Fun Walking Tour of Ever-Changing North Beach
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The last date listed for Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach was Saturday April 25, 2015 / 2:45pm.
Currently at Washington Square Park
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Featured review from Jacquelyn Nissim
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Tour was great but it would be best to specify where exactly to meet. We waited at the corner of Union and Columbus and finally saw a group under the Fireman statue in the opposite corner.
I learned lots more about SF and to walk through the area with a knowledgeable guide was a blast!
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We bailed out on the tour after another group of people did the same thing. It may be more interesting for tourists, but as a local I was looking for more details about specific buildings rather than stories about the earthquake and fire that...continued
Originally called the Latin Quarter, North Beach (which actually did have a beach some 150 years ago) was a mix of all nationalities until the laying of an “off-the-grid” avenue (later rechristened Columbus Avenue) sent many citizens scattering to other neighborhoods. But not the Italians — they stayed and turned North Beach into Little Italy.
Highlights of this tour include:
- Washington Square Park, one of the country’s “perfect parks”
- The oldest bar in town (unless they build an older one)
- The Condor, home of topless dancing. And bottomless dancing.
- The Killer Piano story
- The Hippodrome, the city’s remaining dance hall from the Barbary Coast era
- The only downtown district to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire** **
- City Lights