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Remembering When You Could Regularly See Russian Acrobatic “Yak” Aircraft in the Skies of the Bay Area

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

Circa 2005, Marin County, Canon 300mm 2.8L IS + 2x extender

Man, the Infinity Towers Would be a LOT MORE BALLER without 1 Rincon Sitting Right Next Door

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Rincon Hill on the right and Infinity Towers in the muddle, in the middle:

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Presenting the Infinity Towers Fight Song:

I wish I was a little bit taller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a little bit taller y’all
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller

I wish, I wish, I wish

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Haight Ashbury Street Festival Cavalcade of Photos

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Well it’s the morning of the second Sunday of June, so that means it’s almost time for the Haight Ashbury Street Festival.

Lets take a look at some photos from recent years.

Look up…

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…and down…

…and all around:

From Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

From famous David Yu:

From Brian Brooks

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

There’s a feeling I get/

when I look to the West…

…and the East…

…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.

At least the Yelpers like Frank:

This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:

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And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:

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You know who loves the Haight Street Fair? Parole agents

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A mass of humanity:

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Hookahs! Get your hookahs!  It’s Hookahs.com

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A dancing baby grooving on Haight Street:

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Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad.

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Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.

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Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi on the scene

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Poorbot looking for handouts:

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“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.

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You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus

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And There You Have It.

Well That’s It: The Bay Area’s Formerly-Secret U.S. Navy “Sea Shadow” Stealth Ship Auctioned for Scrap Today

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Just like it was on eBay.

But back in the day, this ship was all that.

See?

The auction ends on Friday May 4, 2012. The buyer will be required to cut up this stealth ship for scrap. Current bid is $300k.

Oh well.

This boat was built here in the Bay Area and now it’s about to die here.

All the deets, below.

Remember  back when Bay Areans could espy the straight-outta-Redwood-City $200-million Sea Shadow stealth ship bobbing about in San Francisco Bay? Check this video from down Fun Diego way over at Telstar Logistics to see this baby in action.

Say it aloud: Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship! This project was so secret that it didn’t make the Bay Area newspapers up until 1999, when this boat was identified as an airplane three times by the San Francisco Examiner.*

But lately, the ex Sea Shadow just sits around in the mothballed Ghost Fleet of the East Bay over in Benicia. Check out these great photos from Amy Heiden. Pretty boss, huh?

Now the first time the Navy tried to get rid of this historic boat, in 2006, they had all sorts of rules. Then they tried again in 2009 with more flexible rules. But the problem is that you can’t just take the Shadow, you also have to take the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1), a floating drydock boat that was developed as part of Project Jennifer. (That was the semi-successful, top-secret effort mounted by the Central Intelligence Agency to salvage the remains of the Soviet submarine K-129 from the ocean floor.)

Here’s a shot of  them together, ignore the two conventional warships in the background:

But wait, there’s more. Here’s how the Sea Shadow is laid out on the inside:

The bridge of Grant Imahara’s future evil lair. (Boy, talk about a glass cockpit, huh?)

And here’s how she looks from the outside:

You want. However, nobody set up a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and take these things off of the Navy’s hands. So now an important piece of Bay Area military history (and film history what with it inspiring the bad guys’ floating lair in Tomorrow Never Dies) is a gonna get scrapped.

Here’s what came next, after the Shadow got mothballed – it’s the all-aluminum Sea Fighter, as seen back in 2006:

via Telstar Logistics

The point being is that the aging Sea Shadow is the ur-ship, the JetFire of the stealth boat world. Why didn’t anybody save her?

Check out the owner’s manuals - pretty soon, that will be all that’s left…

Ever more deets, after the jump.

*From 1999: “The combined Navy-Marine exercise included overflights of the Bay Area by the Sea Shadow, the Navy equivalent of the stealth bomber.” No, this thing can’t fly, it just floats. Veteran SF Chronicle writer Henry K. Lee got that right but others did not. Nevertheless, SFGate.com, San Francisco’s online newspaper, remains an invaluable resource.

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Know Your Two-Seat, Russian, Yakovlev Yak-52 Acrobatic-Training Aircraft Above San Francisco

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Remember that Yak-50 what used to buzz about the bay area? Good times. (See below for some shots taken from the East Peak of Mt. Tam.)

