Crime down in Union Square area / Dogpatch park to get YMCA, bagel shop
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Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Friday. We made it! The weekend awaits, so let’s get right into it.
Onto the news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
🚔 The SFPD says that overall crime (including burglaries and thefts) is down 82% in the Union Square area since upping its staff there in recent weeks. “We're going to keep this deployment through the holiday season, through Christmas and New Year's," Police Chief Bill Scott said. "Then…we'll reassess because we do have an entire city to police." (NBC Bay Area)
🎨 Hoodline reported Thursday that the Harvey Milk mural at 2369 Market Street (in the Castro District) has been painted over. Apparently, the building on which the mural was painted had “extensive damage to the exterior” and it could not be salvaged.
"It's sad because I saw some recent pictures and the mural looked in good shape," said Oz Montania, who finished the painting back on May 22, 2018, Harvey Milk Day. (Hoodline)
😔 A man died on Thursday near Lands End after a bystander swam and rescued him from the water. "It is unknown how or why this person was in the water,” a spokesperson for the fire department said. The man’s cause of death is also unknown, though a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard said: "Water temperatures are in the mid-50s right now—that can accelerate hypothermia along with the cooler air temperatures.” (SFGATE)
Food news: News about food
🙌 Papalote owner Victor Escobedo opened a “casual, takeout-only spot” recently at 3325 24th Street called La Snackería de la Mission. According to Chronicle food reporter Elena Kadvany, Escobedo is “serving the same snacks found at street food vendors all over the Mission, including mangonada (fresh slices of mango and mango ice cream doused in Chamoy), ceviche and elote sprinkled with cotija cheese, lime and chile powder.” (Chronicle)
🥐 Specialty food store Epicurean Trader has opened a cafe next to its Cow Hollow location at 1909 Union Street. It offers pastries from Tartine Bakery and Craftsman and Wolves, as well as sourdough bagels from Midnite Bagel. (Chronicle)
🍷 On Friday, a new natural wine and craft beer bar called Key Klub is set to soft-open in Lower Nob Hill at 856 Bush Street. The bar is a reincarnation of sorts. The original Key Klub opened in the same location back in the 50s and eventually closed in 1987. The original “neon blade sign” is still out front. (Tablehopper)
🎅 This week, Eater released its list of the Bay Area bars and restaurants “most decked-out” for the holidays. San Francisco spots that’ll bring you holiday cheer include Trade Routes, Vault Garden, Pacific Cocktail Haven, Kona's Street Market, Fortuna Lounge at Triller Social Club, and Lost and Found Cocktail Bar. (Eater)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
The Chronicle’s 2021 photos of the year (Chronicle)
Trippy light show illuminates buildings all over downtown San Francisco (SFGATE)
Is this University of San Francisco professor the next Bay Area 'Jeopardy!' champion? (SFGATE)
ICYMI: Here were the most popular stories (by clicks) this week
Monday: SF Hills Bros. Coffee mansion finally sold, some proceeds go to Bay Area nonprofits (SFGATE)
Tuesday: All the outrage over a S.F. restaurant not serving armed police officers is absurd (Chronicle)
Wednesday: 'BART Basel' guerrilla art pranksters take over San Francisco public transit (SFGATE)
Thursday: Immersive Picasso art exhibition coming to former S.F. porn palace (Datebook)
Zolot had exciting news. Dogpatch Paddle, along with the YMCA and local bagel company Daily Driver recently won the proposal to operate out of Building 49, a roughly 8,000 square foot structure within Crane Cove Park.
That means, in the near future, YMCA members will have a new gym and locker room area, paddleboarders will have a place to rent or store their boards right near the bay, and Crane Cove Park-goers will have a place to grab a coffee and a bagel.
Zolot says the groups are currently working out lease details with the Port Commission, but he hopes to have everything approved by March. He’s targeting late-summer 2022 for Dogpatch Paddle to be operating out of Building 49.
“We’re so proud to be able to bring stoke to the neighborhood and service the waterfront directly in the park,” Zolot wrote in a recent Instagram post announcing the news. “Now the hard work begins.”
That’s all for today! Our weekend guide (chock full of holiday fairs) is here in case you missed it yesterday.
Have a wonderful weekend y’all and see you back here on Monday. - Nick B.