Washington Square, San Francisco

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Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California, and is one of the city’s first parks, established in 1847. It is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's (restaurant) and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The Square is a natural community gathering place with a long history. Festivals, free movie nights and other special events are hosted there throughout the year.HistoryJasper O’FarrellWashington Square Park, now the heart of North Beach, has been many things over the years. Juana Briones grew potatoes and raised cattle here, before Jasper O’Farrell laid out San Francisco’s street grid in 1847, and designated this block a city square. Later, neglected by the city, it was used as an unofficial dump bordering a cemetery. Improvements came slowly, but by the 1860s, it was used for Fourth of July celebrations, and later the square hosted Columbus Day celebrations and Italian festivals.Originally, it was a complete rectangle, all the way to Powell Street. But in 1873-1875, the City built Columbus Avenue, then known as Montgomery, cutting through the Square. The avenue was built, evidently, because business and banking interests in the Financial District wanted greater interaction with North Beach, which was isolated, geographically, by the hills, the Barbary Coast, and Chinatown.Ben FranklinThe Base of the statue is a Temperance fountain donated in 1879 by Temperance crusader Henry D. Cogswell
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  • This area is quaint interesting bit groovy and boardersjon the Italian area . Lots of cafes bars and pizzerias. Lots of character and interesting shops  more »
  • When in my trip to San Francisco Bay, I passed this place. The square is a garden which is decorated with grass green and shady trees. Beautiful effect. Many families come here to relax, see their children running around in the garden, where they own a chat together with other parents. Next to the square, stands the Church of SS Peter Paul is a church & place menikahnya Marilyn Monroe
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  • .. .a lot of tramps in this beautiful and great Park in the neighborhood of Little italy. A post office is on one side of the Park. Very convenient.
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  • This park has been here for a long, long, Long while. And!... they've been keeping up on the maintenance. It really does look great. So, if you can get those little cheeks moving on up the hill, you will begin a wonderful little bit of extacy if your timing is good. It's a fair sized park and it's on top of a big hill so take your time, go easy on yourself. There are many things to explore not to mention that it's a people park, firstly. It used to have a reputation of being a hot pick up place for gay men. I'm not up on all of that stuff and I haven't been hit on yet, but maybe the 2 yr. old at my side may have something to do with it. Times do change. Things were most definitely different 30 yrs ago. Yea, I know I'm a genius but reality calls. Seriously DO GO check it out. I've heard that evenings are the cruising times but the whole environment is wonderful. Another great city park. Alright San Francisco. Go enjoy this park or one of many for which we should be grateful. Amen. Shake the person's hand to your right or left, go on out there in this beautiful city of ours and get recreated!!! Its fun. You might like it...
  • Great place to come anytime of the day just to sit in the park and take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding. There are seating benches all around the park, and lots of friendly like minded people around. The bus going to to Coit tower passes through the road beside the park. Definitely also check that place out when visiting here.
  • Nice park. Not a lot of shade. Good spot for tai chi or walking the dog.
  • Great place to chill out in the heart of Little Italy. There's such a wide choice of places to eat and drink around here you are spoilt for choice or just a great place to sit on the grass and watch the world go by with amazing views of the cathedral and Coit Tower. There's lots of buses run passed here so it's an easy place to get to from most parts of the city.
  • Totally San Francisco. Casual park, nothing fancy just a beautiful manicured lawn, park benches, beautiful surroundings. People relaxing, soaking up the sunshine others exercising or picnicking. There's even a public toilet by the bus stop.

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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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