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Shotwell Street between 21st and 22nd, arguably one of the most choice blocks in the entire neighborhood, is at the tail-end of its yearly show of fall foliage. Get over there and take it in while you still can.
In what is shaping up to be a thorough purge of smelly and loveable 24th Street dives, we can confirm The Attic is joining Jack's Club, El Mexicano, and Pop's on the neighborhood's 86ed list. As one commenter put it:
I know a couple of the bartenders. They confirmed [the closure]. I like The Attic but the building srsly needs to be demolished. Even the staff hate it, it's falling apart. Bummed to lose a bar that plays Sharknado but the place ALWAYS smells like the toilet is backed up. Because it is.
Ryan Gillespie wrote in and told us "it's a done deal":
Keith, the movie buff bartender, confirmed the closing to me. Apparently the owner is going to try to open a bar and restaurant in West Portal after The Attic closes.
We swung by The Attic this weekend to get details. The bartender said she believed the owner was struggling to find an buyer and might just shut it down altogether. However, at a reportedly low selling price of $200,000, we would be shocked if someone didn't scoop the bar up for the liquor license alone.
Either way, now there's one less bar hanging needed signage like this at the door:
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After drinking for awhile my girlfriend at the time, Tia, and I squeezed into the photo booth apparently so we could have visual proof of our drunkenness. Inside she found a wallet with an immense amount of cash, something like $800 or $1,000. We looked at the driver’s license and luckily found the guy was still in the bar so we were happy to give him his wallet back with all the money in it. “Thanks so much, ” he sighed with the kind of relief one gets from finding out they just unknowingly dodged tragedy, “that’s for all my rent and bills for the month.” And then he gratefully bought us each a drink.
Pop’s is like that; it’s full of people that may be rough around the edges, and if you’ve been in the Mission long enough, chances are you’re gonna run into someone there you don’t like or who doesn’t like you. But at it’s heart, amongst the tags and the grime, and the dive bar smell, is a community of people who, when they find your richly laden wallet, give it back to you, fully intact. They do so because they hope you’d do the same for them, and because, when they belly up to the bar, they know they are sitting next to someone who also loves this neighborhood, one which they are struggling desperately to stay in and one they unwittingly helped change.
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Photographer Travis Jensen reports that
21 20-year-old D'Paris Williams, a.k.a. "DJ," a City College student, was assaulted by SFPD officers Friday afternoon for what appears to be no reason:
Yesterday afternoon, while riding his bicycle home from the Make A Wish Foundation's "Bat Kid" happenings, DJ was confronted by two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle at the Valencia Gardens Apartments in the City's Mission District. Apparently, the officers said something to DJ about riding his bicycle on the sidewalk as he was pulling up to his home in the complex. It is unclear whether the officers identified themselves or not, but did proceed to get out of their car, grab DJ from behind as he was entering the home and beat him for no apparent reason. A police search uncovered a cupcake and juice that DJ had just purchased from the corner store. Nobody has spoken to DJ since the incident occurred as he was immediately taken to S.F. General Hospital for treatment, and then to the 850 Bryant police station. So far, it appears no charges have been made against DJ either. There is building video surveillance footage of DJ's confrontation w/ police, but it that has yet to be released by housing authority. Furthermore, three residents came to DJ's aid when they saw officers beating him up, only to find themselves also under attack by officers. By this time, uniformed backup had arrived on the scene. Including DJ, a total of four individuals were beaten and arrested by officers.
As mentioned, after DJ was allegedly assaulted and taken to SF General, the Valencia Garden community spilled out into the street in protest of the violence. Residents began filming and soon captured footage of officers attacking protesters. Around 1:30, an officer can be seen punching a detained man on the ground:
That man, who can also be seen earlier in the video trying to pull an aggravated man away from officers and then being attacked, was later seen with his face bloodied:
We'll update as this story develops.
UPDATE 2:00pm: We're now getting more information about the incident.
