Category Archives: Cortland

Revealed! What’s Happening to the Former Bernal Heights Produce Store on Cortland

Reinvention is underway at the iconic Bernal Heights Produce store on the corner of Cortland and Ellsworth. The old business has shut down and workers are busy rebuilding the interior, but paper covers the windows to hide the transformation taking … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Drive Underway for New Parklet at 903 Cortland

Miss Mutsumi from 903 (and Sandbox Bakery) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to install a cute little parklet in front of 903 Cortland, just east of Gates: There are currently no parklets in Bernal Heights. We at 903 are taking … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Infrastructure | 61 Comments

Cortland Candy Shop Converts Tasty Sugar Into Wholesome Community

There’s a cute interview with Miss Heather from Cortland’s Rock Candy Snack Shop  posted on the San Francisco Small Business Week website, in which Miss Heather explains how she’s trying to build community, one jellybean at a time: Tell us about … Continue reading

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Do You Remember The Stores In This Vintage “Cortland Avenue Shopping Guide?”

Miss Vicky from the Bernal History Project found this vintage Cortland Avenue Shopping Guide, and she needs some help to interpret it: We found this Cortland shopping guide in the SFPL archives. Do you remember any of these stores? Can … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, History | 25 Comments

Badger Books Opens for Business on Cortland

Last weekend, Badger Books opened in the former Red Hill Books space on Cortland. Truth be told, the differences between the old bookstore and the new one are still rather subtle. The cash register, which was once on the left, … Continue reading

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Parents of Future Kindergartners, You Need a Drink! Drown Your Anxieties During ‘SFUS-D-Day’ at the Lucky Horseshoe

As the ides of March draw near, anyone planning to send their kid to public school in San Francisco is getting a bit nervous right about now. For those not in the know, the school district will soon tell parents which … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Parenting, Cortland, Uncategorized | 27 Comments

Chinese Massage Awning Leaves Bernal Neighbor Perplexed

Neighbor Lev wonders about a new business on Cortland: I’m puzzled by the awkward, somewhat self-undermining slogan of the new Chinese massage parlor on Cortland: Traditional Chinese Massage We use only Chinese massage and energy to heal, not medicine. What … Continue reading

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Good Samaritan Flags Hazardous Piles of Dog Doo on Cortland

With some luck and continued vigilance, we have reason to hope that Bernalwood’s stint on the crime beat will soon be just a bad memory. We’d like that, because it would allow this blog to return to the vapidity and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cortland, Found Things | 74 Comments

UPDATED: Suspects in Custody After Brazen Gunpoint Robbery on Bocana and High-Speed Chase on 101

It happened again last night on Bocana at Cortland, just up the street from Chuck’s corner store. Another brazen robbery at gunpoint. This time, Neighbor Jean’s husband –  the same Neighbor Jean who typed up the notes from last Saturday’s … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Crime, Uncategorized | 89 Comments

Latest Updates: Neighbors, Supervisor, and SFPD Respond to Spike in Bernal Heights Street Robberies

Many things make Bernal Heights unique, but a recent spike in muggings and street crime is not one of them. According to the SFPD, a crime wave very similar to what we have witnessed recently in Bernal Heights is also … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Crime | 37 Comments

Wave of Muggings Continues Near Cortland Avenue

Every once in a while we are reminded that Bernal Heights — our Little Village in the Big City — is still a part of the big city. The recent wave of gunpoint muggings continues on the side-streets around central … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Crime | 125 Comments

Red Hill Books Closure Sale Underway; Metamorphosis Planned

As you probably heard, Red Hill bookstore on Cortland has announced plans to close. Sort of. It’s sad, but store isn’t going away entirely; instead, the goal is to execute  a metamorphosis that will transform the thing formerly known as … Continue reading

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Remuralizing Now Fully Underway at the Bernal Library

Last weekend there was a full team from Precita Eyes Murals on hand at the Bernal Heights Library to install the new artwork on the Cortland facade. What’s interesting is that — as you can see — the art is … Continue reading

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