What's the Castro Like?
<img class="thumb" SRC="/img/pages/travel/neighborhoods/ca-gay-175x122-pride.jpg" ALT="Gay Pride">If only the Mexican land barons and European homesteaders who built the Castro district could see it — and the price of its real estate — today. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities,ralph lauren femme, saturated with stylish shops and bars so popular that patrons spill out onto the street.
Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants came to the outskirts of San Francisco in search of cheap land, which became bona fide suburbs after 1887 when the Market Street Cable Railway linked Eureka Valley (as the Castro was then called) with the rest of the city. Thanks to these homesteaders, who built large, handsome Victorian houses for their large families, today's residents have someplace to pour their money, and the vast majority of the neighborhood's classic homes have been lovingly and artfully restored.
Eureka Valley remained a quiet, working-class neighborhood until the postwar era, when large numbers of people started fleeing the city for the "suburbs." Finally, in the 1960s and '70s, gay men began buying the charming old Victorians at relatively low prices ($20,000-$40,air jordan pas cher,000), and the neighborhood was soon named for its busiest thoroughfare, Castro Street.
<img class="thumb" SRC="/img/pages/travel/neighborhoods/milkclub.jpg" ALT="Milk Button">The activism of the '60s and '70s forged a community with sizable political and economic power, and when the historic Twin Peaks bar at Market and Castro streets was built with floor-to-ceiling windows,borse gucci The Learning Network - The Learning Ne,doudoune moncler femme, most took it as a sign that Castro residents were secure in their gay identity. There were, however, tense and sometimes violent clashes with the police,sacs longchamp pliage, and the assassination in 1978 of openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk</a> was a turning point in the community's history. Milk's death and the impact of AIDS brought the community together and made activists of almost everyone; the Castro became not just open but celebratory about its thriving gay and lesbian population.
Today, the Castro's queer identity is itself a tourist attraction,sac pliage longchamp,borse prada, beckoning throngs of pilgrims and revelers from all over the world. Since the introduction of the F Market street car, shuttling unsuspecting Midwestern families down from Fisherman's Wharf, denizens have been lamenting the demise and dilution of the gayest spot on earth. Yet the unabated proliferation of shops selling, ahem, adult accessories and sporting neon signs touting "Lube 4 Less" tips off even the most untrained eye to the deeply entrenched community here.
Best Time To Visit the Castro
The Castro is bustling all day long, but at night it really comes alive,jordan, as the bars from the Mint to the Midnight Sun fill up and the Castro Theatre's neon marquee lights up the main drag. Though the Castro's nightlife doesn't have as much to offer women as many lesbians would like, it remains a fairly safe neighborhood after hours, and there are plenty of places where women,gucci borse prezzi, queer or not, can feel at home.
Castro Sights & Culture
: In late October, the city's longest-running street fair (founded by Harvey Milk himself) features booming music on multiple stages, crafts, drag shows, comedy, food, plenty of drink and more people than you knew existed. .
Halloween was once one of the biggest and most extravagant festivals of its kind anywhere, with Castro, 18th and Market Streets closed off for the festivities. After multiple shootings and stabbings in 2006 however, the city cracked down on the party and withdrew official support. Recent Halloween nights have been peaceful but a shadow of their former bacchanalian selves.
San Francisco Pride Month: The last Sunday in June, Market Street becomes a throbbing, queer sea of human beings for this annual display of LGBT power. The parade is always led by the SF Women's Motorcycle Contingent, the celebration at Civic Center will fulfill your every need for rainbow and pink-triangle bric-a-brac, and the plethora of pre- and post-parade parties will satisfy even hard-core circuit boys. The Saturday before the big parade, the Mission and Castro districts are taken over by lesbians from all walks of life, as well as their children, pets and musical instruments for the .
: June is truly the most exciting time of year in the Castro, when this venerable fest attracts filmmakers from around the world for ten days of screenings, parties,The measured, AMD dual channel useless, INTEL dual, and discussion about queer film. .
