Is North East San Francisco The “Northeast” Of San Francisco?

San Francisco is a city comprised of transplants. But are there an unusual number of transplants from “back east” living in the north east part of city? Have the Marina, Russian Hill and North Beach neighborhoods become the “Northeast” area of San Francisco?

Being born and raised on the east coast provided an insight to the nuances associated with people from the Northeast. Below is a list [in no particular order] of “anthropological observations” that make a case for why this particular area of the city has become so desirable for people from the Northeast to settle in.

1] If you lose your Red Sox hat, you can easily replace it as there are normally four Boston hats in every “lost and found” at bars in Russian Hill

2] Brunch is not a meal. It’s a pastime.

3] People wear suits to bars

4] Number of areas where sailboats are visible, thus sparking off-topic nautical conversations

5] Striped shirts from the 8th grade remain in style

6] 9 times out of 10, the Dartmouth alumni reunion is held at Tonic

7] Going anywhere west of the Marina or south of Russian Hill is considered a road trip

8] If a “Bud heavy” is ordered at a bar the bartender knows what you’re asking for

9] A surfboard, largely unused and hardly scratched, is kept in a highly visible place in an apartment.

10] The insistence that Cow Hollow is an actual neighborhood

11] It’s tough to find a juke box in the Marina that doesn’t celebrate the entire musical career of Dave Matthews.

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13 Responses to “Is North East San Francisco The “Northeast” Of San Francisco?”


    • 2 dmadey April 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Awesome! I’m stoked you like it. Just added a new “observation” compliments Rhode Island-native / SF Western Additioner, Aaron Arruda.

  1. 3 sf_jef April 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    During football season at the Kilowatt, all the Patriot fans congregate on the old stage in the back. They like to think it’s some type of elevated VIP section, but it’s really just a good way of sectioning them off because no one can stand them. Similarly, if New Englanders and New Yorkers want to stake out the Marina, Russian Hill and North Beach, that’s acceptable collateral damage, but just stay up there. -At least until it’s time to move home.

  2. 5 Johnny G April 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Too true. Whenever I meet someone in the City who is from the East Coast, they always tell me that they live in the Marina. To this I laugh, and then they ask why? I tell them that East Coasters are the only people who would live in such a place due to their naiveté about how the Marina burns down in every major earthquake. I laugh. They sob.

    As a California native, there is nothing I hate more than suits. I love not having to wear them at work, and I hate seeing people wearing them at bars. So this post hits close to home.

  3. 6 Ewan Plaza April 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    It’s definitely full of guidos and douchebags.

  4. 7 Mickey April 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I wish they would go back to the northeast, too.

  5. 8 Mr. Paul April 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    This is a bit of hyperbole. The East Coast, and yes even NJ, has as nuanced a geography as the neighborhoods of SF. For those familiar with NJ, the Marina is the western equivalent of Hoboken (or Broboken colloquially). It’s full of dbag bros who work in finance and throw around money and bleached blonde, fake tanned girls with large chests.

    There are those of us from NJ who live a bit south of Russian Hill and love it. The TL is truly like home.

  6. 9 dmadey April 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    “Broboken” = hilarious.

    In all fairness, New York (specifically my Long Island roots) could just as well be worked into the “observations,” but who doesn’t like bagging on Red Sox fans?

  7. 10 Larry Chandler April 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Item # 1: The word is “lose” not “loose.”

  8. 12 dmon May 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    How is New England to the west but Boston to the East?


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