Posts Tagged ‘Embarcadero Center’

The Future is Now: Getting to Know Embarcadero Center by Looking at a 3D Model

Monday, August 20th, 2012

All right, what most people consider Embarcadero Center are the taller buildings all in a row, from left to right, EC1, EC2, EC3, and EC4.

And then the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero is considered Embarcadero Center 5. (The boxy thing on top used to be a revolving restaurant, but, sadly, it don’t revolve no mo.)

And then, along came Embarcadero West (275 Battery), the black sheep of the family, as seen on the left:

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(I guess they threw in short, short 301 Battery for completeness, but it’s been there for a good long time so it doesn’t belong in here.)

Now you better know Embarcadero Center.

All the deets:

“By 1862, this area of moored ships was nicknamed the Barbary Coast and had become a raucous district of prostitution, dance halls and thievery. The Coast continued to flourish until 1911, when Mayor James Rolph initiated a clean-up. Shut down for good in the early 1920′s, the area became San Francisco’s Produce District. A forerunner of the weekend Farmer’s Market that exists near Embarcadero Center today, the area’s narrow streets were lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetables. 

When urban renewal laws took hold in San Francisco in the 1950′s, city planner M. Justin Herman spearheaded a plan to redevelop the site where Embarcadero Center now stands into a mixed-use “city within a city.” David Rockefeller, John Portman, and Trammel-Crow submitted the winning proposal to develop the 8.5 acre site. 

Embarcadero Center’s four office towers were built in phases, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1983. The office towers, which have a daily population of 16,000, quickly became the corporate headquarters for many major companies. 

Further expansion occurred during the mid-1980′s when commercial property became available directly west of the complex. The project was expanded to include Embarcadero Center West located at 275 Battery Street. 

The Embarcadero Roadway Project has led to an entire renewal of the Downtown Waterfront District that is ensuring a bright future for Embarcadero Center. The Center is just steps away from the 42,000-seat AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team, which opened in April 2000. The waterfront is also the scene of the new Muni F-Line transportation system featuring historic streetcars from around the world. Future projects include a cruise ship terminal and dozens of new restaurants, condominiums, hotels, and entertainment attractions. 

Embarcadero Center successfully combines a desirable office address with over 120 quality shops and restaurants. Stores range from local, independent retailers to names that are internationally recognized, while restaurants provide a diversity of cuisine and dining styles. The Embarcadero Center Cinema is a leading exhibitor of first-run art, foreign language and special interest films. The Center is also the site of frequent special events that include wine and music festivals, art exhibits, garden shows, summer Total Wellness fair and the Embarcadero Center holiday ice rink.”

Embarcadero Center Employees are Now Cleaning Up the Justin Herman Plaza Bocce Ball Courts? Stickers Be Gone

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

This was the scene yesterday, with a man trying to remove pro-OccupySF stickers from the railing installed for the bocce courts recently installed for and by the rich, WASPy one-percent.*

The cops who have been patrolling this area for months were nowhere to be seen at this particular moment yesterday.

There are three stickers visible here. They have words like “war” and “cops” on them. The uniform badge says “Embarcadero Center Janitorial.”

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Apparently, Embarcadero Center / the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel have become clubhouses of sorts for anti-Occupy forces. Per the Counterpunch:

 “On two separate occasions, I saw cops assembled in the Hyatt and a couple of other nearby hotels. I was sent by our General Assembly to do recon so I buttoned my shirt up, took off my bandana and put on my best English accent.

“Walking with a confident stride toward the Hyatt, wary security and bellhops opened the door for me. I found the cops relaxing in a conference room.”

When oh when will the one-percent reoccupy this part of Justin Herman Plaza?

*This includes former Mayor Gavin Newsom, also a rich, WASPy member of the 1%. For some reason, a small, Eurocentric lawn sport project was Job One for him, back in the day.

Know Your Justin Herman Plaza Skating Rink Ringers: Le Petit Siren Lures You In

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I’ll tell you, in this field of ice skating newbies, there’s just one person who knows how to do it right, gracefully twisting and turning.

Can you spot her? 

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She makes it look easy.

All the deets.

There’s Way More Poo in Justin Herman Plaza Now Than During the Height of OccupySF – Why Is That?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Horses, that’s why. Police horses, that is.

JHP poo, tourists, the Embarcadero, and Ferry Building. Welcome to San Francisco!

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Perhaps the super-whiny whiners in the the area, such as Boston Properties* and whoever, will start writing sneaky letters to SFGov about how they’re going to sue, sue, sue over horse poo now?

Perhaps.

So, now that OccupySF is over, area property owners are happy? Really? Mmmm.

And who was it, was it Hawaiian Airlines or Disney what was demanding the end of OccupySF? Maybe I’ll look into that and see how they feel about Occupy. [Cough, boycott, cough.]

