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Steven Bracco

Feb 23, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

During COVID year, Castro business owners report over $120,000 in smashed windows

Since the Castro Merchants launched a broken-window recovery initiative and survey last Thursday, neighborhood business owners have reported 72 incidents of vandalized and broken windows at a cost of $135,472.74. Read More

Jan 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle West Portal

A history of Castro Station and Harvey Milk Plaza, turning 40 this year

Here's the story of the station's history, from its early-1900s origins to present-day plans for a makeover. Read More

Feb 22, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood group announces new Harvey Milk Plaza redesign team

Today the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP), announced the selection of SWA Group as the new design firm to redesign Castro's Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets). Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Church & Market taqueria Casa Mexicana damaged in 1-alarm kitchen fire

Friday evening, Castro area taqueria Casa Mexicana (180 Church St., between Duboce and 14th) was damaged by a one-alarm grease fire in its kitchen. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn reopens with patio seating after nearly one-year hiatus

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn (225 Church St.) reopened last week after a nearly one-year hiatus caused by shelter-in-place restrictions. The Pilsner's first day of outdoor drinks and food was February 5, much to the delight of customers, employees, and the bar's owners. Read More

Feb 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

New public safety ambassador program launches in Castro, aiming to deter negative street behavior and more

On Thursday, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) launched its new unarmed Public Safety Ambassadors program, part of its new public safety initiative. Read More

Feb 03, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Business Briefs: Great Tan, Face It Salon, and Salon Six all close for good

Three personal services businesses, Great Tan, Salon Six, and Face It Salon & Spa, have all announced permanent closures in recent weeks, nine months after their businesses were hobbled by shelter-in-place restrictions. Read More

Jan 27, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro cannabis retailer Flore Store announces 4/20 opening & mural competition

The Castro's newest cannabis retailer Flore Store (258 Noe St.) has announced its grand opening on 4/20 — across the street from Flore a.k.a. Cafe Flore. Read More

Feb 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Mexican restaurant & margarita bar Santeria now open

Over the weekend, the Castro's newest Mexican restaurant and margarita bar Santeria (2251 Market St.) softly opened in the former Finn Town space — and it's the sister restaurant to Tacorgasmico a block away. Read More

Jan 16, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Bank of America prohibits memorials from being affixed to the building [Updated]

Castro residents are up in arms after Bank of America (501 Castro St.) installed signs last week alerting residents and community members that posters, signs, and other materials could no longer be placed on the building — after decades during which the corner of the building at 18th and Castro has been a communal space for memorials to the recently deceased. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro CBD extends security camera survey deadline & delays town hall

The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) has extended the deadline on its security camera survey and delayed an upcoming virtual town hall. Read More

Jan 08, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro's vintage gay memorabilia store Auto Erotica seeks community's assistance to stay afloat

After 25 years in the Castro, vintage gay memorabilia store Auto Erotica (4077A 18th St., between Castro and Hartford streets) has turned to crowdfunding to help make it through the pandemic Read More

Dec 17, 2020
San Francisco Castro Mission

Le Marais Bakery gets burglarized for third time this year, this time in the Castro

On Tuesday evening, the Castro's Parisian-themed bakery and cafe Le Marais Bakery (498 Sanchez) had its storefront window smashed and the business burglarized, leaving its owners frustrated and disappointed in what has already been a challenging year for small business owners. Read More

Dec 16, 2020
San Francisco Mission

El Capitan Taqueria now open in former Mission Beach Cafe space

After sitting vacant for a year and a half, the space formerly occupied by popular Mission District brunch spot Mission Beach Cafe at 198 Guerrero St. (at 14th St.) is now home to a new location of El Capitan Taqueria. Read More

Dec 12, 2020
San Francisco Lake Shore Parkside

San Francisco's only Olive Garden at Stonestown Galleria permanently closes

Fans of Olive Garden's neverending pasta bowl will now have to travel outside San Francisco to enjoy the chain restaurant's casual Italian-American cuisine. The only city location at the Stonestown Galleria has closed for good. Read More

Dec 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro barbershop Healing Cuts moves after disagreement with landlord

Castro barbershop Healing Cuts (3903 18th St.) has shuttered after just one year in the Castro. The barbershop's last day in this space will be December 1. Read More

Dec 08, 2020
San Francisco Alamo Square Duboce Triangle Western Addition

Short film chronicles the life and costume creations of long-time Western Addition resident

Longtime Western Addition resident and gay-Latino designer Miguel Gutierrez was recently profiled in a new documentary film about his life in San Francisco, and his art, design, and costume creations. The film was released last week in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Read More

Oct 27, 2020
San Francisco Castro

Castro CBD announces plan for security camera town hall & online survey [Updated]

Last week the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) announced plans to seek immediate community feedback regarding a controversial proposal to install a private network of security cameras. Read More

Nov 25, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro gets second Shared Spaces street closure, Noe Street goes car-free this Sunday

SFMTA approved the Castro Merchants' request to close Noe Street between 16th and Market Streets and Beaver Street. Castro residents will be familiar with the footprint as it's the same one used for Castro Farmers' Market on Wednesdays. Read More

Nov 23, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Muni station elevator project delayed, Harvey Milk Plaza redesign slowly moves forward

Hoodline has learned that the construction of a new glass elevator at Castro Muni station and Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets) has been delayed until fall 2021. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco Castro Mission

Notorious Castro drug den sells for $4.8 million after complete renovation

After undergoing a complete renovation, a notorious Castro neighborhood building at 517-519 Sanchez Street (near 18th Street) has sold for $4.8 million. Read More

Nov 17, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Mexican restaurant Santeria, from Tacorgasmico team, headed to former Finn Town space

In some rare good news about an upcoming restaurant opening the Castro, Hoodline has learned that Santería, a new Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar, is headed to the former Finn Town Tavern space at 2251 Market Street. Read More

Nov 16, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro gallery Art Attack goes into hibernation mode amid pandemic

Over the weekend, three-year-old Castro art gallery Art Attack SF (2358 Market St.) announced it would be closing its doors for the foreseeable future. Read More

Nov 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Artists continue to paint Castro murals with focus on diverse voices

Castro residents walking around the neighborhood may have noticed that murals are continuing to proliferate on storefronts and buildings. Read More