Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why Bernal Heights Bees Make Honey That’s More Sweet

According to Alexandra Danieli, Bernal Heights is more pure, more beautiful, and more wholesome than other places. Our higher quality inputs yield higher quality output — in this case, better honey. Danieli doesn’t put it quite that way, but Bernalwood … Continue reading

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An Impolitic Question You May or May Not Want to Answer

Someone posted a rather impolitic question on Quora, one of those crowdsourced online question-and-answer services: I’m not going to touch this one — because a) I’m a hetero guy, and b) I spend more time at El Rio than Wild … Continue reading

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The Western Vista, As Seen in Full PanoramaVision

Erica Kei used a nifty iPhone app to capture a 360-degree panorama of the view from the Coleridge Mini Park on Bernalwood’s western slope. Click through to spin the image, and prepare to say, “Ooooooooh!  Aaaaaaaah!”

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House Portrait: Did Patty Hearst Sleep Here?

During her unfortunate “Tania” phase, did Patty Hearst hole up in this house on Precita Aveneue? Perhaps. In court, she later testified that she’d visited this house at 288 Precita once. In 1975, during the Patty Hearst kidnapping, this was … Continue reading

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Fogalicious Bernalwood

The wheel of karma made this inevitable: Since Sunday was so sunny and glorious, Monday must bring the fog. Luckily for us, both are beautiful. Photo: Bernal Heights at 5:38 pm on January 17, 2011, by chuck b

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A Beatnik View of Bernal Heights

Thanks to a free jazz soundtrack, some funky lens filters, an odd camera orientation, and a meandering point-of-view, this new video by Carlos Fernandez probably captures what Bernal Heights would look like if a beatnik from 1960 traveled through time … Continue reading

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Italian Meatball Lunch at Immaculate Conception Church

A confession: When I read about this event, I immediately experienced a powerful Pavlovian Response. If you’re around the ‘hood tomorrow at noon, you might want to stop by the St. Anthony’s Immaculate Conception Church for a benefit lunch: Jan. … Continue reading

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It Was a Beautiful Sunday to Go Fly the Dog

We don’t have a dog. But we do have a doggie kite. And since it was such a lovely weekend, my 3 year-old and I decided to take our doggie kite up to Bernal Heights Park, to go flying with … Continue reading

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A Historic Tale of Art and Total Elation on Alabama Street

A few years back, I went to the Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival. On that particular night the location was on Bernal Heights Boulevard, on the slope leading easterly towards Folsom Street. I remember it being extremely cold and uncomfortable. … Continue reading

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Off the Hill: Adios Discolandia, Adios Chris Daly, Hola Fried Chicken Sandwiches on Wheels

What’s going on in other neighborhoods around the City?  We scour the Interwebs… so you don’t have to! Some dude named Ed Lee is now Mayor of San Francisco (SF Chronicle) New SF Supervisor Sean Elsbernd used holy water to … Continue reading

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Then And Now: What Became of Those “Working Class Houses” on Hampshire Street?

Last week Bernalwood introduced you to Dave Glass, a wonderful San Francisco photographer who has amassed a continuous body of work that dates back to the 1960s. Now it’s time for another installment of the Dave Glass Bernal Heights Then-And-Now … Continue reading

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Our Exclusive Interview with the New Mayor of Bernal Heights Park

You may not have voted for him, but Ben Calvin recently became the new mayor of Bernal Heights Park. That is, he’s the new mayor of Bernal Heights Park on Foursquare, the location-based social media thingy. Since it seemed unlikely … Continue reading

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If It Snowed On Bernal Hill, I Would Bring My Powder Skis

I was in Tahoe last weekend, teaching my daughter how to ski at Alpine Meadows. (Cuuuuuuuute!) While she was in ski school, I managed to sneak off for a few hours to make some turns with the grown-ups. At the … Continue reading

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