold when the temps are at a minimum, but it’s their 15 Reasons to visit Pittsburgh in January (which also applies to locals) that really comes in clutch. And since we’re adding to your list of things to bookmark, save this roundup of warming centers that are open for our unhoused neighbors. You never know when you might need it.

Alright, now let’s dive into the rest of today’s headlines… 


A snowy T near Station Square and the Smithfield Street Bridge. 📸: @four_one_two | Want to see your picture featured here? Tag #theinclinepgh or @theinclinepgh and you could be our next Instagram of the Day.

🗣 What Pittsburgh is talking about

🌺 Since we’re on the topic of keeping warm and staying indoors, trick yourself into thinking you’re on a tropical vacation with a trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The conservatory’s annual orchid and bonsai show, “An Ocean of Color,” debuted on Jan. 15 and runs through March 6. It’s a showcase of the Phipps’ almost-90-years-old orchid collection and starting Feb. 19, you can also check out the concurrent “Tropical Forest Hawai‘i” show. If you go, be sure to reserve your ticket in advance. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

🌭 Franktuary in Lawrenceville is closing up shop after nearly 18 years in the hot dog business. Owner Tim Tobitsch says there’s no firm closure date just yet, but once it’s set, he’ll be sure to share it on Franktuary’s website and social media. He also says that he’ll continue operating the popular food truck for a bit even after the storefront closes. Tobitsch cited the pandemic and the necessary pivots to delivery and takeout as his main reasons for the closure. Meanwhile, fans of the William Penn Tavern ought to get excited — the popular Shadyside bar is moving into the Franktuary space this summer. (Pittsburgh Magazine / NEXTPittsburgh)

🏨 Clairton is making headlines for a new redevelopment project that will turn a former hotel into 49 affordable apartments for the Mon Valley community. The old Clairton Inn situated in the business district will be preserved and undergo new construction to offer living quarters affordable to households that are below 50% of the area median income. The Mon Valley Initiative is the nonprofit developer behind the project. (NEXTPittsburgh)

📰 Office and Admin Manager at Grow Pittsburgh, Community Ambassadors at Healthy Ride, Pastry Chef at Casbah, Gallery Associate at Carnegie Museum of Art, Director of The Incline (hey, that’s us!) — these are just a few of the jobs up for grabs in the ‘Burgh right this second. Get details and more at the link. 👉 (Pittsburgh CityPaper)

😷 Feeling a little under the weather? Looking for somewhere to get a COVID-19 test? 90.5 WESA has you covered with this roundup of locations and reservations for local mobile testing sites operating this week around Allegheny County. 👉 (90.5 WESA

🎯 Let’s play a game


How’s your yinzer knowledge?

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — are playing an exclusive round of trivia in their newsletters. 

Here's how it works: Each week, we share a Pittsburgh-themed trivia question with our Insiders and asked them to share their best guesses for answers. On Friday, we’ll reveal the truth and shout out the yinzers who know this city best.

Put your yinzer knowledge to the test, and join us as an Incline Insider today.

🤫 Psst… 


This is your friendly reminder that we’re hiring. We shared in last Tuesday’s newsletter that The Incline is on the hunt for its next director. We’re looking to connect with someone who loves being in the community as much as they love writing about it. Does that sound like something you’d be interested in? Or do you happen to know the perfect candidate? Send ‘em on over, wouldya? Or send ‘em to this link so they can apply.


🍷 Wind down with like-minded ladies at Wine Women Wednesdays at Oasis Taproom (East Liberty)

💆 Learn breathing techniques for relaxation at this yoga workshop (Online)

📚 Tackle that New Year’s resolution to read more by joining the monthly Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group at the Carnegie Library Downtown branch (Downtown)


💰 Meet your future employer at this virtual job fair (Online)

😂 Laugh with Hasan Minaj’s new show, “The King’s Jester,” at the Benedum Center (Downtown)

🚗 Join Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at the Harris Theatre for a screening of “Drive My Car”, winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Downtown)

🥃 Get your bourbon on at this blind bourbon tasting event at Jergel’s (Warrendale)

🗂 Dive into the archives of Heinz History Center and explore the fascinating stories of Pittsburgh-past (Online)

🦸‍♂️ Assemble your own team and test your knowledge on all things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Helltown Brewing (Strip District)

☕️ Dust off the mic or sit back, relax and just enjoy the music while sipping on some coffee at Open Mic Night at Gasoline Street Coffee (Downtown)


🎤 Laugh it up at Kingfly Spirits with a live comedy event featuring James J. Hamilton and other comedians (Strip District)

✊🏿 Attend The Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, a one-and-a-half-day conference dedicated to providing resources and spaces for community dialogues, sharing strategies and experiences of organizing for racial justice, healing from racial trauma, and more (Online)

🎤 Enjoy comedy in an intimate setting at Arcade Comedy Theater’s upstairs theater Thursday through Saturday (Downtown)


🎭 Watch Pittsburgh Opera’s presentation of “The Rose Elf”, based on the fairy tale "The Elf of the Rose" by Hans Christian Andersen Jan. 22, 25, 28, and 30 (Strip District)

🧘 Kick off your Saturday with a restorative yoga flow, a beer, and mingling with new gal pals (Castle Shannon

🎨 Paint a happy little tree and get in touch with your calm side at a Bob Ross Painting Workshop (Monroeville)


🎭 Catch City Theatre’s "The Medium", which explores the effect of media and emerging technologies on our perceptions, our psyches, and our personal lives (Downtown)

🥂 Grab mimosas with Luna Skye, Indi Skies, and others at this Drag Brunch at Trace Brewing (Bloomfield)

🐰 Sip on a Bouquet de Rosé and meet some of Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s most adorable (and adoptable!) rabbits at Threadbare Cider House and Meadery (Spring Garden)

☝️ One last thing... 

For any readers who fancy filmmaking, Film Pittsburgh just put out a call for submissions for both the Three Rivers Film Festival and the Pittsburgh Shorts and Script Competition. On the line: bragging rights, cool prizes, opportunities to network with industry professionals, and your name possibly on a big screen somewhere. 

You’ve got between now and Monday, Aug. 15 to submit your films for consideration for the November events. Bookmark this link for Pittsburgh Shorts and this one for TRFF. Hat tip to Pittsburgh CityPaper for the heads up. 

See you guys back here tomorrow! 

— The Incline staff

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