Posts Tagged ‘downtown’

Well, It Looks Like San Francisco’s Famous “Van Ness Auto Row” Isn’t Dead After All – Nissan and Infiniti Move In Today

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Well it appears as if “A Survey of Automobile-Related Buildings along the Van Ness Avenue Corridorwill need a new chapter ’cause Nissan has just moved into the old Ellis Brook Chevrolet building.

Get your deets below on the big news for our old Auto Row.

Buh-bye, Ellis Brooks Chevrolet. Make way for Nissan:

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“Nissan & Infiniti Open New Dealerships In Downtown San Francisco - Unique Dealerships Owned and Operated by Penske Automotive Group

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2012  – Expanding into a key sales market that is known for a strong interest in leading-edge technology and environmentally smart products, Nissan and Infiniti have appointed a new Nissan dealer and a new Infiniti dealer in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

The new dealerships are located on Van Ness Ave., one of the Bay Area’s most famous and well-traveled automotive retail corridors. Both dealerships are owned and operated by one of the largest automotive retailers in the world – Penske Automotive Group (NYSE: PAG).

“Infiniti and Nissan products and brands directly align with San Francisco’s unique customer profile, making this effort a strategic element of our plan to grow sales volume in the U.S.,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice present of Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America, Inc. “The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF has already surpassed 11,000 sales in the U.S. alone. Along with the forthcoming Infiniti LE all-electric luxury sedan, we will make a defining statement in a region known for innovation and technology leadership. We are excited to be represented in such a dramatic way by a leading retailer like Penske Automotive Group in this pivotal market.”

The opening of the new dealerships will help contribute further to Nissan and Infiniti’s sales and market share gains in the U.S. market. In 2011, the Nissan Division posted its best-ever U.S. sales year – up 17.3 percent over the previous year – and Infiniti continues to gain ground. Nissan North America, Inc reported its March 2012 sales of 136,317 units versus 121,141 units a year earlier, an increase of 12.5 percent, and a record for any month in the company’s history.

“I’m very pleased to offer the Nissan and Infiniti brands in world-class, state-of-the-art dealerships in San Francisco,” said Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger Penske. “Our new facilities are unrivaled within the city offering an array of automotive services, including sales, service, parts, vehicle preparation and delivery areas all under one roof.”

Nissan of San Francisco and Infiniti of San Francisco are located in the Ellis Brooks Building – which opened for vehicle sales in 1935. The 8-story, 200,000-square-foot complex is unparalleled by any other dealership in the San Francisco marketplace and is one of the largest automobile retailing locations in the United States. The building was completely renovated to provide distinct representation for each brand, and features multiple levels of indoor new and pre-owned vehicle display, service, maintenance and retail parts area, separately branded showrooms, front entrances and signage.

Ever more deets after the jump.

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Harsh Craigslist: “FOR SALE TO HIGHEST BIDDER: The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor – $75000 (downtown / civic / van ness)”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: Sadly, “[t]his posting has been flagged for removal.” Man, it’s like Fake Rose Pak‘s Twitter account all over again…]

[UPDATE II: The famous Lie Ed Lie Twitter account has scheduled a meetup for Halloween 2011 in C-Town. (Please don’t take this too literally.) Anyway:

“Meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce where hostess Rose Pak will accept $25,000 checks on behalf of Ed Lee. And then we’ll read “The Ed Lee Story” book from cover to cover – all 132 pages, plus footnotes. Rose Pak will serve Ed Lee’s “No-Longer Secret” Poongaloong Recipe (page 106) for hungry attendees for an extra $1,000 per serving.”]

Give me just five guesses and I’ll tell you who posted this recent craigslist ad. I’ll tell you exactly where the suspects hang out (in the daytime anyway, generally at the HQ’s of the campaigns where they are employed) so it’ll be easy for you to drop by to interrogate them.

Is posting this ad an act of catharsis, or is it a way to sway voters, or a little of both? You Make The Call.