We're told that the scene unfolded right as DJ was entering his house. As he was questioned by
undercover narcotic agents plainclothes officers from the Violence Reduction Team, the officer in the black baseball hat (pictured above) grabbed DJ and shoved his head into his front door. DJ's sister, who was holding a newborn baby, was witness to the entire scene. When she approached the door where DJ was being assaulted, a second officer pushed her.
They then dragged DJ into the street and punched him in the head until he was knocked out. Others in lock-up with DJ report that he blacked out and has no recollection of what happened. DJ is still in custody and not being allowed to speak to anyone; however, criminal charges are yet to be filed.
Currently two of the other three men who were arrested have been released.
We're told the man seen holding the cane in the video is a gay, HIV-positive man who needs his cane because of medical complications. The police are continuing to hold him in custody, allegedly because his cane is being considered a "deadly weapon."
Orlando (last name unknown), who had his face bloodied after pulling the man with the cane away from officers, was released "a few hours ago," according to Travis Jensen.
UPDATE 7:45pm: We are still yet to receive a comment from SFPD about the incident. We'll continue trying to reach someone from their Media Relations Department.
UPDATE 9:00am: SFPD just released this statement:
At approximately 3:41 PM Friday, officers from the Violence Reduction Team, working a plainclothes assignment attempted to stop a bicyclist in the area of Maxell and Rosa Parks for a California vehicle code infraction. The suspect fled from the officers after they identified themselves as police. The suspect attempted to flee into a residence. The officers confronted the suspect near the doorway and requested additional units for assistance. The suspect failed to comply with lawful orders from the officers and continued to resist the officers. Reasonable force was used by the officers to effect the arrest. During this incident, multiple subjects came from the rear of the residence and formed a hostile crowd around the officers. One subject attempted to strike an officer with a cane, while another suspect bit an officer. Two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries. In total, 4 suspects were arrested. 2 felony and 1 misdemeanor arrests resulted in bookings. One misdemeanor arrest resulted in a cite.
We have requested surveillance footage recorded by the SF Housing Authority and for comment on the officer who charged at a bystander. We'll update if we receive more word.
UPDATE 10:30am: SFPD denied our request for surveillance footage, saying:
The video surveillance is evidence for the assault and battery on the officers.
The officers have not been suspended. There is a criminal investigation into the suspects that assaulted and battered the officers and resisted arrest.
Persons wishing to file a complaint may do so with the Office of Citizen's Complaints (OCC).
Williams is in court today facing four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. Orlando, who has been released, has reportedly claimed Williams has been in the infirmary most of the weekend and "looks like he was in a bad car accident."
UPDATE 4:45pm: At Williams' arraignment at SF Superior Court this afternoon, his bail was set at $143k. Read on.
UPDATE 6:15pm: A new video showing Williams screaming in pain and unable to walk following the beating has been released.
UPDATE 9:30pm: KTVU is now reporting that the District Attorney has "discharged the case against Mr. Williams and another man pending further investigation."
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Once upon the time, a widely-mocked sub-class of human known as "hipsters" were infesting the Mission with their fixed-gear bicycles. They adorned their "fixies" with everything from stickers and spoke cards to colorful Aerospoke rims and anodized seatposts. How quaint!
Eventually, the hipster scene was killed off by high rents and stepped-on coke, and their bicycles went away too. But one local Mission artist is reviving the lost art of "custom builds" via a bike frame reclaimed from the Bay.
Chris Sollars of 667Shotwell explains how this gruesome shipwreck in the making came to be:
Fixed Gear 2013 is a barnacle-covered Motobecane bike frame, pulled from Mission Creek and rebuilt as working fixed gear bike with the help of the bicycle mechanics at Pedal Revolution.
He even provided a short video of a blond-haired seamonster riding it:
If you want to see this ride in person, it's on display at Steven Wolf Fine Arts through December 23rd.
