Welcome to "Transported", our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Move over, ZipCar. There's a new car-sharing service in town, and it goes by the name of RelayRides. Remember when it wasn't weird for neighbors to share things with eachother, like a cup of sugar or a stick of butter? That's exactly how it works; starting today, RelayRides gives car owners who don't use their vehicles every day the chance to lend their idle autos to neighbors who need them for quick trips around the Bay Area.
In my opinion, Manhattan should be done in a mad three-night journey. It allows you to go for broke without actually succeeding. Instead of staying put though, reserve at two of the city’s newest, swankiest hotels. You’ll get a taste of different sides of the city (and save on cab fares). The Surrey, on a posh block of the Upper East Side, is your one-night splurge. Originally a residential hotel built in the ’20s, its lobby now houses Chuck Close’s painting of Kate Moss. Lauren Rottet’s black and white décor is an elegant mix of modern and traditional design, a relief in the era of Philippe Starck.
Waikiki Beach may have its strengths—cerulean skies, crystal waters, white sand—but you don’t get much world-traveler cred back in SF for it. That’s too bad, because not only is it one of the most gorgeous destinations on the planet, but it’s also been getting a facelift, resort by resort, over the past decade.
After nearly 27,000 votes, we're thrilled to announce that 7x7 readers voted the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center as San Francisco's favorite charity. In addition to our $700, they received an additional contribution from Gump's as recognition for the wonderful work they're doing to protect and nurture San Francisco's children. They will also be profiled in the February issue of the magazine as "A Charity You Love."
In perhaps one of the coolest schemes to raise money and awareness for local non-profit 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers, Anthony Myint (of Commonwealth & Mission Chinese Food fame) and ex-Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison will battle to the death against champions in ping pong games inspired by the new book Everything You Know Is Pong, which is about--you guessed it--ping pong's status in pop culture and world history.