sf history

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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18 Jan 2021

The 100 Best Cheap Eats in the Bay Area

This list of great places to eat in the Bay Area will leave you smiling and probably drooling. All these joints are incredibly well priced, locally owned, delicious, and serving takeout in 2021. You can get something delicious, that will also fill you up, at all these eateries for under

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15 Feb 2021

The Oldest Living San Franciscan Has Died — At Age 114

The oldest known living person in San Francisco — and in the entire state of California, for that matter — was Balboa Park resident Lucy Mirigian, born in 1906 in Western Armenia, what we now call Turkey. Lucy Mirrigian passed away at home with her family on Friday, February 12.

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26 Oct 2020

SF’s Iconic Electric Coca-Cola Sign Is Being Removed Forever

San Francisco’s 80+ year old Coca-Cola Billboard will be taken down and destroyed, on the orders of Coca-cola themselves.

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01 Oct 2020

The Bohemian Streetcar Neighborhood On Ocean Beach, ‘Carville’ by the Sea

Carville, San Francisco.  The bohemian beach neighborhood created by San Francisco artists, and made out of discarded railcars that stood from 1895-1930’s.  Yes, this is a magical piece of SF History. In 1895 the Market Street Railway Company began selling old abandoned horse-drawn railcars, “$20 with seats, $10 without. ”

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24 Jan 2020

This 1966 Video of Market Street Neon Signs is Spellbinding

As Market Street makes news for preparing to go car free next week, it’s pretty amazing to take a peek at this video of what it looked like in the 1960s.

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22 Oct 2019

Hundreds of 1850’s-1900’s Photos Surfaced of San Francisco!

314 New Photographs added to the OpenSFHistory archive! If you’re like us, you love historical photography of San Francisco.  Looking through a looking glass into the past and comparing it with the present, lends a certain magical realism to our current lives.  See Market Street before the 1906 earthquake, nob

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03 Sep 2019

Drawn From the City : Ashley

DRAWN FROM THE CITY: Illustrations and Interviews of SF’s Best, first appeared in The Bold Italic in 2015 and ran through 2016. We at broke-assstuart.com liked them so much we asked Crystal if we could put them out again as a time capsule of SF’s creative scene during the height of the

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