One of the things Bernalwood likes to talk about is the way we talk about Bernal Heights. The only thing better, really, is when we can talk about people talking about talk about Bernal Heights.
Got that? Because that explains why it’s interesting that Bernal Heights resident and Twitter novelista Matt Stewart recently said some interesting things about Bernal Heights in the SF Examiner’s Neighborhood section:
Stewart [...] never imagined he’d end up calling Bernal Heights home. “I mostly moved to Bernal because my wife and I could afford a house here, barely,” explains Matt. “I’d always thought of Bernal as a quirky neighborhood that nobody goes to unless you know somebody there, which turned out to be 100% true.”
If you do find yourself in Bernal because, either you happen to be visiting someone there, or you fancy steep narrow avenues sporting bungalow-like houses that cling to their foundations against all odds (and gravity), then there are some highlights to note. “There’s a stunning art deco bench in Precita Park that was made from melted-down handguns in honor of a murdered couple” shares Matt. “Also, I love wandering around Bernal Hill—it feels like exploring the moon. And sunsets (there) are about as electrifying as it gets.”
All true! Then Matt gets to the dish:
On what else to expect from Bernal Heights after the sun goes down, Matt jokes, “The biggest change occurs around 7 pm, when the children are put to bed and we can all frolic naked in the streets.”
Sandbox Bakery—get the drip coffee.
833 Cortland Avenue
Esmeralda. They have a block-long slide!
Red Hill Books. A literary goldmine in the space of one of Gavin Newsom’s smaller closets.
401 Cortland Avenue
Favorite place for dinner?
Moki’s, for sushi made with love.
615 Cortland Avenue
Favorite place to people watch?
If by people you mean dogs, and I think you do: Holly Park.
Favorite corner store?
Chuck’s. It looks like a run-of-the-mill corner store, but I’ve been able to find weird items there I can’t find elsewhere, like miniature bottles of champagne and a cocktail shaker at 7 pm on Christmas Eve.
Favorite local Blog?
See? That’s what we’re talking about!
Photo: Matt Stewart as photographed by Julie Michelle