Union Square, San Francisco

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at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. It also commemorates U.S. President William McKinley, who had been recently assassinated. Executed by Robert Aitken, the statue at the top of the monument, "Victory", was modeled after a voluptuous Danish-American stenographer and artist's model, Alma de Bretteville (Alma de Bretteville Spreckels), who eventually married one of San Francisco's richest citizens. Peter Booth Wiley, ''National Trust Guide—San Francisco: America's Guide for Architecture and History Travelers'' (John Wiley, 2000), pages 377-379) Another significant change happened between 1939 and 1941 when a large underground parking garage was built under the square; this meant the plaza's lawns, shrubs and the Dewey monument were now on the garage "roof." It was the world's first underground parking garage and was designed by Timothy Pflueger. http: www.visitunionsquaresf.com about_union_square then_and_now - History of Union Square During the late 1970s, and through the 1980s and 1990s, the area became somewhat derelict as the homeless began to camp in the space. San Francisco's rowdy New Year's parties used to happen yearly at the plaza with some sort of civil disruption and rioting happening afterward. In early 1998 city planners began plans to renovate the plaza to create more paved surfaces for easier maintenance, with outdoor cafes, and more levels to the underground garage. Baylife 98. Future, ''San Francisco Chronicle''. Finally in late 2000, the park was partially closed down to renovate the park and the parking garage. Remodel To Close Union Square, ''San Francisco Chronicle''. On July 25, 2002, the park reopened and ceremony was held with then Mayor Willie Brown (Willie Brown (politician)). "Use it; it is your square", said Mayor Willie Brown. A square is born, ''San Francisco Chronicle''. In 2004 Unwire Now, a company founded by entrepreneur Jaz Banga, launched a free Wi-Fi network in Union Square which was championed by Mayor Gavin Newsom. PR Web, Oct. 4th, 2004. The network remains in place today. Today, Union Square retains its role as the ceremonial "heart" of San Francisco, serving as the site of many public concerts & events, art shows, impromptu protests, private parties and events, winter ice rink and the annual Christmas tree and Menorah (Menorah (Hanukkah)) lighting. Public views of the square can be seen from surrounding high places as the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Macy's (Macy's West) top floor, and the Grand Hyatt hotel. With such a diverse and renowned collection of businesses, the neighborhood needed a central organization to help supplement city services and create custom programs to meet the needs of the community. The original Union Square Business Improvement District was founded in 1999 and focused primarily on cleaning and safety issues. Today’s expanded district continues to recognize these needs, while adding marketing, advocacy, streetscapes and capital improvement programs to its portfolio. With a recent 10-year renewal, the BID is committed to making Union Square the best place in the world to live, work, visit and play. http: www.visitunionsquaresf.com the_bid Union Square Business Improvement District Public art thumb Union Square in San Francisco (File:Union Square in San Francisco.jpg) Beginning in 2009, painted heart sculptures from the ''Hearts in San Francisco'' public art installation have been installed in each of the four corners of the square. Each year, the sculptures are auctioned off to benefit the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and new sculptures painted by various artists are installed in their place. Many of the sculptures are permanently relocated to various other locations throughout the city. Economy The Tiffany Building (Tiffany Building (San Francisco)) is an 11 story, 38 Geary Transbay Terminal (San Francisco Transbay Terminal) Point Lobos and 48th Ave. Financial District (Financial District, San Francisco), Union Square (Union Square, San Francisco), Japantown (Japantown, San Francisco, California), Western Addition (Western Addition, San Francisco, California), Richmond (Richmond District, San Francisco), Ocean Beach (Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California) Schedule Route map (PDF) - Utopia Ben relocates to San Francisco along with the other X-Men. ''X-Men: Manifest Destiny'' #2 He reappears putting out fires started by rioting over Proposition X, an anti-mutant reproductive legislation being pushed by the anti-mutant organization "Humanity Now!" ''Dark X-Men Dark Avengers: Utopia'' After the riots subside, the Dark X-Men along with Norman Osborn declare a city-wide curfew for all citizens prohibiting public activity after dark. In Avalanche's (Avalanche (comics)) bar, Match, along with fellow student Hellion (Hellion (comics)) and other mutants angrily decide to cause a scene after curfew hours for all the world to see as a warning against the "fascism" of the Dark X-Men. As Match spreads fire throughout Union Square (Union Square, San Francisco), the Dark X-Men come to arrest the troublemaking mutants. ''Uncanny X-Men'' #513 After a battle, they are taken into custody by the Dark X-Men. ''Dark Avengers'' #7 Eventually Match and the other imprisoned mutants are freed by the X-Force and teleported to the island of Utopia (Asteroid M). ''Dark Avengers Uncanny X-Men: Exodus'' #1


