North Point Breeze (Pittsburgh)

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North Point Breeze
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
A view of Westinghouse Park from the south-east.
A view of Westinghouse Park from the south-east.
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Coordinates: 40°27′07″N 79°54′07″W / 40.452°N 79.902°W / 40.452; -79.902
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
Area[1]
 • Total 0.286 sq mi (0.74 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,054
 • Density 7,200/sq mi (2,800/km2)

North Point Breeze (or Point Breeze North) is a mosty residential neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has a zip code of 15208, and representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 9 (Northeast Neighborhoods).

The neighborhood was the site of the estate of the entrepreneur George Westinghouse — converted after 1918 into Westinghouse Park — as well as the 'Greenlawn' estate of Henry J. Heinz one block south. The H.J. Heinz property was subdivided into residential lots after the mansion was knocked down, but the original carriage house was converted into an apartment building and remains standing on what is now Meade Place.[2] The stone wall that stood at the perimeter of the original Heinz estate remains standing, along with a decorative iron fence along Penn Avenue.

Fifth Avenue borders the western end of the neighborhood, with the nearby Bakery Square development and Mellon Park. Along its northern border is a Norfolk Southern Railway line and the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway, with a stop at North Homewood Avenue serving the neighborhood. The eastern side of the neighborhood includes a light-industry and commercial businesses. These include the Construction Junction architectural-reuse center, as well as the Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh 9-1-1 call center. Shady Lane School, a leading area preschool first established in 1966 in the nearby Shadyside neighborhood, has been set at the corners of Penn and North Braddock Avenues since 1992.[3] There's also a food coop, a rental-storage warehouse, in addition to a small residential enclave. Historically, the short-lived Penn Motor Car Company operated on Thomas Boulevard from 1910 to 1912.

The Point Breeze North Development Corporation is the local neighborhood association, promoting real estate, historic preservation, and public safety issues.

Both of writer John Edgar Wideman's memoirs, Brothers and Keepers and Hoop Roots, use Westinghouse Park as a setting, as does his fictional Homewood Trilogy.

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North Point Breeze is bordered by Point Breeze proper by Penn Avenue to its south, though both are generally included in the term "Point Breeze" in casual speech and local street signage.

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