Category Archives: People

Tonight: Bernal’s Own Emperor Norton Will Be on TV

As you may recall, the (in)famous Emperor Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, lives in Bernal Heights. Or, his modern-day doppleganger does. That is, when he’s not taking tourists on San Francisco walking tours. Now, he also rules the small … Continue reading

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Bernal Neighbor’s Research Links Smarter Brain to Longer Life

This story slipped between the cracks a few weeks ago, but fortunately it’s as timeless as life itself… In early May, a team of UCSF researchers published published an article that identified a gene which enables both high cognitive functioning and unusual longevity. In … Continue reading

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“Graffiti Bandit” Eliminates Graffiti, Keeps West Bernal Sexy, Needs Your Help

There’s an anti-graffiti warrior on patrol along Bernal’s western frontier, and Neighbor Jaime Ross with the North West Bernal Alliance tells Bernalwood he could use your support: North West Bernal has a one-man graffiti abatement program. His name is Joe (shown above), and until recently … Continue reading

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Meet the Sneaky Bernal Kid Who Earned a Cameo in the Famous “Bullitt” Car Chase Scene

Our glamorous neighborhood’s most famous Hollywood moment took place in 1968, when Bernal Heights served as the gritty starting point for the classic Steve McQueen car chase sequence in the movie Bullitt. Writing for the SF Weekly,  Joe Eskenazi tells a sweet “Where are they … Continue reading

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British Tourist Gives Bernal Heights Very Favorable Review

British tourist and Honorary Neighbor Tony Quarrington is back in the UK after concluding his two-week vacation in Bernal Heights. If the Dominion of Bernalwood had a listing on TripAdvisor we’d likely be pulling five-stars right now, because Tony reports he felt the … Continue reading

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Neighbor Jackie Jones Grateful for Support, Hopeful for Return to Farmer’s Market

The fundraising campaign to assist Jackie Jones, our Bernal Heights neighbor and Alemany Farmer’s Market musical celebrity, was a massive success, raising $10,820 — twice the target amount — to help defray the cost of Jackie’s medical expenses and rehabilitation. Neighbor Hannah Levinson, who … Continue reading

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Former Neighbor, Now Living in NYC, Remembers Us Fondly

Until late last year, Hilary Pollack lived in Bernal’s La Lengua Autonomous Zone. Then she moved to New York. Now, as an esteemed member of the Bernal Heights Alumni Network, San Francisco remains on her mind, and she recently shared some memories on … Continue reading

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Visiting British Tourist Gets the Full Bernal Love

Nice work, people. Last week, we asked all of you to extend a warm welcome to Tony Quarrington, a British tourist and San Franciscophile who is vacationing in Bernal Heights. This week, Tony reports that he’s definitely experienced the Bernal love: It … Continue reading

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Small Gesture of Parking Courtesy Rewarded with Generous Gift of Artisanal Canned Tuna

It was the kind of gesture that would come naturally to any proper Citizen of Bernalwood: The parking space in front of my home was available, and a blue Volkswagen station wagon was attempting to park there. But there was a glitch. … Continue reading

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If You See This British Tourist in Bernal Heights, Please Make Sure He Is Having a Wonderful Time

San Francisco is a place, and a state of mind. If you were lucky enough to have been born here, well, then lucky lucky you that everything lined up so neatly. There are also many San Franciscans who were born someplace else. They live here, and … Continue reading

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New Video Profiles Miss Darcy from Heartfelt

As part of his ongoing video series about Bernal Heights personalities, Neighbor Steve Sisler points his camera at Neighbor Darcy Lee, the glamorous proprietor of Heartfelt on Cortland: Serving the residents of Bernal Heights for over 22 years, Heartfelt is … Continue reading

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Jackie Jones (and Her Dancing Cat) Need Our Help

Back in August 2011, your Bernalwood editor wrote a few appreciative words about the incomparable Jackie Jones: Jackie Jones has been a Saturday fixture at Bernal’s own Alemany Farmer’s Market for as long as I can remember, entertaining foodies — … Continue reading

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Bernal Heights Library Manager Featured in Celebrity Librarian Photo Shoot

America’s librarians held a big get-together in Philadelphia last month, and Photographer Kyle Cassidy was on hand to take some pictures: When you think of a librarian, what image comes to mind? Photographer Kyle Cassidy ventured to the American Library Association’s … Continue reading

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