Pedestrian crashes on Van Ness Ave’s double fine zone from Golden Gate up to Lombard quadrupled inexplicably (up to 16) last year compared to 2008. Look both ways!
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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.
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.
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.
Getting picked last for T-ball hits some harder than others. Around 10 p.m. last night, five men between the ages of 18 and 32 drove around the city on a robbery spree, assaulting five victims with baseball bats and a collapsible baton. Russian Hill was unlucky enough to be the scene of two of four of the robberies, at Polk St. and Union as well as Van Ness Ave. and Union, before the lowlifes were detained near Lombard St. and Fillmore around 2:30 a.m. All five men were charged with robbery, assault and receiving stolen property, and the victims’ things were returned to them.
A spokesperson from the Little League organization declined to comment. Meanwhile, a representative from the NBTA (National Baton Twirling Association) was pleased to see batons gaining buzz in the media. She said CBS’s news story on the robbery initiated her first Google Alert result on the topic of batons since Tonya Harding’s 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
Dear readers, your passports to Morocco have expired. Moroccan eatery Tajine, which just decamped to its location at 2080 Van Ness (at Pacific) in May, has closed its doors. Moving from Jones St., the restau carried loyal customers with it, as well as its well-earned Yelp ranking among the top five Moroccan spots in the city. Unfortunately, faithful friends aren’t everything — unless your pals are The Man.
Chef and owner Mohammed Ghaleb told Eater SF “that they had unfortunate lease/contract issues with the powers that be, which eventually forced them to pull the plug on the operation.” I hope they find a new location soon; I’m craving a slice of crisply baked chicken bastilla and a serving of slow-roasted belly-dancing.
About a year ago, it was announced that CVS would buy Longs Drugs Stores for a small fee of $2.9 billion. We’re finally seeing that news bit come to life on the edge of Russian Hill with the grand opening of CVS at 2025 Van Ness Ave (at Pacific). Growing up on the East Coast, I developed an odd loyalty to CVS, so I’m happy to see it take over, in my mind, a lesser brand and bring its presence out West. Does anyone share a similar sense of pharmacy loyalty? It’s a strange thing. Truth be told, I’ll be sticking with Walgreens for my pharmaceuticals; I love my ritual Polk Street walk and daily dose of panhandler compliments too much to leave. There’s nothing like hearing, “I hate to see you go, beautiful, but I love to see you walk away,” to put a bothered smile on your face.