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May 14, 2021
San Francisco Embarcadero Fisherman's Wharf

Watch: The F-Line ‘Boat Tram’ returns with ribbon-cutting celebration

The Blackpool Boat Tram popularly known as “Boat Boi” returned to the rails Friday, in advance of this weekend’s reopening of Muni Metro service and stations. Read More

May 14, 2021
San Francisco

730 Stanyan 'Safe Sleeping Village' residents already packing up ahead of site closure

The Haight’s safe sleeping site at 730 Stanyan St. is slated to close on June 30, 2021, but work to relocate residents is already well underway. Read More

Apr 27, 2021
San Francisco Bayview

Bayview is getting ‘Hollywood’-style letter signs installed

These ten-foot concrete towers of Bayview pride are going up along Bayshore Boulevard, and the finished product will be a lot more decorative. Read More

Apr 23, 2021
San Francisco Lower Haight Western Addition

SF Pride names African American Art & Culture Complex directors as 2021 Grand Marshals

Queer Black twin sisters Melonie Green and Melorra Green named community Grand Marshals for SF Pride 51, with more Grand Marshals to be named next week. Read More

Apr 20, 2021
San Francisco Civic Center

SF Public Library Main Branch to Reopen May 3

The SFPL reopening will only involve the first floor and a “browse and bounce” program, but the access to computers will also be part of the limited library operations. Read More

Apr 13, 2021
San Francisco SoMa

30-bed drug sobering center proposed for Howard Street office building

SF Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced a proposal to lease an empty office building at 1076 Howard Street for use as a 30-bed drug sobering center, making good on a promise first made before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The facility will focus on those living on the streets who are experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis. Read More

Apr 09, 2021
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

New Tenderloin program aims to elevate youth voices and promote young leaders

The Tenderloin will see a boost in after-school and community activities for teens and older transitional-aged youth through a new program funded in part by a federal grant. Read More

Apr 07, 2021
San Francisco Excelsior

Neighborhood-serving COVID vaccine clinic opens in the Excelsior

A new neighborhood vaccination clinic at 20 Norton Street in the Excelsior District, similar to those that have opened in the Bayview and Mission in the last two months, just opened on Wednesday morning. Read More

Apr 05, 2021
San Francisco Presidio

Presidio Trust closes parts of popular trails to dog walking as coyote pupping season begins

Spring is in full force — which means coyote pupping season is here. And to thwart unwanted squabbles with domestic canines, large sections of the Presidio’s Park Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail will be off-limits to dog walking starting Monday, April 5. Read More

Mar 26, 2021
San Francisco Mission Tenderloin

Auction to support the Tenderloin's Hospitality House merges virtual bidding with physical galleries

Next week, the Tenderloin community-based support organization Hospitality House will host its 36th annual art auction to support its Community Arts Program (CAP) in a new format that offers online bidding, a virtual live-auction event, and display of the works for sale at five local galleries. Read More

Mar 25, 2021
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

The Healing WELL celebrates strengths of the Tenderloin through innovative window displays

While The Healing WELL has long been dedicated to promoting the healing of individuals, and the neighborhood as a whole, it had to identify new strategies to connect with people during the ongoing shelter-in-place, and now it's using its windows to celebrate women heroes. Read More

Mar 23, 2021
San Francisco SoMa Tenderloin

Kapwa Gardens to offer SoMa residents a socially-distanced outlet with Filipino flair

A new community garden in a former vacant lot, which has been designed to encourage social distancing, will open next month in the SoMa Pilipinas cultural district. Read More

Mar 17, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Merchants awarded $50K grant to assist with COVID-19 economic recovery

Earlier this month the Castro Merchants were selected as one of four SF merchants' associations to receive a $50,000 Avenue Greenlight grant. Read More

Feb 25, 2021
San Francisco Divisadero Fillmore Hayes Valley Lower Haight

Bay Area Tigray community hosts teach-in about ongoing crisis in Ethiopia today

The Bay Area Tigray Community is hosting a virtual event this afternoon to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Mission Terrace

Lucy Mirigian, San Francisco’s oldest resident, has died at 114 

Mirigian, an avid Giants fan who had lived in the same Balboa Park house she bought back in the 1950s, passed away Friday morning surrounded by friends and family. At 114, she was believed to be the oldest-living San Franciscan. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Francisco Lower Nob Hill Polk Tenderloin

Navigation center targeting homeless youth opens on Post and Hyde Streets

This city’s first navigation center dedicated to homeless youth aged 18-24 opened in District 3 this week, four years after funding was set aside to build it. Read More

Feb 10, 2021
San Francisco Excelsior

Excelsior’s sanctioned RV encampment to close, affordable housing project to break ground

The city’s only sanctioned Vehicle Triage Center for people living in RVs, next to Balboa Park BART, will be decommissioned by March 15, as a 138-unit affordable housing complex will take its place. 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 Tenderloin

Nonprofit proposes ‘sleeping cabins’ for Tenderloin safe sleeping village

Another “tiny house” proposal is in the works for what’s currently a safe sleeping site at Jones and Turk Streets, and while it’s still just a submitted plan, the funding is reportedly lined up. Read More

Jan 29, 2021
San Francisco

Local nonprofit announces new round of emergency grants for LGBTQ+ nightlife workers

The SF Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) — a Bay Area nonprofit geared toward supporting the region’s LGBTQ+ entertainment workers — has announced it’s accepting yet another round of applications for emergency grant awards. Read More

Jan 28, 2021
San Francisco Inner Richmond Outer Richmond

Russian Jewish community center coming to what would have been a High Times dispensary

A former Richmond District art and framing shop that almost became a cannabis dispensary will now be the permanent home of the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community of SF Bay Area. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

$1.9 Million Chinatown relief measure passes Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a relief measure that would pay ailing Chinatown restaurants nearly $2 million to serve up meals for their neighbors in need. 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 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 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Polk

Two new homeless Navigation Centers announced for Bayview and Polk Gulch

Supportive housing for more 115 people is coming to a Bayview parking lot, while 43 beds will be available at Post and Hyde Streets.] Read More