- Two Birds women’s clothing shop adds a shoe salon in upstairs area [Racked]
- 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake meeting at St. Philip – Tues 7pm [@SFHistoryBuffs]
- ESB Ale’s full beer selection at St. Philip Festival this weekend [esbale]
- La Nebbia is now on OpenTable [La Nebbia]
- Things getting (strangely) intense in one Noe Valley rental building [@KittRidley]
- Dog bowl bird bath at Whole Foods [dirtybullets]
- BJ Droubi offers a video tour of 530 28th Street – and sights around Noe [Cinematt]
- A map of median home values in SF: Noe Valley is $2M and that’s not the top [Curbed]
- Another map that lets you see how your property tax compares with your neighbor's [Curbed]
- Neighbors who live near Mark Zuckerberg on the edge of Noe Valley are not happy [SFGate]
- Worse than the noise, he's allegedly paying people to hoard parking [CBS Local]
- 10th annual Noe Valley Harvest Festival is coming Oct 18 [Noe Valley Harvest Festival]
September 27, 2014
September 26, 2014
Since we first wrote about the controversial "Google bus" in 2009, the commuter lines have become a lightning rod around the Bay Area. The obvious benefit of the buses is fewer cars on the roads everyday. While there are no hard numbers that tells us just how many people would live so far from work if the bus wasn't an option, we're going to say less cars is a good thing. The negatives include disrupting existing public transit, bus traffic on roads not designated for their size, increased numbers of noisy diesel vehicles idling in the neighborhoods, an alarming number of them stuck on our hills... and the list goes on. For many they've also become a symbol of the haves and have nots.
Basically, those who ride them love them and those who don't ... don't.
Case in point: We received the video above from Scott Maddux showing a "typical morning in Noe Valley." It was taken this morning around the intersection of 26th and Noe Streets.
He writes, "I support the idea of the buses and efficient commuting but pick-ups and routing should be limited to major streets. These buses are clearly not designed for our residential neighborhoods and I think it's obvious that the current situation is unsustainable."
What do you think? Have things gotten better or worse since 2009?
[NVSF: Shuttle Buses: Useful or Menace?]
[Scott Maddux on YouTube: Noe Valley Tech Buses]
September 20, 2014
This Week In Noe Valley: Incomes Are Up, Sales Were Down During Burning Man, And iPhone 6s Have Landed
- At the current rate it would take 600 years and $3.6B to underground all the utility lines in SF [SocketSite]
- Incomes are up all over the city [SFist]
- Peekaboutique is still for sale [Racked SF]
- A "soulless Noe bunker" lists for $2.1M [Curbed]
- Kelly Crispin, founder of Elizabeth St. Cosmetics, talks her favorite potions and lotions [SF Gate]
- Noe Valley saw an 11.6% sales decline during Burning Man - according to Square data [Fortune]
- The iPhone 6s have landed [@zazazarah]
- Speaking of iPhones… Playwright James Wood scouts the modern coffee shop in Noe Valley – and the results are predictable [Sonoma Valley Sun]
September 13, 2014
- Illustrator Jenni Sparks has created a whimsical map of SF – complete with Noe Valley landmarks like Elizabeth St Brewery and The Tavern [SFist]
- Martin Mattox is open at 1104 Sanchez and fashionistas rejoice [Racked]
- Radio Shack is in trouble – will the 24th St branch survive? [SFGate]
- Observed: People prefer waiting 15 min for free parking Whole Foods or Walgreens to paying for an open meter spot nearby [@tonypham]
- Does Angel Pagan live in Noe Valley? [@shaketini]
- A survey by the City of SF looking for solutions to improve late-night public transit [via @Scott_Wiener]
- A plea for Blue Fog Market to open on 24th St [@tspollaro]
- Glassholes getting dissed by Noe Valley coffee shops – tech hate crime or satire? [@TechHateCrimes]
- Local fog hyperlapse [ericaaa_24]
- A local kitten that’s Internet famous on Reddit [thatcliffguy]
September 6, 2014
- A writer’s favorite dish at Bacco [Inside Scoop SF]
- Suspect sought in Sterling Bank robbery earlier this week [SFist]
- Best bagel in SF? In the comments, a native New Yorker vouches for Holy Bagel [Eater]
- Noe Valley: there’s an app for that [neighbrhds.com]
- Coming in Oct: L'Atelier - a collective of Bay Area designers and artists [Racked]
- Not everyone is excited to have Tacolicious HQ in the hood [@aepiv]
- Another stuck commuter bus [@karlsf]
- The helicopters you heard? Massive 5 alarm fire on Mission at 22nd [SF Gate]
- A photo of the fire from Noe Valley [@ksherwood]
- Armistead Maupin popped into Omnivore Books for some munchies [@omnivorebooks]
The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.
