Posts Tagged ‘visitor’

“The San Francisco Dungeon” Opens – It’s the Newest and Spookiest Addition to Fisherman’s Wharf – What People Are Saying

Wednesday, 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 DungeonHamburg DungeonAmsterdam Dungeon, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, the Edinburgh Dungeon, the London Dungeon, the York DungeonWarwick Castle and now San Francisco.

Beth Spotswood of SFGate says she “screamed bloody murder.

And here’s Annie Sciacca’s take

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!

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When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

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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!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

And The Award For San Francisco’s #1 Tourist Trap Restaurant Goes To … Castagnola’s Seafood and Chophouse

Thursday, 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…

Are You Obligated to Tell Out-Of-Town Visitors to Not Leave Anything in Parked Cars? Yes, Of Course – This is San Francisco

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I tell everybody who comes to town.

It’s my obligation.

Now, let’s hear from Northern Station SFPD Police Captain Ann Mannix:

I just looked at our most recent crime stats and, no surprise to me, auto break-ins are up yet again… Help us out by taking anything valuable out of your car and encourage others to do so as well, especially your out-of-town visitors.”

Indeed.

Walking on, walking on broken glass in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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Should Tour Bus Drivers Be Required to Follow Traffic Laws on the Streets of San Francisco?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

[UPDATE: OMG, yes this is kosher, owing to the "Except Buses" sign what appears on the second no left turn sign that you can't see because of the bus. I stand corrected. See Comments.]

I mean, is this Kosher?

As seen on Van Ness and Post:

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I don’t think so.

Is this the designated route for this particular bus?

After You Make a Delivery to One Front Street, Be Sure to Slap Your Temporary Visitor’s Badge Onto the Bike Rack Out Front

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Thusly:

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Are You Experienced? Starting Today Through May 31st: “The Presidio Visitor Experience – A Public Workshop Series”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Those melon-farming, estate-holding millionaire NIMBYs and small-time millionaire bidness owners of Cow Hollow and the Marina have slowed things down long enough at our Presidio, don’t you think? So why don’t you get up there this month to help the process along, to help us get past the NIMBY, that balrog betwixt Us and Progress.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget about the moribund Main Post Theatre – it’s been sitting around empty and unused for donkey’s years. (Have San Francisco movie theatre owners paid cash money to NIMBY groups to oppose the reopening of the Main Post Theatre? Yes, San Francisco movie theatre owners have. In that way, they are almost as bad as Harvest & Rowe owner Alison Rowe physically blocking the more popular competition earlier this year. Oh well.)

“Arrested decay” they call it – this shot is from a few years back but I’m sure it looks exactly the same these days:

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All the deets:

“Dear Friends,

The Presidio Trust, National Park Service, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are now imagining new ways to engage visitors in all that the Presidio has to offer. We are eager to hear your ideas about how to enhance the visitor experience. Below, please find information about a series of six workshops to gather community input. The workshops will be held March 22 to May 31. We enthusiastically invite you to join us for these brainstorming sessions. Feel free to share this invitation with others in the community: colleagues, friends and family. All are welcome! RSVP to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Thank you!

The Presidio Visitor Experience – A Public Workshop Series

Six workshops held March 22 through May 31.

What makes an experience extraordinary?

The Presidio of San Francisco has the potential to engage the local community and visitors in exciting and innovative ways. What would make the Presidio visitor experience relevant, inspiring, and meaningful? What programs, tools, and activities would help people participate in and connect with this unique urban national park?

The Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy invite you to join us for a series of facilitated workshops to share your ideas about how hiking, biking, bird watching, stewardship, archaeology, architecture, and history can be made more vibrant for our community. You’ll also learn about the parks existing “Centers of Engagement” such as Crissy Field Center and the Stewardship and Sustainability Center, as well as facilities now in the planning stage, including the Visitor Center and Heritage Center.

Workshops will include a mix of discussions with subject experts, brainstorming and public comment.
RSVP required to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov. Please specify which dates you plan to attend. Sign language interpreters are available. The Golden Gate TTY number is (415)556-2766.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

All workshops will be held at the Presidio Log Cabin from 6 to 8 pm.

Tuesday, March 22
Making Connections at the Presidio
Hear about projects that have been recently implemented at the Presidio, its Centers of Engagement, and plans for the Visitor Center and Heritage Center. Building upon previous work such as the Presidio Stories Symposium, participants can roam among a series of “stations” and suggest ways of enhancing the visitor experience at this unique national park.

Thursday, March 24
How to Make History Come Alive at the Presidio
Join in a lively discussion with host Doug McConnell and a panel of innovators from around the country who have been invited to share their experiences in making history exciting and relevant to diverse audiences.

Monday, April 11
Engaging our Past: Military, Architectural, Cultural, and Natural History
Prepare to roll up your sleeves and join in a workshop where participants are asked to contribute their ideas for creating experiences around buildings, landscapes, archaeology and other historic sites throughout the Presidio.

Monday, April 25
A Walk in the Park: Recreation, Health, and Wellness
This workshop will focus on how to inspire people to make the healthy choice – have fun, get some exercise, get close to nature, and make the Presidio a part of their everyday lives.