No matter what's playing, buy a ticket to see a movie at the (429 Castro St.). Hearing its Mighty Wurlitzer Organ alone is worth the price of admission. Prepare to be amazed at the art-deco, Moorish and otherwise lavish combination of interior designs that is The Castro.
Affiliated with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the (150 Eureka St.) is the second-oldest lesbian and gay congregation in the United States. It's a vibrant and progressive community of faith for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in San Francisco, and the building that houses the church also houses many, many other community organizations that support everyone from teens to the homeless.
Smack in the middle of the Castro, (4122 18th St.) takes a truly holistic approach to gay men's physical, mental and sexual health, but this is no sterile clinic. Yes,jordan pas cher, you can get anonymous STD and HIV testing, but Magnet also offers counseling, classes, seminars, performance arts and even game nights where gay men can socialize, interact and learn in a judgment-free zone.
CityGuides' volunteer-led walking tour, called takes you on a stroll down the historic byways of the Castro, from its roots as an Ohlone Indian foraging ground, through its humble beginnings as a working-class neighborhood of immigrant homesteaders to its emergence as the vibrant, eclectic district it is today.
In a city so snobbish about food, the Castro long lagged behind other neighborhoods in its culinary offerings. Less than a decade ago, there were few options outside the basic slice of pizza or greasy-spoon diner. High-quality eateries have emerged in recent years, though not every newcomer has raised the bar. And yes, you can still get that slice of pizza or cup of diner-grade joe,prada, if that's what you're looking for.
Coffee shops & cafes
The Castro Cheesery: Sure, they still sell cheese, but you'd never know it from the overpowering aroma of dozens of types of coffee. (427 Castro St.)
Spike's Coffee & Teas, with its friendly, flirty baristas, is a local favorite. (4117 19th St.)
Jumpin' Java boasts a charmingly cultivated area out front, in one of the quaintest and quietest corners in the Duboce Triangle. (139 Noe St.)
Diners and casual eats
A handful of diners are absolute fixtures in the neighborhood, having occupied their respective locations for decades: Orphan Andy's (3991 17th St.) and Cove Café (434 Castro St.) are virtually interchangeable in cuisine, atmosphere and clientele, and each offers a taste of the Castro of old, fresh off the griddle.
Sliders (449 Castro St.) serves up flame-broiled burgers and piping hot fries and onion rings in a no-frills environment. For average all-American, all-night food served in too-bright surroundings by people who shouldn't still be awake, Sparky's (242 Church St.) is perfect. Stick with the basics. Try to soak up what's in your stomach and relish the fact that other patrons are worse off than you. <p>Something about the brusquely imperative nature of the name of (3600 16th St.) leaves a foul (fowl?) taste in our mouths, but in fact this quaint crepery manages to serve up tasty, hardy and hefty portions, as does the somewhat more elegant (216 Church St.). With a variety of concoctions combining crepes, eggs and a variety of meats and veggies, each is a popular spot for post-bender absorption brunches.
With its giant wrap-around patio flanking Market and Noe streets, (2298 Market St.) is not the place to hide on laundry day — unless you happen to own a pair of fabulous cat-eye sunglasses — as you're bound to run into someone you know. (2337 Market St.) has become a popular hangout along the Market Street corridor by providing great views of the busy sidewalk outside and serving dependable American diner fare (a.k.a. "comfort food") with a gourmet twist.
(2362 Market St.) dishes up traditional but tasty fish and a modicum of other treats for landlubbers. It boasts one of the few open-air eating spaces in the 'hood, semi-enclosed with heaters for those chilly summer brunches.
There's no earthly reason to take guests to Fisherman's Wharf to get New England Clam Chowder,outlet prada [D3000 sleeve head can take this effect - Niko], freshly-shucked oysters, or fresh crab, when you can get diner-style counter service at the clean, non-frilly (579 Castro St.). You can even get oysters to go.
