Posts Tagged ‘pier 39’

Here It Is, San Francisco’s Best Christmas Tree for 2015, in an Unexpected Place – 55 Foot Tall – Straight Outta Shasta

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Just look at this thing in front of Pier 39 – it’s huge!

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And it’s 100% real, for better or worse. I heard it’s 55 feet, but officially it’s 60, perhaps due to rounding, IDK:

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I’m calling this thing an Attraction:

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Oh, but why so soon, in early November?

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This issue hadn’t occurred to me – I guess it is a bit early. (But feel free to add that to the lengthy list of things I care absolutely nothing about.)

Anyway, the Lighting Ceremonies are coming November 21-22, 2015.

See you there!


Friday, September 18th, 2015

I’ll take “Famous Tourist Traps” for $400, Alex!

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Oh what’s that, our “urbanists” have recently “activated” the “streetscape” of Jefferson? Well, that makes it EVEN WORSE, prolly



Out-Of-Town Lowriders Cruise Jefferson in Fisherman’s Wharf – Ignorant of the Efforts of Any Danish Urban Planners

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Here they come to “activate” our “urban scene,” an endless parade of lowriders:

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I don’t think these people are drinking as many cappuccinos as those Danish urban planners expected:

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Wheels akimbo, as is the style:

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Uh, do locals visit the Fish Wharf more now, after all the changes? IDK.

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I don’t think so.

But I hope all the Scandinavians at least got Business Class and frequent flyer’s club miles when we paid them to come over to “fix” the Wharf, which to me, seems exactly the same kind of place as before…

Soles4Souls: OMG, 200+ U2 Concert Tickets to be Given Away on June 6 from 3-6 PM at Pier 39! Bring New Shoes

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I don’t exactly how all this will work, but StubHub will give away mad U2 concert tickets on Monday and you can score a pair yourself if you’re lucky and if you bring a pair of “new or gently used” shoes to donate.

It will look a little something like this out in front of the our Hard Rock Cafe.

(I can’t wait to bring over my nu shooz.)

Anyway, deets below.

See you there on Monday, and then if you’re lucky, on Tuesday, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at the U2 360 Tour!

“StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, recently launched its “Take Off Your Boots” campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and is giving away free tickets to the U2 360° Tour. The campaign is coming to San Francisco on June 6, where at least 100 pairs of tickets to the June 7 U2 360° concert will be given away to those who donate!

The shoe collection takes place on June 6 from 3-6 p.m. at the Pier 39 Hard Rock Café in San Francisco. There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of new or gently used shoes, while ticket supplies last – so be sure and get there early!

Last year, after U2 postponed their tour many fans who purchased tickets through StubHub could not commit to the rescheduled shows. With StubHub’s FanProtect Guarantee policy, these fans were able to return their tickets and receive their money back. Because it is StubHub’s policy not to resell tickets, these returned tickets are now being used to encourage charitable giving through the “Take Off Your Boots” campaign.

Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.”

Santarchy: Hundreds of Santas Take Over San Francisco City Hall – It’s Santacon 2010 All Day Long ‘Til 2:00 AM!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Five-star Yelp rated San Francisco Santarchy has taken over the city today, just as it did in 2009 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 and 2005 and 2004 and 2003 and 2002 and 2001 and 2000 and so on.


Find Frank Chu in there:

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And around the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center:

Again, via Steve Rhodes

Enjoy the slideshow.

Now, Kay Vasilyeva has this tip:

“Santarchy in my hood = 30-something and up dudes. Santarchy in the Marina = girls with no pants on. You’re welcome for the tip.”

O.K. then.

Let’s hope nobody gets arrested this year.

All the deets plus links to Santarchy worldwide:

Santa kicks off at 12:30pm Saturday 12/4 at SF Civic Center. See below for full schedule and options from the East, North, and South.

