I love this cool artwork out on the sidewalk in front of Nozaru Ramen Bar in Normal Heights!
Makes me want to eat there!
It’s New Year’s Eve. This morning and afternoon I walked through the Gaslamp Quarter to see what’s in store for the midnight celebrations.
Up and down Fifth Avenue the restaurants, bars and hotels were getting ready. Workers were sweeping sidewalks, putting up balloons.
I see the Gaslamp Quarter has big plans for the future. According to some information you can read in one photo, Fifth Avenue is to become the Gaslamp Promenade–a sprawling urban plaza. I’m sure it will be opulent and amazing.
Apart from one photo in particular, in the morning I didn’t point my camera at the numerous homeless, who sleep on the sidewalk and in doorways before being ushered along.
The Gaslamp Quarter contains some very stark contrasts. There is material self-indulgence, and there is despair.
Hopefully, in the New Year, there’s more heart.
Is a new live music venue, nightclub or restaurant coming to 640 C Street in downtown San Diego? It sure looks that way!
In the past few days musicians have been painted on the windows of the 1928 Hamilton Fine Foods Building at the corner of Seventh Avenue and C Street. I noticed today that the stylish artwork is nearly finished. There are images of musicians that seem be be performing jazz, blues and even some country.
(All I know about the Hamilton Building is that when I first moved downtown it was the home of the San Diego Computer Museum, which displayed some of the earliest computers and had a Computer Hall of Fame. I visited that museum once and it was awesome–but that was years before I started Cool San Diego Sights. The San Diego Computer Museum closed their doors in 2006.)
These painted musicians are a mystery to me!
It occurred to me after I published this blog that I didn’t take photos of the historic building, with its striking “columns” and classical friezes.
I walked by at a later time with my old camera, and got a few quick shots.
This morning, during my walk along the Embarcadero, I paused at Tuna Harbor to watch commercial fishermen unloading a huge catch!
Dozens of what appeared to be bigeye tuna were lifted from the fishing boat by crane and immediately placed in ice-filled containers. A forklift transported the fresh fish to nearby Chesapeake Fish Company, where locally caught seafood is processed, then express shipped to restaurants and stores near and far.
I took a cool photo through Chesapeake Fish Company’s foggy processing viewing window!
If you ate fish today, it’s possible you’re looking at your meal!
I had a half hour to do whatever I pleased before work yesterday, so I got off the trolley at Old Town and took a short stroll around the State Park.
I noticed some of the shops and restaurants are already getting ready for Dia de los Muertos. A few skeletons and skulls greeted me!
The very popular Day of the Dead event in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be celebrated on November 1-3, 2019.
That will definitely be a fun weekend!
The construction of the new Portside Pier on the Embarcadero is well advanced, and the new structure is beginning to look really cool!
This morning I walked along the Embarcadero near the Cruise Ship Terminal and Star of India. As I approached the Portside Pier’s over-the-water construction site, I was so intrigued by what I saw I decided to take these photos. I was particularly fascinated by the work being done from a floating platform beneath the building!
This project of the Brigantine Restaurant will eventually replace the demolished Anthony’s Fish Grotto, a San Diego landmark that produced many fond memories in the minds of locals and tourists alike. I’m hopeful the new two-story Portside Pier, with its multiple eateries and public observation deck, will produce many more such great memories in the not-too-distant future.
Check out my super cool last photo! I took it through a convenient hole in the surrounding fence!
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