Showing posts with label SF Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SF Friday. Show all posts

Friday, February 08, 2013

Market & Kearny

Friday, September 07, 2012

San Francisco Friday: Russian Hill Walk

A miraculous thing happens in September...the fog disappears. After 3 months of fog, almost everyone rejoices when the skies turn blue and we can see that yellow ball of fire in the sky. (That is, until the temperatures go above 80 and everyone can be heard complaining about being too hot.)

Last Sunday evening on Sept. 2nd, Jimmy and I walked from our place to Chinatown, up Russian Hill then to Fisherman's Wharf.

Right before crossing the Chinatown Gates, we found this funny little cabin that I had read about earlier in the year.
Trying side by side collage for my photos today. 2 photos in each set.Jenny Chapman and Mark Reigelman’s "Manifest Destiny!" is a temporary rustic cabin occupying one of the last remaining unclaimed spaces of downtown San Francisco—above and between other properties. The tiny cabin is affixed to the side of the Hotel des Arts, floating above the restaurant Le Central like an anomalous outgrowth of the contemporary streetscape. Using a 19th-century architectural style and vintage building materials, the structure is both homage to the romantic spirit of the Western Myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion. The interior space of the tiny house can be seen day and night through the curtained windows, a lonely beacon in the city’s dense landscape, and an incongruous, haunting vision from below. The installation will remain in place and be slowly transformed by the elements through October 2012.

Aside from the tourists, Chinatown really does feel like a different world. The sights, sounds and smells are unique to this very crowded area; it really is a feast for the senses.

Dim Sum! Oh how I wanted some! But wasn't even close to hungry, so decided to pass. Besides, Chinatown's just a mile away, so it's easy enough to patronage. Though I admit we've only eaten in Chinatown twice since we moved to The City.

Now it was time to climb climb climb up all those stairs and more to the top of Russian Hill, then enjoy looking back at how far you've climbed.

We stopped along to way up to catch our breath and enjoy the views.Spectacular views of downtown.

Looking east to the Bay Bridge and Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.

A little fun playing "Eye Spy".

Don't get tangled up in all the overhead wires.

2 views of the Transamerica from Chinatown, the other from Russian Hill. When you're north of Market Street and east of Russian Hill, the Transamerica building will always be the headliner.

Walking down Russian Hill to Fisherman's Wharf, the setting sun lit up the East Bay Hills while the rest of this side of The City was in the shadows, getting ready for a spirited Sunday night.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Pier 7

Sunday evening walk down Pier 7.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

San Francisco Friday

This week has been glorious. Sunny every day, blue skies and warm temperatures. Lunchtime finds workers searching for that perfect spot to revel in the sun during that precious hour away from their desks. Evenings, the streets are filled with people walking or dining with friends or family, enjoying the twilight and cool breezes.

Wednesday night, Jimmy and I grabbed dinner to go and walked to the Embarcadero waterfront.
Dinner with a view of the Bay Bridge and Oakland in the background.

We live thataway. Kinda. It's was almost a mile walk from home to here.

Pier 14.

Port of San Francisco.

Friday, April 15, 2011

San Francisco Friday

Found a good Farmers Market on Thursday @ the Crocker Galleria in the Financial District. Decent prices, Yummy and tasty!
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Friday, February 04, 2011

San Francisco Friday

On Martin Luther King Jr Day, in front of the Museum of the African Diaspora, they had chalk out on the sidewalk for children of all ages to leave their artwork on the sidewalk.

All of them celebrated peace, unity and love. Messages that Dr. King would have approved of.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 21, 2011

San Francisco Architecture Tour

We're not very traditional when it comes to anniversary presents. The traditional 20th wedding anniversary gift is china, but we've gotten rid of so much stuff to move here that we're not really anxious to start collecting more stuff just yet. Not to mention that we've used the china that we got for our wedding maybe 5 times in the past 20 years. We don't need no stinkin' china.

So when we heard about a 2 hour Architecture Walking Tour through downtown San Francisco, we decided to do that as our gifts to each other instead. Now, if you know me or have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love architecture and had once dreamed of becoming an architect. And Jimmy minored in history, so even the history of architecture interests him. Plus we both like knowing little tidbits about the neighborhood we live in. This was a much more appropriate gift for us rather than some fine china.

The day started out foggy so we weren't certain that we'd get the full advantage of the tour, but the fog lifted soon after the tour started and we were able to see all the buildings in all their glory.

The Hobart Building on Market Street was built in 1914 and is considered the best post-earthquake building in the city. At 21 floors, it was the 2nd tallest building in the city at that time.

The Hunter-Dulin building at 111 Sutter Street was built in 1926 and is San Francisco's only Romanesque French Chateau style building.

This ceiling of the lobby was covered with so much black soot from cigarette smoke, that no one knew that it had been hand painted. But during renovations 5-10 years ago, they discovered the painted ceiling and restored it to its original beauty. It's hard to believe that there was that much smoking going on between 1926 when the building was built till smoking was banned in public buildings that it covered the painting in its entirety.

This is one of the narrowest buildings in San Francisco at 20 feet wide and 10 stories high. Built in 1910, it was originally a garment manufacturing building, manufacturing thin garments like neckties, belts and suspenders.

We saw several more beautiful buildings during the tour, but one of the most interesting things we learned more about are POPOS: Privately Owed Public Open Space. POPOS are publicly accessible spaces, like plazas, roof gardens or atriums, that are owned and maintained by the owner of an office building. There are 68 of them in downtown San Francisco and many of them are secret little gems with beautiful gardens and gorgeous city views. I'll go into more detail about them later.

Friday, January 14, 2011

San Francisco Friday

I started collecting photos of San Francisco long before we moved here. So imagine how many more I'm collecting now that we do!

So I'm attempting another weekly challenge where I'll post a few random photos that I've taken within the city, either ones from the past or ones I've taken during the week.

This set of photos is of a mural on the Bagdad Cafe on the corner of Market and 16th.

Taken on Saturday Jan 5th, 2011.

Truth be told, the quality of my photos now aren't nearly as nice as the ones I took before. That's because I rarely have my DSLR with me anymore while wandering the big city. So lately, most of my shots have been on my cell phone or pocket camera, which for me is still acceptable. I'm not quite getting the artistic creativity that I love to get when framing a shot on my big camera, but nowadays my goal is to capture the moment. However I'll still break out the big guns for road trips or specific occasions.

Anyone else wanna join me in a Friday challenge of posting photos of the city you live in?