Anything from the wood-fire oven is a good choice at super-popular, pocketbook-friendly (215 Church St.).
(288 Noe St.) — or La Med, as it's colloquially called — offers consistently delicious Middle Eastern fare at reasonable prices. <p>Tea aficionados and those looking for a break from coffee culture have a retreat in (498 Sanchez St.), where more than 100 whole-leaf teas and herbal infusions from around the globe are offered in a contemporary yet serene environment. Samovar also offers a range of globally inspired breakfast items and small plates.
If you're in a hurry, (2285 Market St.) provides a nice alternative to sit-down restaurant fare, with quality pre-made foods like wraps, pasta,polo ralph lauren, sandwiches and soups, and excellent pre-made rice and vegetarian/vegan salads. The sidewalk outside the store sometimes turns into an impromptu picnic area, especially on sunny weekend afternoons.
Amasia Hidei (149 Noe St.), tucked away in a quiet corner of Duboce Triangle, breaks form with the very fusion-y sounding sushi crepes.
Longtime favorite (599 Castro St.) sprang from their almost secretive location in Duboce Triangle smack onto Castro Street, eschewing its old ornate ornamentation for a slick, edgy interior.
Favorites in the mesmerizing pastry case at (2239 Market St.) are tiramisu and the black-bottom tart — a devilish combination of blackberries and chocolate custard — though it's hard to go wrong with any of the cookies,outlet prada, pies, tarts and cakes. At <stribg>Hot Cookie</strong> (407 Castro St.), snickerdoodles and assorted macadamia nut cookies join old favorites, like chocolate chip and brownies. As the name implies, they're fresh out of the oven.
For more Castro restaurants, check out these .
Gifts & novelties
With its quirky, creative window displays, (479 Castro St.) is an institution. It's a real hardware store, and they do sell tools, but they also stock fun gifts, toys, games, cookware and kitchenware, and nice things for the bar. At (549 Castro St.), you can usually find some remarkable artisanal goods,longchamp, and proceeds benefit local AIDS service organizations.
For used books,moncler doudoune, try the cozy Aardvark (227 Church St.), which also sells rare books and a wide range of magazines. (2350 Market St.) specializes in hard-to-find and out-of-print vinyl, but it's also a great place to find used recent releases.
(2351 Market St.) has fashion attitude to spare and stocks all the prestige brands beloved by the gay community.
For secondhand clothes, at Crossroads Trading Co. (2123 Market St.) you'll find acres of last year's Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and Diesel,polo ralph lauren pas cher, Diesel,lunette ray ban pas cher, Diesel; Keep your eyes peeled — you'll occasionally find some serious gems here.
Call it cliché, but if you want flowers, honey, you came to the right neighborhood. Ixia's (2231 Market St.) abstract, otherworldly arrangements in the window send a strong message: No mums here. Their eclectic collection of exotic flowers,jordan femme,Glendale,borse prada, Ariz, dried branches and other natural detritus somehow lend themselves to truly breathtaking bouquets. (4029 18th St.) takes care of everything else, with a substantial collection of everything from over-the-top orchids to hum-drum mums.
Where you'd want to go in the Castro depends largely on who you are and whom you like to look at. Strangely, there are no bars specifically for women in the Castro, so lesbians should know that they might find more female company at Harvey's or The Café than at Detour. Gentlemen over the age of 40 might want to head straight to Twin Peaks. Regardless of who you are,prada borse, you'll see plenty of lesbians, gay men and their friends and fans at the following places.
Many of the restaurants in the Castro have a vibrant bar scene attached, especially at happy hour. If you don't want to brave the crowds at the bars, stop into Mecca, 2223 Restaurant and Bar,polo lacoste, Lime or Home for a quick sip, nibble and flirt.
Previously the Elephant Walk bar, site of a brutal anti-gay beating by S.F. police officers in 1979,polo lacoste pas cher The western culture ten Datong - Liu K, the now glitzy and popular (500 Castro St.) is a perfect place for people watching and has a great beer selection.
