Monthly Archives: April 2012

Stealth Aircraft Captured Flying Over Bernal Heights

A planespotter affiliated with the Bernalwood Air Force captured something rather unusual this morning: Just got back from breakfast with a friend, and we were checking out the city view from my back set of stairs.  To the east we … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation | 5 Comments

Seating Options Multiply on Bernal Hill

The east side of Bernal Hill is in full bloom, with abundant native wildflowers, grasses, and invasive radish. This year, there’s also a new addition: at least two wooden chairs have recently sprouted up. The two specimens have decidedly different … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Bernal Hill, Found Things | 7 Comments

Stop! Runaway Car Collides with Wild Side West

It’s been a bad week for vehicular control here in Bernalwood. Last Saturday we had a car flip over on Precita, while on Wednesday a runaway car bonked into the sidewalk bench at Wild Side West on Cortland. Neighbor Teri … Continue reading

Posted in Accident or Ill Fortune, Cars, Cortland | 1 Comment

Former Park Bench Cafe to Become Tapas and Wine Bar

As you may recall, Charlie from Charlie’s Cafe purchased the shuttered Park Bench Cafe on the corner of Folsom and Bessie Streets. Now, according to this video by realtor Frank Castaldini, Charlie plans to turn the space into a combination tapas … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink, New Stuff | 13 Comments

Possibly Bernal’s Best Passive-Aggressive Parking Note, Ever

During a recent visit to the secret workshop of the Bernal Dads Racing Team, I spotted this note tacked to the wall. It had been left under the windshield wiper of one of the Dads’s cars, perhaps in jest — … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Transportation | 7 Comments

Bernal Heights Looks Magical from International Space Station

Fellow Bernalnauts, here is  VERY unusual view of our glamorous neighborhood. This photo was taken two days ago by European astronaut André Kuipers, who is currently living aboard the International Space Station, roughly 224 miles above the summit of Bernal Hill. … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, Photography, Technology, Transportation | 2 Comments

Sad Foodie Laments Closure of Los Pastores Restaurant

Horror! Neighbor Otto (and friend) are moving through the Kübler-Ross stages of grief and loss, because Los Pastores, the 4.5 star Mexican restaurant on Mission near Cortland, is gone. Otto mourns: Los Pastores, the best Mexican restaurant in the ‘hood … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink | 4 Comments

Wake Up! Bernal Resident Captures Fabulous Colors of Sunrise

Over on the Instagram, the south side’s Neighbor Anita (aka @marriedwithdinner) has been taking a glamorous series of sunrise photographs — presumably from a window of her home. Taken as a set, I love the variety of colors on display… … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Weather | 6 Comments

Giant Slithering Serpent Startles Citizen on Bernal Hill

Moments ago, Neighbor Ken transmitted this shocking photo of a four-foot gopher snake to the Bernalwood newsroom: Seen today by Esmeralda steps on Bernal Hill. Coolio! PHOTO: Neighbor Ken

Posted in Animals, Bernal Hill, Found Things, Nature and Wildlife | 18 Comments

Your SFPD Bernal Heights Crime Summary for April 2012

Valiant Neighbors Sarah and Edie, who cover the Bernalwood Crime Beat so assiduously for us, attended the SFPD’s Ingleside Station Chief’s Meeting last week (so you didn’t have to). Here’s Sarah’s summary of the latest Bernal Heights crime news. Edie … Continue reading

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A Stoneman Connection Links Bernal Heights to Levon Helm

The death of Levon Helm, the former lead singer for The Band, late last week prompted a lot of media remembrances, yet the most interesting one I read was an oral history of the The Band’s signature song, “The Night … Continue reading

Posted in History, Infrastructure, Music | 6 Comments

It Was a Sunny Windy Sunday on Bernal Hill

And Michelle Glauser captured it in a moving picture: Beautiful windy, sunny afternoon on Bernal Hill. It’s a good day to live in San Francisco. UPDATE: (Promoted from the comments) Reader Brendan says: My friend calls the afternoon wind in Bernal the … Continue reading

Posted in Bernal Hill, Weather | 5 Comments

Chaos on Precita as Speeding Car Flips Over on Saturday

Some of you may have noticed all the commotion in North Bernal late Saturday afternoon. There were a lot of sirens, and the thump-thump-thump of the Bernalwood ShadowTraffic helicopter hovering overhead. Most unhappy of all were those motorists who tried … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Cars | 6 Comments