Anyway, here it is:

Boy, Rose Pak must be the least popular person in the 415, at least that’s what pollsters seem to think. BTW, where is Rose these days, you know, after her leg injury? Is she under house arrest, kept under wraps until after Election Day? Hmmmmm…

Enjoy:

“FOR SALE TO HIGHEST BIDDER: The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor – $75000 (downtown / civic / van ness)

Date: 2011-10-11, 11:12AM PDT
Reply to: sale-bkukb-2644294146@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

The landmark book “The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor” is already recognized as a classic, definitive political work of fiction. Wildly expected to be a contender for next year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Ed Lee Story” is a loosely fictionalized account of the life of appointed Mayor Ed Lee, who rose to political prominence based on a flat out lie. This 132-page epic tome, ghost written by ethically challenged author Enrique Pearce and funded by corrupt money from Rose Pak, presents Ed Lee as a common man yet only reinforces the notion that Ed Lee and his supporters are full of hubris. 

“The Ed Lee Story” is for sale for a minimum bid of $75,000. Corporate interests like Recology, Go Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle, & PG&E are welcome to bid. Unregistered lobbyists can use special discount code SHADYMONEY to get 10% off the book. 

Chapters in “The Ed Lee Story”:

Chapter 1: Inauguration Day: WTF?
Chapter 2: The Mayor Who Rolled Up Rose Pak’s Sleeves
Chapter 3: Crunching My Donors’ Numbers
Chapter 4: Humble Beginnings To Inflated Ego
Chapter 5: A Fledgling Bureaucrat Meets A Political Opportunity
Chapter 6: Called To Serve Recology & PG&E
Chapter 7: From Appointed Mayor to Liar
Chapter 8: San Francisco’s Future: Rose Pak-Style

Read the Early Book Reviews:

“This book was clearly not illegally coordinated with Ed Lee and his campaign. Clearly. All those personal photos, stories, and access to people didn’t come from the Ed Lee and his campaign. Really. They didn’t.” – The New York Times Book Review 

“This book was better than Twilight. After finishing this book, readers will likely decide they’re no longer Team Edward or Team Jacob, but they’ll be with Team Ed, uh, we mean Team Rose.” – Boston Review

“Our only disappointment was that we wanted to read a chapter describing how Ed Lee parted the Red Sea and walked on water.” – San Francisco Chronicle Book Reviews”

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The Best Place to See San Francisco is at Hendrik Point at Battery Spencer, Above the Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, August 26th, 2011

And if you’re staying at Cavallo Point, it’s a nice little hike.

The path to Hendrik Point:

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The reverse angle, showing where 4.5 Yelp-star-rated Battery Spencer used to be:

Those people way up there look like little ants, huh?

Meet Your San Francisco Bike Sharing Program – 500 Bicycles and 50 Stations Coming Next Year to FiDi, SoMA, Civic Center

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I guess they have the money now and they’re working on figuring out who’s going to run the thing.

Appears as if the SFMTA has given up on a giant Parisian Velib-style program with 5000 bikes strewn all over town – they’re starting small. Regardless, some of this free advice still applies.

The deets:

“…the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain.”

El Mapa:

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So the stations might end up looking a little half-assed, owing to CEQA:

“Heath Maddox, senior planner for the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), says the defining characteristics of the service they’ve outlined in an RFP draft is that the bike system be solar-powered with no need for external AC power and no requirement for excavation that would turn the installation process into a construction project.”

Remember, sharing is caring.

All the deets:

“The map of the pilot service area presents northeast San Francisco. The highlighted area in the map is the bicycle sharing pilot service area bound by South Van Ness Avenue and the Ferry Terminal along Market Street. To the north, the service area boundary includes the Federal Building at Turk Street, Union Square at Post Street, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, and The Embarcadero at Sansome Street. To the south, the highlighted service area includes the Embarcadero to Mission Bay, Townsend Street and Concourse Exhibition Center.”

Bike Sharing

Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).

What is bike sharing?

Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.  Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.

Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?

The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.

Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?

As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.

When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?

The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!

Further Information

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA at sustainable.streets@sfmta.com.

Market Street is Overrun by Bicycle-Renting Tourists These Days – “Bike and Roll” Comes to 5 Embarcadero Center

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Is Bike and Roll‘s newish outlet around Embarcadero 5* the source of all those green-helmet** riders seen on Market Street these days?

Could be…

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All right, bounce, rock, skate, roll

*Where the “revolving” restaurants no longer revolve.

**Or smellmet, that works too.

Get Your Posters, Get Your MLB-Approved Official Posters of World Series 2010 – Relive the Giants Victory

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

AllPosters would like you to load up on posters of World Series 2010.

Here are the two shots I have from them. I would assume that these show Game 2 and Game 5, respectfully, but I couldn’t find the first one in the Game 2 section so I gave up.

But anyway, the thumbnail shots they have are a library in themselves.

The colors here are a little saturated for my tastes, but this certainly is a memorable scene:

Go Giants!

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

Watch the Giants Parade Live Right Here if You Can’t Make It In Person – Runs From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

UStream is hosting KRON-TV’s coverage of our World Champion Giants Parade this morning.

(Nobody will know that you’re watching but your IT/ networking person. And s/he will be streaming this as well – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…)

Come back at 11:00 AM:

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES

What, You Haven’t Ordered Your Official Giants 2010 World Series Parade Shirt Yet? – It’s Just $25

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

It’s a little Ed Hardy-ish for my tastes but that’s just me.

Hurry, the big parade is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010!

Here it is, From Honduras With Love:

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Ticker-Tape Parade for the Giants Wednesday at 11:00 AM! From Montgomery Street to Civic Center, Then a Party

Monday, November 1st, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG, watch the parade and celebration live on KRON Channel 4 or live on the Web!]

[UPDATE: And get your official parade shirt for just $25.]

Per Leanne Maxwell at SFist (San Francisco’s biggest and best blog) the Giants ticker tape parade starts at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at Washington and Montgomery and, per President Larry Baer, the party in Civic Center will get started at around 12:30 PM.

You’ve just got to be there – the SFPD is expecting over 100,000 fans to be on hand. Deets below.

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And here’s what the last Giants ticker tape parade looked like back in 1958:

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That was then, this is now, on Haight Street near Ashbury. The cops just shut down the street:

Les mise-en-scene:

Some buses on Haight Street got rerouted, others just got stuck:

And some people had their own bus, like these fans on Sutter. Complete with light sabers, of course:

So things were pretty mellow around most of the town.

But the Mission was a different story:

Via TracyClarkFlory

All the deets:

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES PARADE AND CIVIC CELEBRATION FOR THE WORLD CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
City to Honor Returning World Series Champions with Ticker-tape Parade Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Financial District to Civic Center Plaza

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom announced tonight that San Francisco will host a ticker-tape parade and civic celebration in honor of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. The parade will begin on Montgomery Street at Washington Street at 11 a.m. and go southbound on Montgomery Street to Market Street, before continuing westbound on Market Street to Civic Center Plaza. Following the parade, on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Newsom will present the team with the key to the City and honor the World Series Champions in a civic celebration. The parade route will replicate the route taken by the team when they first came to San Francisco from New York in 1958.

“San Francisco could not be prouder of its hometown San Francisco Giants tonight,” said Mayor Newsom. “Congratulations to every player on the roster and to the entire San Francisco Giants organization. You have earned this historic World Championship through your talent, determination and teamwork, defying the odds and bringing the entire City together throughout this remarkable season. San Francisco eagerly awaits your return, and we cannot wait to celebrate your triumph in Texas with a ticker tape parade and civic celebration to welcome you home.”

The sidewalks lining Wednesday’s ticker-tape parade down Montgomery and up Market Street and the celebration at Civic Center Plaza are open to all members of the public. Those viewing the parade and who wish to attend the celebration in Civic Center Plaza are advised to arrive early and take public transportation.