Posts Tagged ‘closed’

EQUINOX: Frisco’s Most Beloved Shut-Down Restaurant – Sadly, It Stopped Revolving in May 2007

Friday, June 24th, 2016

I guess people went here for Prom Night? Anyway, they’re super nostalgic for our one and only formerly revolving restaurant.

“It’s been gone since May of 2007 and still there are reviews pouring in.”

Not much has changed since it closed. Here’s an update from 2009. And here’s how it looks now:

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One supposes the scaffolding has nothing to do with getting the thing to revolve again. Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero sends workers up there to work on the famous Embarcadero Center Christmas / holiday lights sometimes. It looks like this:

And this:

But see for yourself – Time After Time was a horrible 1979 movie that you could have shot yourself. Check it out starting at 57:50. See? That was the Equinox.

(But don’t pay attention to the clumsy edits as you see the same background over and over.)

In mitigation, TAT was filmed on location, so it’s got that going for it:

Time After Time was filmed throughout San Francisco, including Cow Hollow, North Beach, the Hyatt Regency hotel, California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, the Marina District, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Richmond District, the Golden Gate Bridge, Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill, the Embarcadero Center, Chinatown, the Marina Green, the Palace of Fine Arts, Potrero Hill, and the Civic Center.

So that’s your update.

Oh, you can still go up there, but you have to pay a lot of money and be a hotel guest at the time. Or you have to make friends with a hotel guest and then pay $35 per visit.

Hey, how much would it take to get this place revolving as a restaurant again? Millions and millions prolly…

Clumsy Rec and Park (RPD) Relents, Opens “Painted Ladies Viewing Area” at Alamo Square – Tourists Rejoice

Monday, June 13th, 2016

First it was all like this. All four square blocks of the Square were fenced off to one and all. Sad!

But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:

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Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:

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Here’s the view from Hayes:

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Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?

Yep!

Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

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Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

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The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

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But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

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Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

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Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

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Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

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Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

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Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

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That’ll do. Prolly…

Lotta’s Fountain Entombed

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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Nobody checked with me on this.

Anyway, somebody climbed up there a few days ago, you know, naked.

And here’s how things looked back in the day:

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What’ll happen next at San Francisco Designated Landmark #73?

Come See the 1979 “White Night Riot” Reenacted at City Hall – ABC’s “When We Rise” Miniseries to Disrupt Traffic Friday Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s your traffic advisory

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It’ll be just like when they shot that Milk movie…

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…except without Sean Penn

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Relief for the Longest Grocery Line in Frisco: “ADDITIONAL PARKING NOW AVAILABLE AT LUCKY PENNY” on Masonic

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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An Experiment in “Traffic Calming?” – Main Entrance of Japantown Parking Garage on Post Closed – “USE GEARY ENTRANCE”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This is how the Post Street side of our old-school, earthquake-unsafe Japan Center Garage looked the other day:

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Not that I care, cause I don’t use this garage, but this will certainly affect traffic in the area, for better or worse.

And I’ll tell you, that sign looks professionally made, so I assume that this entrance will be shut in the future as well, perhaps on weekends or busy times? Just guessing here…

Security Guards Rousting Homeless at Hamilton Square / Western Addition Library on Easter Sunday? Who’s Paying These People?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Just asking. You tell me, babe. Here’s the view from Geary just east of Scott:

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This was at a time when the Western Addition Library was closed and this sure looks like rousting to me.

Are these guys peace officers or park rangers or feds or something? Sure don’t look like it. That means they’re security guards operating at Hamilton Square? Do they work for the SFPL? IDK.

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What’s next, the Library Police (to go with the Mint Police and every other kind of police we have in SF)?

Signed: Sleepless in Seattle Puzzled in Frisco

 

“GREAT HIGHWAY CLOSED WHEN FLASHING” Sign Finally Lit Up – The Road Wasn’t Actually Closed, But Anyway

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Perhaps these new signs could be plugged into a Waze or Google Maps app?

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Arrested Decay: Our Shut-Down McDonalds Already Looks Like It’s Part of a Ghost Town

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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My name is McDonalds, King of Burgers:
‘Look on my Dollar Menu, Billions Served, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, you had it your way
The lone and level parking lot stretches far away

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