New Mural in San Francisco

A new mural has been created on Hemlock Alley. According to the Marina Times, six local artists were asked to interpret the theme, “San Francisco – Its History and Its Diversity.” The result is a 140 foot mural that pays tribute to the culture of the City.

The mural is located on Hemlock, just off Van Ness, between between Polk and Larkin Streets.

These photos give you a sense of some of what you’ll see in the six-panel mural.

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Museum of Ice Cream Now Open Through February 2018

With much fanfare, the Museum of Ice Cream opened this past weekend. It’s the hottest ticket in town since Hamilton. Tickets originally sold out within hours, and the pop-up the museum has since extended its stay through February 2018.

Located in the stately 108 year old landmark building at 1 Grant Avenue, this whimsical and Instagram-friendly museum has already received rave reviews. It’s bigger, and completely different than earlier iterations in L.A. and New York.

What’s all the fuss about? Take a look at this KPIX 5 video and you’ll understand.

Follow the SF Trail Taken by a Spanish Explorer

Mountain Lake is a unique jewel in the Presidio. It’s one of San Francisco’s last surviving natural lakes and the only natural lake in the entire 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

​This lake is where the Presidio’s story begins. For more than 1000 years the Ohlone inhabited San Francisco, and life for many centered around the lake. It was here in 1776 that Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and his small band of explorers ended a 1,500 mile journey from Sonora, Mexico, camping on its shores for two days – long enough to scout out exactly where they wanted to build their “presidio” or military fort (they chose the spot where the Presidio Officers’ Club​​​ is today).

You can hike the last 2.7 miles of that 1,500 mile journey by following The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail through the Presidio. It will take you past four designated scenic viewing areas  — the Lobos Valley Overlook, Pacific Overlook, Golden Gate Overlook, and Immigrant Point Overlook. 

This is remarkable beauty, and history, right in our own backyard. You’ve probably seen Mountain Lake even if you don’t know where it is. When you’re traveling south on Highway 1, it’s that body of water to the left that you’ll see upon exiting the MacArthur Tunnel on the edge of the Presidio.  In fact, the lake was virtually cut in half and filled in when that highway was built. But Mountain Lake is being restored, and has already made an amazing recovery. To see a video on the lake’s history and restoration, click here.

Our Psychedelic Conservatory of Flowers

You won’t want to miss the nightly Summer of Love light art extravaganza from sundown to midnight in Golden Gate Park. Bright colors, spinning flower mandalas, animated butterflies and gorgeous plant-and-nature imagery transform San Francisco’s historic Conservatory of Flowers into a psychedelic illuminated canvas inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

Now through Oct. 21, 2017, a series of exquisite, large-scale illuminated scenes will be projected onto the landmark glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse’s elaborate dome and arch-shaped wings in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love.

According to San Francisco Travel, light show creator Obscura Digital has pushed gobo lighting tecnhology farther than ever before by applying video projection mapping techniques to the glass slides. The Conservatory building was laser scanned to create a 3D model, on which the studio used image warping and masking to conform the images to the details of the architectural geometry.

11 Great BBQ Joints in San Francisco

It’s summer. It’s BBQ time. But if you live in San Francisco, there’s a good chance you don’t own a barbecue, and even if you do own one, there’s a good chance you don’t want to go through the hassle of having to clean it.

We have a no muss, no fuss solution. Dine out! 7×7.com published a list of eleven drool-worthy joints that are sure to satisfy your BBQ cravings. For example, here are three that caught our eye:

To see the entire list — with descriptions, photos, and links — click here.

A Sneak Peek at the Transbay Transit Center

The Transbay Transit Center construction project is nearing completion.  The first phase is scheduled to be done December 22 of this year, with bus service in place in early 2018. In the meantime, sf.curbed.com recently published a sneak peek showing the transit center as it currently looks — lots of good photos and information with descriptions, details, and links.

The expectations for the transit center are enormous. According to the feature, here’s what you’ll see once it’s open to the public:

“The original Transbay Terminal was a Depression-era artifact—and quite a depression piece it was by the end of its life, rundown and seeing only a fraction of its former volume of commuters.”

“The new project wants to be all things to all people: not just a bus and train station, but also an architectural display far removed from the hunkered-down concrete design of the old building, a treatise on innovation as the planned terminus for the state’s high-speed rail project, a Union Square-grade retail hub south of Market, and a centerpiece for South Beach as a neighborhood.”

“Or as the City and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority prefer to think of it, Transbay as a neighborhood. ‘It’s an entirely new neighborhood,’ says facility manager Martha Aragon Velez. ‘How often does a city get to do something like that?’”

To see the entire report, click here.