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Sep-17-2014

Local links: U-Lee coming, shipwrecks, music @ the Neck, Parking Day & more


The Frank H. Buck tanker ship that wrecked near Lands End in 1937. Courtesy of NOAA

Here are some local links to get you through hump day…

  • Maritime researchers are using underwater vehicles, cameras and sonar to identify shipwrecks off the west coast of San Francisco and around the Farallones. They’ve already found remains from an 1863 and a 1910 shipwreck. “These and other shipwreck investigations mark the first mission of a two-year project to locate, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area.” Their photo archives have some great shots of wrecks off just off of Lands End.
  • Scootch over, Shanghai Dumpling King… U-Lee Chinese restaurant is departing Nob Hill after decades of serving its infamous, giant potstickers no thanks to a rent hike. But we get to benefit – owner Kenneth Lee is at work on a new location at 36th and Balboa, which he plans to open in early 2015.
  • Like live music? Then you might want to keep an eye on the schedule at Clement Street’s Neck of the Woods (formerly Rockit Room). The Bay Bridged did a nice writeup on the new owner and his passion for booking bands. “At Neck of the Woods, there really is something for everyone: Monday night salsa lessons, Tuesday night open mic comedy, Wednesday open mic nights, Thursday night shows upstairs, Friday and Saturday nights there are shows upstairs and downstairs.” Not to mention that the club has been safer and a better neighbor since the ownership change.
  • Up the street at 540 Club (540 Clement) you’ll find a new photography exhibition from John Agoncillo featuring some photos from the Richmond District (like this gem of someone sleeping it off on an abandoned sofa…). Photos will be up until the end of September.
  • Been wondering why that Highway 1 NB exit to Doyle Drive isn’t open yet, even though it appears completely done and is one of the quickest ways to get to the Marina / 101 South on Lombard from the Richmond District? Mercury News asked and was told “the ramp will open when major construction is completed late next year. This ramp must remain closed until then for safety purposes. Currently, both directions of traffic are temporarily on the future southbound roadway, and there is not enough space for traffic to merge safely from the Highway 1/Park Presidio ramp onto south 101/Doyle Drive… The connection between the Marina and Richmond district will open when the hook ramp connecting north 101 to south Highway 1 is done. This depends on the completion of the new northbound High Viaduct by early 2016.” So now you know. We didn’t say it would be a pleasant answer ;)
  • The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park has been the target of a persistent vandal recently. SFWeekly interviewed John D. Cunningham, Executive Director of the grove to get more details. When asked what it would cost to repair the damage, Cunningham said, “At the present time, the low end is $100,000-$125,000, and the high end, which would be having to do a full replacement of the Circle of Friends, would be $1 million.”
  • A new law was passed that prohibits overnight parking for large vehicles along Fulton Street and other corridors in the city. CBS5 found that some of those oversized vehicles found a clear patch in Potrero Hill and the neighbors there are none too pleased.
  • A very detailed, hand-drawn map of San Francisco was just released from artist Jenni Sparks. We can’t see the Richmond District portion is great detail, but she certainly got the important landmarks in there like Green Apple Books. :)
  • Before there were parklets there was Parking Day which takes place this Friday. People take over a parking spot for a day and transform it into a public, outdoor space. The map on the website doesn’t seem to be working, so hard to say if there will be any in the Richmond District. But if you see someone lounging in a meter space on Friday, you now know why. Or, you can always get creative and participate in Parking Day. The website has a license and manual you can download (note you still have to pay your meter during Parking Day).
5:10 am | Posted under Events, Food, Golden Gate Park, History, Lands End | 4 comments
Sep-15-2014

Hundreds come out for 2nd annual Jog in the Fog 5k fun run


A sprint to the finish. Jerry Flanagan (L) nosed over first for the win in 24:21

It was a photo finish at Sunday’s Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k as top finishers Jerry Flanagan and Jamie Tran sprinted to the finish line in the USS SF Memorial Parking lot at Lands End, with Flanagan just nosing over the line first with a time of 24:21.

