Author Archive: Anika

Anika is a German journalist, digital strategist and local expert on San Francisco, interested in all past and present history of the city.

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Christmas Walk around Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Christmas Walk around Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

When the stunning tintinnabulation of “Adeste Fieldles” rings out loud and clear over Nob Hill on the Grace Cathedral carillon, Scrooges, sourpusses, overworked salespeople and atomic scaremongers to the contrary of notwithstanding, to anyone in earshot, Christmas once again takes on its historical dimension as the hope of the world.

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The Almost Unknown Joice Street in San Francisco

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Almost Unknown Joice Street in San Francisco

Threading the lee of Ern Hill, Fern Hill, or the Hill of Golden Promise, as Nob Hill was known for the first twenty years of its civic existence, is an obscure three—block-long shelf called Joice Street, where Time, like any other climber, stopped to take a deep breath before going on to the top.

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The Offensive Fence of Nob Hill

September 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
The Offensive Fence of Nob Hill

In 1878, railroad millionaire Charles Crocker decided to buy up the lots surrounding his mansion on San Francisco’s Nob Hill to improve his view of the surrounding vistas. 

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Nob Hill – A Legacy from the Nabobs

September 13, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Nob Hill – A Legacy from the Nabobs

Nob Hill, a legacy from the nabobs who out-horatioed Alger to the expense-account prices our affluent age, is synonymous at San Francisco with rank, swank and status. Its crest is an altar of the American cult called business to the goddess, sweet Success. It is also San Francisco’s best known hill and pleasant indeed to walk […]

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The Ferry Building of San Francisco

September 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Ferry Building of San Francisco

The Ferry Building, the twinkling clock tower, water gate and romantic way station of San Francisco, is to the City what the Statue of Liberty is to the New York Habor and the Palace of the Doges is to Venice – a symbolic and romantic belle of the San Francisco Bay.

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The Conquest of the Golden Gate

February 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Conquest of the Golden Gate

Onto that stage, with a bow toward the footlights, strode a flamboyant young man fully conscious of his role as an empire builder and paying the part with zest.

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Summer of 1962: Peace Walk in San Francisco

February 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Summer of 1962: Peace Walk in San Francisco

The fog that plagued San Francisco in the summer of 1962 filtered a muggy grey half-light on the corner of Kearny and Market Streets one Sunday morning as a cheerfully cynical and intense group of people gathered to begin a Hiroshima Commemorative Walk.

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Maiden Lane in San Francisco

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Maiden Lane in San Francisco

Maiden Lane, a chic two-block streak from Union Square to Kearny Street, is a promenade of the comfortably-buttered feminine upper-crustacean, which one disgruntled bill-paying pater-familias has described as the “shortest distance between affluence and bankruptcy.”

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St Mary’s Square in San Francisco

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
St Mary’s Square in San Francisco

Not every street that disappears from a city is a loss. A case in point is St. Mary’s Alley, once the vile and squalid bailiwick of an international and mercenary stench of wenches.

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Grant Avenue – The Oldest Street in San Francisco

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Grant Avenue – The Oldest Street in San Francisco

Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco, has six separate worlds skewered on its short 1.2 mile length.

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