Well this is better, this one’s a Yak-52 (Як-52). Hurray!

(It probably killed fewer pilots per hour than the single-seat Yak-50, so that’s nice.)

As seen from Land’s End:

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(In Soviet Russia, plane kill you!)

What kind of crazy airplanes will Mother Russia send over next?

“This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

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Canon 1D Mark II with 300mm 2.8 IS I and 2x extender – ISO 400 and lots of digital zoom:

Happy trails.”

Well That’s It: The US Navy is Scrapping the Bay Area’s $200 Million Super Secret Stealth Ship – R.I.P. Sea Shadow

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The United States Navy has given up on the idea of giving away to a good home the formerly spr sekrt stealth ship Sea Shadow. That means that this expensive piece of Bay Area military memorabilia will soon be cut up for scrap.

Oh well.

Good bye, IX-529.

But we’ll always have memories, like right here – check it out, from back in the day last year.

All the deets:

Remember back in the day, back when Bay Areans could espy the straight-outta-Redwood-City $200-million Sea Shadow stealth ship bobbing about in San Francisco Bay? Check this video from down Fun Diego way over at Telstar Logistics to see this baby in action.

Say it aloud: Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship! This project was so secret that it didn’t make the Bay Area newspapers, excepting for 1999 when this boat was identified as an airplane three times by the San Francisco Examiner.*

This is what she looked like, coming out in the daytime when she was no longer so very supr sekrt:

Guess what, the U.S. Navy wants to give her away for free! The problem is that there are no takers as of yet, so the ex Sea Shadow just sits around in the mothballed Ghost Fleet of the East Bay. Check out these recent photos from Amy Heiden. Pretty boss, huh?

Now the first time the Navy tried to give away this historic boat, in 2006, they had all sorts of rules. Then they tried again in 2009 with more flexible rules. But the problem is that you can’t just take the Shadow, you also have to take the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1), a floating drydock boat that was developed as part of Project Jennifer. (That was the semi-successful, top-secret effort mounted by the Central Intelligence Agency to salvage the remains of the Soviet submarine K-129 from the ocean floor.)

Here’s a shot of  them together, ignore the two conventional warships in the background:

But wait, there’s more. Here’s how the Sea Shadow is laid out on the inside:

The bridge of Grant Imahara’s future evil lair. (Boy, talk about a glass cockpit, huh?)

And here’s how she looks from the outside:

You want. Why don’t you start up a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and take these things off of the Navy’s hands? Otherwise an important piece of Bay Area military history (and film history what with it inspiring the bad guys’ floating lair in Tomorrow Never Dies) is a gonna get scrapped.

Here’s what came next, after the Shadow got mothballed – it’s the all-aluminum Sea Fighter, as seen back in 2006:

via Telstar Logistics

The point being is that the aging Sea Shadow is the ur-ship, the JetFire of the stealth boat world. Won’t you save her?

O.K., first things first. Check out the owner’s manuals and start writing your business plan. (And, oh yes, while you’re at it, scrape up some cash. Lots and lots and lots o’ cash.)

Happy sailing!

The Navy’s announcement, after the jump.

*From 1999: “The combined Navy-Marine exercise included overflights of the Bay Area by the Sea Shadow, the Navy equivalent of the stealth bomber.” No, this thing can’t fly, it just floats. Veteran SF Chronicle writer Henry K. Lee got that right but others did not. Nevertheless, SFGate.com, San Francisco’s online newspaper, remains an invaluable resource.

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2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair a Huge Success – Great Photos from David Yu, Brian Brooks, Chris Witte, and Bluoz

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: And here’s a late entry, from Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

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Things really didn’t get hopping until the fog went away in the afternoon, but the 2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off without a hitch, with nary a peep from the notorious NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

(And oh, honorable mention goes to photographers Bob Horowitz (nice) and Dropatan (also nice).)

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

And here are some great shots.

First, from famous David Yu:

And here are a couple from Brian Brooks:

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

And more from past HASFs, after the jump

See you next year!

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OMG, It’s Time for the 2011 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair: 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM Today

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

There’s a feeling I get/

when I look to the West…

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…and the East…

…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.

It’s the Haight Street Fair!

Look up…

…and down…

…and all around:

See you there!

The day is upon us.

Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11am to 5:30pm. Come one, come all! Once a year, on the second Sunday in June, the Haight-Ashbury community hosts a special celebration and everyone in the World is invited. Music is in the air; people dance in the streets; a festive atmosphere springs up; and Haight Street, once again, becomes the center of Peace, Love and Happiness. This annual event is the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, one of the most highly anticipated public events in San Francisco.

The 34th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair will be taking place on Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11 am until 5:30 pm. A variety of activities will be taking place including three stages offering live entertainment; a six-block Vending Area featuring arts & crafts, food and other merchandise; an area dedicated to the entertainment of families with children; and an opportunity to celebrate with many other like-minded people.Directions and Access to the Haight Ashbury Street Fair

Above all things, we highly recommend that you and your friends take the public transportation systems to get to the Street Fair. Parking spaces are very limited and, besides, why spend your time roaming around in your car while you could be enjoying the Street Fair first hand. Here are some leads on how you can make your way to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair.

MUNI: The Haight-Ashbury is served by six routes that directly serve this neighborhood. They are #6 – Parnassus, #7 – Haight, #33 – Ashbury, #37 – Corbet, #43 – Masonic and #71 – Noriega. Each of these lines travel directly to the Haight-Ashbury District. Other lines that serve the neighborhood indirectly are the N-Judah streetcar, #21 Hayes and the #5 Fulton. Connecting lines vary so please call MUNI (673-MUNI) for information on the best lines to use.BART

For East Bay travelers, your best bet to the Street Fair is to disembark at any S.F BART station on Market Street and catch the #5, #6, #7 or #71. You can also catch the N-Judah streetcar in any Metro Station.If your are coming from Daly City or beyond on BART, catch the #43 at the Balboa Station to the Street Fair. For more information, please call (510) 839-2220 or (650) 992-2278.AC TRANSIT

Coming from the East Bay, you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes at the TransBay Terminal. For more information, please call (415) 817-1717.GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT

If you are traveling from Marin County, you can take any bus headed to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can take the #6 Parnassus or #21 Hayes. For more information, call (415) 455-2000 or (415) 257-4554.SanTrams

Traveling along the Peninsula, you can jump into a bus heading to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes. For more information, call (800) 660-4287 or (650) 508 6448.Any way you choose to get to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, we encourage you to take public transit.

BE HIP & BUS IT!

OMG, Those Condos at One Rincon Hill are Now 95% Sold Out Due to 2.0 Tech Boom and “Trans-Generational Asian Buyers”

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Hurray!

All the deets, below.

One Tower to rule them all:

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Your view from 1RC – observe Sutro Tower as an equal, high above the clouds:

The abject pwnage is now 95% complete:

Do You Climb Into Space/

To the World Where You Live?

As promised, all the deets:

SURGE IN HIGH-END LUXURY CONDOMINIUM SALES PUSHES ONE RINCON HILL PHASE I TOWARD SELLOUT

Landmark tower is now 95 percent sold, with increased sales of $2+ million penthouse-level homes mimicking micro-market trends
Greater confidence in the economy, 2.0 tech boom, strong executive job growth and demand from trans-generational Asian buyers among reasons 2011 sales outperforming 2010, say experts

SAN FRANCISCO (April 20, 2011) – The high-end luxury condominium market, dormant in 2010, is coming back in a fury in 2011, with penthouse sales at One Rincon Hill leading the way, say local real estate experts.

“Luxury condos in the $2 million or more range are being snapped up in numbers not seen for the past several years,” said Paul Zeger, president of Pacific Marketing Associates, the sales and marketing firm for One Rincon Hill, and condominium experts in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. “San Francisco’s SoMa District is a hot micro-market, where techies want to work — and live.

“With ubiquitous brands Twitter and Zynga expanding their footprint in the City, and new start-ups popping up everywhere, their high-paid executives are flocking to SoMa where the action is,” he added.

One Rincon Hill, the 64-story luxury condominium building atop San Francisco’s Rincon Hill, is at the heart of that activity. Now about 95 percent sold, more than 650 people call the iconic tower home. In the year’s first three months, sales activity has focused near the top: five penthouses have been sold, each at more than $2.1 million, averaging more than $1,300 per square foot. Half of the top floor is now sold out, and only eight penthouses remain available.

