news & events

10 September 2013

The second Garfield Night Market was held on September 6, 2013 with more vendors (including 9 Garfield-based vendors), a bigger crowd and more lanterns! Miss it? Take a stroll through the Night Market in the video below, see photos from September’s market on the Facebook page, and come to the October 4th Night Market!


7 August 2013

The Garfield Night Market kicked off last Friday night and was a big success. The market had 29 vendors, six of whom were from Garfield, which — though we’ve set it as our goal to have more and more Garfield-based vendors sell at future Night Markets — we were very proud of for our first market. Paper lanterns floated over N. Pacific Avenue and attracted a diverse crowd, including families, to eat food, peruse vendors’ handmade goods, and enjoy a great summer evening in Garfield.

The next market will be held on September 6th — find out more about it at

19 June 2013

The kind people at The Union Hall Times focused the latest issue of their newsletter on the Garfield Night Market, which the profits from next Monday’s No Menu Monday at Bar Marco (from 5-10 PM!) will support. UHT’s Alaina Webber interviewed cityLAB’s Sara Blumenstein about the Night Market, cityLAB’s 6% Place experiment, and some of Sara’s favorite Pittsburgh things. Read the UHT interview in full here, and our thanks to Alaina and her team for the great coverage highlighting the Garfield Night Market!

17 June 2013

No Menu Monday
Monday, June 24th, 5-10 PM
Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Avenue

Come out next Monday, enjoy some tacos from Pittsburgh Taco Truck, and help get the Garfield Night Market up and running!

All profits from June 24th’s No Menu Monday (which will run from 5-10 PM at Bar Marco) will go towards the Garfield Night Market, which is launching on August 2nd. Your support will help aspiring Garfield food vendors get the licenses and permits they need to jump-start their own businesses—so come enjoy some delicious food and help a new generation of Pittsburgh food entrepreneurs get off the ground!

Cheers from cityLAB, the Garfield Night Market planning committee, and our partners at the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation!

6 June 2013

Catapult Show-n-Tell #13: Garfield Showcase
Friday, June 7th 2013 at 6 PM
Catapult PGH, 5139 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

RSVP for a very special edition of Catapult’s monthly Show-n-Tell, featuring projects and stories from Garfield residents—and how they are helping the neighborhood grow.

The event, co-organized by Catapult and cityLAB, will feature Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art, Jessie Rommelt of the BUNKERprojects, Mark Fairclaugh of cityLAB’s very own 6% Place committee, and Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries.

Show-n-Tell is free and open to the public, and there will be snacks!

See you there tomorrow!

1 April 2013

What’s that item in the back of this month’s Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin?


Please come to our first workshop for Lessons from the 6% Place on April 25th, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Assemble Gallery in Garfield. Read more about our first session, “Freelancing and the Law,” and our series right here.

1 April 2013

Have you heard the news? cityLAB and the 6% Place Advisory Committee are organizing a night market in Garfield to begin this summer and we are looking for vendors, volunteers, performers, and sponsors.

Read the article from the April issue of the Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin below and then sign up here if you’re interested in being a part of the Night Market.

7 March 2013

cityLAB’s 6% Place Tracking Tools have a new home! Check them out at here and see the results of cityLAB’s 2012 Garfield Creative Census (according to our calculations, the 6% Place is currently a 3.9% Place!). All that and more at

(And while you’re at it, see the talent in the Garfield Freelancers Database!)

4 March 2013

cityLAB’s intrepid CEO, Eve Picker, presented at TEDxCMU on Sunday. Her talk, “Cure for the Common City,” focused on the costs of top-down and bottom-up approaches to urban development. This morning’s issue of Carnegie Mellon University’s student paper said:

Picker explained the difference between bottom-up and top-down city design, using Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center as an example of an expensive, top-down project and the Toonseum in Downtown as an example of a cheaper, bottom-up method for revitalization.

“Imagine a city where 5 million visits are generated by 13,000 small projects — that’s a cure for the common city,” Picker said.”

Here’s the video and, below, some of Eve’s slides:

the cure for the common city



7 January 2013

Join us for a free brown-bag lunch and Curbside Chat on Friday, January 11th, sponsored by cityLAB and Bruno Works.

Charles Marohn of Minnesota-based non-profit Strong Towns has been visiting communities across America with his Curbside Chats. See Charles in Pittsburgh and hear more about:

Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

Friday, January 11th
Noon-1 PM
Bruno Works
945 Liberty Avenue, Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

See you there!