Posts Tagged ‘washington square’

Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

Dirty Harry at 40: Using San Francisco’s Favorite Cop Movie as a Time Capsule – Mad Bison at the Buffalo Paddock

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Say what you will about that highly-rated Dirty Harry film, it ably shows you what the 415 looked like back in 1971, back before it became too expensive for Hollywood to do business in San Francisco. This movie is all 100% genuine on-location San Francisco Bay Area (with the exception of the early bank heist shots).

Now these days, the Golden Gate Park’s Buffalo Paddock doesn’t have more than a half-dozen critters. There’s just a handful left, all female (the Golden Girls let’s call them), so unless Ted Turner comes through with his offer of free bison from one of his ranches in Montana or someplace, we’re going to run out of bison.

But check out how things were back in the day. They were all over. See?

You can barely make out the school bus that psychotic hippie Scorpio just hijacked:

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I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

 

Mayor Willie Brown Parties at the WashBag – What Decade is This?

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

This was the scene when former San Francisco Mayor and urban planner Willie Brown dropped by the newly reopened Washington Square Bar and Grill in North Beach. The place was packed last night, with slightly more than the maximum occupancy of 103 souls. Read about “bachelor” Willie L. Brown, Jr. and the Washington Square Bar and “Grille” here in the LATimes. (And read about the night’s “weirdness” here, from Steven T. Jones.)

It’s the 1970′s all over again. The WashBaG is BACK, baby!

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Here’s what they said about the WashBag the before it closed last year:

“This SF landmark, re-opened after being painstakingly restored, is a perfect time capsule of Herb Cain-era North Beach, when writers, politicians, musicians, professional athletes and charmingly crooked cops all schmoozed, boozed and occasionally ate here. Gimmick-free and defiantly old-school, “The Washbag” clings to its history with memorabilia and framed black-and-whites of local icons…”

The only thing missing was writer Herb Caen, but he was there in spirit, embracing his beloved North Beach, in a way.

Herb Caen Way, a “25-foot-wide pedestrian promenade, running 3.2 miles along the waterfront next to the Embarcadero from South Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf.”

Long Live the Washbag

How Many Crosses Does One Church Need?

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

So, how many crosses does one church need? The answer is about 20-something based upon this view of Saints Peter and Paul Church at six hundred three score and six Filbert Street, where they have flying cows, and where they have services in English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, both?) Italian and, of course, Latin.

Now old-school Latin can be tough so they have a handy cheat sheet, which might help you interpret the words of mop-topped U2 and 80′s sensation Mr. Mister.

The former film set for Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry back in 1971 and the place where Joe DiMaggio got married (but not to Marilyn Monroe) back in 1939. Click to expand:

And coming up on the sched for the new year is the 5th Annual Walk For Life West Coast on  January 24, 2009.

Really? Really.

Did not know that.