Yes Carl, There Is An Agua Vista Park

You know, just last night I took a walk up to the pier at Agua Vista Park to peer at the aquatic view. I had hoped to catch sight of the “supermoon”, but alas there was only a woolen sky and quietly shifting waves. I thought to myself that someone should write something about the unloved and unmentioned park at the edge of the city.

Luckily, we have Carl Nolte, San Francisco’s Native Son!
Gritty southern waterfront city’s last industrial stretch

Carl says:

Everybody who is interested in San Francisco ought to take a walk along the southern waterfront before it vanishes.

We’re talking here about a short stretch – maybe a mile or so – just south of the ballpark along Terry Francois Boulevard to where it ends at Mariposa Street, next to the Mission Rock Resort and the Ramp bar and restaurant.

As articles about this stretch of waterfront go, it exists — which is more than can be said about most articles about the Central Waterfront, which can’t be bothered to write themselves.

Henry on Gilberth on Gilberth’s

Dogpatch neighbor Henry has come out with a new video! You might remember his prior video about a local photographer and cabinetmaker building a liquor cabinet, as mentioned here: Liquor in the Cabinet.

Henry’s new video is about local restauranteur Gilberth and his eponymous restaurant, Gilberth’s: Gilberth on Gilberth’s

Gilberth on Gilberth’s from CLUBSODA on Vimeo.

Movie Night at Pier 70: Bullitt!

Movie Night at Pier 70: Bullitt!
8:00pm May 30th, 2014
Pier 70 Partners
420 22nd Street, San Francisco, California 94107

Bullitt poster

Pier 70 says:

Kick back with the “King of Cool” this Friday, May 30th, at the first of a series of free events happening at Pier 70 this summer! This Friday features a screening of none other than the classic San Francisco-based action thriller Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, the anti-hero of the 60s and 70s.

The screening will start at 8:00pm, but come early – we have food trucks for munching and classic cars for coveting. Optimize your movie experience and bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and drinks to make the night one to remember.

About the venue: We are so excited to be holding this event at the historic Pier 70! This special space has been around since the Gold Rush era and was once the site for shipbuilding, mining supplies, iron and steel mills, and other industrial works. This is your chance to explore this piece of history.

More info:

  • Dogs on leash are welcome, so are bikes, children accompanied by a guardian, cameras and headlamps.
  • Please no grills or charcoal fires.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Come early for best seating and to check out the collection of classic cars we have invited!

Food trucks!
Classic Cars!
Movie Screening!
Come by and bring your friends.

I personally will be dragging my wife and two lawn chairs down to the east end of 22nd with a grocery bag full of buttery popcorn. Oh, you can DRIVE down? I might rent a Mustang just for the occasion*.

Bullitt? Surely you’ve seen the articles on Bernalwood, right?
Let the Chase Begin!! Bernal’s Bullitt Cameo, Then and Now

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

Really, I am pretty nuts for Bullitt: great soundtrack, coolest of cool guys, and an iconic car chase full of engine revving and unnecessary gear changes. Sometimes when I am having a tough day at work I will put on the chase scene just to listen to it.

I would love love love a “70s SF Cop Movies” series at Pier 70 (not that they ask what I think), and it would be pretty cool to see scenes actually filmed there, like Magnum Force.

* It is highly unlikely that I will ever get to rent a cool car.

Friendly Felon’s Filching Foiled, Firearm Fake

The SFPD says:

Attempted Robbery Arrest:

On May 24th at 6:40 pm, officers responded to a call of a robbery at a warehouse on the 1500 block of Indiana. They met with a 38 year old employee who was the victim of a robbery attempt. He told the officers that while he was working, the suspect came to the open warehouse door and asked to use the bathroom. Initially the victim said no but changed his mind and allowed the suspect in. The suspect entered the bathroom and emerged shortly after armed with a handgun which he pointed at the victim. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet to which the victim replied that he was not in possession of one. The suspect rephrased his demand by adding a “please” and the victim once again repeated that he had no wallet. The suspect then told the frightened victim that he seemed like a nice guy and that he was sorry for trying to rob him. The suspect then fled the warehouse on foot. Officers searching the area for the suspect located him walking along 25th St. He was detained and positively identified by the victim. The suspect was found to be in possession of a BB gun which resembled a real firearm. The suspect was on felony probation for aggravated assault and had an outstanding no bail warrant for aggravated assault. He was taken into custody and booked at Bayview Station on multiple charges including attempted robbery, and burglary. (SFPD Case No. 140434878)

MUNI Decals Explained

The SFMTA recently sent me a survey asking about my “satisfaction” with how they are doing their job. There was no question about “ability to plan for San Francisco’s transit needs long term” or “abilty to bore a tunnel all the way to the Presidio,” so some of my need to complain was unmet.

