Allegheny Land Trust Green Spaces; Carnegie Coffee Offers Italian Lavazza Coffee (Mon., 8/26/19)

Sycamore Island is a 'Green Space' haven river-bound and close to town.

Sycamore Island is a Green Space haven that’s river-bound and close to town. (Photo: Lindsay Dill)

1) Speaking of Pittsburgh’s best-kept secrets: Have you heard of Allegheny Land Trust?  The nonprofit maintains “Green Spaces” across the city and into the suburbs and exurbs. There’s a bunch of them, open daily for activities ranging from relaxed walks to biking, birding, and even camping. Wingfield Pines, south of Downtown, is a reclaimed strip-mining area. Audubon Greenway in Sewickley is notably bike-able. Emerald View Park on the slopes of Mt. Washington offers wooded trails with, as the name implies, great views. And Sycamore Island—in the Allegheny River, just a few miles upstream from the Point—is singularly cool. Reachable only by boat, it’s a patch of undisturbed nature where one can camp overnight (get a permit in advance) almost within shouting distance of the city limits. But don’t shout; check it out. The Land Trust has 19 Green Spaces overall. (MV)

2) Looking for the perfect start of the day perk? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the coffeehouse specializes in the European coffee experience. Carnegie Coffee serves Italy’s Lavazza roasted coffee. Pair an espresso with locally made pastry or sandwich, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the week. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie. (EC)