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We interrupt this pandemic to bring you an essential update from Bernal Heights, where celebrity author and youth wrangler Chris Colin shares this update about “Six Feet of Separation,” the newest newspaper in our neighborhood:
Did you feel that? That was the media landscape shifting!
I’m pleased to announce the publication of the first-ever Bernal Heights young people’s free pandemic newspaper, Six Feet of Separation! Unless there were others I don’t know about!
After a nailbiter of a vote on what to call this thing, “Six Feet of Separation” prevailed as the most popular title, and so it shall be. (RIP “Bernal Butts.”)
Please read Six Feet of Separation and share widely. Any design/layout blunders are the fault of the publisher, all excellence is the fault of the amazing contributors, ages 2-17 (with one 19-year-old thrown in for good luck). Here’s a tasty sample:
Thanks to everyone who wrote, drew, dictated and otherwise submitted something to this first issue of Six Feet of Separation. We are now accepting submissions for issue #2. Editorial policy is: Yes.
By the kids, for the kids. Check out Issue 1 of Six Feet of Separation!
Sunday mornings mean fresh, house-made bagels from PizzaHacker founder Jeff Krupman. Photo courtesy of BagelMacher.
It’s been a few weeks since BagelMacher began serving fresh-made bagels on Sunday mornings on Bernal’s stretch of MIssion Street, but already the pop-up brunch spot has generated a lot of love in the neighborhood.
A project of Jeff Krupman, the mad genius who founded Pizza Hacker at 3299 Mission (at 29th), Bagel Macher transforms the PizzaHacker space into a bagel bakery on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 1 pm. The menu is simple — a limited supply of house-made bagels, a few toppings, a few special bagel sandwich options, coffee, and mimosas.
Neighbor Jasmine visited Bagel Macher last weekend, and she liked it so much she wrote to Bernalwood to share the love:
I’m kinda nervous to share this for fear of my family’s new secret bagel obsession going big enough to attract long lines on a lazy Sunday morning. But during a casual scouting mission this past Sunday, founder Jeff Krupman charmed me into visiting Bagel Macher.
I’m glad he did, because his Raisin Ras el Hanout bagel is too special not to cheer for. It’s a raisin bagel with a North African dusted spice mixture and sesame seeds that turned my raisin-avoidant husband, into an instant convert. Our baby loved it too!
BagelMacher is a concept to make use of the ovens at PizzaHacker. For now, the popup is open Sundays, with limited quantities of everything. (Good to get there on the early side, because things do sell out). Bagels are available in sesame, poppy (the most poppies I’ve ever seen on a bagel¬—they were black!), smoked salt, sesame zataar and that unusual and inspired raisin variety. Expect most of the usual toppings, plus coffee from The Coffee Shop down the street, and juice and mimosas.
We used to live in New York city, so we’re on a constant hunt for really good bagels out here on the West Coast. The ones from BagelMacher are boiled in lye water and naturally leavened, creating a super crunch leading to an ultra-chewy inside. Our small family made our way through four in a day. So good.
Here’s the menu:
The College Hill Learning Garden Photo: Courtesy of Danny Palmer
The College Hill Learning Garden is a outdoor education facility for kids located on a patch of land within the grounds of the College Hill Reservoir. The garden at 336 Elsie (near Santa Marina) is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and it opened in 2016.
This weekend, on Sunday, April 22, Bernalese of all ages are invited to the College Hill Learning Garden to partake of an Earth Day gala. Program manager Danny Palmer tells Bernalwood:
We’re spreading the word about the second annual Earth Day Garden Party at College Hill Learning Garden. We’ve got a full day of family activities happening in, and around, the garden this Sunday, April 22, from 10:00am-3:00pm and 7:30pm-8:30pm.
We’re located at 336 Elsie Street, between Cortland and Holly Park.
More details in the poster below:
If you found yourself experiencing moments of inexplicable euphoria and joy yesterday, it was certainly no coincidence: Bernal Heights was pummeled by a barrage of Category Five Rainbow Events during all those sporadic rainstorms.
