Thursday, October 30, 2014

WORLD SERIES 2014



Best of 7 Games
San Francisco Giants – 4 Kansas City Royals – 3


Open letter to fans of the Kansas City Royals: You battled the San Francisco Giants to having the tying run on third, go-ahead run at the plate, 2 outs, bottom of the ninth inning, 7th game of the World Series (the last two american league teams didn’t make it past Game 5).

See ya next year,


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/30/14

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEIGHBORHOOD OPENINGS – LIQUID GOLD, LUSH GELATO (#10 in a series)


LIQUID GOLD



opened at 1040 Hyde between California and Pine. It's a tap room serving 30 different craft beers in 12 oz. pours for a very reasonable $6 (in my opinion, anyway).


LUSH GELATO


Photo by Albertino M. from his review on Yelp

opened at 1817 Polk Street between Washington and Jackson.
  

Welcome to the neighborhood!




Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/27/14

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PAINTED FIRE HYDRANTS UPDATE

 

After I published a blog on October 1 about the painted fire hydrants of Polk Street, the Oct. 8th issue of the SF Weekly featured a piece about “Cliff”, the man who has been re-painting old, beat-up fire hydrants red and silver around the City. He does this on his own time and dime as a tribute to the fire department. (For the complete feature, click here: http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/know-your-street-art-fire-hydrants-beautification/Content?oid=3188913)


Southeast corner of California and Van Ness near the cable car stop

Southeast corner of California and Franklin outside of Whole Paycheck Foods


"Cliff" is continuing his city beautification project in our neighborhood at the moment. If you see him, do NOT take his picture or tweet it, as what he is doing is illegal (defacing city property).



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/25/14

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE: ENCORE EXPRESS HOTEL REMODELING


The make-over of the Encore Express Hotel at 1353 Bush has been completed. The outside bricks have been cleaned and fresh new paint applied to the woodwork.



I like the black-and-white keyboard detailing running along the top of the building.





Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/21/14

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEIGHBORHOOD MURALS (#6 in a series 10-19-14)



A new mural has arrived in the neighborhood. Painted on the wall of Toast Restaurant at the the corner of Sacramento and Polk.






It was done by local artist Sirron Norris, whose work I've seen in other parts of town.




It's a joyful piece.






It already seems pretty popular with visitors and locals alike. 





Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/20/14

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEIGHBORHOOD CLOSINGS (#4 in a series)

Two neighborhood businesses closed recently, one permanently, one temporarily.

The permanent one is Leland Tea Co. at 1416 Bush Street.



The temporary one is Sammy’s Gourmet Deli & CafĂ© at 1356 Van Ness.



It will be re-locating to the spot recently vacated by Leland Tea Co.






Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/15/14

Friday, October 10, 2014

CONTEMPORARY SIGNS OF DISCONTENT (#8 in a series)

 


Flyer at Pine and Polk Street


A silent protest and fast against the death penalty will be held today at 350 McAllister Street between 12– 2 p.m.

(I won't be there, but I’m also against the death penalty, because it's the ultimate penalty and it can’t be made fair.)



Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/10/14

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEIGHBORHOOD OPENINGS 2014 – POLK-A-DOT CONSIGNMENT (#10 in a series)






Polk-A-Dot Consignment has now opened at 1553 Polk between California and Sacramento.

Welcome to the neighborhood!




Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/6/14

Friday, October 3, 2014

SIDEWALK LOVE APOLOGY


Currently on the west side of Hyde between Pine and California is the following apology.





It continues on the other side of Hyde Street, becoming more personal




more fervent, 




more intense 



until it culminates in a passionate plea for forgiveness.





Whoever and wherever you are, “J”, this apology is for you.




Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/3/14

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PAINTED FIRE HYDRANTS

Someone or someones have been painting fire hydrants along Polk Street.



This one is at the northwest corner of Bush and Polk outisde of La Biang Thai Massage. The one below 




sits at the southeast corner of Pine and Polk outside of Kasi. One with opposite colors




is across the street on the northeast corner of Pine and Polk outside of Royal Liquors.






This one is in front of Out of the Closet at California and Polk.

Who is or are the fire-hydrant painter(s) of Polk Street?


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 10/1/14