On It Goes…

*Owner of Embarcadero Center or someplace. (Now isn’t that a great name for a San Francisco company?) 

Happy Holidays from Photographer David Yu at Pier 2: Bay Bridge, Lit Cityscape

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Here it is:

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HEINEKEN Beer Wants You to (Responsibly) Drink All the Way to Sunrise – A Ridiculous Plastic Sofa in Justin Herman Plaza

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Heineken has put this plastic sofa thing in at Justin Herman Plaza so you can Drink Responsibly*, or something.

Here it is:

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Only four cities worldwide have been graced with Dutch street furniture such as this:

London, Ho Chi Minh, Rio de Janiero and San Francisco

So, hurray for us.

I guess.

*That’s no TV commercial, it’s an “85-second film” called “The Sunrise.” (Apparently, drinking bottled water in a nightclub will get you more tail than Sinatra, or something.)

All the deets:

“Heineken recently launched the latest phase in its global approach to encourage the responsible consumption of its brands. The new theme, titled “Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers,” continues to use Heineken to deliver and reinforce the message.

This initiative is part of the award-winning “Open Your World” global campaign, which celebrates and encourages aspirational behaviors among adult consumers. Heineken is launching the program during the holiday season to maximize the relevance, attention and impact of the message. The initiative will be posted on Heineken’s YouTube channel, Facebook fan page and Heineken.com, as well as broadcast.

Alexis Nasard, Heineken’s chief commercial officer, says, “Heineken has both the opportunity and the responsibility to encourage moderate drinking. This approach breaks from the norm of traditional responsible consumption messages and takes a progressive stance by showing that drinking responsibly can be aspirational. ‘Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers’ is a natural next step in our long-term commitment to encouraging responsible consumption.”

“Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers” will be executed through the use of various online and offline media channels, with strong emphasis on social media. In the 85-second film “The Sunrise,” Heineken’s hero demonstrates how to celebrate the night to the fullest, including turning down a beer and choosing a bottle of water instead.

The program has been preceded and supported by a series of integrated experiential and digital activities. Starting on Nov. 28, the campaign was unveiled through a teaser in four cities across the globe: London, Ho Chi Minh, Rio de Janiero and San Francisco. Sofas featuring the hashtag #MYSUNRISE were strategically placed in locations that offered the best sunrise view. Consumers were encouraged to post photos of their best sunrise moments, tagging them #MYSUNRISE and then sending them to the Heineken Facebook page.”

Holiday Ice Skating at Justin Herman Plaza is Quite Popular – Here’s What Friday Night Date Night Looks Like

Monday, December 12th, 2011

People just can’t get enough of holiday ice skating at Justin Herman Plaza.

This is what Friday Night Date Night looks like:

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See the queue? People can’t seem to get enough…

Embarcadero Center 2, Half Moon, Embarcadero Center 3, December 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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Holiday Ice Skating a Huge Success at Justin Herman Plaza in 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, which is located right next to OccupySF this year.

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Be sure to click on over to see if they will be closed for private parties.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

“Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the largest outdoor rink, will open to the public for nine magical fun-filled weeks beginning November 9 through January 8, 2012. 

Plan a special holiday experience with your friends and family and skate under the stars in the shadow of the waterfront throughout the holiday season at Embarcadero Center, where you can shop, skate, dine and park for free. There’s no better place during the holiday season than Embarcadero Center!

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines continues to entertain families from around the Bay Area thanks to the support of its generous sponsors…

Phone Number: 415.837.1931
Email Address: echolidayrink@gmail.com

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building

Hours of Operation:

Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday – Thursday
Open 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday

90 minute sessions that start on every even hour

Private party booking* is available

The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private party bookings. Call the ice rink manager at 415.837.1931.

* Sessions not open to public if sold to a private party.

Admission

Adults $9.00; Seniors/Children ages 10 and under $5.50
Monday – Friday until 6:00 p.m.

Adults $9.50/Children ages 10 and under $6.00
Friday 6:00 p.m. session until closing on Sunday

Skate Rentals: $3.50″

Here’s what it looked like at the lighting ceremony a couple years back:

 

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(My submission to produce Soul on Ice on Ice at this rink was rejected once again this year. Oh well.)

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The mise-en-scene, with the swells in the background and the norms in the foreground:

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And this is how it should be looking these days from Treasure Island:

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Have a Merry Holiday Shopping Season!

Via David Yu: Embarcadero Center 5,4,3,2,1, 345 California, 555 California, 505 Montgomery, TransAmerica Pyramid

Friday, November 25th, 2011

These are your skyline landmarks, as seen from Treasure Island:

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This is what San Francisco looks like for the year-end holidays of 2011. Now here’s what things looked like in years past:

First, he was all like this:

Then he was all like this:

Then it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.

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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:

A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced Triple Five Cal, good buddy, come-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!

Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!