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Archive for July, 2010

Dear Prostitute,

This is funny. And pretty much the epitome of lower Polk.

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A 1-bedroom, 1-bath remodeled condo at 66 Macondray Lane, which was recast as Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, was just listed on the market for $525,000. The listing reads:

Whimsical Macondray Lane remodeled 1bed/1bath view condo. Gorgeous hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, recessed lighting, private deck and magical views from the living/dining of Coit Tower and St. Peter & Paul. The kitchen has been tastefully remodeled with granite and stainless appliances. Master suite with built-in closet system, and newly tiled bath. Additional storage/laundry. Walk the steps of Armistead Maupin’s Barbary Lane of Tales of the City; truly quintessential San Francisco

Macondray Lane is also on the National Register of Historic Places, as it appears as “a right-of-way on an 1859 USGS map.” The name “Macondray” dates from 1923 and honors San Francisco merchant Frederick W. Macondray. In 1910, the tenants of this building in particular (58-66 Macondray Lane) were a furniture carver, a milliner, a theater misician, a bookkeeper, a jeweler, and two electricians.

Who will be next?

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Mark your calendars, people! On Sunday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friends of the Urban Forest will host a free walking tour about the trees and history of Russian Hill. Meeting at the Vallejo Street Stairs (between Taylor and Mason, aka Ina Coolbrith Park), certified arborist Ted Kipping and local historian and architect Joe Butler will take y’all on an undoubtedly steep hike through the area, checking out interesting plants, gorgeous views, and some historical landmarks.

I worked with FUF to plan a tree-planting service day for my alumni association last year and had a wonderful experience. They do a fantastic job of planting and maintaining trees in public spaces all over the city, ensuring that our urban environment is also a green one. The team really knows what they’re talking about and I was surprised by how much I learned in just one day of putting Jacarandas in the soil. So, I’m sure it’ll be a good experience. If anything, you can consider it your workout for the weekend.

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CrawlSF’s 4th Annual Polk Village Pub Crawl will kick off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 31 at McTeague’s. The lineup of watering holes is situated on the lower Polk, including Hemlock, Vertigo, SNOB, Blur, Route 101, and R Bar. The neighborhood is bound to be sloppy on Saturday, so if you want to steer clear of the boozehounds, give Hyde’s Street’s more prim and proper wine bars (Bacchus, Café Meuse, etc.) a try for a change this weekend.

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Michelle Homme spotted this amazing truck recently in front of her Polk Street shop, Homme. Not only does this ole red truck have a shingled ROOF — ! — but its owner is just sitting in the back of it . . . sharpening knives! The Mission’s taco trucks have nothing on Russian Hill’s very own knife-sharpening, headphone-wearing, shingled roof truck driver!

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To raise awareness about the dangers of the nail polishes used in salons and sold at drugstores, ridden with chemicals associated with cancer and other diseases, the International School of Cosmetology at 1224 Polk Street (between Bush and Sutter) will offer complimentary eco-friendly manicures tomorrow beginning at noon. I’m happy to switch up my color choices, so long as the “green” polishes still have names like “Iris I Was Thinner,” “Teal We Meet Again,” and “You Rock-apulco Red.”

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Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto, from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.Alhambra’s got international appeal! According to Flickr:

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948. ‘Alhambra, San Francisco,’ (1992) is part of a long-standing and on-going project of photographing theatres. Sugimoto records the ambient light created by the cinema screen. The drama of the light effect is balanced by the ‘neutrality’ of the camera position, always directly facing the screen.

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