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Plus, a New Year for our new normal.

Heyo. It's Thursday

Photographer Dave DiCello's work offers daily reminders that Pittsburgh is a remarkably — and we mean remarkably — photogenic city. But the pandemic slowdown has hit him, too, and he's closing his Downtown storefront after six years

The doors will close on March 31. But you can still buy his work here or just follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

And don't forget: The Incline is hiring a new director! I’m heading to a new job, and we’re looking for the next voice of The Incline. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, be sure to tell us. Learn more here

Here's what else we have for you today: Peculiar Pittsburgh pizza, a Lunar New Year for our new normal, Valentines for yinzers, and what not to do when Marc-Andre Fleury's at the door. 

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Snow bird. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @majokophoto

4 things to know today

⚠️ It's still unclear what caused that massive fire at a historic South Side building this week. But it was immediately clear to officials that the building was no longer safe and had to come down. That process continued yesterday. The Post-Gazette has a video.

💵 Federal loans helped businesses avoid closures and layoffs during the pandemic — but not for everyone. WTAE looks at the Pittsburgh-area employers that received big shares of those loans but still wound up closing or laying off hundreds. Here's their report.

🏆 The Pittsburgh Civic Hackathon's winning pitches are … a central COVID-19 vaccine registry, a Port Authority ad system that could bring down fares, and a peer-to-peer counseling app to help first responders with trauma. Learn more here, via NEXTpittsburgh.

📆 This Lunar New Year will look different as Pittsburgh's Asian restaurants and community adjust their holiday plans because of the pandemic. City Paper shows you how.

4 things to make you smile 

🏠 Former Penguin and continued fan favorite Marc-Andre Fleury is not a door-to-door salesman. One fan found that out the hard way.

🍕 Let's get cheesy with a look at unusual Pittsburgh pizzas and where to find them. Pittsburgh Magazine has the delicious photos

📺 What's it like watching "The Queen’s Gambit" as an actual chess player? The 21-year-old founder of Pittsburgh's chess institute explains.

💛 Steel City Clothing started in a basement and now has its own storefront Downtown. TribLIVE wrote about their journey from startup to iconic clothing brand. Read it here.

Our one and "O"nly. (📸: Incline illustration, photo by Nick Amoscato / Flickr)

It's that time of year again

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or something else entirely, we've put together a few Pittsburgh-centric cards to help spread the love. 

From Mr. Rogers to "The O" to Prantl's to the Pirates, there's a little something for everyone. Share them on social and tell 'em how you feel while letting the yinzer shine through.

There's one of the cards above. Find the rest here.

Do you even like Valentine's Day? This City Paper quiz will help you find out — while helping you plan accordingly. 

Things to do 

Submit your events to our calendar.


🐦 Hear all about the National Aviary's work to protect endangered birds on the island of Guam (Online)

🚀 Celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as Carnegie Science Center unveils a new installation that honors influential women in STEM (Online)


🌳 Raise funds for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy by raising a glass with help from Threadbare Cider House (Online)


➡️ Go inside Sojourner Truth's journey to becoming an abolitionist and women's rights activist with this theatrical performance about her life — multiple dates (Online)


🎵 Celebrate Valentine's Day with "Songs from the Heart: A Valentine from Pittsburgh Opera" (Online)


🍺 Go "behind the beer" with this peek inside Penn Brewery during this Doors Open Pittsburgh event (Online)


🔬 Hear from Dr. J’Tia Hart, nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, in this Carnegie Science Center Career Connections chat (Online)


🎞 Mark Black History Month by exploring the story of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moved back to Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city (Online)

One more thing ....

Downtown Pittsburgh needs more hot-air balloon flyovers. How do we know? This photo from the 1990s that we'd love to see reenacted in person sometime. 

Thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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