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Recurring Event Event Series: Fifth Avenue by the Numbers

Fifth Avenue by the Numbers

Saturday, May 14 | 10:00 am 12:00 pm

What if you could go back in history to a time when Pittsburgh was run by numbers gambling barons? Numbers gambling arrived in Pittsburgh in the mid-1920s and took hold in the Hill District. During that time, gambling entrepreneurs helped make numbers an iconic part of Pittsburgh’s informal economy and social history for most of the twentieth century.

Join David Rotenstein and visit sites once used by Pittsburgh’s numbers gambling barons. The Uptown sites featured in this tour include places where numbers bankers, writers, and runners spent their time. See the places where they worked, played, lived, and dined.


David Rotenstein is a public historian and folklorist. He has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in public history and historic preservation for more than 35 years.

TOUR STARTS: Fifth Avenue Lofts, 1800 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

TOUR ENDS: PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • This is a walking tour: 1-2 miles of walking
  • There are parts of this tour that are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Other: A smartphone is recommended so that participants may view supplemental images during the tour.

This tour is brought to you in part by The Fine Foundation, Koppers, and Dollar Bank.

Dollar Bank Logo 2021

Tour Dates:

May 14, 2022

10:00am – 12:00pm

September 24, 2022

10:00am – 12:00pm

And remember to use #BeNebby in your social media posts before, during and after this tour!

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