Posts Tagged ‘tourist’
Fell Street Blues: Triple-Parked Tourist Buses – How the Millionaire Homeowners of Alamo Square Cried Their Way to “Victory”Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
On the one hand, the millionaire NIMBY’s of the “Alamo Square Historic District” literally cry about tourist buses and band together to ban them from Hayes Street, but on the other hand, they say “fuck you” to those who use and reside upon neighboring Fell.
This is the result – problem solved (for us millionaire property owners, anyway):
Then what they’ll say is, “Why don’t you start your own Historic District?”
It’s human nature to band together to work on a common goal, you know, the way the anti-vaccination crowd does – there’s fraternity there, there’s sorority.
But sometimes you lose perspective. That’s the price.
Attention Tour Bus Operators: After a Fender-Bender, Get Your Rigs Out of the Middle Lane of Oak Street – Don’t Be Calling Your Insurance AgentWednesday, October 29th, 2014
So, yes, you had a little fender-bender with your big bus, and yes, it was related to the endless tinkering done by the SFMTA MUNI DPT DPW bowl of alphabet soup. So what! It’s not that big of a deal. CSI San Francisco isn’t going to send it’s Go Team and the NTSB isn’t coming neither.
Therefore, get your bus out of the roadway, pull it over. Sure, take a couple iPhone shots first, sure. But then get outta the way. THIS IS SFPD POLICY. Don’t you know this? You had at least two employees on the scene, why not have one, I don’t know, let’s call him the Driver, drive the bus to one side of the road or the other. Did you call the SFPD? IDK, but if you did, don’t you want them to show up? Now, how are they going to do that if you block the road, which, as stated, is a noteworthy bottleneck already, due to ongoing construction efforts, for umpty-ump minutes?
I cry foul.
“The San Francisco Dungeon” Opens – It’s the Newest and Spookiest Addition to Fisherman’s Wharf – What People Are SayingWednesday, June 25th, 2014
Here it is, the San Francisco Dungeon up at 145 Jefferson St. between Mason and Taylor in Fisherman’s Wharf – it’s the newest and spookiest addition to Fisherman’s Wharf. Check it out. It’s opening Thursday, June 26th, 2014.
And that makes it the ninth Merlin Entertainments Dungeon in the world. The roster: Berlin Dungeon, Hamburg Dungeon, Amsterdam Dungeon, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, the Edinburgh Dungeon, the London Dungeon, the York Dungeon, Warwick Castle and now San Francisco.
Beth Spotswood of SFGate says she “screamed bloody murder.”
And here’s San Francisco Bay Guardian skeptic / Harvard-boy David Kurlander’s bit. He dropped by last week and wrote a lot about the dungeon. He says, “…the Dungeon transcends a lot of the more toxic elements that drag down other Jeffersonian locales.” I guess that’s a compliment.
And here are the Yelp reviews.
I’m thinking that if you’re part of a fun group and you’re in the mood to have good time, then the SF Dungeon just might be for you.
Here are some scenes:
Colonel Jack Gamble welcomes victims (guests) to the San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, California
Nikko, of Shanghai Kelly’s Boat Ride, claims his victims (guests) in the San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, California
Underground boat ride? Mmmm… Maybe I’ll make it up there someday. (It seems a lot more appealing than any wax museum, just saying.)
All the deets, after the jump.
See you there!
When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near GrantWednesday, June 25th, 2014
Thusly. Strike a pose, mate:
Click to expand, Gov’ner. Right!
Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.
But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!
Sure you can!
Art Meets Commerce: The Colorful Corner of Haight and Clayton Celebrates the Year 1967, Urges Purchase of $14 Tourist BurgersFriday, June 13th, 2014
I wish to declare Burger Urge, of 1599 Haight Street, a tourist trap.
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“It was one thing to charge 9-10 dollars for a mediocre burger and another to charge 2 dollars more just to put a slice of cheese on a regular burger, but now some burgers are 13.99?! NO fries, no sides? no sides? It’s an average burger and absolutely not worth the huge spike in prices. I hope the tourists enjoy wasting their Euros and Yen. $13.99? Utter rip off. Get a delicious sandwich across the way at Haight Street Market for $6.50 instead.”
“McDonalds – which is full of crackheads – is a better dining value.”
The People have spoken.
It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.
Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”
We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?
What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?
And the Award For San Francisco’s #1 Tourist Trap Restaurant Goes To … Castagnola’s Seafood and ChophouseThursday, April 17th, 2014
Here we go, start reading – this place is horrible.
IMO, San Francisco would be better off without this particular place up in Fisherman’s Wharf, but the Golden Gate Restaurant Association disagrees, oh well.
Of course nobody cares what I think so head on up there and check it out, if you want.
And be sure to try the “unnecessarily complicated Shrimp Louie“
If you want…
Remembering the Time When San Francisco’s Official Tourist Association Renamed the Tenderloin as the “THEATER DISTRICT”Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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Perhaps this was the problem:
For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.
San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.”