Hey there, San Francisco.
I don’t always take my own advice. But this morning I did and headed to the newly opened Francisco Park with Olive, my dog.
In short, it’s wonderful.
The views from the top of the park (just off of Hyde Street) are awesome. The bay is right there, with a clear look at Alcatraz. And when we arrived, a huge cruise ship was rolling by.
The upper park has a play area for kids, a grass area to hang out (which was already attracting sun bathers this morning despite the heavy winds), bathrooms (!), and a community garden.
The dog run (which was the main reason for our visit) is on the bottom section of the park and to get there, we walked down the long and winding, wooden ramp. The enclosed K-9 area is decently sized, freshly astroturfed, and already had several “park balls” for the pups to communaly enjoy.
The ribbon cutting for Francisco Park was yesterday, but on Saturday from 10am-3pm there will be another community gathering that’ll include a “bubble celebration,” dog photo booth, and an information table to learn more about securing a plot in the community garden.
Add it to your list this weekend if you’re in town.
And if you’re a crazy like me, strike up a conversation with one of the many tourists stopping to take pictures nearby and say, “Can you believe this place sat unused for over 70 years and just opened up this week?” You’ll make their day.
With that… onto the news…
Quick bits: News to know
🚆 Masks are once again mandatory on BART after the agency’s board of directors voted to reinstate the requirement on Thursday. Effective immediately, the mandate will run until at least July 18. (SFist)
🏡 In the San Francisco Bay Area, 49% of homes sold for $1 million or more in 2020, a recent report showed. The area, which includes San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, was second only to San Jose, which saw 61% of its homes sell for $1 million+.
The region with the third highest percentage of “luxury” home sales? Los Angeles at 28%. (Chronicle)
🏀 The Warriors, despite being down 11 points in the 3rd quarter, closed out the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night with a 102-98 victory. They’ll move on to the second round of playoffs where they’ll face the winner of the Memphis-Minnesota series.
“We still remember how to do it which is a good feeling,” Steph Curry said after the clinching, Game 5 win. (NBC Sports)
😞 Sadly, the Chronicle reports that Original Joe’s longtime, beloved bartender Adam Richey passed away earlier this month from a heart attack. He was 51, and leaves behind his wife and two young daughters.
“Nobody who lived that well should die that young,” former mayor Willie Brown told the Chronicle. “You’ve got to assume that the Lord was looking for a maitre d’.” (Chronicle)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Mayor Breed Cheers Google’s New SF Office Amid Pretty Meh Return-to-Work Numbers (SF Standard)
Legal after 40 years, the gay bathhouse faces identity crisis (Examiner)
San Francisco is one of the ‘rattiest cities in America.’ Will rat birth control help? (Chronicle)
Weekend guide: Events, ideas, and more
🖼 Buy art. The Hunters Point Shipyard Artists are opening their studios this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Over 100 local artists will be showing off their work across the six buildings located at 451 Galvez Ave. As the event page says, it's “an opportunity to not only meet the artists in their native habitat, but also to talk to them about their work and if inclined make a purchase of a piece that resonates.” Register for free here.
🍸 Have a cocktail. Eater updated its list of “hottest” new cocktail bars in San Francisco on Thursday, so consider grabbing a drink somewhere new. Some spots that have my attention include Dalva, The Sage & Drifter, Buddy, and Kaiyo Rooftop.
🥋 And finally… Take a Bruce Lee-inspired tour of Chinatown. As SFGATE’s Charlie Russo noted this week, many San Franciscans don’t realize that Bruce Lee was born right here in the city. So Russo, a recent Bruce Lee biographer, put together a walking tour that highlights some of the kung fu legend’s old Chinatown hangouts, including the theater where he “technically” launched his film career and the restaurant where he bussed tables for a week (before getting fired). Follow along here.
That’s all for today! A quick shout out to SF Minute reader Leah who was the first to correctly guess that I was indeed at Fort Funston in the “Where am I?” photo yesterday. A $20 gift card to Ritual coffee is on its way!
Have a wonderful evening y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.