Posts Tagged ‘Embarcadero’

Eurotrash at “The Chaya Brasserie” Gape in Wonder Upon Seeing Their First Critical Mass Bike Parade – Embarcadero, USA

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

They were delighted:

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“Creators of “La Nouvelle Cuisine Franco-Japanese” located in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Venice…”

OMG, It’s “Bike Parkour” on the Streets of San Francisco! A Quasi-Corporate, Quasi-Sanctioned Viral YouTube

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Not sure about all the legalities involved with the shooting of what amounts to a commercial for Ford Motor Company, but here it is.

Enjoy:

Bike Parkour -Streets of San Francisco!

This Billboard Above the Masonic Starbucks Kicks Off Roe v. Wade Month in SF – Abortion Marches Coming

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I can’t recall the last time I saw a pro-life billboard in San Francisco. Maybe never?

Here it is, on Masonic near Fulton – it’s all “My Doc Says, ‘I Could Smile Before I Was Born – 12 Weeks from Conception’”

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Things will finish up with Walk For Life West Coast and the home-grown counter-protest, both of which will occur on January 25, 2014.

Sometimes the counter-protest is a bigger deal, other times locals purposefully ignore WFLWC. I don’t know how it’s going to be in 2014…

The Truth About Elizabeth Stampe and Walk to Work Day: A Front for Real Estate Development – “Paramount Group, Inc?”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Here’s the bus ad:

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And here’s the punchline:

Paramount Group is going on the offensive on the waterfront, trying to build early community support for a planned 350-foot-tall condominium tower at 75 Howard St. in San Francisco.”

Wow, a war metaphor plus the word “offensive” in the same sentence as the “350-foot-tall condominium” that’s to be on the waterfront. Let’s call that a two-fer.

Oh, and who’s the spokesmodel for 75 Howard? Well, if Hitler came back from the dead and wanted to make money erecting tall buildings right near The Embarcadero, he’d dump Goebbels and hire … former Willie Brown spokesmodel PJ Johnston:

“On Jan. 10, Paramount held a community meeting to gather comments from neighbors. ‘This is a voluntary step on our part,”’ said project spokesman P.J. Johnston. ‘It’s not required, but it seems like the right thing to do.”*

So it all comes together.

Enjoy your new building, SoMA!

And people, if you have the luxury of walking to work every day, then sure, why not do it?

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* On Jan. 10, 1939, the Third Reich held a community meeting to gather comments from non-German speaking neighbors of the Sudetenland. ’This is a voluntary step on our part,’ said project spokesman Joseph “PJ” Goebbels. ’It’s not required by the Munich Agreement, but it seemed like the right thing to do.’

Cupid’s Span, That Big Sculpture on The Embarcadero, Has Become a Skateboard Park for Local Youth – Don Fisher’s Legacy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Avert your gaze, “art” lovers.

Via Uptown Almanac and Fecal Face: “Dropping in Diptych – San Francisco, CA – My buddy Trevor dropping in on Cupids arrow on the way to Atnt park.”

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Is this what Gap founder Don Fisher would have wanted?

Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park, San Francisco, California.

Stainless steel, structural carbon steel, fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam; painted with polyester gelcoat
64 ft. x 143 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 3/8 in.

Commissioned by D&DF Foundation, San Francisco
Installed November 2002

Statement by the Artists:

Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, we began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.

When Coosje van Bruggen found this position too stiff and literal, she suggested turning the image upside down: the arrow and the central part of the bow could be buried in the ground, and the tail feathers, usually downplayed, would be the focus of attention. That way the image became metamorphic, looking like both a ship and a tightened version of a suspension bridge, which seemed to us the perfect accompaniment to the site. In addition, the object functioned as a frame for the highly scenic situation, enclosing — depending on where one stood — either the massed buildings of the city’s downtown or the wide vista over the water and the Bay Bridge toward the distant mountains.

As a counterpoint to romantic nostalgia, we evoked the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the earth to make it fertile. The sculpture was placed on a hill, where one could imagine the arrow being sunk under the surface of plants and prairie grasses. By slanting the bow’s position, Coosje added a sense of acceleration to the Cupid’s Span. Seen from its “stern,” the bow-as-boat seems to be tacking on its course toward the white tower of the city’s Ferry Building.”

