More than 300 gathered to kick off the NEXT 3 Days celebration on the Hilltop with a lively party at RE360 Industry on Industry in Allentown on Friday night, followed by a Saturday street fest that attracted upwards of 1,000. A community-driven event, NEXT 3 Days Hilltop showcased the up-and-coming neighborhoods of Allentown and Mt. Washington, capped by an Open House tour on Sunday. We feature the event here in photos, from the NEXT 3 Fades—that’s the barbershop showdown—and the artists’ takeover of Boggs and Bailey, to the electrifying performance of Beauty Slap.

NEXT 3 Days is an event series from the City of Pittsburgh, the URA and NEXTpittsburgh with a mission to shine a spotlight on emerging neighborhoods in the city that offer affordable housing. It’s a great way to get better acquainted with the city we all love. The first N3D was in Troy Hill last October and the next one is scheduled for Garfield this fall. A big thanks to Revive Marketing Group and our many wonderful partners in Mt. Washington and Allentown for making the event such a success. We’ve made friends for life.

Earlier, a bird was perched on the garage frame watching the muralist paint a bird.

Jeremy Raymer painting a mural on the exterior of the RE360 Industry on Industry building during N3D.

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Beauty Slap wowed ’em as the final act on Friday night.

 

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Friday night in Allentown as the crowd at Re360 Industry on Industry spilled into the street.

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Vendors and others set up displays on Friday night along with Black Forge Coffee Shop, Kasvar (the amazing Uzbek restaurant), Alla Famiglia, and the Summit.

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City of Play hosted Curb Ball and more.

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Young and old enjoyed the music, food and festivities in Allentown on Friday night.

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At Grandview Park on Saturday. Photo by Rob Larson.

City of Play had a ball. Photo by Rob Larson.

City of Play had a ball. Photo by Rob Larson.

Crafts and games for kids at Grandview Park. Photo by Rob Larson.

Crafts and games for kids at Grandview Park. Photo by Rob Larson.

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Practicing high on the hill overlooking the block party on Grandview Park. Photo by Rob Larson.

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Name that goat! Photo by Rob Larson.

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Pop-up beer garden on Bailey Avenue, hosted by The Summit. Photo by Rob Larson.

Phat Man Dee and others performed Saturday at Grandview Park. Rob Larson photo

Phat Man Dee and friends performed Saturday at Grandview Park. Photo by Rob Larson.

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Kyra Straussman and Leah Lizarondo getting judgy at the bake-off (and beyond). Photo by Rob Larson.

Grandview Park on Saturday afternoon. Rob Larson photo.

Grandview Park on Saturday afternoon as the block party got underway. Photo by Rob Larson.

Pedicabs made their way from Grandview Park to Boggs and Bailey. Rob Larson photo

Green Gears Pedicabs made their way from Grandview Park to Boggs and Bailey to Warrington Ave. Photo by Rob Larson.

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“The Chalking Dad” Erik Greenawalt and his Penguins homage were a big hit. Photo by Rob Larson.

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The winners of the bake-off were announced by Rick Sebak and Josh & Gab, the duo who hosted bingo that day.

NEXT 3 Fades Barbershop Throwdown. Rob Larson photo

NEXT 3 Fades Barbershop Throwdown with a view. Photo by Rob Larson.