Posts Tagged ‘94102’

Seattle Had Its Spoon Man, But San Francisco Had Pigeon Man – Remembering Civic Center’s #1 Pigeon-Feeder of 2012

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Forget about superwellknown Spoon Man from two decades back.

Just two years ago, San Francisco had its own icon – Pigeon Man.

All the pigeons of Civic Center knew Pigeon Man was coming – they’d walk with him down Larkin, Pied Piper-style. See?

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They used the crosswalk better than the average San Francisco pedestrian:

Here was the reward, some kind of grain, like what the Road Runner used to peck at:

Hurray!

Painful Press Release of the Week: “SF-Made Amour Vert Stays Close To Home For Its First Retail Store” – $130 T-Shirts?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, what I meant to say was:

"Local womenswear brand Amour Vert is a favorite for its combination of California cool with French chic—all with a major eco-conscious stamp of sustainability."

OK fine!]

Here you go, here’s your new T, straight outta “up-and-coming” Hayes Valley:

You see, it’s made out of rayon. Check it.

Here’s your release:

“San Francisco-Made Amour Vert Stays Close To Home For Its First Retail Store

SAN FRANCISCO, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Contemporary eco-fashion brand, Amour Vert is happy to announce the opening of its first retail store in its home city of San Francisco. With all garments made and designed within a 20 mile radius, the store is the latest addition to the up and coming Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Amour Vert’s retail space reflects their commitment to sustainability. The environmentally conscious store features ecological ingredients and co-founders, Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti employed local contractors and local interior design stores to bring the eco-forward store to life. Bringing the environment indoors, a focal point of the store will be a living wall, which the brand is installing with the help of San Francisco native, model and philanthropist, Lily Kwong. The wall will serve as a nod to “green love” – the English translation of the brand’s French name.

About Amour Vert

Based on the principal that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability, Amour Vert proves that it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible. Using the highest quality organic and sustainable fabrics, Amour Vert, offers style and fashion as well as one of the softest t-shirts in the world. Taking its commitment to the environment seriously, the company developed its T(r)EE program, in partnership with American Forests®, planting a tree in America for every purchase of an Amour Vert t-shirt. Based in San Francisco, Amour Vert’s products are all hand made in California.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how our Austrian “neighbors” make fancy “eco-forward” rayon, but here’s how you make regular rayon. Enjoy:

  • Cellulose: Production begins with processed cellulose
  • Immersion: The cellulose is dissolved in caustic soda: (C6H10O5)n + nNaOH → (C6H9O4ONa)n + nH2O
  • Pressing: The solution is then pressed between rollers to remove excess liquid
  • White Crumb: The pressed sheets are crumbled or shredded to produce what is known as “white crumb”
  • Aging: The “white crumb” is aged through exposure to oxygen
  • Xanthation: The aged “white crumb” is mixed with carbon disulfide in a process known as Xanthation, the aged alkali cellulose crumbs are placed in vats and are allowed to react with carbon disulfide under controlled temperature (20 to 30 °C) to form cellulose xanthate: (C6H9O4ONa)n + nCS2 → (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n
  • Yellow Crumb: Xanthation changes the chemical makeup of the cellulose mixture and the resulting product is now called “yellow crumb”
  • Viscose: The “yellow crumb” is dissolved in a caustic solution to form viscose
  • Ripening: The viscose is set to stand for a period of time, allowing it to ripen: (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n + nH2O → (C6H10O5)n + nCS2 + nNaOH
  • Filtering: After ripening, the viscose is filtered to remove any undissolved particles
  • Degassing: Any bubbles of air are pressed from the viscose in a degassing process
  • Extruding: The viscose solution is extruded through a spinneret, which resembles a shower head with many small holes
  • Acid Bath: As the viscose exits the spinneret, it lands in a bath of sulfuric acid, resulting in the formation of rayon filaments: (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n + ½nH2SO4 → (C6H10O5)n + nCS2 + ½nNa2SO4

Corrupt Twitterloin Update: Using a Rubber Duck to Show Off How Wide Your Car Tires Are

Friday, March 7th, 2014

(The funny thing about Twitter is that lots and lots of its employees would prefer having the HQ in northern San Mateo County anyway. Oh well, bygones.)