From the peanut gallery:

“This thing is awful.  I do not understand putting up a piece of ‘art’ that looks like it should be at Disneyland’s California Adventure, smack-dab in the middle of an already amazing view.  Everytime I go by it it pisses me off.  Leave the Bay view alone to it’s own devices.”

“This Disneyland crap makes me want to barf. If only Chicken John had been elected mayor, he would have run his pickup truck into this eyesore and San Francisco would have looked like a real city again”

“Ugh. Really? It’s hideous and tacky. It belongs in Cleveland, not San Francisco.”

ALDO ALDO ALDO BRANNAN – Recalling a Time When the Immigrant Population of San Francisco was More Mormon than Salt Lake City’s

Monday, February 4th, 2013

We all know ALDO, but who was BRANNAN?

As seen on the Embarcadero:

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Check it, it’s amazing.

After the murder of church leader Joseph Smith, Jr., in June 1844, the Latter Day Saints decided to relocate their center from Nauvoo,Illinois. Several possible destinations were discussed, including the Mexican territory of Alta California. In February 1846, with the approval of church leaders, Brannan and 245 other Latter Day Saints from New York set sail aboard the ship Brooklyn for upper California via Cape Horn. Brannan had an antiquated printing press and a complete flour mill on board. After a stop in HonoluluHawaii, they landed, on July 31, 1846, at the Mexican port town of Yerba Buenapresent-day San Francisco, tripling the population of the pueblo. Brannan was appointed as the first mission president of the California LDS Mission.

Anyway, we honor this shyster these days every time we mention Brannan Street.

Hey, how about a name change?

In Addition to Killing People in San Bruno, PG&E Constructs Large Ugly Buildings – SF’s Ugliest, the Embarcadero Substation

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Is this San Francisco’s ugliest large building or what?

But, as usual, the pro-business SPUR orgnaization has a boner for anything have anthing to do with PG&E and/or the San Francisco City Family Establishment:

“Embarcadero Substation. Built in 1973, this monochromatic, cast-concrete building on Folsom Street features slightly exposed aggregate that is not detectible to the human eye from across the wide street. Discoloration from smog helps accentuate its subtle curves and makes the building read as even more massive and brawny.”

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Oh, what’s that, PG&E? You’re not the worst large utility in America? Oh yes you are.

Oh, what’s that, PG&E? At least this monolith hasn’t killed eight people through your gross incompetence? Well, I’ll give you that.

Oh, what’s that, PG&E? You want to charge what to the ratepayers instead of your shareholders? Oh, everything?

Well, sure, why not? Let’s give all our money to PG&E else they’ll kill even more people.

Consider it protection money.

When Oh When Will San Francisco Be Rid of Vaillancourt Fountain? It Riffs Off a Freeway That’s No Longer There

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vaillancourt Fountain was a comment on its former neighbor, the Embarcadero Freeway. But the freeway is all gone, so why are we still stuck with the fountain?

Remember when SFGov shut down this fountain back in 2000 to save on operating costs?

Why not let’s do that again?

Via Tobi Harriman:

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(Hey man, nice shot!)

Or better yet, let’s just take this whole thing down.

OMG OMG, Jean Paul Gaultier is Giving Away Free Pedicab Bike Rides in Union Square: LE MALE’s “MARCH OF THE SAILORS!”

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

OMG:

“Jean Paul Gaultier LE MALE’s MARCH OF THE SAILORS

In honor of the opening of the Exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums: De Young, Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature men’s fragrance LE MALE takes to the streets of San Francisco where traditional Gaultier sailors will offer fragrance samples and free LE MALE-themed pedicab rides between Union Square and the Embarcadero.

WHEN: March 23rd – 25th 2012
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11:30 AM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Union Square – Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
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OTHER: During these hours, LE MALE Ambassador sailors will patrol Union Square delivering free fragrance samples.”

It will go a little something like this:

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All right, see you there!

The Stoplight Streetcars of San Francisco: Red, Yellow, and Green

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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