Apartment Living

Plants and Foods Your Dog Should Avoid

rebecca - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flowers are blooming, green leaves are covering brown branches – it’s springtime in the ‘Burgh. While the new plant life is beautiful, various plants, trees, and flowers can harm your pup if consumed. It’s important to watch out for your pet’s safety on your walks to make sure they don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t.

The ASPCA reports some plants can havesystemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract.” Find the entire list here. This comprehensive list includes plants from all over the country, which means not all will be found in Pittsburgh, but you can never be too careful with your furry family member.

In addition to plants, springtime also marks the start of cookouts! However, some people-food that you might be tempted to feed your pup, can also be harmful to them. Check out these six popular picnic items that can harm your pet, courtesy of Canine Journal.

  1. Cooked Bones

You’re out on your grill cooking ribs and chicken drumsticks and your pup is giving you those puppy eyes. It’s tempting to give him the leftover cooked bones once you and your friends enjoy the fruits of your labor, but cooked bones are dangerous because they can “easily splinter when chewed by your dog.”

2. Avocado

Springtime, chips, and guacamole go hand-in-hand. However, avocados contain Persin, “which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.”

3. Corn on the Cob

According to Canine Journal, the problem with corn on the cob is mainly due to the cob. “The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well.”

4. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes are a staple in many spring and summer fruit salads. However, grapes contain a toxin that can cause liver and kidney damage.

5. Onions and Chives

We love a good grilled burger topped with fresh onions. But, your dog cannot tolerate this vegetable. Canine Journal states, “No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and it’s even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.”

6. Alcohol

While it’s fun to bring beer to a cookout, your pup can have a good time at the party sans alcohol! Alcohol consumption is not fun for your dog. Alcohol can cause “intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity.”

Now this is not a comprehensive list. For more food items that can harm your pet, check out their website by following this link.

We love our apartments because they are pet friendly. Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons welcomes your pets and cares about their safety!

Does your pet love springtime in the ‘Burgh? Get social with us and share photos on Facebook (Park View, City View, Carson Street Commons) or Instagram (Faros Residential).

We Love Spring Activities!

rebecca - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring marks the start of fresh activities you couldn’t do in the winter and outdoor food festival season in Pittsburgh! From food truck festivals to beer tastings, spring in the ‘Burgh will not disappoint!

Upcoming Festivals:

Upcoming Concerts

Upcoming Athletics

What Are You Doing this Weekend?

Do you think you’ll try out one of our suggestions? Do you have events you want to see us promote? Get social with us on Facebook (@ParkViewPgh, @CityViewPgh, and @CarsonStreetApts)

Park View’s Egg-Cellent Scavenger Hunt

rebecca - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We’re putting Park View Apartment’s 10,000 square feet of amenity space to great use at our first Egg-Cellent Scavenger Hunt! Join your fellow neighbors in Park View One, Two, Three, and Four as we put on an Easter Egg Hunt that will remind you of what it’s like to be a kid again! But this time, it’s not just candy and coins you’ll be collecting… We’re giving away prizes you’ll actually want to win!

The Rules

Starting April 18th @6pm through April 20th @6pm, search for plastic eggs hidden throughout Park View One, Two, Three, and Four’s lobbies/amenity areas. There will be no eggs hidden on the rooftop sundecks or the outdoor grilling areas. And, you will not have to move any furniture while searching.

To get started, sign up and grab a bag to hold your eggs at Park View One’s 24/7 Concierge Desk starting at 6pm on April 18th. Then, start hunting! If you cannot make it 6pm Tuesday, you are still able to sign up until the end of the hunt on Thursday, April 20th. But! The earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win.

The hunt will end at 6pm on Thursday, April 20th, and we’re throwing an awards ceremony in Park View One’s lobby for EVERYONE to attend! If you found one of the big prizes, you can claim them at the awards ceremony or during regular business hours on Friday, April 21st!

So what exactly are we giving away??