Monday, May 16
Connecting with Nature: Natural Resources and Stewardship
Ideally all visitors to the Presidio are somewhere on the path to becoming stewards of this treasured national park site. Help us identify ways in which visitors can make a deeper connection to the amazing diversity of natural resources at the Presidio.

Tuesday, May 31
Visitor Experiences at the Presidio
Please join us to hear a presentation on the development of conceptual plans for the Visitor Center and Heritage Center. 

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Demands Response from 414 Mason, Site of Tourist Slaying

Friday, August 13th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera is going after the owner / operator of 414 Mason, the site of the recent Union Square shootout that resulted in the death of German tourist Mechthild Schröer. (The SFPD is still working on this case – they were down in Fremont yesterday.)

Mr. Herrera is alleging that the August 8th party was illegal and overcrowded. All the deets are below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

Herrera initiates legal action against teen party venue in Union Square tourist shooting. Demand letter to owner, operator of rental space alleges Fire Code violations, unlawful business practices in ‘horrific incident’ 

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken a step toward suing the owner and operator of a Union Square venue where an illegal, overcrowded party for high school-aged youths last Sunday was marred by gunfire that injured two teens and took the life a German tourist. 

Herrera’spre-litigation demand letter to Joseph Ursino, owner of the building at 414 Mason Street, and Curtis Matthews, who rented out the party space, alleges that the two face, “at a minimum, civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.”  Such violations can be punishable by fines and penalties as well as disgorgement of all profits related to the unlawful conduct.  The letter sent this morning acknowledges that the City Attorney’s Office is also evaluating the potential liability of Labriette Collins, the event’s promoter. 

“Because of the tragic circumstances and grave public safety concerns surrounding the event and how you and others managed it, I will seek full legal redress to affirm public confidence in laws intended to protect the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors,” Herrera’s letter states.  “Vigorous enforcement of these laws is additionally essential to guarantee fair treatment to the vast majority of responsible entertainment business operators, who invest the care and expense necessary to abide by the law, and who comprise one of our City’s most important economic sectors.” 

All the deets, and the demand letter itself, after the jump.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Issues Statement about Slain German Tourist Mechthild Schroer

Monday, August 9th, 2010

If this isn’t international news it will be soon. At the very least, it’s nice to see that the mayor issued a statement about it today.

Mechthild Schroer, the woman on the right in this photo, was slain in the Union Square area last night:

Photo by Christian Weber

The Mayor’s statement:

MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM’S STATEMENT ON WEEKEND SHOOTINGS & CLUB REGULATIONS. Mayor Newsom Offers Condolences to Victims of Violence, Signs Legislation to Give Entertainment Commission Greater Power to Revoke Problem Club Permits

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom today strongly condemned this weekend’s separate shootings that resulted in the death of Mechthild Schroeer of Germany, along with four wounded in the Theater District and South of Market neighborhoods.

“On behalf of our entire City, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mechthild Schroeer, who died needlessly from this senseless violence, and to those who were injured in these disturbing incidents. I urge anyone with any information about the two shootings on the 400 block of Mason Street and near 1015 Folsom nightclub to notify the Police department immediately to aid in the ongoing investigations.  

I also commend the brave taxi driver and many pedestrians and other witnesses who aided the San Francisco Police Department in apprehending suspects in the 400 block of Mason incident. These people represent the best of our City and our values.

Though our homicide rate so far this year remains at a historic low, we will not tolerate violence in our City’s neighborhoods or senseless shootings that occur near and around San Francisco nightclubs and social clubs. Nightlife is an important part of our City’s cultural and economic vibrancy, but there is nothing more important than the public safety of our residents and visitors. We will continue to pursue every possible means to prevent violence outside clubs and hold club owners and promoters accountable.”

Today, Mayor Newsom also signed legislation strengthening the Entertainment Commission’s ability to permanently revoke the permits of problem clubs, passed by the Board of Supervisors last week. The legislation follows recent incidents near Jelly’s Dance Cafe in the Mission Bay, El Rincon in the Mission, and Suede in North Beach. In December 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation which granted the Entertainment Commission the power to issue emergency suspensions and temporary closures, along with other powers to deal with problem clubs. In May 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors to give the SFPD greater authority to discourage and prevent loitering outside nightclubs.

Home Country of Assault Victim Rests Easy After San Francisco Attack

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I’ll tell you, the reason why the home county of the exchange student who was recently sexually asaulted in San Franciscois resting easy these days is that the media of said home country isn’t aware of the attack. And why’s that? Apparently, it’s the policy of San Francisco to not give out that kind of information. Per the SF Appeal:

“Police are not releasing information about the country the alleged victim is from in order to protect her identity, Tomioka said.”

I’m wondering how small a country has to be such that saying its name discloses the identity of any particular tourist in San Francisco.

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Like if there’s a famous exchange program in Monaco (population 30k) and they send ten students a year to the States? That would seem to fit the bill, fair enough.

But what if the exchange student is from one of the following Big Ten tourist-producing countries (countries avec concomitant robust, aggresive media, of course)?

Germany

United Kingdom

France

China

Italy

Japan

Canada

Russia

South Korea

Mexico

If the student is from one of these countries, I’d be hard-pressed to see how saying the name of the country would identify any particular person from that country. Maybe there’s a written policy, or maybe there’s an unwritten rule, the way the MSM won’t report routine cases of Golden Gate Bridge jumpings?

That is all.