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Why? Why would you name yourself Dirty Habit?

As America’s latest epoch of cocktail sophistication enters its 20th year (give or take), it stands to reason that hotels across the country have upped their bar game in order to keep up with the times. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in San Francisco where many hotel bars have had major makeovers in […]

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One reason I still love SF despite its recent cultural shift is the green space.. The Tenderloin National Park!

Here now, a map of San Francisco’s best secret gardens and green spots, ideal for our unseasonably early springtime weather. On the map you’ll find historic gardens being preserved on Alcatraz Island, a forest in the Tenderloin, a mini park rich with flowering foliage on an otherwise nondescript Sunnyside residential street, plus more. Oh, and […]

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History has its eyes on Dolores Park

The land that is now Dolores Park has been an important gathering place for centuries. Long before the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in 1776, it was the home to American Indians of the Ohlone tribe. Then, in the 1800s, the site transformed and became home to two Jewish cemeteries. But after it became a city […]

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I’m from the Transbay??.. :)

San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its neighborhoods, has never seen anything like the one taking shape south of Market Street right now. Blocks once covered by freeway ramps are sprouting glitzy residential towers. A park is planned below a bridge reserved for commuter buses. On broad sidewalks, shrubbery and miniature dog runs […]

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Note to self need to do this.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 12,000 Bay Area residents found themselves displaced permanently or temporarily. Of those whose homes remained intact, many were temporarily without water, electricity and phone service. In order to prepare for a major earthquake, SFGate has compiled a list of supplies the American Red Cross recommends you keep on hand. […]

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Neighborhoods of yore

San Francisco is kind of weird—it’s just our thing, and has always been. So looking back in history, it’s little surprise that the city was once home to some very strangely named neighborhoods. Take a look back at some of the more eyebrow-raising locales. Happy Valley Now this place sounds fun. Happy Valley, in what […]

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This is interesting… developing developers

In early December, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection received a permit application to demolish a home at 49 Hopkins St., a 1935 modernist residence just east of Twin Peaks that was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra. But there was a problem with the application: The house had been torn down two months […]

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Days before the quake.

In 1996 the California State Archives added thousands of images from the collection of San Francisco photographers Grave and William M McCarthy. But until recently the public rarely had the opportunity to see any of the tableaus of 20th century life in Northern California captured by the McCarthys’ cameras. This week, Secretary of State Alex […]

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#bakedgoods

San Francisco is no stranger to stellar baked goods. From amazing toast to popular breakfast pastries, the bakeries around town have got bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, and more locked down. There are several French-inspired takes (La Boulangerie, Le Marais), some uniquely SF spots (the collectively-owned Arizmendi), and a few modern takes on the classics (B. […]

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Yes! I love it here.

Impressive new bar at the Hotel Kabuki A central part of the boutique Japantown Hotel Kabuki’s $31 million remodel, a new bar, opens next Thursday, January 25. Stephanie Wheeler, whose cocktail pedigree includes the bar Hojoko at The Verb Hotel in Boston and famed Chicago tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash, will mix drinks […]

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Inside voices for inside spaces.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information. We asked Curbed SF readers to nominate buildings with the most beautiful interiors, posing the question, “What interior spaces make you say, ‘whoa’?” The readers’ picks that rolled in didn’t disappoint, from hotels to churches to bathrooms. And […]

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Transitflow- the new vinyasa.

TransitFlow, an experimental mapping project made for San Francisco-based software lab Mapzen, released a map depicting 24 hours worth of public transit in the city. The program’s creator, a Columbia University grad student with the fortuitous name Will Geary, synthesized SF’s comings and goings by bus, train, ferry, cable car, and subway for the day of August […]

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Dogpatch still got it? I miss the 90s!

Located on the waterfront and once home to large warehouses, canning factories, industrial buildings, shipyards, and wild fennel fields, Dogpatch has turned into a hub of local makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Just hop on the T-Third to enjoy the assorted retail shop and restaurants, or simply enjoy soaking up some sun on the waterfront. […]

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Thank god you are still here, Bob’s.

It was close to midnight at Bob’s Donuts on a recent Friday night, and the line that snaked outside onto Polk Street seemed to be only getting longer and more boisterous. In front of me, arranged on big cooling racks, were more doughnuts than I could count—some of the best you can buy in San Francisco, in […]

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Old Krakow in West Portal was bomb.

San Francisco has changed a great deal over the last decades, and even the last several years. The memories of long gone and closed shops, restaurants, attractions, and places of interest stir up emotional reactions. Walk down memory lane or merely read about these old-time San Francisco spots. Do you remember any of these historic […]

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Have you gamed here?

If in the holiday hustle and bustle and then thanks to your total dedication to your New Year’s resolutions, you somehow missed the news that a gigantic arcade and bar has opened on Divisadero, it’s OK—we’re here for you. Here to cement the city’s booze-meets-games trend—on the heels of favorites including Urban Putt, Brewcade, Coin […]

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