Suggested starting points from the East, North and South:

  • East Bay…10am Heinolds First and Last Chance (Jack London Sq, Oakland) 11:30am Ferry ($6.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • North Bay…10am No Name Bar (757 Bridgeway, Sausalito) 11:20amFerry ($8.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • South Bay…9am Cinebar (69 E San Fernando, San Jose) 10amCaltrain #427, arrive 11:36am 4th/King, Muni K/T to Civic Ctr


Triple Crown – 1760 Market St (Octavia)  *noon til 8pm (see FB invite for lineup)

Ha-Ra Club – 875 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Ace’s – 998 Sutter (Hyde/Leavenworth)
Blur – 1121 Polk (Post/Hemlock)
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)


Pilsner Inn 225 Church (15th-Market)
Lucky 132140 Market (15th-Church)
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)

Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)

Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Buddha Lounge – 901 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Vesuvio – 255 Columbus (Broadway/Jack Kerouac)
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union)
O’Reilly’s – 622 Green (Powell/Columbus)
Rogue Ales – 673 Union (Powell/Stockton)
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
Lusty Lady – 1033 Kearny (Bway/Pacific)

Triple Crown continues


Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 401 Castro (17/18th)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)

Club Deluxe – 1511 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Gold Cane – 1569 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Aub Zam Zam – 1633 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Murio’s Trophy Room – 1811 Haight (Shrader/Stanyan)

Hooters – 353 Jefferson (Jones/Leavenworth)
Buena Vista Café – 2765 Hyde (Beach)

Triple Crown continues


    • Space Gallery – 1141 Polk (Sutter/Post) 8pm-midnight – Sugarplum Elves’ Holiday Elftacular & Calendar Release Party!
    • Triple Crown continues til 8pm
    • DNA Lounge (New Wave City) – 375 11th (Folsom/ Harrison ) 9pm-3am (costumed Santa gets in free until 10pm, $7 after 10pm)
    • Retox Lounge (Duckpond’s MIGRATION) – 628 20th Str (3rd St) No cover…goes till 2am.

And here’s a list of participating locales:

November 26

Boulder, CO

December 3

Oxford, MS

December 4

Chicago, IL

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

December 11

Austin, TX

Beijing, China

Calgary, AB

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Halifax, NS

Houston, TX

Lawrence, KS

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Nashville, TN

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Norfolk, VA

Orlando, FL

Ottawa, OT

Paris, France

Pittsburgh, PA

Rochester, NY

Seoul, South Korea

Stockholm, Sweden

Vienna, Austria

Washington DC

December 12


December 17

Fort Collins, CO

Manama, Bahrain

December 18

Adelaide, Australia

Boston, MA

Dallas, TX

Dayton, OH

Denver, CO

Eugene, OR

Fort Collins, CO

Kalamazoo, MI

Kansas City, MO

Niagara Falls, ON

Okinawa, Japan

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

St. Paul, MN

St. Petersburg, FL

Savannah, GA

Tokyo, Japan

Yakima, WA

Small Gift Tour – Sanrio Pop-Up Stores Coming to Town this Weekend – Wrap Your Smart Car with Hello Kitty

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Sanrio’s Pop Up Tour is coming to San Francisco October 23-24, 2010, so soon you’ll be able to get iPhone covers (3rd and 4th generation only) for $40 ‘n stuff.

And, whether you attend the tour or not, you can now wrap your SmartCar with Your Favorite Kitteh. See? 

Beep beep:

More deets on the dressing up your microcar after the jump. And here are you Pop-Up Store deets:

October 23, 2010
San Francisco
Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
11am to 7pm

October 24, 2010
Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
11:30am to 7:30pm

Oct 28: Portland, OR

Oct 30-31: Seattle, WA

Nov 4: Sacramento, CA

Nov 6: San Diego, CA

Nov 7: Orange County, CA

Nov 13-14: Las Vegas, NV

Nov 16: Tempe, AZ

Nov 19: Austin, TX

Nov 21: New Orleans, LA

Nov 26-28: Atlanta, GA

Dec 2-5: Miami, FL

Dec 10-11: New York City, NY

See you there!