“The resurgence in the high-end condo market is clearly demonstrated by penthouse level sales at One Rincon Hill and The Infinity,” said Patrick Barber, president of Pacific Union International, who cites penthouses that languished all last year, yet sold in 2011, including a few in the market for more than $5 million. Barber says renewed luxury demand is influenced by a combination of lower inventory and buyer confidence buoyed by greater job security and success of tech giants with large local footprints: Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Salesforce.com. He also notes a new factor: the impact of The America’s Cup, where visitors, volunteers and the 10 teams, each with a staff of 80 themselves, will boost both rentals and sales near the waterfront.

“The America’s Cup is already a pull for new buyers at One Rincon Hill,” said Ann Dykstra, sales manager at One Rincon Hill. “Views grab a premium anyway; however, several new buyers were motivated by an opportunity for front row seats to the sailing pageantry in the bay.”

Dykstra says of the 376 homes in the tower, less than 25 remain — all above the 46th floor. This includes penthouse level homes with arguably the best views anywhere, and possibly the highest penthouse homes currently available in the world. Due to its location atop historic Rincon Hill, One Rincon Hill is the tallest residential tower on the West Coast (and tallest in North America outside of New York, Chicago and individual towers in Mexico City and Panama City).

Gregg Lynn, of Sotheby’s International Realty and among the Bay Area’s top producing realtors, cites four reasons 2011 is outperforming 2010: greater confidence in the economy, the “2.0” technology boom, strong executive job growth and continued demand from trans-generational Asian buyers.

“With the Dow above 1,200 and marching forward, overall consumer confidence with the economy has pushed buyers off the fence, with tech-execs leading the curve,” said Lynn. “Tech 2.0 is well ensconced in San Francisco, and those buyers are seeing luxury condos, mainly in SoMa. What’s more, many tech buyers are “long-term” confident, buying primary residences in the City, not just second homes.

Moreover, Lynn says executive job growth is the strongest in seven years, attracting substantial buyers from the East Coast and the Far East. The Asian market, primarily China, Taiwan and South Korea, is also bringing an influx of trans-generational buyers, sparked by less government restriction to overseas investment.

“These condos are often bought by Asian parents — who may or may not have current plans to reside in the property — and put in their children’s names,” added Lynn. “In many ways, San Francisco is catching up to a trend prevalent in Vancouver and Los Angeles, providing a surge of sales to our upper luxury condo market.”

One Rincon Hill was the most successful pre-sale in San Francisco’s history, as it was 90 percent reserved just two weeks after the sales center opened in 2006. Residents began moving in Feb. 2008. Available townhomes lining Harrison Street sold out in fall 2010. Currently, about two-dozen homes, all on upper floors, are available for sale and the building is on pace for a sold out and fully occupied tower in fall 2011.

About One Rincon Hill

One Rincon Hill has become one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks and the tallest building on the skyline, in part due to its location atop Rincon Hill, the last buildable hill in the city and the first attraction visitors see as they cross the Bay Bridge into San Francisco. Topped with a glowing weather beacon at its crown, the 64-story Phase I tower with 376 luxury condominium homes was completed in late 2008 and is now almost 95 percent occupied. A 52-story Phase II tower offering 299 homes will complete the development, which will eventually feature a total of 689 private residences, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes and penthouses, each with views of the City and Bay from panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and extra-large balconies, as well as 14 townhomes, a swimming pool, reflecting pool, sundeck, fitness center and an elegant parking facility with valet parking. The One Rincon Hill Sales Center is located at 489 Harrison St. #306, with on-site parking available. Open weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (415) 744-8886 or visit online at www.onerinconhill.com or www.facebook.com/onerinconhill

2010 Haight Ashbury Street Fair a Huge Success – Here’s What It Looked Like

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Despite those hating Yelpers, today’s Haight Ashbury Street Fair was, once again, a huge success.

“The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is held on the second Sunday of June each year, during which Haight Street is closed down between Stanyan and Masonic, with one sound stage at each end. This is a rather crowded event due to heavy tourism.”

Indeed:

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San Francisco District Five Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi was on hand, as per usual:

At least the Yelpers like Frank:

“Show us your boobs” above the Haight Ashbury Ben & Jerry’s, as per usual:

Your Bay City Bombers were there, natch. Here’s their montage:

This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:

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And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:

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See you next year!