Posts Tagged ‘new montgomery’

Turn Off the Dark: Our 88-Year-Old Pacific Telephone Building is Back in Business, Baby! 140 New Montgomery is All Lit Up

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thusly:

You see, first it was all like this, abandoned, empty:

Then it was all like this, as seen from 225 Bush, a slightly older and slightly shorter building:

And then you could see through the thing, as seen earlier this year:

And now it’s a beacon at night.

I guess it’s called 140NM now? Ok fine.

So, first this building was commercial office space, then they wanted to change it to condos, and then they changed it back to office space, and now I’ll bet they wished they had stuck with the condo idea. Oh well.

Anyway, get all the deets on the Pacific Bell Building right here.

 

Comparaison du Corps Diplomatique: License Plates – China vs. Taiwan – Can You Spot the Pariah Nation?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Up first, spotted skulking about the Western Addition, which certainly would make sense, comes the whip of the Pariah Nation, North Korea’s BFF. Check out the cutesy numbers and letters on the quasi-Fed-issued consul license plate.

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(And, ironically, the car is the flagship model of the world-famous Tahara Plant, the finest car factory in the world since the 1980′s. Thomas L. Firedman still has a total boner for it.- he took the tour and got the T-shirt. My ride was made there well, AAMOF. Actually, I passed through there just last month, you know, on bidness. That’s the country that got all invadey starting about a century ago ’til about seven decades ago. Hey, who’s invading Filipino islands these days? I’ll give you just one guess! Ooh, my ride had a cheesy SERRAMONTE license plate holder as well. But I didn’t even buy my car there, so WTF was that for, who told you to put that thing on? Not just plastic bolts, metal. I couldn’t get them off myself so they had to do it for me. But while I was down there one time, I told the extreeeeeemely cute front line sales rep that she ought to sue for harassment if what I saw and heard was routine. Guess what – she got together with her friends and took action by hiring some law firm/lawyer and ended up getting a ton of money from the dealership group. I’ll tell you about it sometime. Oh and that’s the same dealership where bay area favorite son Tom Hanks got a nice SUV, also from Tahara, also the best in the world, about a half-decade back. I’ll tell you about that sometime too. But I digress…)

Up next comes Taiwan. Poor Taiwan! See that, “FOREIGN ORGANIZATION,” like it’s not even a country.

That’s some fucked up shit right there.

Check it:

Foreign Organization Special License Plates

5006.5. (a) The department may issue, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive license plates for motor vehicles owned or leased by an officer or a designated employee of a foreign organization recognized by the United States pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. Sec. 3301 et seq.) when the department is otherwise satisfied that the issuance of the license plates is in order.

(b) The distinctive license plates shall be designed by the department and shall contain the words “Foreign Organization.”

(c) The department shall establish procedures for both of the following:

(1) To verify the eligibility of an applicant for plates issued pursuant to this section.

(2) To authorize a recognized foreign organization to apply on behalf of its officers for plates issued pursuant to this section.

Added Ch. 397, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.”

On It Goes.

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OMG, It’s Zillow-Palooza 2012 – Half Day Real Estate Forum at Palace Hotel Oct. 12th – FHA Commish! USC! Free!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I don’t know, this whole deal sounds like a lot of cheerleading for the real estate industry, which is still heavily subsidized by the Feds.

Oh, and the state of California as well.

But “post-bottom landscape” and “good time to buy?” Well, after hearing those phrases bandied about, how can you resist?

So if you want to be the next Donald Trump, have at it. After all, you can’t win your share of middle-class welfare if you don’t play.

Just don’t get too optimistic, again…

“Zillow, USC Lusk Center to Host Housing Forum in San Francisco; FHA Commissioner Carol Galante to Give Keynote - ”California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” - To Explore Whether It Is a Good Time to Buy, Issues Around Prop 13

SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2012  – After a housing recession that eclipsed the Great Depression, many markets are again experiencing home value appreciation sparked by high demand but a low supply of homes. What are the sources of this situation, and how long will it last? What will come next? What should real estate professionals and consumers know about this “new” housing market?

