Bernal Heights Gets High-Profile Cameos in New Google Maps and Flickr Apps

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Right now, tens of millions of desperate Apple iPhone and iPad users are rushing to download the brand new, just-released Google Maps app for iOS. They are doing this because Apple Maps has some trust issues, which makes the arrival (or, reprise) of Google Maps on iPhones and iPads a very big deal.

And when those tens of millions of lost map junkies click on the iTunes Store link to score a copy of the Google Maps app, they are each greeted with a screenshot that gives Bernal Heights prime placement.

Look closely:

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Even more closely:

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Boom.

Now, Google is a company with deep pockets. A company that knows what it wants, and it knows how to get it. Google could have shown anyplace in the world on that map. They could have given a shout out to glamorous neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris, Milan, or Tokyo.

But they didn’t.

They gave a shout out to Bernal Heights.

Oh, and this isn’t just a Google thing, either.

Did you hear about the new Flickr app? The one that was also released yesterday? The one that’s also supposed to give the world a taste of how Marissa Mayer plans to save Yahoo? Well, it’s showing off some screenshots too.  And guess what so hot right now neighborhood scored a major cameo on Flickr’s stylish app promo page?

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Let’s zoom and enhance for an even closer look:

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That’s right, the whole thing is practically a Bernal Heights valentine.

Obvious Conclusion: Bernal Heights r00Lz the Internets.

UPDATE: In the comments, we learn that Neighbor Markus lives in Bernal and also heads up the product team at Flickr. So if you see him on the street, you can say hello, welcome him to the neighborhood, and insinuate your Flickr feature requests into the conversation. In the meantime, here’s the clean version of the photo shown above:

San Francisco in Steffi's sunglasses

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8 Responses to Bernal Heights Gets High-Profile Cameos in New Google Maps and Flickr Apps

  1. rlweiner says:

    Perhaps Bernal’s prominence in these apps is related to the concentration of tech company shuttle bus stops here. https://bernalwood.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/tech-shuttle-transit-map-reveals-hidden-logic-of-bernal-heights-real-estate/

  2. SCOTTinSF says:

    Or people who live in Bernal Heights and work at those companies.

  3. Markus Spiering says:

    Scott is certainly right for the Flickr example. We just moved to Bernal in October – and love it so much that I had to create a Flickr album “Lovely Bernal” and use it for the screenshots :) – We should have a Bernal-photo walk soon!

  4. Melinda says:

    I love it! I know someone I can ask to see if any of our guesses are accurate!

  5. fiid says:

    Also interesting about the new Google Maps is that I could find no mention of La Lengua. Perhaps they have been assimilated into Noe or something. Perhaps now is a good time for an invasion?

  6. Pingback: Saturday: Celebrity Neighbor Will Lead Fun Photowalk on Bernal Hill | Bernalwood

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