Our San Francisco
by Karen Misuraca, Gary Crabbe (photographer)
Hardcover, 95 pages, 9" x 11"
A big, beautiful tribute to America's favorite city, Our San Francisco
is a triumph by photographer Gary Crabbe, along with fascinating stories
and anecdotes about the history, culture, people and famous attractions
of the city. Here are a few excerpts:
"Snugly compact on forty-three steep hills and surrounded by water on
three sides, this small jewel of a city lies at the end of a
forty-six-square-mile peninsula. When the fog is thick and the seas are
gray, they flow together and silently cover the city, with only the lighted towers of
the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out over the moist swells."
"On sunny weekends, the bay is dotted with hundreds of sailing vessels,
from sloops to catamarans to a 19th century Brigantine schooner, and
flotillas of windsurfers flying like butterflies under the Golden Gate.
Local mariners share the bay with visitors on sightseeing and whale-watching cruisers, Naval
vessels, freighters, ferries and deep sea fishing boats."
"The long, sandy stretch of Ocean Beach bravely
faces the Pacific, while a forest of piers and wharves reach out into
the bay. Like lemmings to the sea, tourists and residents alike are
irresistibly drawn to the waterfront. They never seem to tire of the
salty air and the world-famous views of bridges and islands and
"Walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers and baby strollers share the
salty air and the sea breezes on the palm-fringed Embarcadero, one of
the most beautiful seaside esplanades in the world. Along the way are
dockside cafes, public art, Victorian benches and light stands, and
zowie views of the Bay Bridge, Yerba Buena Island and the city skyline."
"Walking is the best way to explore this city of neighborhoods and
districts. From the taquerias in the Mission District to the trattorias
in North Beach, the mysterious temples in Chinatown, the noodle shops in
the 'avenues', sushi bars in Japantown, and the rainbow flags of the
Castro, San Francisco is joyously cosmopolitan."
"Clinging to steep streets on Telegraph Hill are vintage apartment
buildings and little wooden houses -- once fishermen's shacks -- snug with
cottage gardens. Once a grubby industrial port area, South Beach is now
a stylish stretch of condominiums, brew pubs, cafes and shops, a trendy
new neighborhood. Old money built Pacific Heights, a bastion of
Victorian mansions with lacy trim. Whimsical, art nouveau facades line
up on Nob Hill -- sometimes called 'Snob Hill'."
Table of Contents:
City by the Bay: Along the Waterfront
A Colorful Past: History and Landmarks
Playing Around: Parks, Gardens and the Outdoors
In the Neighborhoods: People and Places
The Lively Arts: Music, Drama, Dance, Museums
The Urban Landscape: Business and Architecture