Is it a terrific Tuesday, Richmond District dwellers? Whatever your answer, here are some local links to get you through:
- The former commercial space at 4334 Geary near 8th Avenue will be demolished soon to make way for a 4-story, mixed-use building featuring one commercial space and six residential units (building cost of $3.5 million). Demolition appears to be underway and all permits are approved for the development. Bonus points if you remember what business was actually operating there before…
- The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is offering visitors a new way to interact with its exhibitions through Apple Watch. “When you walk up to one of the elaborate gowns in the Oscar de la Renta retrospective, the Apple Watch vibrates to let you know there’s an audio component. Tap the watch and Andre Leon Talley or de la Renta himself will discuss the influences behind the piece.”
- We heard from reader James that Alex’s Bakery at 431 Clement near 5th Avenue has closed after many years, possibly due to the owner retiring. Said one Yelper, “Sad sad day! It looks like they’ve permanently closed. Oh where will we get our sponge cake and almond cookies now? And where will all the old men go to drink their Hong Kong milk tea?”
- How does the Richmond District fare when it comes to our inventory of affordable housing? The latest Housing Balance Report shows that since 2006, the neighborhood has added only 172 units and has “released” 439 units from protected status (the second highest in the city) due to owner move-ins, Ellis act evictions, and demolitions. [CurbedSF]
- 3 Fish Studios, an art gallery and boutique in the outer Sunset, has opened a pop-up location in Green Apple Books on Clement. 3 Fish is best known for their bear-hugging-California print, and they offer a lot of other original, San Francisco-themed art that is fun and stylish (and affordable). Pop in to check out the pop-up, located in the 520 Clement annex of Green Apple for the next few months.