Posts Tagged ‘financial district’

The Wild Parrots Not of Telegraph Hill – As Seen Over the Eucalyptus of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:

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Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:

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FAQ

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And some shots from the Aughts

Heart-Shaped Pothole, Financial District

Friday, September 9th, 2016

You could put your whole foot in there, prolly, maybe two.

Whenever I avoid this thing, it looks like a heart. But then you take a photo and it looks like an “L”

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Anyway, I heart you, Sansome Street pothole…

How to Film Frisco: With a Small Robinson Helicopter and a Selfie Stick

Friday, August 26th, 2016

As seen over the Financh:

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I guess you throw in a little image stabilization and a soundtrack in post and then you’ve got yourself the opening scenes of your movie…

Click here to join in on the fun, and oh what’s this, a little dis on the competition:

These “discounted” rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly “discounted”, so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.If you are a photographer and considering helicopters, remember, small helicopters (R22) are “nervous” and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but “not worth it” in the words of actual clients. Your safety is worth far more. Again, don’t get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable “R22”, or even a “drone”, although their plenty of salesman out there selling their so called “service” the are usually incapable of delivering the broadcast quality shot you seek.

OK fine!

So yes, this chopper is big for a Robinson, but pretty small nevertheless. Keep a look out for the big boys when you’re up there…

 

Look at the Efforts We Go To So That EVERYBODY CAN HAVE A CORNER OFFICE – Donald Trump’s “Triple Nickel,” Sort Of

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Our BofA Building, the largest in Frisco, is known by one and all as “Triple Five Cal” AFAIK, but there was an effort to start calling it the Triple Nickel not too long ago. Oh, and Donald Trump owns a piece of it, so that explains the “sort of.”

Anyway, the whole sawtoothed design on the exterior was so that every windowed office was a corner office. See?

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(Afore the Carnelian Room went out of biz I sat for dinner in one of these corners on the second highest floor – San Francisco Magazine (the actual physical magazine) had a coupon (made of cardboard, an insert) inside what said “Complete Dinner For Two” for just $49.95. “Score,” I said. 180 degrees of window, man. Ah memories. I suppose I had the same view as all the office workers. Impressive, sure. The view, that is.)

But how do you clean the windows – like this, with a giant telescoping arm what needs to jut out more and more as the workers descend?

Wow, a little scary…

Chinatown Park and Ride: Not a Bad Deal If You Want to Park in the Financh on Weekends for $3, Sort Of

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Here’s the sign:

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And here’s the program.

And here’s what Yelp has to say.

I didn’t know about this deal- now I know why people are lining up to get into the Golden Gateway Garage before it opens on Saturday mornings.

Seems like a good deal for those who want to while away the hours in C-Town on a Saturday…

SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine

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And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

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…

LARGE Cessna Caravan Flying LOW Over the Financial

Friday, June 17th, 2016

I was surprised at how low this C208 was flying over Frisco. That’s the side of a skyscraper on the left:

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The landing gear is down (as it always is on this plane) but there’s also something else down there, some kind of sensor / antenna / camera / accessory attachment, one assumes:

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A mystery flight.

Turns Out This Large Billboard for Levi’s is Actually a Just Another Corporate Bus

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

As seen in the Financh:

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It’s Orange Bird Season in California! Our Best-Looking Native Bird Has Got To Be … The Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Your pet-store Cherry-Headed Conures certainly are handsome animules (see below), but our Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill don’t really belong in Frisco, not really.

So the Hooded Oriole takes the crown

Here’s one [oh, if you want to add your comment to all the others, use this link] at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from, IDK, a decade ago? This male has a blush of orange, as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

Here’s an effort from Bob Gunderson‘s Dust Trombone from a few years back – dese boids are all over the place dese days, so enjoy them while they last.

Now here are your beauty champs from the 415’s Import Division:

A friendly pair in the Presidio. 

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…