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15 Dec 2021

From Protest to Puke: The Debasement of SantaCon

For those who don’t participate, SantaCon is an annual spectacle, mildly disorienting and mostly foul. If you’ve ever seen a cluster of self-saboteurs in Santa costumes collectively heaving over a gutter or stumbling about in a daze, you’ve likely been privy to the awe-inspiring merriment of SantaCon.  As a writer

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08 Dec 2021

The Dark & Disturbing History of the St. Francis Hotel

The Westin St. Francis Hotel looms on the edge of Union Square, bearing silent witness to flocks of tourists and shoppers who likely know nothing of its history. Built in 1904, the St. Francis Hotel is now known to be one of the most haunted hotels in California. Many notable

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 1
08 Nov 2021

How to Get $300+ Worth of Free Stuff at Rad Bay Area Restaurants

I am extremely excited to announce the release of The Delicious Card! Delicious cardholders get awesome deals at over 37 delectable Bay Area eateries! Membership is a great way to explore new places, support local businesses, AND support local journalism. And all you gotta do is join the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon for $10

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17 Nov 2021

Last Gasp’s Ron Turner Publishes “Mind Candy for the Masses”

Last Gasp has been bending minds since 1970, and is known to be one of the world’s oldest and largest publishers of underground books and comics. The publisher’s motto is “Mind Candy for the Masses,” so consider it your counterculture dealer. Last Gasp is saluted for its ‘lowbrow’ comics and

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 0
17 Nov 2021

SF Chinatown Showgirl Cynthia ‘Empress’ Yee Is A Living Legend

“I think people come to Chinatown because they expect a Disneyland atmosphere,” Cynthia Yee says. “When they see it’s just a neighborhood, a community with restaurants and daily life, they wonder.” Yee is a tour guide with the award-winning Chinatown Magic Tours, but she was once herself at the center of

Lydia Sviatoslavsky 1
15 Oct 2021

The Long History of Taking Long Walks in San Francisco

I recently read Stuart’s article “On the Joys of Perambulation” in the SFWeekly.  He wrote on the pleasure of an immersion in the city’s moments and details, taken in on long walks as a response to the 2020 shelter-in-place order.  In my reading, I was reminded of San Francisco’s prior

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30 Sep 2021

SF’s Newest, Hottest, & Totally (Not) Toxic Beach!

San Francisco’s newest beach can be found in the Dogpatch District, in one of our cities oldest industrial coves.  It’s dotted with memorabilia of long past industrial blood, sweat and pollution.  It’s San Francisco’s hottest, newest and totally-not-toxic-anymore, beach! Sandwiched between SF’s beloved brunch spot The Ramp, World War II

Alex Mak - Managing Editor 0
05 Aug 2021

SF’s Newest Park was Originally built by prisoners from Alcatraz : A History of Black Point Gardens

It’s not everyday that our little peninsula gets a new piece of public land, but for the last four years the Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and a team of volunteers, have been restoring the gardens, walkways, stairs, and terraces of The Historic Black Point Gardens. The Black Point

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13 May 2021

When Treasure Island Burned Down

Treasure Island was built by dredging and then dumping imported debris into the shoals of the north side of Yerba Buena Island in 1939.  An island to help host and show off the Golden Gate International Exposition.  A lot of the buildings were made of wood or plaster, built quickly,

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