HOWEVER, there was a whole page of (probably unintentionally) hilarious images that MUNI intends to use as informational icons. I filled in (mostly) serious answers for each, but then realized that this was my chance for quality sass.

SFMTA

Good luck finding the MUNI logo in the right color on the SFMTA website: they don’t like it and they expect that you shouldn’t feel anything like love or sentimentality towards it. I am including it here because I would like to sass not it, but the organization for which it stands.

MUNI

Expect rolling delays

Customer Satisfaction Survey
Muni Decal Survey

Finally, you now have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a short survey to ensure the comprehension of new passenger information in Muni vehicles.

The inside of a bus

And you thought they smelled bad on the outside.

Imagine you are in a bus or a train and you see the following symbols posted inside the vehicle. Please describe, in a few words, what the symbols mean to you in the box provided below each symbol.

What does each symbol below mean to you? Please write your response in the box provided below the symbol.

Camera Pictograph

VIDEOTAPE ALL SHENANIGANS*
It’s your only chance to get internet famous.

POLE DANCING ALLOWED
Get to it! You’re not taking that class for nothing.

THE FLOOR IS LAVA**
Please suspend yourself from the overhead bar.

WATCH OUT FOR URINE
For your convenience, we have diverted it into a unified stream***.

DON’T BE COOL.

SWEAR AT CYCLISTS
Poo poo head! Doo doo face! Pee pee bus!

SASHAY TO THE BACK
Please join the skinny people in the back of the bus. Points will be awarded for fierceness of walk.

* We would have also accepted “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING” or simply “1984″
** The floor is not lava, it is something more horrible.
*** No, we have not, it is everywhere. Again, please suspend yourself from the overhead bar and just avoid touching… anything. Gloves? If you have gloves, they wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

I think that this article counts as a listicle, and as such you may feel free to heap me with scorn.

Smokestack Restaurant Almost Open

The other day I strolled over to the new Magnolia / Smokestack space and checked it out.

How soon will it open? Well, two weeks ago Eric the bar manager said “two more weeks,” so, there’s that. I kid! I kid! They’re just very busy with running a brewery, building the restaurant that will be mated to said brewery, and figuring out how they will open a grocery store in the other AIC building*.

Apparently when Smokestack opens you will order cooked meats by the pound — at least I will, unless they have a “wheelbarrow” option, in which case I will be ordering cooked meats by the “wheelbarrow full.” Please.

Dave McLean is super nice! indogpatch interviewed and photographed him not too long ago. You should read their great post:
Smokestack Lightning: Meet Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewery

Magnolia has had some very lovely videos made of the construction of their new space:
Magnolia Brewing Company / Beer. BBQ. Dogpatch.

Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

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Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

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Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

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Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

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Magnolia's Brewery Dogpatch

* this is a pretty legit rumor

Prior Howler coverage:
Magnolia Under Construction
Magnolia Teases Us Again

Oakland Basketball Team Buys Cursed Landfill

The internets are abuzz with the news that the Golden State Warriors have purchased 12 acres and plan to build a 120 foot tall monstrosity. After Salesforce’s failure to thrive, hopefully this new venture will take an old dump and turn it into something fun for everyone.

Artist's Rendering of Arena
Artist’s Conception

SF Gate says:

The new site off of Third Street does not, however, have the iconic feel and stunning views of the Bay Bridge. Instead, the view is of a dry dock, an industrial pier and rusting old pilings that dot the water.

I’m pretty sure that the view is of wooden pilings, which are highly unlikely to be rusting, but…

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Enjoy your vacant lot!

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Drone’s Eye View of Mission Bay Fire

Multiple drones have recently been dangerously close to violating Dogpatch airspace. This aggression will not stand, man. Nonetheless, please enjoy the following videos:

Mission Bay Fire – Drone Eye View

Drone’s eye view of Mission Bay fire damage

Beats of the Bayview: March 20th

Beats of the Bayview
4705 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94124
between McKinnon and Palou
Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 5:30-8pm
RSVP on Facebook

Beats of the Bayview

FREE live spoken word and Afro-Peruvian dance performances, featuring young artists from Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy and Paul Revere K-8 School

Performing Arts Workshop is partnering with the 3rd on Third community arts celebration to bring the Bayview’s talented young performers to the stage! For more information, visit our Facebook event page

About Performing Arts Workshop: Since its founding in 1965, Performing Arts Workshop has been a leading innovator in helping at-risk youth develop critical thinking, creative expression, and learning skills through the arts. Last year the Workshop served over 6,000 Bay Area youth through residencies in public schools, transitional housing facilities, and community centers.

Third Rail Amps Up In December

7×7 said:

The Third Rail, which we’ve mentioned previously, is set for a December opening

Still no info on their web page:
http://www.thirdrailbarsf.com/