Guest Blogger from NYC

Welcome%20mat.JPGHey San Fran!
I am a writer for NYC Metblogs and am out in your fair city for a few days for business. I get to come out here every few months, and I can’t tell you how much I love it here… Friendly people, beautiful scenery, a moderate climate with season changes, and so much fun stuff to do!

So, I always look at it as a great opportunity to get out here when I can, and this is no different. I am in online advertising sales, so as you can imagine, my schedule is chocked full of meetings, and taking some clients out to dinner… But, with the little down time I have, I plan on walking around the city as much as possible. Last time, I walked from my hotel by the Bay Bridge (is that the Financial District, by the way?) down to Ghirardelli Square. This time, I am staying right by Union Square, so it is a new area to explore.

Anyway, I am at JFK Airport now, taking off on JetBlue to Oakland shortly. I will be posting a few times during the 3 day trip, mainly about the vast differences between NY and SF. Thanks for reading, and please comment away!

10 Comments so far

  1. 49Giants (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    Welcome to our little piece of real estate, Noah.

    I thought I’d offer a small piece of advice. Read the posts submitted by Wayan and the comments that accompany them. He’s a MB’er from DC, and he didn’t really rub off well here. I don’t want the same to happen to you. So heads up, yah?

    Oh, and Blondies Pizza is about 2 blocks from Union Square, across the street from Urban Outfitter.

  2. sw (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    Good heads up from 49Giants.

    The area around the Bay Bridge is South Beach. Here’s a map that shows the districts:

    Welcome! I look forward to hearing a New Yorker’s impression of SF!

  3. tyler82 (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    The weather has been incredible here you won’t want to go back!

  4. Noah (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    Thanks for all the welcomes, everyone!

    @49Giants: Yea, you really got into it with Wayan… I am sure I won’t have the same issue.

    @SW: Thanks for the area map! It will help. I like walking around SF a lot, so it will totally come in handy.

    @Tyler: I stepped off the plane at around 9, and the weather was chilly but not as much as NYC. It seems more mild here overall, which I am cool with.

  5. j james (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    i know it has been discussed many times before but please don’t call us “san fran”.

    if anything let’s debate ownership of the term “the city”.

    i proffer exhibits A and B –

  6. Bill Logan (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    Don’t go to Blondie’s Pizza!

    What are you looking to see when you walk around San Francisco? I’m sure people will have suggestions. If you’re looking for a hike, you could visit Ghirardelli Square again, but this time going by way of the Stockton Tunnel, Chinatown, and North Beach if you haven’t walked them before (I’m guessing you went by way of the Embarcadero last time).

  7. Noah (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 11:10 am

    Yes, last time I did go down the Embarcadero. This time, I am open. I have much less time than last visit, as I am taking clients out tonight for dinner and probably drunken fun, and then tomorrow, my last meeting is at 4:00 then a 9:30 flight. So I will have a few hours tomorrow afternoon and that is prob about it. Suggestions?

  8. dln (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    If you have time, get on the 38 or 38L bus (MUNI) westward and go all the way to the end/ocean. You’ll be at the sutro baths, and can enjoy a beautiful short hike north along the cliffs and end up with a spectacular view of the golden gate bridge, from the “other” side.

  9. Bill Logan (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    If you’ve only got a few hours, I’d probably stay in the general downtown area. As DLN suggests, you could take public transportation to see the non-touristy neighorhoods of the city, but I wouldn’t risk it if you’re on a deadline. Something for another time.

    Perhaps walk up Stockton Street, through the Stockton Street Tunnel and you’ll be in the non-touristy part of Chinatown (as opposed to the very touristy first part of Grant Ave.). Keep going down Stockton all the way to Columbus and you’ll be in North Beach. You could wander around there and then walk back towards Union Square on Grant Ave.

    Alternatively, you could walk up and around Nob Hill. No real route to suggest there, although depending on what time you’re doing this, you could head to the Cable Car Museum, which I think is really interesting and not too time-consuming (and free, unlike the rip-off fare charged on the Cable Cars themselves).

  10. Liz Henry (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    Hi Noah! You seem so familiar! I hope everyone gives you good directions and that you learn all the secrets of the city. Also, the Crow Bar on Broadway has Ms. Pacman in case the urge to play dorky video games hits you hard.

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