You may have heard that the Heritage Marina Hotel (Van Ness and Filbert) was ranked the filthiest hotel in the US last week by TripAdvisor — cockroaches and hookers among some of the charges. So on Thursday night after a couple drinks, a girl friend of mine and her guy friend decided to scope out the recently-crowned hotel’s bar and see what all the fuss was about. They arrived at the lobby and the front desk attendant told them the bar was closed. “But wait,” he said, “would you like a room?” No, they were locals, they would be heading home. “Are you sure? We rent by the hour.” Class-E! Just another reason why prostitution is festering up here.
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The Delancey St. Christmas Tree lot has returned to the corner of Filbert and Van Ness. Get your fresh, all-natural garland, wreath, or tree today! Or, just do a few laps around the block; it smells amaaazing! Quite possibly the most wonderfully aromatic former gas station lot I’ve ever sniffed.
For who knows how long, the block Filbert Street between Leavenworth and Hyde has been heralded as one of the city’s two steepest streets, tied with 22nd between Church and Vicksburg at a 31.5% grade.
Teetering over the edge of hill, looking out at Coit Tower, most would not venture to dispute this claim. But blogger Weather Sealed hopped in his coach and took San Francisco’s steep hills for a test drive. In conclusion, he found that preeminent block of Filbert to have the fourth steepest grade, with Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan taking the cake at a 37% grade. “Thank you so much for this opportunity,” said Filbert, with an air kiss.
Van Ness is balding. In the last year or two, two gas stations on the west side of the avenue, a Chevron on Union and 76 on Filbert, have both closed. What’s left are two bare, fenced-off lots just asking for trouble. There’s also a lot on the North East corner of Van Ness and Filbert which has been empty for years too, but at least it moonlights as a Christmas tree lot every December.
Anyway, the oil tanks at the former 76 station lot on Filbert were drawn out a month or so ago, leaving a giant, dangerous pit straight out of Parks & Recreation. But I am happy to report that progress is undergo: I saw four titanic trucks hauling tons of dirt to Van Ness and Filbert this morning. No word on what new structure is going up there. Let’s just hope it’s not a liquor store; I’m in enough trouble with my vices already.
Bike culture is a prevalent one in San Francisco. And in these days of FlipCams and A Night in Paris, amateur filmmaking is picking up speed like a fixie, too. So in a marriage of the two, I bring you Russian Hill Roulette, a short film by Frank Chan about a cyclist who tries to pedal up the six steepest streets of San Francisco. At times, he gets cocky, brushing his hair and sipping on espresso while riding. But Chan’s ego is no match for the city’s steepest hill, Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde — a 31.5 percent incline. The Russian Hill hill gets the best of him; and it’s clear that he’s not from around these here parts. To watch the five minute flick, (more…)