Greenfield is a City of Pittsburgh neighborhood located about 4 miles southeast of Downtown. It is surrounded by Squirrel Hill, South Oakland, and Hazelwood neighborhoods and is accessible by Second Avenue, the Parkway East, Brownshill Road, and the Boulevard of the Allies via the Greenfield Bridge (which is closed for reconstruction as of 17 Oct 2015). See Map of Greenfield.
In 1768, a large tract of woodland was purchased for $10,000 under the Treaty of Fort Stanwix between the colonists and the Native-Americans. This area included what became Greenfield and neighboring Hazelwood. By the late 1800s, many of Greenfield’s diverse blue collar residents traveled to Hazelwood, Homestead, and Duquesne to work in the steel mills.
Greenfield contains four small business districts; one along Greenfield Avenue, another at Beechwood Boulevard & Ronald Street, a third along Murray Avenue and a fourth at the intersection of Saline & Alexis Streets. A major regional travel route through the neighborhood is Beechwood Boulevard, connecting I-376 to the Waterfront shopping district in Homestead. As a predominantly residential neighborhood, Greenfield is also home to seven churches and one synagogue. Greenfield is known among locals for its steep hills and breathtaking views of downtown, Oakland, and the Monongahela River valley.
Greenfield’s young families have three elementary schools serving the neighborhood – Greenfield School, Saint Rosalia Academy, and Minadeo Elementary.
Greenfield is home to a number of recreational facilities boasting three baseball fields, four basketball courts, three playgrounds, two deck hockey rinks, two soccer fields, and a swimming pool. Magee Park, the centerpiece of the neighborhood, consists of the Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center and Community Center (which includes a senior center, basketball court and exercise/weight room), a swimming pool, two ball fields, two outdoor basketball courts, and a playground. Bud Hammer field, located off Bigelow Street, contains a popular playground and a well equipped and maintained ball field (thanks to the Greenfield Baseball Association). The Run (Lower Greenfield) has a playground, soccer field, basketball court, and deck hockey courts. Just across the Parkway is Schenley Park one of Pittsburgh’s premier regional parks and host of Greenfield’s annual 5k Glide.
Greenfield is largely a residential neighborhood. In 2010, its population was 7,294 with the median age of 35 years. The neighborhood had 3,805 housing units with 66% owner occupied. For a complete statistical profile on Greenfield see the 2010 Greenfield Census Statistics
Notable among those born and raised in Greenfield are two Pittsburgh mayors (Richard Caliguiri and Bob O’Connor), Larry Lucchino (MLB team president of the Boston Red Sox), Mike McCarthy (head coach of the Green Bay Packers), and Frank Gorshin (the Riddler in the popular 1960’s Batman TV series).