Over 400 people came out for the race’s second running, including families, tourists from Mexico and Brazil, some first time 5k’ers and plenty of running veterans.

Shortly after Flanagan crossed, the top boy, Andrew Blelloch crossed in an impressive 25:42 (if anyone knows how to get in touch with Andrew, please contact us – we have prizes for him!).

Top woman finisher Liz Hubertz was close on his heels, crossing past the finish columns supplied by Sparky’s Balloons at 27:32. Top girl Vanessa Miller finished with a time of 28:38, and all finishers received a trophy from All American Bowling & Trophy on Cabrillo, a gift card from Green Apple Books, and for the adults, a gift bag from Senspa. All young finishers also received finisher wristbands from the Richmond District YMCA.


Top man Jerry Flanagan (24:21) and top woman Liz Hubertz (27:32) with their race booty


Top girl Vanessa Miller (28:38) and top boy Andrew Blelloch (25:42)

The weather was perfect this year, with high clouds and overcast allowing racers to enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge along the Land’s End portion of the course. A group of dolphins even played in the water below as racers rounded the corner to the finish in the USS SF Memorial Parking lot at Land’s End, completing the 3.4 mile course – after tackling a final set of stairs.

Waiting at the finish were beverages from Purity Organic, and tasty granola samples from race sponsor Angelina’s Deli & Cafe. Proceeds from Sunday’s race benefited the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

We want to thank everyone who came out to support the race and the RDNC this year, and give special thanks to our sponsors and partners who make it all possible. And to our enthusiastic volunteers – we couldn’t do it without you!

If you participated in Jog in the Fog, we’ll let you know when finish line photos are available online (for free download).

Way to go foggy joggers – we’ll see you in 2015!

Sarah B.


Racers queue up at the start line in Mountain Lake Park


T-shirt pick up at the finish area


Enjoying the views from the finish area at Land’s End



A Jog in the Fog volunteer with a special bundle


Sponsor Angelina’s Cafe & Deli sampling their granola at the finish line


A spirited finisher! (this is an animated gif)


Our most pregnant finisher – 9 months and due next week!

4:15 am | Posted under Events, Photos | 8 comments
Sep-11-2014

This weekend: Comedy Day, Tour de Fat bike fest in Golden Gate Park

There are two big events taking place in Golden Gate Park this weekend:

TOUR DE FAT SPONSORED BY NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY
Saturday, September 13 – 10am – 5pm | Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park | Free admission
Self-described as a “traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring mankind’s greatest invention”, this annual festival features many things bicycle, along with live music and beer. In its 15th year in San Francisco, the festival kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through Golden Gate Park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation. See the event schedule

COMEDY DAY
Sunday, September 14 – 12pm – 5:30pm | Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park | Free admission
Get ready to laugh as 40 professional comedians perform at the 34th annual Comedy Day. This was a favorite stop for Robin Williams, so expect some kind of tribute to the late comedian. This year’s performers include Margaret Cho, Scott Capurro, Will Durst, Keith D’Souza, Bob Sarlatte and Tom Ammiano. Comedy is PG-13 related so don’t worry about bringing the kids.

Sarah B.


Tour de Fat 2011. Photo by SF Bicycle Coalition

11:50 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment
Sep-9-2014

Last day for guaranteed t-shirt registration for Jog in the Fog!

Don’t procrastinate any longer! Your neighborhood Jog in the Fog 5k is this Sunday and if you don’t sign up by today, no t-shirt for you. :( Boooo! No one wants THAT!

Jog in the Fog is a 5k fun run, and both runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The course begins in Mountain Lake Park, winds down Lake Street, up El Camino and into the Lands End trail, finishing at the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End (3.4 miles in total).

Sign up by tomorrow to guarantee you get a 2014 race t-shirt featuring our race logo designed by neighborhood artist Andy George. (Online registration closes on Friday, but you can always come on race day and sign up at the start line (no t-shirt guarantee though!).

