Monthly Archives: November 2011

World’s First Pop-Up Jewish Record Shop Coming to Bernal

Between December 1 and December 28, our neighborhood will play host to a unique ethno-cultural music retail experience. That’s because the excellent Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation plans to open Tivka Records, a pop-up 1950′s-style Jewish record store, right here in … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Merchants, Music | 5 Comments

Tonight at the Lucky Horseshoe: A Meeting About Live Music

Now that the Lucky Horseshoe bar has installed its new sign, the legacy of the former Skip’s Tavern — which used to occupy the space at 453 Cortland — is now no more than a memory. But for the new … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Events, Food and Drink, Merchants, Music | 9 Comments

Oops! Bernalwood Forgets Its First Anniversary

I just looked back at some of the logs for this blog and realized… yesterday was Bernalwood’s first anniversary. Nice work! We forgot our own birthday! Bernalwood began not with a bang, but with a sound-check. The complete text of our … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Fashion, History | 19 Comments

Bernal Heights Artist Installs Huge Glass Sculpture in Tokyo

So, what was I doing in Tokyo last week? Three things: Walking around aimlessly all over the city. Eating a lot of staggeringly good food. Visiting the installation of a new piece by Bernal Heights glass sculptor Nikolas Weinstein. Nik’s Studio … Continue reading

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Deadline Extended for Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Contest

This just in…. To give everyone a little more time to settle in after the Thanksgiving holiday, architect Mason Kirby has decided to extend the submission deadline for the Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Contest. Mason says: Extension time! The new deadline … Continue reading

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Precita Park Cafe Looks Almost Ready to Open

The Precita Park Cafe is getting ready to open its doors. Reader Lonnie sent this photo yesterday, along with a quick update: Saw the finishing touches going on Precita Park’s logo today. Opening in a week or so! That’s unofficial, … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Soon, Food and Drink | 33 Comments

Apparently, It Was Lovely Here on Saturday

As I write this now, it’s 5:30 am on Sunday in Bernal Heights… but I’m not in Bernal Heights. Instead, I’m sitting in a lounge at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, waiting for a flight that will take me back to… … Continue reading

Posted in Bernal Hill, Photography | 1 Comment

Micro-Interview: Thanksgiving Day at the Good Life

A last-minute scramble for a pie tin (grasshopper pie… mmmmm!) occasioned a Thanksgiving Day visit to the Good Life Grocery. The perfect excuse for a micro-interview! Bernalwood: Anything been flying off the shelves today? Manager Frank: Turkeys! The owners picked … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Food and Drink, Merchants, People, Shopping | 13 Comments

Then and Now: Mission at Virginia, c. 1925 vs. 2011

I found this historical photo of Mission Street looking north from Virginia Street recently. The photo was unattributed and undated, but judging from the cars on the street, it looks as if it was taken sometime during the mid-1920s. I … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff: Bernal Kids Test Frontiers of Outer Space

Last weekend, a few paternal units from the Bernal Dads Racing Team assembled at a secret local spaceport to do some amateur rocketry with the kids. Overall the effort was a success. Many rockets were launched, and the kids demonstrated … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Parenting, Technology, Transportation | 12 Comments

The Secret Murals at 254 Precita

The duplex at 254 Precita Avenue is for sale. Here’s how the realtors describe it: Two VACANT units and ready for new buyers to move in! Great North Slope Bernal location close to Precita Park, Mission District, and easy freeway … Continue reading

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Even When Invisible, Bernal Heights Reigns

Mr. Burrito Justice, the spiritual leader of the La Lengua separatists, posted this photo on his blog recently. It shows the summit of Bernal Hill emerging from a fog bank, as seen from the flatlands near St. Luke’s Hospital. More … Continue reading

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The Lucky Horseshoe Is Now Officially The Lucky Horseshoe

The new sign went up last Friday, so now it’s official: The former Skip’s Tavern on Cortland, which was reborn a few months ago as the Lucky Horseshoe, is now, officially, the Lucky Horseshoe. Please update your address books, and … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Food and Drink, New Stuff | 2 Comments