Once just a swampy divide between downtown and East Oakland, Lake Merritt, nexus of the Grand Lake neighborhood, is now a destination-worthy cultural hub, thanks to a $122 million renovation. With fresh green expanses, a revamped bird sanctuary, and one heck of a beautified lagoon, you’ll come for the nature but end up staying for the food.
Back in 2013, the Bay Area Bikeshare system launched. Around 700 light blue bikes were set up around San Francisco and San Jose, available for people to rent for an hour or more to scoot about town. Two years later, the program, considered an astounding success with nearly a half million riders, plans on not only adding 7,000 more bikes but also expanding to the East Bay. Sweeeet.
For this week’s Scenes of the City, Burning Man cofounder John Law, who referred to himself as the "Quasimodo” of the Tribune Tower, takes us to the top of downtown Oakland's 305-foot Tribune Tower, which is steeped in history and mystery.
Close that Sprig app, call some friends, and make a gastronomic date at one of these choice spots.
Just because it's wet outside doesn't mean you have to stay holed up inside your apartment. We rounded up some of the best indoor activities around Oakland to motivate you to explore on days when the weather has you dreading the outdoors.
The joyful sound of wheels grinding against cement could be heard all throughout West Oakland over the weekend, as Levi's revealed a revamped skate park in DeFremery Park.
First Friday is the perfect time to get to know Oakland. It’s a swirling, lively collection of open galleries, events, and food trucks. Every bar is jumping, every stage is occupied, and every part of the city is ready to be seen. Take BART or a Lyft instead of trying to park, carry cash for the staggering food truck lineup, and bring along your sense of adventure.