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. Grand hotels and small inns, as well as repertory, off-Broadway, and single-act theaters also contribute to the area's dynamic, 24-hour character. History Union Square was originally a tall sand dune, and the square was later set aside to be made into a public park in 1850. Union Square got its name from the pro-Union rallies held there on the eve of the Civil War. The monument itself is also a tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy. ref


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Railway Muni now plans to build an extension of its Muni Metro system to connect Union Square and Chinatown. The extension, known as the Central Subway, is currently scheduled for completion by 2019. In film Scenes of the square and the surrounding neighborhood were featured in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller ''Vertigo (Vertigo (film))'' (1958) and the opening scene of his ''The Birds (The Birds (film))'' was filmed at the edge of the square—the character Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) looks up and sees hundreds of birds flying in a circular pattern around the column at the center of the square. Francis Ford Coppola shot scenes of ''The Conversation'' (1974) in Union Square, where the bugged conversation which forms the foundation of the movie takes place. Philip Kaufman's 1978 film ''Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 film))'' also features scenes of the square. See also 38 Geary Transbay Terminal (San Francisco Transbay Terminal) Point Lobos and 48th Ave. Financial District (Financial District, San Francisco), Union Square (Union Square, San Francisco), Japantown (Japantown, San Francisco, California), Western Addition (Western Addition, San Francisco, California), Richmond (Richmond District, San Francisco), Ocean Beach (Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California) Schedule Route map (PDF) - Utopia Ben relocates to San Francisco along with the other X-Men. ''X-Men: Manifest Destiny'' #2 He reappears putting out fires started by rioting over Proposition X, an anti-mutant reproductive legislation being pushed by the anti-mutant organization "Humanity Now!" ''Dark X-Men Dark Avengers: Utopia'' After the riots subside, the Dark X-Men along with Norman Osborn declare a city-wide curfew for all citizens prohibiting public activity after dark. In Avalanche's (Avalanche (comics)) bar, Match, along with fellow student Hellion (Hellion (comics)) and other mutants angrily decide to cause a scene after curfew hours for all the world to see as a warning against the "fascism" of the Dark X-Men. As Match spreads fire throughout Union Square (Union Square, San Francisco), the Dark X-Men come to arrest the troublemaking mutants. ''Uncanny X-Men'' #513 After a battle, they are taken into custody by the Dark X-Men. ''Dark Avengers'' #7 Eventually Match and the other imprisoned mutants are freed by the X-Force and teleported to the island of Utopia (Asteroid M). ''Dark Avengers Uncanny X-Men: Exodus'' #1


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; ref Public art thumb Union Square in San Francisco (File:Union Square in San Francisco.jpg) Beginning in 2009, painted heart sculptures from the ''Hearts in San Francisco'' public art installation have been installed in each of the four corners of the square. Each year, the sculptures are auctioned off to benefit the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and new sculptures painted by various artists are installed in their place. Many of the sculptures are permanently


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-38L-layer.pdf Route map (PDF) - Utopia Ben relocates to San Francisco along with the other X-Men. ''X-Men: Manifest Destiny'' #2 He reappears putting out fires started by rioting over Proposition X, an anti-mutant reproductive legislation being pushed by the anti-mutant organization "Humanity Now!" ''Dark X-Men Dark Avengers: Utopia'' After the riots subside, the Dark X-Men along with Norman Osborn declare a city-wide curfew

for all citizens prohibiting public activity after dark. In Avalanche's (Avalanche (comics)) bar, Match, along with fellow student Hellion (Hellion (comics)) and other mutants angrily decide to cause a scene after curfew hours for all the world to see as a warning against the "fascism" of the Dark X-Men. As Match spreads fire throughout Union Square (Union Square, San Francisco), the Dark X-Men come to arrest the troublemaking mutants. ''Uncanny X-Men'' #513 ref>

