Monthly Archive: October 2013

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Halloween in the Castro: Then & Now

THEN: The traditional Castro Halloween street party was first established in 1946 by Cliff’s Variety Store owner, Ernie DeBaca, who decided to hold a costume contest for the local children. The kids came dressed in mostly DIY outfits and with items purchased from his all purpose store. They assembled in front...

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Crime Roundup: Amid city shootings Castro mostly quiet

Amid the multiple shootings happening throughout the city including just outside of the Castro in the Lower Haight and the Mission, reported crimes inside the Castro appear to be down from a few months ago when we were reporting multiple robberies and assaults per week. It’s too soon to call...

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Castro Trick or Treat! Week End Fun

Halloween aka Gay Christmas is quickly approaching and the City is abuzz with events, parties and only during October spooktacular special affairs. While the huge Castro Street Halloween holiday party is no more and part of neighborhood folk-lore there’s still a lot of great things to do for you and every one...

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Castro Business News: Open, Closing, Reviews & Rumors

The Castro is its own micro-ecosystem within San Francisco’s larger, ever-changing, and evolving metropolis. Tidbits of news and rumors are always flying about. We thought we would take a quick minute to follow-up on some earlier posts, give you the 411 on a few new items, and pass on one juicy...

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EVENT: Sexy James Franco headed to the Castro

The dashing, jack-of-all-trades, Bay Area native actor James Franco will be making an appearance at the Castro Theatre this Sunday to discuss life, love, Hollywood, and his newest exploit: a book! Yes, when he’s not acting, directing, producing, or teaching, he apparently writes too! His first* book is titled, Actors...

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The Venn On Market St. Up for Grabs-BMR Units Available

The Venn (1844 Market St), one of the Octavia Corridor/Market Street new builds that sits at the foot of the Castro next to the LGBT Center, is set to start allowing tenants to move in by December of 2013. The lease list-price at the self-described, “center of it all”, modern...