Things to look for in the Bay Area

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    Jan 05, 2009 8:47 AM GMT
    I should be moving to the Bay Area late this Summer for grad school and I've been there several times now, but wanted to know what interesting things should I visit.
    1. I'm into just about every type of music except opera, so great music venues to know would be awesome and record stores.

    2. Also, great book stores where I can sit down and maybe have a cup of tea and browse books; somewhere that isn't Borders or B&N, I can do that in DC since indy bookstores are far and few in between.

    3.Of course some great LGBT related places, I'm NOT so much into the club or bar scene, unless it is playing some alternative, not mainstream dance music such as stuff one would hear in a Vintage clothing store.

    4. Also, what are some safe neighborhoods that are decently priced but not too far away from the culture of the areas.

    5. And some decent gyms where it is not always so damn crowded and somewhere I won't be locked into a long-term contract.

    Thanks so much for any help!
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    Jan 05, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    A couple of questions. Which school will you be attending? Are you planning on living in the city?
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    Jan 05, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    The Academy of Art & was planning on living in the city if I could afford it, or possibly Berkeley or in Oakland Chinatown. But I'm willing to discover other neighborhoods if it's safe and is close to the BART.
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    Jan 05, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    Welcome to SF. It's a great place. If I were you, I would make every effort to live in the city. There are lots of great neighborhoods that are safe and have easy access to downtown. Email me if you want more in depth info. Oakland and Berkeley are also great and probably cheaper, but pay attention to Bart access and safety.

    As far as all the other things you mentioned, there are lots of choices on all fronts. Tons of great bookstores (though not so many of the cafe variety), museums, music venues, etc. It's hard to list them all here.
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    Jan 05, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    As msldup mentioned, do your best to live in the city at least for a few to feel it out and see if it's for you! If not, East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and what not) is just over the bridge and a BART ride away!
    As for neighborhoods in the city, there's a variety of GREAT areas and some that we can do without. And if you want additional info drop me an email and I'll get more specific as well.
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    Just thought you might like a link to a good website for what's on in the city. It'll give you a good idea of what's happening. It's the website for the Chronicle, our main newspaper.
    http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/

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    Jan 06, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    I'm a grad student at the Academy as well. Look up listings on Craig's list. Treasure Island has a lot of group houses (usually 3-4 people) that are usually all Ac of Art students as well. Usually you can get an apartment to share for about $500 - $700. If your classes are late - this may be a problem as you get there by bus (check the schedule --- this is the cheapest I have found). As far as gyms - there is a bunch of 24 hr gyms - they are everywhere and you can get a daily pass. ClubOne sells a 10 pass block that is pretty cheap - depends on what you are looking for. There is a lot of boxing gyms that are more gyms than health clubs - they will cut a deal - depends on the equipment you need.

    As far as areas - check out the Haight - fun area with misc coffee shops and bookstores, etc.
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    Jan 06, 2009 5:10 AM GMT
    live close to school or you will spend a lot of time commuting on muni and bart.
    there are many a4a bldgs- no central campus that i am aware of. which ones will you be going to? mark them on a map. live close to them.

    as for as things to see and places to go, figure that out once youre here and settled in.

    not that this is YOUR story, but i live near A of A student dorms and the turn over is VERY high. the kids come every semester, they are more fascinated by the City than their coursework and then in about a year realize that its all very expensive and being a part time waiter sucks and the fascination with SF ends and they vanish- because the school was an excuse to come here.

    again, im not saying this is the case with you, but my advice to you would be not to get caught up with all the distractions- or maybe indulge yourself with some control.


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    Jan 06, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
    I would look OUT for a1972Guy and HighVoltageGuy....they're crazy!

    (in a good way. they rock!)
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    Jan 06, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    My favorite venues:

    Fillmore
    Boom Boom Room
    Great American Music Hall
    The Warfield
    Slim's


    Record Stores:

    Amoeba...what?




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    Jan 06, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    What will you be studying?
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    Jan 08, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    THANKS EVERYONE for your responses, I really appreciate it! To respond to a few questions and comments: I'm going to school for Interior Design, I'm really excited about it and can't wait to start. After reading one comment, I did have to take a moment to think if I was ready to go into the program and ready to move across the country and I now I am much more sure about it, so thanks! I just can't stand doing anything else and my mind swirls with so many ideas of redoing others homes and creating interiors for restaurants, so I might as well get started doing something that I love. The alternative would be working jobs that I hate, getting up in the morning to face another day feeling unfulfilled. Besides if I don't like it for some reason, then I'll move on just a little more in student loans.

    Besides that, thanks again for the spots everyone has suggested and if anyone has anymore suggestions, please post them or send me a message. Also, feel free to add me as a buddy on the site! icon_biggrin.gif


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    Jan 08, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    1. The Opera in SF is out of this world good. I'd reconsider your ban. Other than that, go to Amoeba and look at any flier. You'll be connected to 30 venues in an instant.

    2. Green Apple books on Clement and 7th in the Richmond is so good it makes me cry. All kinds of used/new books and tons of readings. I go there and feel like I'm in SF.

    3. LGBT center on Market and Duboce? (I think that is the intersection, but I usually walk there and forget what the exact address is). They have tons of social events and great fun festivities. Lesbian Bingo Night. Latkas, Vodkas, and More Pre-Hanukkah Party. Outstanding.

    4. Ahem...
    Castro: Pricey but ridiculously safe.
    Mission: Affordable, yet hipster central and kinda sketch if you grew up in a farm but typical city safe if you have been in any city.
    Tenderloin: Not safe.
    Bayview/Visitation Valley: Tenderloin suburbs.

    5. Valencia Street Muscle. I paid $430 for a year. No contract. No crowds.

    Hopes this helps.
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    Jan 03, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    Yo, I was going through the same thing when I moved here!

    I found this online directory www.gaypinkspots.com. I found a lot of gay friendly gyms that offer discount to our community.