To help answer some of these questions, Zillow®, the leading real estate information marketplace, and the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate will host the half-day “Forum on California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” Oct. 12 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.

“When it comes to today’s housing market, it’s a confusing time for professionals and consumers alike,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “The sheer size of California’s real estate market, along with the fact that cities in the state were among the first to enter the housing recession, combine to make California a kind of bellwether for what to expect as other major housing markets begin to stabilize and recover. We’re thrilled to host an esteemed group of national and California-based experts to discuss the state of the market and issues of particular relevance to California.”

“With rising rents and historically low mortgage rates, owning a home appears to be very appealing,” said Richard Green, Lusk Chair in Real Estate at USC. “But underwater borrowers are reluctant – or unable – to sell, tying up supply in a high-demand environment. We look forward to discussing the implications of these factors on the housing market.”

This will be the second housing forum hosted by Zillow this year. The first, “America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation,” was held in New York in April.

Full details of the San Francisco event are below, and guests can register for this free forum at http://cahousingforum.eventbrite.com. More information and updates about speakers can be found at www.zillow.com/blog/category/housing-forum.

       Forum on California’s Housing Market:
        Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape
              October 12, 8 a.m.-noon
                   Palace Hotel
               2 New Montgomery St.
                   San Francisco

                 Keynote Speech by
                   Carol Galante
       Acting Federal Housing Administration
     Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for
                      Housing

    Top Housing Experts in Public and Private
       Sectors Will Debate and Discuss in Two
                      Panels:
     Is It a Good Time to Buy in California?:
          The Housing Market’s New Normal
    Moderated by Richard Green, Director of the
          USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
                        and
                        —
        Prop 13 in a Healing Housing Market
     Moderated by Colleen Edwards, Owner, EMC
                      Creative
Other speakers include:
    —  Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow
    —  John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
    —  Bert Selva, President, Shea Homes
    —  Eric Gutshall, President and COO, Haven Realty Capital
    —  Dowell Myers, Professor, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group,
        USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
With a special overview of the nation’s housing market by Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.

About Zillow, Inc.

Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Dr. Humphries and his team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 150 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions(TM) and RentJuice®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Zestimate, Postlets and RentJuice are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Diverse Solutions is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.

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SOURCE  Zillow.com

Zillow.com

CONTACT: Katie Curnutte, Zillow, +1-206-757-2701 or press@zillow.com

Web Site: http://www.zillow.com

OMG, OMG, (Village) Voice Daily Deals is Doing the JapaCurry Curry Truck! Your FiDi Lunch Awaits

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh noes! Sold out already. 10-22. But it's still a value at full-price. Plus, there's the frequent-buyer's card you can ask for, I think - buy 12 and get your 13th free, or something. And of course, as a backup, there's always the Golden West aka "AU" for lunchtime samwhiches (and breakfast whatnots as well) near Sutter and Montgomery.]

Check out this deal for the famous four-star-plus-Yelp-rated JapaCurry lunch truck.

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Then all you’ll have to do is check for where in the Financh the JapaCurry truck will be starting at 11-something AM, Monday through Friday, typically.

What the Yelpers are Yelping:

“The best chicken katsu curry I’ve had thus far.” (in 51 reviews)
“I can’t wait to try the kurobuta sausage curry next.” (in 19 reviews)
“Perfect richness to contrast the spice-filled curry.” (in 48 reviews)

All the deets:

“Highlights:

The first Japanese food truck in the bay area.
The recipe for Japacurry is based on Jay’s special style and the curry is made from scratch and takes several days of cooking with secret spices and superior ingredients.
JapaCurry truck is built by El Monte Catering with brand new equipments and designed by Tomoko Suzuki, professional illustrator living in Japan.
Japanese Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. Katsu-Curry is a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet with curry sauce.

