Video: 36 hours in Berkeley, California

This week, the New York Times turned its attention to Berkeley for its regular “36 Hours in…” series. It’s not the first time the city has been viewed through this lens. It was also featured in 2003.

This time, however, they also created a video to give readers a sense of life in the city (scroll down to watch it).

Many favorite local businesses and organizations are featured it the video and the accompanying article, including the Tilden Steam Train, the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s Hearst swimming pool, Alchemy Collective, La Botella Republic, Cheese Board Collective, Chez Panisse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Comal, Ici, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Ippuku, Elmwood Café, Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, and the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association. (Prizefighter cocktail bar also sneaked in, although it is actually in Emeryville.)

When Berkeleyside shared the article on our Facebook page on Wednesday, readers were quick to offer suggestions of places the New York Times could have featured: the farmers market, bicycles, nature, street people, downtown with droves of students, and art deco architecture were all mentioned by Maya Bengston. Several people raised Moe’s Books. Clay Bartley listed Monterey Market, Berkeley Bowl and Bette’s Oceanview Diner on Fourth Street. And Annalee Allen wished the Times had called out the Berkeley City Club.


But maybe Kelly Brown-Leba, who no longer lives in the city, said it best: “Berkeley is awesome. I sure do miss it. I would totally be 300 pounds if I still lived there. Good food on every corner.”

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