Jay B writes in and hips us to the recent opening of the San Francisco Mead Company, a meadery looking to bring back the overlooked flavors of Europe's preferred honey drank:
This company opened up recently around the corner from my shop in the Bayview, at [1180 Shafter Ave]. They have tastings from noon to 6 Friday-Sunday. The taste is surprisingly dry on the front with the sweetness and honey flavor kicking in at the end. They also have a hopped mead, and an apple juice and spice desert one in the works. Worth a trip. Nice folks.
If you're looking to go out and give it a taste, might I recommend also hitting up the Speakeasy Tap Room and making an afternoon of it? Otherwise, you can get some a little closer to home at Rainbow, Zeitgeist, Mission Cheese, or Bi-Rite on Divis.
NEMA is a lifestyle brand masquerading as an apartment complex. Conveniently situated beside Twitter and Square HQs, the brand's terrarium of innovation is plastered in fauxghtleader slogans like "tech savvy, not shabby," "innovate, don't imitate," and "amenities, not enemies."
But NEMA--a visionary neologism for "New Market"--knows not to throw up some glorified motivational posters and call it a killer launch. NEMA has been rolling out a series of lifestyle videos of what it means to be "NEMA." The first attempt, embedded above, is enough to make vomit crawl up the throat of a normal human, but plays well to people who maintain Instagram accounts consisting of small dog and cupcake photos.
Now NEMA is "casting lifestyle models for a promotional video shoot for a San Francisco luxury high rise building," and they have specific demands as to what it takes to look the part:
(Lead) upscale, classy, chic, sexy, urban, stylish and clean; classic look, no visible tattoos or piercings; will bring about 3 changes of wardrobe in neutral and warm colors (beige, taupe, brown, sagey green or blue or black and white); think Banana Republic or JCrew (with maybe a bit of higher fashion); chilly, so sweaters, leather jackets, suede, cool shoes all welcome. Note: Women will be required to do their own hair and makeup.
Models, you need to look like you live full time in a 4 star luxury resort-like high-rise.
We will create scenes in which you will be walking through a lobby, speaking with a concierge, talking on a cell phone, interacting with an iPad or laptop, laughing and talking with a friend, reading a newspaper, sipping coffee, riding an elevator, playing billiards, working out in gym, sitting by fire pit, (one of you) diving into pool.
The gig pays $50 a day, getting you well on your way to affording the $2,300 starting price for a studio.
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It's been a cruel year for 24th Street's venerable crop dives, with Polk Gulch's Playland buying up Jack's Club and Zoe's replacing El Mexicano. Now, Pop's Bar joins the list. Reader "MoFoPlz" fills us in:
Pop's at 24th & York is in the process of being sold. The two current owners, Malia (owner of Thee Parkside) & Harmony, have accepted an offer and it's making it's way through the SF system. You'll have to follow up with them for details other than the rumor was it went for 250K+. Let's hope not to the douche who claims everything 'local' or some other dick who wants to clean it up and rebrand it for the Marina crowd.
We reached out to bar staff, but haven't been given a confirmation either way (and nothing has popped up on the bar's ABC license, so it hasn't made it that far yet).
The identity of the buyer (or buyers) isn't clear, but with the Mission's "hyper gentrification" looming over 24th Street, and Pop's being a place of $2 tallcans and $5 bloodies that start pouring at noon, we'd imagine the new owners would look to make the cocktail glass atop the sign a bit more prominent.
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Brazilian twins Os Gemeos were back in San Francisco in September and painted two new murals, the first of which is above The Luggage Store on Market:
And the second (a collaboration with Mark Bode) can be seen behind The Warfield on Turk and Taylor:
Rebranding tap water to sound like something it's not is nothing new (Pepsi has been doing it for years), but as John Clarke Mills points out, Magnolia Brewery's latest attempt to sex up the government mind control that comes out of our faucet is particularly literal:
This town has lost its mind. For those of you who don't speak bourgeois, Hetch Hetchy water comes from your faucet.
Clever joke, or cunning way to dupe tourists into thinking they're getting something special? Either way, well played, Magnolia.