Monthly Archives: March 2012

Neighbor Chuck B. Goes on a Thoughtful Bernal Photowalk

Bernal neighbor Chuck B. is the keeper of the lovely My Back 40 (Feet) blog. He’s both a horticulturalist and a shutterbug, which is a winning combination. Recently, he went on one of his occasional photo-strolls through the neighborhood, starting … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Test Drive an Electric Bike on the Fearsome Folsom Challenge

The New Wheel, that newfangled shop on Cortland that sells those newfangled electric bikes, is having their grand opening celebration this weekend. There’s a party in the store at 420 Cortland on Sunday night from 6 to 9 pm, but … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Merchants, Transportation | 3 Comments

Paint-A-Tile Fundraiser for the Bernal Library, Saturday

Neighbor Demece from Precita Valley Neighbors sends along this announcement about a craft-based fundraiser for the Bernal Library mural facade: Precita Valley Neighbors invites you, your family, your dogs to the… Paint-A-Tile Fundraiser at Precita Mural Eyes! Who: Fundraiser for … Continue reading

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Unmoved Vehicle Generates New Life on Folsom

Neighbor Regina lives on a section of Folsom Street that does not have weekly street-cleaning parking requirements. Sometimes vehicles park on her street for a long time… so long, in fact, that enough time elapses for new forms of life … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Found Things, Plants and Gardening | 4 Comments

Time-Lapse Video of Dramatic Sunday Afternoon Clouds

(PRO TIP: For maximum dramatic effect, play this link through your headphones while watching the videos in this post.) The clouds were dramatic Sunday afternoon, so I went looking for a slightly different angle to capture Bernal Hill, Sutrito Tower, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, Video, Weather | 1 Comment

Bernal Dads Fight Foul Weather During Absurdist Car Race

For the Bernal Dads Racing Team, all those years of experience gained while making harried grocery runs on Cortland finally came in handy. The Bernal Dads had a big endurance race in Sonoma last weekend, but it rained and rained … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Celebrity | 4 Comments

Your Bernal Heights SFPD Crime Report for March 2012

Neighbor Sarah, who graciously covers the Bernalwood Crime Beat, attended the SFPD’s Ingleside Station Chief’s Meeting last week (so you didn’t have to). Here’s her summary of the latest Bernal Heights crime news. You are advised to read the whole … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Peralta Avenue’s Discontinuity Problem

If you live on Peralta Avenue in Bernal Heights, you’re probably used to getting phone calls from lost delivery drivers.  They’ve managed to find the 200 block, you’re in the 500 block; how many obstacles could there be between you? … Continue reading

Posted in History, Infrastructure, Transportation, Unbuilt Bernal Heights | 17 Comments

New Videos from Anda Piroshkis and Big Dipper Baby Food

To be a merchant on Cortland Avenue in 2012 is kind of like being a New Wave band in 1983: Apparently, if you want to get ahead, you’ve gotta have a video. In that spirit, Anda’s Piroshkis and Big Dipper … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Media | 1 Comment

Critics Are Talking About Weed from Bernal Heights Collective

In the Age of Yelp, everyone is a critic — even the customers of Bernal Heights Collective, our eponymous medical marijuana merchant. Here’s what one capitalization-challenged test pilot had to say about the local product at F*ckYeahWeed, a blog “dedicated to … Continue reading

Posted in Merchants | 2 Comments

Bernal Dads Make Their Bizarre Race Car Even More Strange

If you happened to look out your window at just the right moment last Saturday, you might have seen a bizarre spectacle streaking through Bernal Heights. It was a red(ish) automobile adorned with an ill-fitting Volvo body, “Bernalwood” emblazoned on … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Events, Transportation | 8 Comments

Visualizing Bernal in Watercolor-Look Map Graphics

Our neighbors at Stamen Design specialize in making beautiful and useful maps and data visualizations, not far from Bernalwood in the Mission District. Their new watercolor map digital tiles look particularly nice: Reminiscent of hand drawn maps, our watercolor maps apply raster … Continue reading

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Occupy Bernal Heights and Supervisor David Campos Rally at City Hall

Occupy Bernal Heights was joined by several City Supervisors — including David Campos — for a rally on the steps of City Hall to combat home foreclosures. Fog City Journal was there: The rally on City Hall steps, organized by … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Politics, Real Estate | 5 Comments