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Scenes of the City: 4th of July in Bernal Heights

No matter where you spent your 4th of July in the Bay Area, you were in for a spectacular show. Here are some shots from Bernal Hill with a nice view overlooking the city. Where did you watch?

Scenes of the City: Electric Bike Shop in Bernal Heights

Brett and Karen Thurber opened The New Wheel, an innovative ebike shop in Bernal Heights, this past March. The shop features a variety of pedal assist bikes to help out with the many San Francisco hills. The "optimistic bike shop" was founded in 2010 in North Beach and features a full bike maintenance shop for conventional bikes along with electric bikes. They even have their own charging station (fashioned to look like a gas pump) at their sidewalk entrance. Stop by to meet Brett and Karen, and experience their excellent customer service and take an electric bike for a test ride around Bernal Heights.

Scenes of the City: America's Cup Preparation

With the arrival of several key parts of their new AC 72 (America's Cup 72-foot sail), Oracle is practicing in San Francisco Bay. We went behind the scenes at Oracle's giant Pier 80 complex to catch the latest America's Cup action happening in our backyard. 

Scenes of the City: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Beautiful, sunny weather shone upon the 2,000 amateur and professional athletes who braved the 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz to the Marina Green. From the Marina, they took an 18-mile bike ride through hilly SF and finished it off with an 8-mile run that included the famous sand ladder at Baker Beach. Andy Potts of Colorado Springs won today for the 5th time setting a course record for the most ever won by a male. Leanda Cave won for the women.

Scenes of the City: Sunday's Annular Eclipse

If you had any energy left after Bay to Breakers madness, then a bit after five o'clock yesterday you were treated to a rare annular solar eclipse with about 84% of the sun covered by the moon.

Scenes of the City: AMGEN Tour of California Bike Race

The prestigious Amgen Tour of California passed through our great city on Monday morning, leaving the Marina waterfront at 11 am. The eight-day cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. Fans lined the streets of the City as the peloton sped west, and then sharply turned south following the Great Highway out of town. Enjoy photos from the starting line.

Scenes of the City: Sunday Streets in the Mission

Sunday Streets took place in the Mission yesterday with loads of music, bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, and absolutely gorgeous weather. Valencia Street was closed to car traffic from 14th to 24th St. and 24th was closed from Valencia to Hampshire St. Three more Sunday Streets will take place in the Mission this summer (June 3, July 1, and August 5) and Dogpatch, Chinatown, the Panhandle, and the Outer Mission will also be car-free on certain Sundays through October. Check the full schedule here

Scenes of the City: Red Bull Ride + Style

For the 2nd year in a row the Red Bull Ride + Style took over Justin Herman Plaza. The event focused on infusing the fixed gear biking culture with the work of several local SF artists on the obstacle course. The day consisted of bike races around the course and then a series of free style duels on jumps and rails. Enjoy the slideshow.

Scenes of the City: Dolores Park's New Playground

Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not. 

Scenes of the City: Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

In a hole-in-the-wall on Ross Alley between Washington and Jackson Streets in Chinatown, you'll find one the city's hidden gems, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

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