As seen on Golden Gate Avenue in the 94102:

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“Art” Happens on McAllister Street – Colorful Origami Crane Birds Suddenly Appear on Our Asian Art Museum

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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Oh, and Membership at the Asian Art Museum / Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is cheaper than you might think…

Will YOUR Post Office Be Shut Down? Bayview 94124, Visitacion Valley 94134, McLaren 94134, Civic Center 94102

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Here’s the news of the day, via the San Francisco Business Times: 3700 post office branches are set to be shut down by the USPS.

Here’s what’s on the chopping block in San Francisco:

BAYVIEW SAN FRANCISCO 94124
CIVIC CNTR P O BOX UNIT SAN FRANCISCO 94102
FEDERAL BUILDING SAN FRAN SAN FRANCISCO 94102
MCLAREN STATION SAN FRANCISCO 94134
VISITACION STATION SAN FRANCISCO 94134

Mmmm.

Now the Federal Building PO is just a little thing, sort of a secret for those in the know – no waiting there. And the Civic Center PO Box Unit, well that’s not really a PO anymore anyway.

So.

We’re going to lose three full-fledged POs and they all just happen to be in the southeast corner?

Two in the 94134…

…and one in the 94124:

Uh….

Uh….

WTF, USPS?

What’s that? You spent all your money sponsoring that drugged-up cyclist? All right, but this one is not going to go down well…

See the entire “Expanded Access study list” for California after the jump.

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OMG, Here’s Your New S.F. Condo for $150k! It’s “Fillmore Park” (nee 1345 Turk) – Available Fall 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Your SocketSite had the deets back in the day about Fillmore Park at 1345 Turk Street near Fillmore in the Western Addition.

Don’t miss the May 14th, 2011 Informational Workshop:

Contact: Linda Harrison, Fillmore Park Sales & Marketing Team

When
Saturday May 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

Where
African American Cultural Center
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

See you there! Deets below.

Cahill Contractors is still working on it, under the pouring sun yesterday:

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All the deets, as of last year:

How would you like to become landed gentry for less than what you’re paying to rent a studio in the Tenderloin? Well, then get on over to 1345 Turk.com, where it’ll soon be on like Donkey Kong.

Imagine living right near all the those new nightlife spots on Fillmore - and you’d be less than 400 yards from Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies.

There might be a lottery involved, but you can’t win if you don’t play…

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Be sure to invite me over for a BBQ  after you get settled in!

And just look at the artwork they have! I call this crop “Andre the Giant walks to his red SAAB 900″

Bon courage!

Perspective view looking west down Turk Street.

1345 Turk Street offers thirty-two affordable new homes for first-time homebuyers, specifically working families and individuals earning between 70 and 100% of Area Medium Income.

Flats and townhouses with outdoor patios ring a private landscaped courtyard, creating a quiet community just a block from the bustling Fillmore District and walking distance to shopping, entertainment and transportation.

The project is part of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Limited Equity Program, which seeks to increase affordable homeownership opportunities for San Franciscans.

1345 TURK STREET PROPOSED PROJECT SCHEDULE
Project Awarded to MSPDI April 2007
Community Design Presentation December 2007 – January 2008
Approval of Schematic Design by Redevelopment Agency Commission February 2008
Design Development and Construction Documents Begin Summer 2009
Conditional Use Granted by Planning Department January 2010
Design Completes February 2010
Developer Enters into a Development and Disposition Agreement
with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency February 2010

Project Bidding and Permitting  March 2010
Neighborhood Construction Job Outreach Begins  June 2010
Construction Starts July 2010
Project Information Workshops Summer 2010- Spring 2011
Project Outreach to Certificate Holders Spring – Summer 2010
Buyer Preparation and Homeownership Workshops Summer 2010- Spring 2011
Buyer Lottery Summer 2011
Construction Completes December 2011
Project Move-In January – March 2012

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Demands Response from 414 Mason, Site of Tourist Slaying

Friday, August 13th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera is going after the owner / operator of 414 Mason, the site of the recent Union Square shootout that resulted in the death of German tourist Mechthild Schröer. (The SFPD is still working on this case – they were down in Fremont yesterday.)