Fine Print

Expires 12/11/2011.
Voucher cannot be redeemed until the day after deal closes.
May buy multiple vouchers.
Limited quantity of vouchers available.
Check website for current truck locations.
See the fine print that applies to all deals.

About This Deal

From the Old West’s chuck wagons and military bases’ 1950s mobile canteens to more recent incarnations like taco trucks and hotdog stands, food trucks are far from a new concept. However, in the last few years a revolution has taken place and instead of the usual burgers, dogs and fries, food truck cuisine is suddenly gourmet and fancy while still maintaining very affordable price points. Bringing classic Japanese fare to the mobile food market, the JapaCurry food truck cooks up a variety of authentic Japanese curries and bento boxes filled with your favorite Asian flavors. Get a taste of the Bay Area’s first Japanese food truck with today’s deal of $10 worth of food and drinks for just $5.

As one of the most popular dishes in its home country, Japanese curry is made up of a variety of veggies and meats with a blend of spices. JapaCurry’s signature curry is created from scratch using a secret recipe of spices and quality ingredients cooked slow, allowing the bold flavors to develop fully. Try options like the katsu curry of deep-fried pork or chicken and rice, the sausage curry that uses high quality Kurobuta pork or the veggie croquette curry with a homemade croquette of potato, pumpkin and onion. Though you can request you preferred level, if you can’t take the heat, opt for one of the bento boxes. Try options like the shredded beef with BBQ sauce, teriyaki chicken, fried tofu or the nori bento with fried fish, fish cake and dried seaweed. Grab a side of deliciously pickled vegetables and wash it all down with drink options of water, soda or green tea.
Find out where to catch this delicacy-purveying mobile unit by checking out www.japacurry.com or on Twitter”

If the JapaCurry Japanese Curry Food Truck is Too Crowded on Thursdays, Check It Out on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

You know who doesn’t want you hard-working FiDi types to have the option of noshing on your choice of Yelp four-star-rated street food during lunchtime? It’s the struggling two-star and three-star-rated legacy restaurants scattered about SoMA and the Financh, that’s who.

Anyway, because of complaints from the aforementioned struggling two-star and three-star joints, you now have to work a bit to find your nosh. For instance, this is the Japacurry truck on a recent Thursday at Mission and New Montgomery from the end of the line:

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Now that location is probably the best place for this truck, but, you know, because of the thing, it also makes appearances at 1st and Howard and also Pine and Sansome. The lines tend to be shorter on those days.

Just saying.

The Crowds Have Discovered the JapaCurry Food Truck at Pine and Sansome, It Would Appear

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well I won’t get into the history of how the JapaCurry Gourmet Food Truck got hounded out of Second Street earlier this year owing to struggling SoMA restaurateurs’ fears over not being able to sell as many packs of cigarettes(!) and potato chips during the lunch rush – anyway, it was national news.

But now, the JapaCurry Food Truck has more varied locations, including 1st and Howard, Mission and New Montgomery, and here, north of Market at Pine and Sansome:

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People seem to have a good time waiting in the brisk line. But, as always, no credit cards, cash only.

When will you nosh on the JapaCurry? Is it on your Bucket List?

Check for updates and then head out for a little FiDi hirugohan starting at 11:30 AM. Why not?

“Foreign Organization” – The DMV Doesn’t Recognize Taiwan as a Country So Its Diplomats Can’t Get Diplomatic Plates

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here’s what they get instead:Foreign Organization license plates.

See? The foreign organization referenced is Taiwan. See below.

The driver using this particular plate, Foreign Organization 465, drives about as well as your stereotypical BMW driver from San Mateo County, so oh well.

When you get stuck in an intersection, it means you shouldn’t have entered the intersection, of course. This is called “blocking the box.” It might get you home 30 seconds earlier but it comes at the cost of blocking both lanes of inbound Market Street for about 30 seconds. Bad form, Taiwan, oops, I mean foreign organization:

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Someday, I’ll get a special license plate.*

“V C Section 5006.5 Foreign Organization Special License Plates

5006.5. (a) The department may issue, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive license plates for motor vehicles owned or leased by an officer or a designated employee of a foreign organization recognized by the United States pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. Sec. 3301 et seq.) when the department is otherwise satisfied that the issuance of the license plates is in order.

