Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bernal In the Sky with Diamonds

Razorfrog had some fun with his new flashlight on Bernal Hill last night: Just got back from Bernal Heights Park where I was messing around with my new LED light wand for a hour or so: http://flic.kr/p/a7ZZan— Max Elman (@razorfrog) … Continue reading

Posted in Bernal Hill, Photography | 5 Comments

A Missed Connection in the Safeway Produce Aisle

This Craigslist Missed Connection announcement is republished here by Bernalwood as a romantic public service: Safeway: Tall guy with monochrome black chucks – w4m – 26 (bernal heights) Date: 2011-07-28, 8:09PM PDT I almost ran into you while changing aisles … Continue reading

Posted in Merchants, People | 1 Comment

Bernal Hill Gopher Alert! (Paging Carl the Groundskeeper)

Sallysmyth spotted a gopher in Bernal Heights Park! And as any “Caddyshack” fan will tell you, there’s only one man qualified to deal with this problem…. Carl the Groundskeeper!

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Bernalwood’s Ultimate Anticool Driving Machine

Spotted this curious ride on Ellert not long ago, parked in front a new home that’s been tastefully adorned in the contemporary Dwellian style. I thought the car and the house paired nicely, but the little car is the big … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, History, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Envisioning Bernal Heights as a Tiny Model Trainset

If someone built a model train set that was an exact re-creation of Bernal Heights, it would probably look a lot like these tilt-shift photos of the neighborhood taken by Isaac Hepworth. They’re so… cuuuute!

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Construction, Limited Parking On Bennington Expected to Last Pretty Much Forever

David Spector shared this photo of a construction zone/no parking sign that’s been in place on Bennington near Cortland for at least a year… and apparently, there’s no end in sight. PHOTO: dhmspector

Posted in Cars, Found Things | 4 Comments

Glamorous Bernal Businesses Named “Best of Bay”

Exciting news for Bernal Heights merchants, and the loyal local fans who love them: Four Bernal Heights businesses have been named “Best of the Bay” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 2011 roundup. And now, the envelopes, please… BEST GIFT … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Merchants | 10 Comments

Perhaps the Ugliest Spot in All of Bernal Heights

We all know that Bernal Heights is a neighborhood of glamor and grandeur, and beautiful views spied from Bernal’s many hilltops are so pervasive that they’re almost commonplace. But the vistas aren’t always so grand, and I’d like to propose … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments

Coming Soon? The Return of the Palace Family Steak House

Though from the outside it looks pretty much the same as it has since it closed in 2009, there’s lots happening behind the sheets of brown paper that cover the windows of the venerable Palace Steak House at the corner … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink, New Stuff | 37 Comments

Why It’s Wise to Report Crime (Even If The Cops Don’t Come)

In response to last week’s Crime Summary post, Reader Bethany posted this comment: My car was broken into on Cortland and Eugenia (including a smashed window) a few months ago. Even though I filed a police report, I received no … Continue reading

Posted in Crime | 7 Comments

Foodie Entrepreneur Wanted for Glamorous New Space on Cortland

I ran into the owner of the newly-renovated property at 420 Cortland last week. The joint is freshly spiffed-up and the For Lease sign is up, and the owner told me he’d love to find a veteran restauranteur or established … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cortland, Food and Drink, Real Estate | 11 Comments

Then and Now: Peralta Overlook, 1982 vs. 2011

When we geek-out on then-and-now photos here in Bernalwood, we usually end up marveling at how dramatically the neighborhood has changed in such a relatively short span of time. But here’s one view that’s hardly changed at all: Peralta just … Continue reading

Posted in History, Photography, Then and Now | 7 Comments

Surprise! While We Slept, The Sun Rose In the East

Reader Julie took this wonderful sunrise photo from atop the hill last Friday. It looks just like a sunset, but — check it out! — it’s happening over the Bay Bridge, instead of Sutro Tower. How weird! Indeed, if you … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized | 5 Comments