Posts Tagged ‘broadway’

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:


But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…

A Quarter-Century of “Centerfolds,” the Former “High Class,” “Fine Dining” Strip Club at Broadway and Montgomery in North Beach

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.

Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:

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The oldest reference I can find:

1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”

But that was then and this is now.

Sic transit gloria Frisco…

Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:

Sit-Lie Enforcement in North Beach – See How the Stair Sitters of the Kearny Street Steps React to the SFPD

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

This couple got up and walked away:

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But Bro on the other side of the street didn’t want to leave…

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…so he got a ticket:

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On It Goes…

The New Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminal on Fell is Now Fully Operational – Oh, It’s For FaceBook? – And a Note About SFGH Naming RIghts

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Here you go, you can click here and then click some more to learn about the lengthy new corporate bus-only bus stop at Fell and Masonic.

But here’s endgame – an officially marked, new-school bus stop what’s 100-something feet long. And look, it’s for Facebook (among others, presumably).

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But our Teamster drivers from the Central Valley, they don’t seem to want to pull all the way into the stop. I guess overhanging trees are an issue? IDK. So Fell gets blocked a bit for a little while oh well:

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Anyway, that’s that, a mystery solved. But look, just one block away is a bus stop (a famous one ’cause it’s just nine second away from another on this very short block, but that’s another story) what has an ad for Zuckerberg Hospital. So, the nine families who are pissed off about the new bus terminal on Fell can think about how they themselves didn’t buy naming rights for SFGH?

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Oh, the ad’s on the other side of the bus stop, but it kind of looks like this:

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Is this for real – Hey, instead of just buying naming rights, why didn’t we make Zuck pay for the whole thing? I’m thinking he got off cheap.

We could have gotten more money out of the Zucks, ergo we should have. Hey Zuck, why not make a check out for the difference, like what, half a billion, and make it out to SF General Fund and have somebody drop it off at City Hall. (They’ll know what to do with it.) And then you’ll be a pioneering philanthropist instead of being like all the others.

Like, if you’re name’s going to be on the thing like this forever, then you should have paid for all of it, lock, stock and barrel.

Just saying, Z.

SFMTA Finally Finishes at Fell and Masonic: “You Parked in the New Google Shuttle Stop Zone :(“

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Here’s how things looked yesterday morning – not a high rate of compliance at our sad-sack SFMTA’s Bright New Thing:

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But look – it’s neighbor helping neighbor via a note on the windshield:

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And then, by the end of the day, white paint had appeared on the curbs.

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So go ahead and park there if you want. The Teamster drivers will call in a tow and then the SFMTA will make a profit off of America’s Highest Administrative Towing Fee. (Hey, you know who’s “addicted to cars” more than anybody else in Frisco? That’s right, it’s the people at the SFMTA. Without all the money it gets, somehow, some way, through car owners, well, our SFMTA would have to have massive layoffs and end up with only 5000(!) employees.)

Anyway, I guess they’re done now, so this is what a 116-foot corporate shuttle bus terminal looks like…

Our SFMTA’s New Corporate Bus Terminal on Fell Near Masonic is Off to a Rough Start – Poorly-Placed Signage?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I remember how the SFMTA kicked off its new corporate bus-only terminal on Fell betwixt Masonic and Ashbury as if it were yesterday, or the day before yesterday anyway.

Way back then, the temporary signs notified locals* to not park there and the locals complied. But now we have more permanent signage, see?

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The problem is that they’re harder to see. Now you’d think that they could have put one on this metal pole here, but they didn’t:

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No no, they’re mounted only on concretey light poles way up high:


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So here come the parkers, during the evening drive yesterday, betwixt 4:00 and 8:00 PM:

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This Prius is parked right under one of the two news sign. Is this kosher? I can’t tell. I don’t think it is.

Hey SFMTA! Don’t most bus stops / terminals have lines marked out on the street? I think so! Anyway, your three temporary no parking signs were doing a better job than your two brand-new permanent signs, just saying.

On It Goes…

*One time, a Facebook Teamster from Stockton(!)** asked me, “What’s Divisidero?” We were both on Masonic at the time…

**Man, how can you live in Stockton and work in Frisco doing a decidedly non-telecommuting job?

It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near Masonic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:

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I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.

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I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.

(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)

Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…

*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.

The Rich Whites of Pacific Heights REALLY REALLY Heart Black Cars, Chapter Two – Even Ferraris are Black Up There

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

I already showed you ten in a row, up on Broadway:


But now let’s check out the ritzy part of our 94115. Here’s five right here:

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And right next door, with the roof of the Land Rover from above in the lower right corner. (And here I thought all Ferrari(s) are red.)

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So that’s seven black luxury cars all bunched up parked outside on Jackson.

And what’s inside the garages? At least seven more black cars, obvs.

Prove me wrong!

Eight is Enough: Area Man Pushes the Limits of Dog-Walking in the Presidio

Monday, April 18th, 2016

But if he has his dog walking license (and all these Frisco pooches are registered, which is unlikely but whatever), then this spectacle is Nice And Legal, AFAIK.

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(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)

Have fun, pooches!