Posts Tagged ‘north beach’

Crazy Genoa Place Alley is a Two-Way, One-Lane Street

Friday, April 28th, 2017

As seen in North Beach:

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Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka

Monday, March 27th, 2017

1 We call our little Italy North Beach even though it’s not all that far north, and it doesn’t have a beach, not anymore anyway. Tourists come here and they ask about Little Italy and everybody knows what they’re talking about.

It looks like this – the official SFGov Italian flag tells people from Chinatown that some would not approve of them trying to open businesses north of Broadway.

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That’s JMO, but it’s true.

2) This one is harder. I’ve never heard of anybody IRL calling this area Little Russia, in all my years, but here it is on the Google Maps so it must be true.

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It looks like this, with onion domes and piroshki:

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But I wouldn’t call this area Little Russia, it’s just another part of the Richmond.

3) And Little Osaka – man I saw that on an online map one time and at first I thought it was an act of vandalism/patriotism from somebody from Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, kind of the Chicago of Japan, but no, it’s semi-official that Japantown is Little Osaka what with our “sister-city” relationship and all.

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As seen on Post:

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This is the hardest Little I know of. If you ask your Lyft driver to go there, you might end up here in Potrero.

And I guess we have a Little Saigon too, sort of, even though we don’t call Saigon Saigon anymo. But it’s easy to find – no confusion there…

This has been Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka.

Aaron Peskin True Believer, District 3, North Beach, USA

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Sighted well after his most recent election.

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Willie Brown has won the past six mayoral elections, but AP just might be able to prevent Willie from winning a 7th time…

What I See Versus What’s Actually In This Ad – THE POPE’S PLAZA, North Beach, USA

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Here’s what I see:

A billboard for IN-N-OUT BURGER. Then I see Pizza Saint Francis. Then I see THE POPE’S PLAZA. And then I see pizzasf.org.

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Of course if we wanted to, we could shut down the street in front of every religious-oriented building all over town.

If we wanted to…

A WELL-INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AVENUE AND VALLEJO STREET

While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer’s design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community.  The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent.  Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance.  Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach.  Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer’s plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street.  As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.

Piazza Aint Francis – Does This Look Like a Good Idea? Here’s What Some of the Neighbors Think

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Here’s the proposal:

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And here’s the reply

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:

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But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…

A Quarter-Century of “Centerfolds,” the Former “High Class,” “Fine Dining” Strip Club at Broadway and Montgomery in North Beach

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.

Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:

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The oldest reference I can find:

1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”

But that was then and this is now.

Sic transit gloria Frisco…

Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:

Sit-Lie Enforcement in North Beach – See How the Stair Sitters of the Kearny Street Steps React to the SFPD

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

This couple got up and walked away:

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But Bro on the other side of the street didn’t want to leave…

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…so he got a ticket:

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On It Goes…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s Electric-Yellow Electric Convertible Spotted in North Beach

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

This ride has about 47 pieces of Aaron flair:

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(Hey, remember when longtime Republican Ron Conway said that giving a lot of his money to support the appointed D3 incumbent might cause a “backlash?” Good times.)

I’m not sure if this car is for the last election or the next one…