The Prizes

We’re hiding about 300 eggs around the property, and you’ll have chance to win:

  • $150 off 1 month’s rent
  • $100 off 1 month’s rent
  • $50 off 1 month’s rent
  • A Union Fitness Membership and class punch cards
  • Pirates Tickets
  • & Candy!

Get Connected

If you haven’t liked Park View Apartments on Facebook yet, now is your chance! Make sure you like our page (facebook.com/ParkViewPgh) to stay up to date on our hunt and share your photos! If Instagram is more your thing – we have that too! Follow us on Instagram and tag @FarosResidential to share your photos with us! We’ll throw you a like right back!


What’s Happening on E. Ohio Street?

rebecca - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Historic Deutschtown in the North Side of Pittsburgh is a unique area that throughout the years has evolved, experiencing hardships and reaping the benefits of good times. Currently, these five establishments have been putting E. Ohio Street on the map for Pittsburghers and tourists alike.


The newest establishment on E. Ohio Street is a pet shop called Wagsburgh. Built in the historic Wags building on the North Side, the owners jumped on the opportunity to set up shop in a place with such a perfect name. Wagsburgh was born thereafter and strives to “create a stronger, and more joyful bond between you and your furry family for many healthy years to come.” They specialize engaging toys, grooming supplies, and offer a wide variety of nutritious pet food and treats.

Wagsburgh is the perfect place to take your furry friend. Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons are pet friendly apartments that accept all of your cats and have some breed restrictions, but not weight restrictions, on dogs. A short walk for Park View residents and a nice spot when visiting the North Side for all other residents, Wagsburgh is a must-see!

Also, we’ve partnered with them in our Faros Perks program! All throughout April, they are offering 10% off purchases when you show your perks card. Then after that, their discounts will vary.

They are closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm.

Farmer’s Daughter

Spring is such a beautiful season. And, when April Showers aren’t keeping you held up in your apartment, take a walk down E. Ohio Street and visit one of the coolest flower shops in Pittsburgh. Farmer’s Daughter specializes in flower arrangements for all occasions – weddings, baby showers, everyday décor – and they also have a boutique where they sell unique jewelry, succulents, candles, and more!

The owners are passionate about flowers and their store is a great spot to pick out last-minute presents or well-thought out gifts!

They are closed on Mondays and Sundays, but open Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

Arnold’s Tea

Arnold’s Tea is the only shop that specializes in the business of selling a variety of hot and cold tea beverages on E. Ohio Street. With a menu of smoothies, sandwiches, soups, salad, and pastries prepared by local artisans, it’s a nice spot to go on a lunch break or weekend outing. With free Wi-Fi, Arnold’s Tea is a great shop to visit to get some work done if you find yourself distracted in your apartment. Park View residents can even take a short walk to the shop and grab a tea to go.

With a motto, “steeping in quality,” there’s really no other tea house in the immediate Pittsburgh area that compares.

Arnold’s Tea is closed Sundays, but open Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-5pm.

The Priory Pastries

The same founders of the Priory Hotel, and Grand Hall – popular event locations in Pittsburgh – own Priory Pastries on E. Ohio Street. Located in historic Deutschtown since 2004, this shop is the perfect location to grab a coffee and pastry or order specialty desserts for parties or work functions. Choose from cupcakes, party cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, and donuts!

The Priory is closed on Sundays, but open Monday-Friday 6am-5pm and Saturdays 6am-3pm.


Bistro To Go Café & Catering is the final must-see spot on E. Ohio Street. Its two-part setup – catering and café – is built around a strong community-oriented philosophy. They love food and they love the North Side community.

At the café, you can order fresh sides and hot entrees consisting of hearty cross-cultural comfort foods, healthy favorites, vegetarian/vegan and gluten free selections. In addition, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups are a daily staple. If you feel like dining at the shop, they have a garden terrace, or they have take-out options.

Bistro-to-Go Café is open Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, and catering hours are anytime!