Mr. Herrera is alleging that the August 8th party was illegal and overcrowded. All the deets are below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

Herrera initiates legal action against teen party venue in Union Square tourist shooting. Demand letter to owner, operator of rental space alleges Fire Code violations, unlawful business practices in ‘horrific incident’ 

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken a step toward suing the owner and operator of a Union Square venue where an illegal, overcrowded party for high school-aged youths last Sunday was marred by gunfire that injured two teens and took the life a German tourist. 

Herrera’spre-litigation demand letter to Joseph Ursino, owner of the building at 414 Mason Street, and Curtis Matthews, who rented out the party space, alleges that the two face, “at a minimum, civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.”  Such violations can be punishable by fines and penalties as well as disgorgement of all profits related to the unlawful conduct.  The letter sent this morning acknowledges that the City Attorney’s Office is also evaluating the potential liability of Labriette Collins, the event’s promoter. 

“Because of the tragic circumstances and grave public safety concerns surrounding the event and how you and others managed it, I will seek full legal redress to affirm public confidence in laws intended to protect the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors,” Herrera’s letter states.  “Vigorous enforcement of these laws is additionally essential to guarantee fair treatment to the vast majority of responsible entertainment business operators, who invest the care and expense necessary to abide by the law, and who comprise one of our City’s most important economic sectors.” 

All the deets, and the demand letter itself, after the jump.

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World Series Mayhem – Ace’s Bar is a Little Bit of Noo Yawk in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night on Sutter and Hyde in San Francisco’s Tenderloin (aka Tender Nob, aka “Theatre”) District last night just after the New York Yankees won the World Series. With all the boisterousness, passersby could tell that some kind of mayhem was afoot even from a block away.

And then when the crowd started belting out New York, New York,” well, you started to suspect that Yelp-rated Ace’s Bar just might have a New York theme.

Welcome to the Bronx Zoo” juxtaposed with “Quiet Please - Click to expand:

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Neon signs celebrating both the Yankees and the Mets:

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Owners Scott and Barbi beseech you to “Get your ass to Ace’s

“With inexpensive prices and the cleanest bathrooms in the city, Aces brings the unique vibe of NY to the laid back streets of San Francisco.”

So, when you pine for Fair Gotham, Get Your Ass to Ace’s post-haste.

It’ll soon become your little piece of 10001 in the 94109.

See Civic Center as it Used to Be, In This Undated Photo at a San Francisco McDonalds

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

San Francisco’s City Hall was swarmed with people the day this undated photo was taken, but when was that?

It’s hard to say - the 1930′s? The twin fountains and the lollipop trees should be good clues…

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It’s Here! Neighborhood Free Days at the California Academy of Sciences!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

You know what makes you better than all those melon farmers out there? It’s the fact that you hang your hat every night in the City and County of San Francisco. That makes you special. To celebrate you, the California Academy of Sciences is offering free admission for you (and your neighbors). Just match up your zip code with the handy chart below, gather up the necessary proof of where you reside, and head on over to Golden Gate Park.

And the nice thing about this free admission program is that it probably won’t be as crowded as it sometimes gets on the third Wednesday of the month, when everyone gets in sans tariff.

Celebrated Missionites getting a little camera time in front of the green screen before entering the Cal Academy yesterday. Bide your time, your free day is coming:

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Thanks, Bank of America.