Sunday’s Fiesta on the Hill was rather exceptionally fantabulous.
For 2014, Bernal’s traditional street fair on Cortland got a thoughtful makeover, with a strong emphasis on local character and creativity. The generic street fair vendors and beleaguered farm animals were gone, and in their place Fiesta 2014 gave our neighborhood fest a more homespun feel, with smiling goats, and historic surrealist Doggie Diner Heads, and happy parents steering happy children on mechanized ponies by remote control:
It was a Main Street USA celebration of 21st century urbanism, and the crowds on Cortland were bustling:
People looked like they were having a good time. There was even dancing in the streets. REPEAT: Confirmed dancing in the streets!
Truth be told, however, your Bernalwood editor was unable to make his usual quasi-journalistic rounds at Fiesta on the Hill, because as part of this new 2014 emphasis on local flavor, I was recruited to babysit the two mutant race cars operated by the Bernal Dads Race Team.
So for most of the day, I was parked on Cortland, right in front of Andi’s Market.
Playing chaperone for America’s Most Badass Volvo Station Wagon and a Alfa Romeo disguised as a cookie was a hindrance to my wanderings. But it turned out to be a great way to meet a lot of awesome Bernal neighbors.
In particular, it was fun to watch Bernalese of all ages as they sat in the Volvo and visualized the adrenalin-fueled excitement of driving the car in wheel-to-wheel combat on a race track.
Here are some of the dashing future racers I met:
Thanks to everyone who made Fiesta on the Hill 2014 so much fun. Bravo, stay sexy, and can’t wait until 2015.
PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics
During a brisk constitutional on Second Street in SoMa yesterday, your Bernalwood editor stumbled across a rather gorgeous photo exhibit in the parking lot across the street from the (so classic) Adolph Gasser Photography store at 181 Second.
It’s a series of photos wheatpasted onto the parking lot’s brick walls, and it looks fantastic. The show is called “City at Large,” and wouldn’t you know it… Bernal neighbor and superstar street photographer Troy Holden, a resident of Cortlandia, has a few images on display.
That’s Troy’s work, in the photo above. Beautiful!
Check out Neighbor Troy’s photos if you’re taking a constitutional on Second Street, or peep his feed online.
PHOTO: Troy Holden’s photography on display in City at Large, by Telstar Logistics
It’s been a while since we last did a roundup of Bernal Heights images submitted to the Bernalwood photo group on Flickr, so let’s remedy that.
Per usual, our local shutterbugs have been capturing some amazing scenes from around the ‘Wood, and as you know, we just keep getting sexier and sexier.
For example, Neighbor Markus took the gorgeous photo you see above. He also captured a shot of one of my favorite cars in all of Bernal Heights — that amazing old Pinto that lives on the east slope. Notice the awesome Keep Bernal Clean license plate frame? Love it:
Ed Brownson’s Flickr account is full of beautiful images, and this snap of a little ad hoc yoga session on Bernal Hill is wonderful:
Here’s another one from Ed, with a raven on Bernal Hill:
Neighbor Jane Underwood took this wonderfully Hopper-esque photo of the Moonlight Cafe on Cortland:
Here’s a rainbow view as seen from Jane’s window:
Daniele Mils took this timeless shot of some Bernal back yards:
I also love Daniele’s shot of a Bernal neighbor experimenting with new colors:
Sean Timberlake took this stunner of a moonrise behind Bernal Hill:
GPS photographed this classic Bernal scene:
Suegol Malek shared this one of a perfect sunset moment from Bernal Hill:
There’s lots more where all this came from, so please do spend some time browsing the Bernalwood Flickr group. Also, if you’ve got any photos of your own… please share them with us!
Yesterday I went to a meeting at 1455 Market Street, a big high-rise right at the corner of Market and 11th Street. The office was in one of the building’s upper stories, and it had incredible views of Our Faire City.
As I gazed south, I realized I was staring straight down South Van Ness to Bernal Hill, which looked particularly rakish and handsome.
In other words, I was basically eye-to-eye with Bernal Hill from a vantage point directly opposite those stone benches at the curve in the closed section of Bernal Heights Boulevard. You know… the ones that look straight up South Van Ness. Because when you sit on one of those benches, here’s what you see:
That’s South Van Ness slicing through the center, and the photo at the top of this post was taken from the building highlighted by the arrow.
To see both vantage points, let’s take in the view from the Bernalwood SkyCam:
Bonus Fun Fact! As the crow flies, the distance between the benches on Bernal Hill and 1455 Market is about 11,427 feet, or 2.16 miles.
And now you know how we look from that distance when workers inside 1455 Market look back (enviously) at us.
PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics. Aerial image courtesy of Google Earth
Did you see the rather super supermoon last night?
Don’t worry if you missed it, because your neighbors had it covered. Gary snapped the tight shot of the supermoon over the 280-101 Spaghetti Bowl, while Rachel snapped the wider shot of the same scene shown below. Super-duper!
It’s a well-documented fact that many people in Noe Valley experience a “Gatsby Complex” when they gaze at Bernal Hill — our proud-but-distant profile seems to trigger deep-seated feelings of admiration and longing among our neighbors to the west. That’s perfectly understandable, of course, given Bernal’s famous glamtasticness. But it must be hard to live that way.
Fortunately, Noe’s Gatsby Complex tends to generate some wonderful photography, and these two images prove the point. The photo at top was captured at dusk last weekend by Luke Spray, and the one below was taken at dawn on Sunday by Steve A.
Frankly, we don’t envy them — the whole Gatsby Complex thing must be a difficult burden to bear. Yet at least these shutterbugs have found a productive way to transform their psychological torment into beautiful art. Lucky for them — and even more lucky for us.
Hat Tip: MissionMission
Neighbor Chuck got a job, which has been great for his finances but bad for fans of his blog. Luckily for those patient fans, Neighbor Chuck found some time recently to go for one of his horticultural walks around Bernal Heights, and the result is a new installment in his occasional series of posts on “Everyday Sights in Bernal Heights”:
I don’t get to do this much anymore — walk around my neighborhood. Because I work all the time. Well, it’s nice to be wanted (for work). Up to a point. And then, blech.
This edition is huge and beautiful and full of gorgeous Bernal perspectives, so put on your virtual walking shoes and let Neighbor Chuck show you around.
PHOTOS: Neighbor Chuck/My Back 40 (Feet)