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Haunted San Francisco

 

Before the City of San Francisco voted to stop burials within city limits in 1900, there were at least two dozen cemeteries in existence. While the non-Native deceased were exhumed and relocated to Colma in the following decades, there are plenty of the dead who’ve taken up permanent residence in San Francisco and made it one of the most haunted places in the country.

EscapeHere – 10 Most Haunted Cities in America:

Alcatraz Island remains the site of our country’s most famous prison. It is also popular for its paranormal activity. There have been reports of ghostly disturbances throughout the old cell blocks. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is known to host a headless jogger that suddenly appears in the dense fog.

 

Travel Channel – Top Haunted Cities in America:

San Francisco is the hot travel destination these days. The San Francisco Bay has over a hundred haunted spots for you to check out during your trip. One place worth mentioning is Alcatraz, the famous maximum-security prison. Alcatraz hosted Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, during the final years of his life. To get to Alcatraz, you’ll need to take a ferry across San Francisco Bay. It’s definitely worth the trip to see the haunted prison.

 

USA Today – America’s Most Haunted Cities:

In the 1850s, Chinese immigrants came in droves to San Francisco, seeking their fortunes in gold. But when there was no gold to be found, they couldn’t afford to return to their families in China. Most took on menial jobs and died alone with unfulfilled dreams. These souls, the wandering ghosts of America’s oldest Chinatown, are said to inhabit its alleyways today.

Haunted Experiences: Take a Chinatown Ghost Tour to roam the gambling houses, narrow streets, and dark alleys at night. Paranormal activity has also been reported in two other popular areas. The Presidio, a retired military base with a hospital and cemetery, was featured on an episode of the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters. At Alcatraz, some say they’ve heard voices from within cell walls and seen figures walking through cellblocks.

 

Alcatraz is perhaps the most well known of San Francisco’s sites for paranormal activity but it is far from the only hotspot for ghostly encounters. Explore the map below for stories of murder, suicide, tragedy and disaster– and visits from beyond the veil.

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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1,000 Things to do in San Francisco this Summer

 

Guests are coming, the kids are out of school, or you just want to do something different than usual. Summer has arrived in one of the most beautiful and multi-dimensional places on earth, and here is a wide variety of ideas for making the most of it.


Food & Drink

Top 100 Restaurants
Zagat’s Best
Outdoor Dining & Drinking
Best Meal Delivery
Best Breakfast
Best Brunch
Best Burritos
Best Sandwiches
Best Pizza
Best Hamburgers
Best Dim Sum
Best Bars
Beer Drinking
Coffee Drinking
More Coffee
Best Desserts!

Out & About

Things to Do
To Do with Kids
To Do in Oakland
To Do in Marin
In Napa & Sonoma

City Biking

Mountain Biking
City Walks
Best Views
Hiking Trails
Running Clubs

LGBT – To Do
Sunday Streets
City Parks
Dog Parks
Farmers’ Markets
Sports Teams
Sports Calendar

Arts & Culture

Arts & Entertainment
More Arts Events
Nightclubs
Music
Museums
Ballet
Opera
Symphony
Theater

 

Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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Sunday Streets has sprung!

Sunday Streets!

Sunday Streets 2014!

The days are getting longer and the fabulous San Francisco tradition of Sunday Streets is back in action. Since 2008, Sunday Streets has encouraged residents to enjoy the beautiful city outdoors! Originated in Bogotá, Colombia as “Ciclovía,” a day of free, healthy activities, Sunday Streets intends to promote community in public streets.

New Friends!

New Friends!

Yoga on Embarcadero!

Yoga on Embarcadero!

The event website has this statement to share. “Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Non-profit and health organizations offer free activities and share information about their services during the event.”

Gather by Ocean Beach!

Gather by Ocean Beach!

Explore a new neighborhood, meet potential clients, neighbors and friends as an event volunteer. It’s great for the whole family with parents permission, anyone can participate after a short training course. Are you a community leader? Sponsor a booth or an activity. For more information, please contact Beth@livablecity.org.

Do you love Sunday Streets? Contribute to their great work! To read more news on Sunday Streets, check here.

I look forward to seeing you there! Happy Sunday Fun Day!

