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Business Owner Recognized For Heroism; Macchiarini Design Turns Seventy
This weekend, Edson Garcia, the owner of Brioche Bakery and Café on Columbus Avenue, was honored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin and the North Beach Business Association for a remarkable act of courage. 

Washington Square Mitigation Plan Finally In Place; Meanwhile, Ten Trees Gone
If you’ve been reading the blog, you already know Washington Square Park faces temporary closure in the coming months for renovations. Here at the SFNBBA, we’ve been lobbying the city and S.F. Recreation & Park for months.

SFNBBA Wins Neighborhood Protections In Face Of Washington Square Park Closure
The impending closure of Washington Square Park has got the neighborhood stirred up, and the people at the SFNBBA have been on the case. Take a look at this week's post to find out what we've accomplished–and what you should expect for Washington Square.

Empty Spaces: New Report Sheds Light On North Beach Vacancies
The vacancy crisis in North Beach is an ongoing concern, and this month we received some new data on the problem. According to a new report conducted by the San Francisco North Beach Business Association (SFNBBA) in cooperation with Telegraph Hill Dwellers and North Beach Neighbors, the numbers are jarring: over the past three years, the number of vacant ground-floor commercial spaces in the neighborhood has doubled.

It’s Always Sunny In North Beach: North Beach Festival Weekend Is Here
The very first street fair in America, The North Beach Festival has been the blueprint for neighborhood fairs and block parties for decades. And this weekend, we're celebrating the festival for the 64th time. In other news, is there trouble on the horizon for Washington Square Park?

On Eve Of North Beach Festival, Neighborhood Fights Washington Square Park Closure
There is always plenty afoot in North Beach, and this month is no exception: the annual North Beach Festival, due to hit our streets on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, is always a monster event. We’re expecting a record turnout for our 64th year.

North Beach Rising: Neighborhood Rallies With Series Of Events
North Beach is a special neighborhood for many reasons. The events of recent weeks illustrate just one of them: Since the tragic fire of March 17th hollowed out the historic building at the 600 block of Union Street, North Beach has responded with grace, and with unity. 

This Week's News, And The North Beach Wine Walk Returns
The Wine Walk returns to North Beach on May 4th, the North Beach lights debut....and lots more news on the best neighborhood anywhere.

In Wake Of 4-Alarm Union Street Fire, North Beach Picks Up The Pieces
North Beach was hit with a huge fire Saturday that engulfed the building that faces Union Street between Columbus Avenue and Powell Street, threatening the entire block with flames that soared more than 50 feet into the air above the structure.

SF Beer Week Pours Into North Beach
The 7X7 North Beach Beerfest. It's What You're Doing This Weekend.

And The Band Played On: North Beach's Music Scene Persists
From Keystone Korner and the Jazz Workshop through to Mabuhay Gardens, North Beach has hosted more serious music venues than most major cities ever enjoy. Of course, those places are gone now; all things wax and wane. But newcomers are rife, and as a result the Beach remains San Francisco's best neighborhood for live music.

North Beach: The Best Place To Shop For The Holidays
Here in North Beach, we are largely insulated from the retail madness of Union Square and the Market Street shopping district. And if you were going to build a movie set depicting an idyllic Christmas, it would probably look a lot like this neighborhood.

We Love It Local: A North Beach Noël
It’s often said that people who live in North Beach need never leave the neighborhood; not if they don’t want to, anyway. It’s all here: the coolest shops, the best restaurants, the coziest bars, and the sunniest park benches. It’s not untrue.

North Beach Days of Summer
North Beach truly has it all, and this list focuses on lunch.  I guess that is because it is lunch time for me.  I think I will get a slice of my own advice.