Posts Tagged ‘view’

2-Minute Video: The View from Hamon Tower, de Young Museum – One Lap of the 9th Floor on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, March 24th, 2014

SFO Update: Old Air Traffic Control Tower, New Air Traffic Control Tower, Under Construction, Telephoto

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

In my day, ATC towers were symmetrical, AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!

These days, IJDK, IJDK:

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SFO Construction Update: New Traffic Control Tower, Tower Crane, Old Traffic Control Tower

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

They’ve made some progress the past five months:

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Living Up In The Clouds: Your View of Sutro Tower from a Higher Than Average High-Rise

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

This thing isn’t so tall after all:

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Here It Is, Your “Dramatic” New Airport Control Tower at SFO, About Halfway Finished

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

September 2013:

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It’ll have a torch-like air, they say.

The Best Place to See San Francisco in Golden Gate Park is from Inside the De Young Museum’s Hamon Tower

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s the Hamon Tower of the de young Museum from the outside….

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…and here it is from the inside:

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Don’t skip The Tower the next time you’re in Golden Gate Park!

And best of all, there’s no charge for access for that part of the building. Hurray!

All the deets.

Your Giant Photo of San Francisco’s Western Addition, Annotated

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Part of the Western Addition, anyway:

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It’s hillier in person BTW.

And here’s the Google Earth version:

Tunnel View, Geary

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

That’s the Holiday Inn on Van Ness that you can see when you take the tunnel from the West Bay back to San Francisco:

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Some people might prefer Yosemite Valley’s tunnel view

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8′s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n'roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”