Refreshing RocketBoat Adds Some Needed Color to San Francisco Bay – 2010 Season is On

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Of course, some people* don’t like you, RocketBoat, but I do. You add color to the bay. You complete me, RB. Thanks for coming back in 2010.

Get all the deets on the Rocket Boat here from sailboat-hating Ken Garcia.  And take a look at the action on YouTube. RocketBoat just might rock your world. Check it:

Came back for a 2nd round and this time we had a party of 7 go on the Rocketboat. That boat kicks ass. It goes about 45 mph and the driver loves to spin donuts.”


Now, we’ve all heard the expression “let’s get busy.” Well, this is a boat who gets “biz-zay!” Consistently and thoroughly. Look at RB totally pwning a local yachtsman just the other day:

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Even “smart chicks” love the RocketBoat. You will too.

Get all the deets after the jump.

See you there!

*Local sailboat people disapprove of motor vessels in general, and RocktBoat in particular. RocketBoat, RocketBoat/ It’s not your fault.


San Francisco’s Rocket Boat Approaches, But Doesn’t Hit, the Bay Bridge Delta Tower

Monday, August 17th, 2009

OMG! It’s the San Francisco Rocket Boat! Does it really go over 40 MPH on San Francisco Bay? Yes it does.

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Oh noes! Now it’s heading right towards the Delta Tower of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge!

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But, good thing there’s a bar pilot on board. What’s that? There’s not?

On second thought, maybe it’s a Good Thing there’s no half-million dollar a year pilot on board. Rocket Boat managed to clear the tower and proceed back to Fisherman’s Wharf.


San Francisco Enjoys a Lunchtime Skydiving Demonstration, Courtesy of T-Mobile

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

As promised, our corporate overlords at T-Mobile put on a spectacle over Justin Herman Plaza yesterday afternoon. See some photos here and here.

The mise-en-scene:

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Ooh, doubles!

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The San Francisco Bay Bridge:

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In front of the Ferry Building. But why the codpiece?

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Elvis is Everywhere

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A skillful landing…

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…and a less skillful landing:

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How will Radio Shack (aka “The Shack”) top this today? The Summer NetTogether starts today in Justin Herman, and New York, apparently. Let’s hope local ad firm Butler Shine and Stern doesn’t alienate people with their new campaign. (Remember the one they had before?)

Anyway, T Mobile promised a show and they delivered.

Our Corporate Overlords are Set to Launch 100 Parachutists Today at Noon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Birth, School, Work, Death – that’s what Life is about, can you dig, man. But our corporate overlords don’t want you to figure that out, so they’re always offering “free” fun events to distract you from the Truth, man. As today, when the T-Mobile phone company, the one with Catherine Zeta-Jones (once again) is providing a lunchtime spectacle over San Francisco that will keep you distracted and on the edge of your seat, so long as you are seated near Justin Herman Plaza, Marina Green Park, Pier 39, or the Moscone Recreation Center:

“Along with fly-by jets and skywriting, 100 skydivers dressed as “unique personalities” will parachute in synchronized formations over San Francisco as a promotion for T-Mobile. The 100 skydivers will land at four locations around The City.”

Here’s a look at preparations near the Ferry Building in Justin Herman Plaza. Everything’s going to be big big big:

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Click to expand. But what looks like one giant monitor from the front is actually…

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….a bunch of small monitors stacked on top of each other. What rip, man!

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It’s the TR2010E TechnoRainbow indoor / outdoor monitor system from Toshiba. It’s mesmerizing. So clever, so tricksy. 

Enjoy the show, starting at 11:15 AM, but really getting going just after noon.

And maybe you can get a free MyTouch 3G phone from them today, somehow. It will keep you distracted for months and years, or a lifetime, really.

See you there!

Been turned around till I’m upside down
Been all at sea until I’ve drowned
And I’ve felt torture, I’ve felt pain
Just like that film with Michael Caine
I’ve been abused and I’ve been confused
And I’ve kissed Margaret Thatcher’s shoes
And I been high and I been low
And I don’t know where to go

Birth, school, work, death
Birth, school, work, death