; After a battle, they are taken into custody by the Dark X-Men. ''Dark Avengers'' #7 Eventually Match and the other imprisoned mutants are freed by the X-Force and teleported to the island of Utopia (Asteroid M). ''Dark Avengers Uncanny X-Men: Exodus'' #1


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-unnamed beach party at Baker Beach in 1988 and publicized the 1989 event in the Cacophony Society newsletter. Cacophonist Kevin Evans conceived of Zone Trip #4 in 1990 and organized it with John Law and Michael Mikel, publicizing it in the newsletter as "A Bad Day at Black Rock". Larry Harvey and Jerry James were subsequently invited to bring their effigy along, after they were prevented from burning it on the beach by law enforcement. Other events created by the Society


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Beach and Telegraph Hill (Telegraph Hill, San Francisco). North of Nob Hill is Russian Hill (Russian Hill, San Francisco), and eventually, the tourist-centered areas of the waterfront such as Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf (Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco). Outlined as one of the Sisters' missions "to promulgate universal joy and to expiate stigmatic guilt", the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have a history of bringing attention


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The Cathay Pacific North America headquarters moved from Greater Los Angeles (Greater Los Angeles Area) and opened in the Tiffany Building in 2005. The only hotel actually located on Union Square is the Westin St. Francis hotel which is celebrated for its historic Magneta Grandfather Clock. The Landmark Choice on Union Square San Francisco Hotels at westinstfrancis.com It is believed to be the only hotel in the world that offers its guests, as a courtesy, a coin washing service. The process originated in 1938 at a time when high-society ladies wore white gloves that were easily tarnished during the exchange of money. It uses borax soap in an antiquated, manually-operated burnisher. "The job: Coin washer" at ft.com Nearby attractions Union Square has also come to describe not just the plaza itself, but the general shopping, dining, and theater districts within the surrounding blocks. The Geary and Curran theaters one block west on Geary anchor the "theater district (San Francisco Theater District)" and border the Tenderloin (Tenderloin, San Francisco, California). Union Square is also home to San Francisco's TIX Bay Area (Theatre Bay Area), a half-priced ticket booth and Ticketmaster outlet. Run by Theatre Bay Area, tickets for most of San Francisco's performing arts can be purchased the day of the performance at a discounted rate. thumb left Statue atop the Dewey Monument Dewey Memorial (File:Union Sq Statue SF b.JPG) At the end of Powell Street two blocks south, where the cable cars turn around beside Hallidie Plaza (Andrew Smith Hallidie) at Market Street (Market Street (San Francisco)), is a growing retail corridor that is connected to the SOMA (South of Market, San Francisco, California) district. Nob Hill (Nob Hill, San Francisco, California), with its grand mansions, apartment buildings and hotels, stands to the northwest of Union Square. Directly northeast is Chinatown (Chinatown, San Francisco, California), with its famous dragon gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street. The city's historic French Quarter (Belden Place) northeast of Union Square and centers on the Belden Place alleyway, between Bush and Pine Streets, and Claude Lane off Bush Street. This area has many open-air French Restaurants and Cafes. Every year the area is the site of the boisterous Bastille Day celebration, the nation's largest, and Bush Street is temporarily renamed "Buisson." Directly east of the Square off of Stockton Street is Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane (San Francisco)), a short and narrow alley of exclusive boutiques and cafes that leads to the Financial District (Financial District, San Francisco) and boasts the Xanadu Gallery, San Francisco's only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—with its interior most notable for being the predecessor for New York City's Guggenheim Museum (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). The square is part of the Barbary Coast Trail, linking many San Francisco landmarks. Shopping Over the years, Union Square became a popular shopping destination. http: www.visitunionsquaresf.com visit_here shopping - Shopping in Union Square It boasts six major department stores: Macy's (Separate men's and women's stores + furniture store) , Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue (separate men's and women's stores), and Neiman Marcus. Union Square is also home to several famous upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry, Prada, Giorgio Armani (Armani), Boucheron, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Piaget


