Fineview, a neighborhood on the north side of Pittsburgh, was originally known as Nunnery Hill because of the presence of a convent in the southern section of the neighborhood, and originally part of Allegheny City. At the time, it was known for one of the few curved inclines in the world (one of 2 in the city of Pittsburgh), and also a notable streetcar line (#21) that ran from 1951 through 1966. The retaining wall built for this incline still runs up the side of Henderson Street in Fineview. The incline ran from 1888 through 1899.
There are still two civil war era homes in the neighborhood… Heathside Cottage and the Henderson-Metz House, for history lovers.
Fineview is also home to some of the best views of Pittsburgh, from the hill on the overlook set behind Allegheny General Hospital. This historic Pittsburgh neighborhood is also within walking distance of downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, Deutschtown, and the stadiums and shops on the North Shore.
The longest set of steps in Pittsburgh, the Rising Main Street steps, are located in Fineview. The area has become wonderful place for fitness and nature enthusiasts and is a good place for healthy and green living. There are a few urban farms and now a community garden.