REGISTER FOR JOG IN THE FOG

Registration is just $35 for adults (13+) and includes a race bib and t-shirt, plus refreshments at the finish line. Kids 12 and under race for free – just bring them to the starting area on race day and we’ll give them a free bib number.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

Sarah B.

Jog in the Fog is sponsored by:

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Sep-4-2014

Jog in the Fog 5k is just days away on Sept. 14 – sign up today!

The second annual Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k is just days away and approaching fast on Sunday, September 14! Register today to ensure you can participate and get your foxy Jog in the Fog 2014 race t-shirt, featuring the race logo designed by neighborhood artist Andy George.

Jog in the Fog is a 5k fun run, and both runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The course begins in Mountain Lake Park, winds down Lake Street, up El Camino and into the Lands End trail, finishing at the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End (3.4 miles in total). You’ll get great views of the coast along the way.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

Registration is just $35 for adults (13+) and includes a race bib and t-shirt, plus refreshments at the finish line. Kids 12 and under race for free – just bring them to the starting area on race day and we’ll give them a free bib number.

REGISTER FOR JOG IN THE FOG

Sign up soon as t-shirts are limited – if you don’t sign up in time, we can’t guarantee that a shirt will be available for you.

We can’t wait to see everyone on race day in Mountain Lake Park!

Sarah B.

Jog in the Fog is sponsored by:

11:06 am | Posted under Events | 2 comments
Sep-2-2014

Local links: GGP secrets, new classes, Tidy Shoppe turns 1, local mural & more


Congregation Beth Sholom on 14th Avenue. Photo by CTG/SF

Here are some local links to start off your Tuesday…

  • This one was backlogged in our local links file but it’s a good one! CurbedSF mapped out the 25 best secrets of Golden Gate Park. Our park-loving readers may already know all of them but you might find a surprise or two in there you want to check out…
  • The Mysterious Rack used clothing store at 12 Clement Street is kicking off weekly sewing and knitting classes, starting this week. Sewing classes are on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm, and knitting classes are on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. Class size is limited to 4 people, and costs $45 per person (buy 2 or more and you get $5 off per class). You can start up anytime as there are beginning projects every class. Classes start this Wednesday and continue through December. For more info and to sign up, email everyoneshops@themysteriousrack.com.
  • The Tidy Shoppe (4050 Geary), a salon offering waxing, bronzing and more, is celebrating its first anniversary with a party this Saturday from 6pm until 11pm. Stop by for their signature popcorn bar and live music in the backyard featuring Tidy Shoppe’s fiddle maven, and acoustic guitar heroes. “We could not have done this without our loyal; clients family and friends,” said owner Tricia Gillespie.
  • The Shan Yee Poon dance school at 403 Arguello is hosting their first open house this Saturday from 12noon until 8pm. Stop by the watch dance performances by students in their ballet, jazz, hip-hop and ballroom classes. Or put on your own dancing shoes and try one of the free sample classes offered throughout the day. Full schedule is posted here plus face-painting, drinks and food.
  • One blogger took a closer look at the new mural that was painted on the side of the Grocery Outlet on 28th Avenue at Geary. The mural, painted by artist Bryana Fleming, contains scenes and landmarks of the Richmond District including The Cliff House, the Alexandria Theater and more.
10:09 am | Posted under Art, Classes, Events, Golden Gate Park, Kids | 3 comments
Aug-22-2014

See the final designs for SFPUC’s “Baker Beach Green Street” project, Aug. 26


A rendering of Baker Beach Green Street improvements on El Camino del Mar
between the Lands End trailhead and the Legion of Honor

Next Tuesday night, the SFPUC is hosting a public meeting about the Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach.

The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues.

From the project website:

During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Rain gardens, permeable paving, and other green infrastructure technologies are stormwater management technologies that take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and divert stormwater runoff so it does not overwhelm the sewer system. Green infrastructure also cleans stormwater onsite before it enters our sewer system.