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The Cathay Pacific North America headquarters moved from Greater Los Angeles (Greater Los Angeles Area) and opened in the Tiffany Building in 2005. The only hotel actually located on Union Square is the Westin St. Francis hotel which is celebrated for its historic Magneta Grandfather Clock. The Landmark Choice on Union Square San Francisco Hotels at westinstfrancis.com It is believed to be the only hotel in the world that offers its guests, as a courtesy, a coin washing service. The process originated in 1938 at a time when high-society ladies wore white gloves that were easily tarnished during the exchange of money. It uses borax soap in an antiquated, manually-operated burnisher. "The job: Coin washer" at ft.com Nearby attractions Union Square has also come to describe not just the plaza itself, but the general shopping, dining, and theater districts within the surrounding blocks. The Geary and Curran theaters one block west on Geary anchor the "theater district (San Francisco Theater District)" and border the Tenderloin (Tenderloin, San Francisco, California). Union Square is also home to San Francisco's TIX Bay Area (Theatre Bay Area), a half-priced ticket booth and Ticketmaster outlet. Run by Theatre Bay Area, tickets for most of San Francisco's performing arts can be purchased the day of the performance at a discounted rate. thumb left Statue atop the Dewey Monument Dewey Memorial (File:Union Sq Statue SF b.JPG) At the end of Powell Street two blocks south, where the cable cars turn around beside Hallidie Plaza (Andrew Smith Hallidie) at Market Street (Market Street (San Francisco)), is a growing retail corridor that is connected to the SOMA (South of Market, San Francisco, California) district. Nob Hill (Nob Hill, San Francisco, California), with its grand mansions, apartment buildings and hotels, stands to the northwest of Union Square. Directly northeast is Chinatown (Chinatown, San Francisco, California), with its famous dragon gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street. The city's historic French Quarter (Belden Place) northeast of Union Square and centers on the Belden Place alleyway, between Bush and Pine Streets, and Claude Lane off Bush Street. This area has many open-air French Restaurants and Cafes. Every year the area is the site of the boisterous Bastille Day celebration, the nation's largest, and Bush Street is temporarily renamed "Buisson." Directly east of the Square off of Stockton Street is Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane (San Francisco)), a short and narrow alley of exclusive boutiques and cafes that leads to the Financial District (Financial District, San Francisco) and boasts the Xanadu Gallery, San Francisco's only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—with its interior most notable for being the predecessor for New York City's Guggenheim Museum (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). The square is part of the Barbary Coast Trail, linking many San Francisco landmarks. Shopping Over the years, Union Square became a popular shopping destination. http: www.visitunionsquaresf.com visit_here shopping - Shopping in Union Square It boasts six major department stores: Macy's (Separate men's and women's stores + furniture store) , Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue (separate men's and women's stores), and Neiman Marcus. Union Square is also home to several famous upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry, Prada, Giorgio Armani (Armani), Boucheron, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Piaget


sound recording

at a hotel room in a few days. The challenging task of recording this conversation is accomplished by multiple surveillance operatives located in different positions around the square. After Caul has worked his magic on merging and filtering different tapes, the final result is a sound recording in which the words themselves become crystal clear, but their actual meaning remains ambiguous. Brown's name began appearing on primary ballots in May and he won big victories in Maryland, followed

Union Square, San Francisco

thumb right Union Square as seen from Macy's. (File:Union Square, SF from Macy's 1.JPG) right thumb The Macy's flagship store at Union Square. (File:San Francisco Macys.jpg) right thumb Macy's West Macy's (File:Christmas Tree Union Square.JPG) Christmas Tree in Union Square with the Dewey Monument (Admiral Dewey) in the background. '''Union Square''' is a Grand hotels and small inns, as well as repertory, off-Broadway, and single-act theaters also contribute to the area's dynamic, 24-hour character.

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