In Twin Peaks (410 Castro St.) gather our village elders. And for this it is known by an appalling epithet: the Glass Coffin. Be that as it may, men of all ages may enter and be welcomed.
(4149 18th St.) is neighborhood bar par excellence, with zero attitude, manly men and stiff drinks; small wonder so many community groups choose it as a spot to convene.
Outside (4067 18th St.), a line of clean-cut young bucks extends down the block. Inside,The can grow, enormous TV screens are everywhere the eye darts. Most of the guys here are only slight variations on a single (in this case, a buttoned-down and buttoned-up) theme, but it's a comfortable place to watch TV with other men.
File under "M": (4086 18th St.) and (4049 18th St.) — scarcely a block apart, both quintessential Castro haunts — can be largely interchangeable, yet each is endearing and accessible, no-fuss joints where you can go have a beer and shoot pool and rub elbows with the local hoi polloi. If only The Edge (see above) also began with the same letter, we'd have a complete set.
(2170 Market St.) carries its history as a former speakeasy like a torch. Located literally underneath the historic Swedish American Building, it'd be a sublime place for a secret rendezvous if it weren't so dang popular. Nightly live music ranges from the best in swing to an adventurously booked experimental lounge night.
Formerly a gay piano bar, today (1942 Market St.) offers this city's best and, not coincidentally, queerest karaoke experience. With more than 3,000 (free) song selections, a refreshingly diverse crowd and an almost familylike atmosphere, this popular nightspot inevitably provides feel-good fun for those who like their fave tunes de/reconstructed by amateurs, wanna-bes, occasional real-life rockers and the far, far too drunk.
One of the most excellent rocker bars in the city,air jordan femme, Lucky 13 (2140 Market St.) plays up its name to the hilt, with evil "black cat" and "luck-of-the-draw" iconography on the logo T-shirts they sell. The jukebox is heavy and diverse, the pool table's always busy and the pinball machines upstairs provide an excellent retreat.
(225 Church St.) is airy, and the ceiling is covered in a blue pressed tin you just don't find too often nowadays. The patio is sunny during the day and has a fountain where little fishies swim around. There are lots of old faves on the jukebox, and an eclectic, good-looking crowd.
- Updated by Sean Timberlake, Special to SF Gate
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<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-12350" title="frank-ocean-love" src="alt="" width="300" height="168" />On July 4, Frank Ocean celebrated Independence Day by posting on his Tumblr page an open letter detailing the same-sex relationship that was his first true love affair. In just two deeply moving,prada, marvelously written paragraphs,nike air jordan, the singer became a trending topic — the first male R&B star to out himself and challenge notions of masculinity long linked to both his chosen musical genre and the black community.
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2. Certain types of women are hopelessly attracted to gay men.
Lena Dunham’s says it all: “A lot can be explained by the fact that Frank Ocean came out and NOW I have a crush on him.” Is it masochism or the safety of not having to commit that leads some ladies to covet the forbidden fruit (no pun in intended)? Stay tuned to HBO’s “Girls” to find out.
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Ocean didn’t need to tell us that his first love was a man,ralph lauren pas cher, and by doing so, he put an awful lot on the line. As many have pointed out,gucci borse prezzi, the hip-hop and R&B communities haven’t always been particularly welcoming of gay people, and copping to a same-sex romance put him in a potentially awkward position vis-à-vis his allegedly homophobic homies in the L.A. rap crew Odd Future. Why did he do it? Maybe because his heart is still heavy — anyone who’s read his Tumblr can see that — and by opening up about these things, he brings himself closer to fans and heightens the power of his music. Knowing what we know, it’s impossible to hear Channel Orange without equating the talented guy behind the music with the brave guy behind the letter. In that sense, his gamble can’t fail.
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Flash sales have awakened the animal spirits of competitive shopping in a bargain-hungry nation. If you’re among those who can’t resist the allure of the flash sale there are a few of things you can do to at least minimize potential damage:
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