Bike 2 & 4 fun!

Bike 2 fun!

All ages together!

Skills!

Folks fill the street!

Folks fill the street!

Thank you SundaystreetsSF.com for the beautiful images! Enjoy!!

     2014 Sunday Street Schedule

4/13 Tenderloin

5/4  Bayview/Dogpatch

6/8  Great Highway

7/13 Richmond

8/24 Mission

9/14 Western Addition

9/28  Excelsior

10/26 Mission

 

Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr Real Estate and can be reached at Rita@ritaroti.com.

Who wants to Conga?

Who wants to Conga?

Music near Golden Gate Park!

Music near Alamo Square Park!

A lovely ride for a lovely lady in red!

A lovely ride for a lovely lady in red!

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It’s that time of the year again, PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day, an exercise in creativity centered around the repurposing and reimaging of public parking spaces, is back again this Friday, September 20th, for its annual event.

Founded by the Rebar Group, a San Francisco based art and design studio, this event began in 2005 with a 2-hour “PARK” installation on a metered parking space in the city’s financial district. The event is focused on citizens independently turning metered parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces that encourage urbanites to reassess the way streets are perceived and utilized.

Back in 2011 the event saw 975 “PARK” installations pop up across 160 cities on six continents. The numbers aren’t in for 2012, but this global guerilla event has only grown since its inception and will surely draw plenty of installations throughout the Bay Area this year.

Here in San Francisco PARK(ing) Day seems to have been largely embraced by city officials and government. “Parklet’s” have been popping up all across San Francisco since the Pavement to Parks program began in 2010 with goals similar to those of PARK(ing) Day, but with a system of more permanent parking space conversion. Thirty-eight parklets have been installed throughout the city as of January. These “parklets” are open to the public, sponsored and maintained by local businesses/community organizations, and are permitted for 6 months with the possibility for another 6 month extension. Some may feel that this is a commercialization of the original movement. One interesting example of this manifestation is a 1 minute IKEA video posted on YouTube of a young hip couple creating a parklet entirely out of IKEA products. Commercialization or no, many seem happy with the overall direction of the movement and that this is a result of people truly reassessing how public space in an urban setting is used. As Blaine Merker, a Rebar principal, mused “What has been really gratifying is that (PARK)ing Day, which began as a guerilla art project, has been adopted by cities and integrated into their official planning strategies. A relatively modest art intervention has changed the way cities conceive, organize and use public space.”

As expected in large bustling cities full of cars and with limited parking like those found across America, an event like this is the subject of much contention. In San Francisco, it appears the use of metered parking is flexible beyond the realm of motor vehicles, but that is not the case everywhere. In many cities across the globe parking day has been outlawed and people run the risk of facing fines. What’s your take?

In any case, the event brings about beauty, creativity, and free space to enjoy so get excited and check out the “PARK” map for listings of the various sites here in San Francisco. Local participation and appreciation is the driving component of this event so get out, enjoy the beautiful late summer weather, and visit some PARK’s.

Some installments to check out this Friday:

PARK(ing) Day 2009: http://vimeo.com/12499955#

Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr Real Estate and can be reached at Rita@ritaroti.com.

 

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Another September, another Architecture Home Tour Weekend!


 

Ok, September offers  far more than home tours of amazing properties with interesting ideas come to life.  In the Architecture and the City Festival, there’s design, there’s films, there’s lectures!  All in September and all bought to us by AIA SF. I’ve already missed some great events, but I am looking forward to the home tour as always.   Presented by  AIA SF and  the Center for Architecture + Design this is our chance to enter and experience diverse architecture and neighborhoods in San Francisco.

You’ll have to purchase a ticket to get the addresses of the homes, but you might recognize a few:

Such as “Hill House” in Glen Park by Cary Bernstein 

Or the Mission Residence by Richard Johnson Design

 

Or the Butterfly House by  John Maniscalco Architecture in Russian Hill

 

See more at  SF 2013 Living Home Tours and buy tickets in advance for the tours on September 28 + 29!

Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr Real Estate and can be reached at Rita@ritaroti.com.

Rita Roti is a broker associate / assistant manager at Zephyr and can be reached at Rita@ritaroti.com

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