(b) The distinctive license plates shall be designed by the department and shall contain the words “Foreign Organization.”

(c) The department shall establish procedures for both of the following:

(1) To verify the eligibility of an applicant for plates issued pursuant to this section.

(2) To authorize a recognized foreign organization to apply on behalf of its officers for plates issued pursuant to this section.

Added Ch. 397, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.”

*The one I use now is particularly banal…

Word on the Street: Longer Lines at JapaCurry on Mission near Second, Saner Lines (Now With Cones!) at Sushiritto

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Item One. Now I’ll tell you, the Great Second Street Food Fight has cooled down ever since Wednesday last week when a certain Stanford MBA wisely decided to stop her direct action campaign against the legal competition.* That means that Japacurry has been able to develop a following.

And that means that passersby just stop and gape and whip out their cell phones for mad photos before getting in line. It’s quite a phenomenon, actually.

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Owner Jay Hamada and his crew are still not exercising their right to sell on Second Street on Mondays and Tuesdays – we’ll just have to see how this one works out.

Item Two. Cones! Cones have come to the doorway of the Crunch Fitness on New Monty. See how they work?

The big cones and small cones have meanings. There are rules, dig? You’ll learn them while you wait and wait and wait in line.

It’s all too real, baby:

*The campaign against Japacurry and others continues, however. A bricks-and-mortar-owning ringleader is going around to all the lunch joints in the area to marshal support in a campaign against food trucks “poaching” bidness. Afterwards, here what one of the restaurant owners told me: “I do not like this woman. I do not like this smiling woman.” You know, because of the unctuousness. OTOH, this long-time owner doesn’t like Japacurry being in the area neither. On it goes…

Famous Frank “12 Galaxies” Chu Late to His Own 50th Birthday Party

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

What better place for famous Frank Chu to mark a half-century of existence in our Milky Way galaxy than to hold court at the full-century-old Pied Piper Bar & Maxfield’s at the Palace Hotel on Market Street. The problem was that Frank missed the 5:30 PM starting time by a good margin owing to his attendance at a labor rally just across the street.

Tick-tock, Frank, tik-tok.

See? There’s his famous sign, right next to Che Guevara in the pouring sun:

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But he was eventually cajoled into quitting work early and joining his party, already in progress. Here he is holding court ‘neath the famous Pied Piper mural / painting.

And then it was off to neighboring Maxfield’s. Here he is posing for a semi Last Supper-style photo:

(Frank always seems to be around a pretty girl.)

Happy birthday Frank Chu!

Hours of Operation Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.     Maxfield’s was named after the famous artist Maxfield Parrish who painted the iconic Pied Piper of Hamlin mural located in the adjacent Pied Piper Bar. The warm and inviting atmosphere of Maxfield’s and the Pied Piper Bar feature a beautiful mosaic tile floor and rich wood paneling. Whether sitting at the handsome mahogany bar or a relaxing  table, you will feel at home when dining in Maxfield’s and the Pied Piper. For almost a century, the Pied Piper bar has been the favored spot among locals as well as visitors from around the world. The Pied Piper provides the perfect backdrop for the world famous Maxfield Parrish mural “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. Enjoy delicious appetizers, American cuisine and cocktails in this welcoming atmosphere.

San Francisco’s Hotel Workers are Now Raising Hell at the Palace on New Montgomery

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Remember a few days back when our loud, loud, loud hotel workers were in front of the Grand Hyatt for 72 hours? Well, the party has moved South of the Slot (happy 100th, Jack London!) to 2 New Monkey Street in the SoMA.

The Palace Hotel employees didn’t look too happy.(Aaron Peskin is out of the country right now, correct?)  Check it:

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On It Goes….