While Bernalwood activated the Rainbow Situation Control Facility to monitor the action yesterday, fulltime Bernal-watcher Chris Baker shared this photo of a South Bernal Rainbow Impact Event he documented from his Noe Valley observation post. Here’s a closeup of the impact zone:
Naturally, there may be some residual unicorn glitter on our streets and sidewalks today, so take it slow, be happy, and take it easy out there. Like this…
SFPD booking photo of Aliitasi Alapati, who was arrested as the suspected driver of the vehicle that struck a pedestrian on Bernal Hill on March 22.
The San Francisco Police announced the arrest of a woman who is believed to have been the driver of the vehicle involved in a hit and run accident last month that left a victim with life-threatening injuries on the north-east side of Bernal Hill.
San Francisco resident Aliitasi Alapati, 41, was arrested last Thursday in connection with the March 28 hit and run on Bernal Heights Boulevard.
Video footage of the incident obtained by Bernalwood showed that at 8:22 am, a Jeep Liberty swerved across a lane of traffic and struck a woman who was walking along the footpath on the other side of the road. The video also showed that the Jeep did not stop and left the scene immediately after running the victim down.
Last Thursday, the SFPD moved in to make an arrest.
The Examiner reports that police executed search warrants at three San Francisco homes last Thursday, including one on the 200 block of Raymond Avenue, one on the 300 block of Chenery Street and one on the 300 block of Font Blvd. The suspect vehicle was located at the Raymond Avenue address, and Alaptati was arrested on Font.
The Examiner adds that security camera video footage and evidence provided by witnesses yielded information that helped identify Alaptati as the suspect.
The incident left the victim, an unidentified woman, with life-threatening injuries. While there have been no official statements about the victim’s status, Bernalwood has received information from credible sources that she is recovering from her injuries.
Hillside Supper Club chefs and Bernal neighbors Tony Ferrari (left) and Jonathon Sutton.
Bernal Neighbor Tony Ferrari is chef and co-owner of the Hillside Supper Club restaurant at 300 Precita, in the southwest corner of Precita Park. Yesterday he sent a note to Bernalwood that’s both a candid perspective on the challenge of operating a restaurant in San Francisco right now and a neighborly invitation to stop by for a bite.
Chef Tony writes:
To: Our community, neighbors, and friends,
We want to be open and honest with you all, and always one hundred percent transparent. The last five years has been nothing but a great experience, creating relationships, nourishing our community, giving back if and when possible and the best thing of all: Cooking fair, honest, clean food with a purpose for all of you. Every year learning more, giving opportunity, adapting to change and suggestions, and doing our very best every day.
This year, however, things have felt a bit different. We’ve noticed a huge decrease in business, rising costs and living expenses, and the neighborhood becoming more transient for better or for worse. We feel we have tried everything we can with menu changes, pricing, marketing avenues, delivery apps, and community involvement, and we’re still left with too many seats empty at our tables and so much effort put into welcoming you.
The reality of it is, if things stay this way we are looking at a matter of weeks until we have to close and sell our gathering place, give ourselves a pat on the back for how far we come, and end this chapter in our lives. In hopes our legacy will continue and the next establishment embrace the community and do it better then we. The entire Hillside team would humbly like to ask all of you who are able to come share a meal with us to come in for a visit sooner then later. The staff, food, and space are incomplete without your enjoyment.
- We’re doing a Sunday Supper 40 bucks for a 3 course meal (That’s about 13 bucks a plate. Killer deal)
- Mondays are no corkage (BYOB beer or wine for free).
- Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm all appetizers and glasses of wine are 10 bucks.
It’s an interesting time for the restaurant industry, as things are changing ever-so rapidly. Not to mention trying to stay afloat on sixteen bucks an hour in our amazing city.
We know we are not alone in this struggle, and hope we can all come together to figure out a common solution that benefits everyone. Money comes and money goes, but it’ll always be there for the people that work hard for it. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.
We hope to see you all soon. Thanks.
Your Neighborhood Restaurant
On Tuesday evening, April 3, the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) is having a Family Night with dinner, music, and entertainment for Bernalese kids (and their parents too).
Tickets are $15 for an adult + 1 child; additional children are $8 each.
Ailed Paningbatan from BHNC says:
Join us for our Family Night Out at BHNC! Were making it easy for families on Tuesday evening. We provide dinner and activities, so that when families get home its just relaxation and bed time. We’re also partnering with a few childrens’ groups. like Curious Jane and STEM and Tree Frog Treks. We’ll also have a kids band!