The Baker Beach Green Street is one of eight green infrastructure projects the SFPUC is planning to build throughout the City in the next few years. These projects are part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure now and for generations to come.

The project’s goals are to improve water quality at Baker Beach and China Beach and reduce localized flooding by integrating rain gardens into existing parkland and neighborhood, and introducing permeable concrete to reduce stormwater runoff.

Construction will also improve pedestrian and cyclist accessibility on El Camino Del Mar, and create habitats for birds and butterflies using California native plants.

At the August 26 open house, project managers will present the final designs for El Camino Del Mar, Sea Cliff Ave, and 25th Avenue. According to the project schedule, construction will kick off in summer 2015 and last until Summer 2016.

The meeting will take place from 6pm until 7pm at Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California Street near 32nd Avenue.

For more information on the Baker Beach Green Street project, visit the website or download the fact sheet (PDF).

Sarah B.

12:06 pm | Posted under Events, Green, Utilities | 9 comments
Aug-11-2014

Outside Lands recap – how did the neighborhood fare?


Crowds leaving Golden Gate Park around 10pm on Saturday. Photo by citznkane1

Outside Lands concluded its seventh year on Sunday night, with headliners The Killers and Tiesto closing out the music, food and arts festival on Golden Gate Park. The Chronicle has a nice slideshow and writeup of the weekend’s activities.

On Friday night, controversial headliner Kanye West was heard all over the city, even in West Portal according to one of our commenters, thanks to the high volume and booming bass of his performance.

“Wow, Kanye has the bass turned way up. People in Ingleside, West Portal and Lake Merced are upset.” Another commenter wasn’t impressed with his use of the f*bomb.


Things seemed to improve on Saturday and Sunday. Commenters made note of the lower volume levels compared to past years and even compared to Friday’s performances:

“I must say I’m quite pleasantly surprised today (Saturday). After last night’s barrage of unpleasant sound, I expected to be blasted all the way to the Underworld today here in West Portal. But we haven’t heard anything at all and it’s already 5:30 PM. There was an article in the Chronicle this morning about turning down the noise, especially the bass, and maybe the Festival organizers read it and actually heeded the suggestion! Anyway we’re fine out here and hope this courteous lack of noise continues through the night.”

Another commenter that lives alongside the park said this was the best year to date. “We live at the entrance/exit @ 30th and Fulton and this has been the most improved year, thus far.”

It seems the organizers were more mindful this year of noise complaints that came in through their hotline. ABC7 News reported that “Organizers have set up a noise complaint hotline for neighbors and claim every complaint is investigated with mobile sound monitoring equipment, then relayed back to concert sound technicians who can adjust volume.” Watch the story below:

In spite of the concert noise being more manageable, some neighbors still found it tough to weather the crowds that streamed in and out of the park, leaving garbage and sometimes urinating on their lawns and front steps.

We had this comment passed along to us from Friday night from a resident that lives across the street from Golden Gate Park:

“I saw the complete sh*t show from about 10:30 to 1AM and the aftermath. Fights, fisticuffs, opening card doors into people, people jumping off moving Muni busses, gaggles of girls running full drunken throttle into oncoming traffic on Fulton, almost dying, bro-grammar dudes in total verbal altercation with their Uber driver, some amateur youth pukers and some urinaters outside of Safeway which was completely overrun with drunkards and animals of the night.”

Yup, sounds like a music festival.

Another commenter asked that the festival conclude a bit earlier on Sunday night. “Please end the festival on Sunday by 7PM. Some of us have to get up at 4:45am Monday morning. Ending at 9:45 + another 2 hours of noise is unacceptable on a work night.”

So it sounds like there were some improvements this year with regards to noise, but status quo with regards to the crowds and revelry.

What was your experience with Outside Lands this year? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

10:13 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 54 comments
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