Front Page: Photo of the new Amos Goldbaum mural on outer Church; a preview of Noe homes in the AIA House Tour; stoplight proposed for Cesar Chavez at Church St.; 2 parking spots in Noe Valley are reserved for carshsare vehicles; remembering local artist Jack Freeman who died in July.
Letters: A Google Glass wearing resident decries being banned from local coffee shops; A vote against the Cesar Chavez/Church stoplight and a plea to move it to 24th and Church instead; A middle-aged white man is snapping branches on small trees on the 800 block of Alvarado St.; a pedestrian rails against making SF more bike friendly; A love letter to Holy Kitchen Indian food on 24th urging locals to visit; Wink SF wants to set the record straight that they are not closing - just renting out space in the store to emerging artists.
Short Takes: Construction will begin this month on the wider bus stops and more prominent crosswalks on 24th at Castro, Noe and Church; Real Foods space gets a new roof but the rest of the space is still in limbo.
Cost of Living in Noe: $2.2 million is still the average price for a single family home. Renters can expect to pay $2195 to $4200 for a 1 bedroom apartment.
Store Trek: Rare Device opens (4071 24th Street)
Rumors: L'Atelier is moving in next to UPS store at 4104 24th and will showcase independent local upcycling artists (taking discarded items and using it to create new things like art, jewelry, clothing, furniture and home items); Sightglass Coffee, Steeped Tea and Tout Sweet Patisserie are all sharing space in Noe Valley Bakery with occasional pop-up tastings of Sugar Foot Grits - plus breadsticks will soon be back on the menu; the former Global Exchange storefront has been rented to a local French cafe bakery chain called La PanotiQ which plans to open early next year and serve Bicycle coffee, salads, sandwiches, as well as baked items made on premises; Abeck Graphics has moved from SOMA into the space at 4235 24th St that used to house Sherri King Tax Service; The space vacated by Kangaroos preschool at Diamond and 24th will be a chiropractor's office; Blu Ova fertility services has moved into the old Fima Photography space; Tacolicious has opened its corporate offices into the old Sirena Botanica space on Church St; Remembrances of Robin Williams visiting Noe Valley.
[The Noe Valley Voice]
August 30, 2014
- Not all Noe Valley residents felt the 6.0 Napa quake last Sunday morning [anthroslug]
- But most of us did [Engadget]
- A water main broke this week – possibly triggered by the Napa quake [KTVU]
- Some residents lost water for 7 hours – and we all lost 20,000 gallons [SF Weekly]
- 2,000 pounds of Tacolicious cookbooks arrive at their global HQ in Noe Valley [@tacolicious]
- And people are stoked! Too bad it's just an office [katej130]
- Martin Mattox store opening in the former Garage on Sanchez at 24th + behind the scenes [Martin Mattox]
- Labor Day weekend in Noe Valley – Real Foods edition [@F6x]
- A local character [joshkobrin]
August 23, 2014
News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
- Sutro Tower: From Eyesore to Icon – awesome historic video [Exploratorium]
- Spotted at Whole Foods Noe Valley: Camel’s milk for $24.99 per bottle [brettb]
- If you’re wondering why you can park this weekend and brunch spots are empty: Burning Man is on [@cowperthewait]
- Want a job at Google? You might want to consider going to Burning Man too [SFGate]
- The commute from Noe Valley to the new Levi’s Stadium? Under an hour… [@JoeArellano]
- Has your neighborhood become upscale? A gentrification quiz and article reprint from 1985 (croissant shops! fern bars!) [Inside Scoop]
- Op ed: Are children parasites on cities’ finances? [StreetsblogSF]
- Monday’s mass power outage was due to “underground equipment failure” [SFAppeal]
- Noe Valley tech entrepreneur Jim Greer is putting his money into fixing dark politics [SFGate]
- The least expensive home in Noe Valley [SFGate]
- From $1.4M four years ago to $2.3M today [SocketSite]
- And a listing touting the “outskirts of Noe Valley” [SocketSite]
- Visitors are loving our little village on Instagram [thx nopalzin, oysterearth, suziefoo, frishchmilch]